Thursday, April 7, 2011
Potts Camp News
1954 Tom Thumb wedding
The Heritage News, written by the Marshall County Genealogical Society, arrived this week. Bobby Joe Mitchell is the president; Marie Smith is the treasurer; Sylvia Akin, editor; and Martha Fant, secretary.
I appreciate them telling about the memories I write in The South Reporter, about the past.
Betty Lee Maxie called to tell me that her brother, Billy Mayer, is severely ill in St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. Please pray for him.
Pray for Jimmie Hart, who is recuperating from recent leg surgery. He has been suffering for a long time.
Tony and Tammie Fincher from Memphis visited his mother, Betty Fincher, and his sister, Connie Work, this week.
Andy and Connie Work visited his mother, Mrs. Work, in a nursing home in New Albany last week. Bobbie Paige is on the sick list; pray for her. She hurt her back.
Others who need our prayers are Charles Henderson, Henry Tutor, Jo Ann Potts, Sank Owen, Betty Rose Jones, Betty Fincher.
God Bless You.
It’s just a little prayer, God bless you. But it means so much today. It means may angels guard you and His sunshine light your way. God’s love surrounds you, peace unfold never to depart. It’s a little prayer, God bless you. But it comes right from the heart.
Many years ago, in April 1954, an exciting Tom Thumb wedding was held at Potts Camp School gym by the PTA. The announcer was Dewitt Stroud Jr. (Sonny). Mary Lester Cox was in charge of the music, with the lighting by Lee Roy Cox, her son.
Kathy Shaw was the lovely bride, and Jeff King was the groom. Mary Kay Swafford was the maid of honor, and Thomas Mitch Stone Jr. was the best man. Johnny Floyd was the ring bearer and Scott Etheridge was train bearer. Bridesmaids were Laverne LeMans, Linda Crouch, Margaret Anderson, Paulette Whaley, Sandra McCauley and Lucretia Manning.
Groomsmen were Arthur Poole, James Russell Boren, Rubert Thompson, Cary Mayer, Glen Allen Evans and James Clyde Pipkin.
Father of the bride was Lucius Churchill. Mother of the bride was Betty Hollingsworth (my daughter).
Father of the groom was David Barber. Mother of the groom, Kathy Williams. Sister of the groom, Stanley King (his real sister). Minister, Gary (Butch) Morris.
Flower girls were Chris Williams, Peggy Kimery, Nancy Barber and Ann Bobb. Chorus, Rodney Hale, Betty Westmoreland, Jamie Gurley, Norma Kirk, Ruth Ann Turnipseed, Frances Austin and Bertone Connell. Guests, Nina Kirk, grandmother of the bride; Donald Ash, grandfather of the bride; Linda K. Dunn, sister of the bride. Grandfather of the groom, Toy Lindsey; grandmother of the groom, Mary Delois (Suzy) Watson; brother of the groom, Bobby Greer; aunt and uncle of the bride, Myra Cupp and Carol Shaw, Annie R. Stone, Patricia Phillips, Annie Halley (mother of Mrs. Stone), June Ash.
Teachers and friends, Ika Austin, Martha Dunn, Emily Davidson, Kathleen Day, Harry Jones, Jimmy Beckworth, Mrs. Harry Jones, Vecelia Churchill; principal, K.C. O’Kelly; Byron Howell, Mrs. O’Kelly, Lurline Howell, Susie Henderson, Mary Lou Beckworth, Mrs. Mary L. Cox, Brenda Henderson, Velma Cooper, Rebecca Siddall, Merle Ballard, Judy Bray, Mrs. Curtis Greer, Sylvia Gilmer, Jennie Sue Colthory, Linda Poe, Sank Owen, Charles Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer, Ralph Shaw, Patricia Gurley, Wright Greer, Blane Bates, Dallas King, Dennis Clayton.
Ushers for grownups, Louis Sanders, James Lee Spencer, Malinda Johnson, Kathleen Whaley, Onita Jarrett. This was the last Tom Thumb wedding I remember. (Many of these people are deceased.) Until next week, God bless.
Did you know?
The Great Locomotive Chase
On April 7, 1862, Union spy James Andrews and two dozen men met near the town of Shelbyville, Tenn., to plan one of the most daring schemes of the Civil War.
The plan was to slip behind the enemy lines into Georgia and steal a locomotive and run it north stopping to destroy track along the way. The soldiers dressed in civilian clothes made their way to Marietta, Ga., where they boarded a northbound train pulled by the locomotive “The General.” The train made a stop near Big Shanty where the crew got off to for breakfast; the raiders uncoupled the passenger cars and steamed away pulling three boxcars. When the crew realized what had happened they sprinted after them.
The Great Locomotive Chase was on. Andrew’s raiders chugged north stopping every once in a while to tear up track and cut telegraph lines. The pursuers kept after them, first on foot, then by handcart and finally an engine. Meeting obstructions and torn up track they ran ahead and jumped on another engine running the locomotive Texas backward. Finally they caught up with the general.
Andrews and his raiders tried uncoupling the boxcars and throwing rail ties onto the tracks to stop the Texas, but after 87 miles into the chase, the General ran out of fuel. Andrews shouted the order “every man for himself” and the raiders scattered. After about a week all of the raiders had been captured. Several including Andrews where hanged as spies. The rest eventually escaped or were traded for Confederate prisoners.
In March 1863 six of the raiders met with Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, who awarded the first Medal of Honor to Pvt. Jacob Parrott and five other Andrew’s Raiders. It is the nation’s highest military declaration.
Did You Know On
April 6, 1862 – The Civil War battle of Shiloh began.
April 7, 1970 – John Wayne won his only Oscar in the movie “True Grit.”
April 8, 1974 – Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s record.
April 9, 1865 – General Lee surrendered his Confederate army to Ulysses S. Grant.
April 10, 1849 – Walter Hunt of New York patented the safety pin.
April 11, 1945 – American troops liberated Buchenwald death camp in Germany.
April 12, 1861 – The Civil War began at Ft Sumter in Charleston, S.C.
This Week’s Quiz
What is the strongest wind gust on record?
Who was the first black baseball player in the major leagues?
Who was the youngest person to win the Masters at Augusta, Ga.?
Where was the first McDonald’s restaurant opened?
Who was the first woman to fly across the English Channel?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
Edmond Randolph Jennings proposed that Congress commence with prayer every morning.
The Mayflower departed from the port of Plymouth England.
Chuck Yeager was the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound.
The first baseball World Series was won by the Boston Americans.
John P. Holland invented the modern submarine.
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