Thursday, June 9, 2011
Potts Camp News
Anna Passions honored with graduation party
Beverly Farr was surprised on her 40th birthday with a party at the home of her mother, Joan Gurley on May 27. Several family members and friends attended. Assisting with the party decorations was her young daughter, Rylee.
A graduation party was held at the home of Mary Minor for her great-niece, Anna Passons on Saturday, May 28. Hosting the event were Anna’s aunts (Hart girls) and great-aunts (Gurley girls). Anna is the daughter of Leland and Cindy Hart Passons and the granddaughter of Jimmie and Margaret Hart. She graduated from Southaven High School and commencement exercises were held at the DeSoto Civic Center on May 26.
Happy late birthday to Sue Rowland on June 1. Her daughter, Rhonda Smothers of Olive Branch, came to visit for the day and prepared lunch for her mother. Sue enjoyed visiting with most of her grandchildren throughout the day.
Happy Anniversary to Mitchell and Judy Gurley on June 6 and to Mike and Holley Stone Muraco on June 9.
Betty and David Greer attended a special Memorial Day cook-out at the home of their son, David Greer Jr. and Amy and three children in Etta.
A friend from New Albany, Joyce Davis, was honored on her 95th birthday with a reception by family and friends at First Baptist Church in New Albany. Flowers were placed in the church in her honor. My daughter, Betty Greer, attended the reception.
Dave Greer, age 11, son of David Jr. and Amy Greer will be attending Camp Lake Stevens near Oxford next week. Our children enjoyed attending there when they were young.
Things My Mother Taught Me
1. Be faithful to your family, friends, church and country.
2. Anything you do is worth doing well.
3. Have good habits - be neat, clean and honest.
4. Be happy - smile a lot.
5. Never ridicule another person, or envy them; help them if you can.
6. Save a part of every pay check. You might need it worse later on.
7. Be kind to everyone you meet.
8. Share with your friends - never be selfish.
9. Find a good word or deed to pass on whenever possible.
10. Pray daily. Remember God is watching over us.
Fashion tip from my teacher, Elizabeth Heard: Never be the first to try a new style or the last to throw the old aside.
Decorations for Memorial Day included lovely American flags waving throughout our town on the light poles. We appreciate the thoughtful town board!
Happy birthday to our friend Tammie Bowen, whose birthday was Monday. A red velvet cake was baked for her by friends.
We were saddened by the recent death of a dear friend, Irene Gandy. She leaves one son, David Gandy, and grandchildren. Services were held Wednesday.
We pray that the school children and teachers will have a safe, happy vacation.
Pray for all the sick and those in hospitals and nursing homes, especially Mr. Tutor at Ripley, Mary and Henry Jarrett, Charles Henderson (sick at home), and all others, Betty Rose Jones, Sank Owen, Bob Hollingsworth (recovering from a stroke), Lena Faye Work, Jo Ann Potts (my sister-in-law at Olive Branch; she had back surgery).
Pray for a friend, Betty Smith. She had emergency heart surgery.
Nancy Lane of Texas wrote about how happy she was to read about Danny Hollingsworth becoming president of Piedmont College in Georgia. Many people read it in The South Reporter and called me.
Connie Work’s friend, Nancy Greer, from El Dorado, Ark., came to visit her and brought her teenage son. They drove to Georgia to visit friends this week.
We are happy about Fun Day for the children, to be held June 18 at First Baptist Church and surrounding grounds. It is sponsored by the mayor and town board of Potts Camp. (Free food and drinks). The little train Obie will be there for the children to ride free of charge.
Memories and History
Many years have passed since the Potts Camp Class of 1936 met for their 50th class reunion at Linda’s Country Kitchen in the Lake Center area. Attending were Lurline Cook, Jeff Willard Overton, T.M. Stone, Dale Potts Hollingsworth, Fred Boren, Eugenia Gray, Juanita U. Jones and C.B. Bennett. Others who attended were Effie Boren, Annie Ruth Stone, C.B. Bennett’s wife and Lurline Cook’s husband. Other classmates not attending were Harl and Carl White (twins) Fielder Forester, Russell (Speck) Boren and Mary Elizabeth Collier.
T.M. Stone, class president, welcomed the class. Juanita Jones, editor of the “Windy Waves,” a Potts Camp School newspaper, brought one to each of us. Colors were red and white.
After a prayer by Fred Boren, a minister, each member stood and told something that had happened to them the last 50 years. Veterans who served in World War II were Jeff Overton, who received two Purple Hearts, and T.M. Stone. We held hands and sang “God Bless America.” Fred Boren said a closing prayer, and we enjoyed lunch. One of our classmates, Fielder Forester, was captured during the war. His family did not know if he was alive until the war was over.
On Sunday morning, those who attended church services at Potts Camp United Methodist Church were invited to dinner in New Albany by T.M. and Annie Ruth Stone.
Students honored at awards ceremony at Southern Miss
By MARTHA HARDY
Hello friends. This week I have more news about graduates, an awards ceremony and children’s programs.
Sue Rowland recently entertained her Sunday School class with a party at her home. Those in attendance were Anna and Valerie Kitchens, Megan Cheetwood, Alexis Mayo and Ben Rowland. The children enjoyed a movie, The Ten Commandants.
Sue and Bill were also busy attending the programs and graduations of the grandchildren. Jayne Rowland graduated from kindergarten at Mary Reid at Potts Camp.
Daniel Smothers of Olive Branch will be going into middle school this fall
Also Christopher Rowland was in a program at Mary Reid on Tuesday of that week and Ben Rowland on Tuesday night. Sue managed to do all this in spite of the fact she was suffering from cold or allergy symptoms. Those of us who are fortunate enough to have grands love to watch the accomplishments of same.
Peggy Whiteside, former resident of Blythe, has a granddaughter who is someone to be proud of. Her name is Tiffany Richelle Coleman, who graduated from North Pontotoc. She was the valedictorian in a class of 118 students. Tiffany’s picture, along with all the school outstanding students in this area, was in the Tupelo daily newspaper on Sunday, June 5. She is a beautiful and very talented young lady as the paper listed a number of her accomplishments
Now to the award ceremony. Three bright young men from West Union, Owen Jordan, Jacob Shirley and my own grand/adopted son, Austin Glen Hardy, were the honorees at an awards ceremony at the University of Southern Mississippi at Hattiesburg June 5.
These seventh grade students were invited by Duke University, Durham, N..C to take the ACT or SAT as a part of Duke’s Talent Search program. The grade the boys made was impressive. Way to go, you guys. We are proud of you all.
However, I am certain there are plenty of young people who would have done equally as well. Some of them did not take the test or perhaps they are just the type who do not test well.
I had a very enjoyable telephone conversation last week with a sweet friend, who was the teacher of my son, Norman Hardy, when he was in second grade.
Mrs. Mary Barber called to tell me how much she has been enjoying my write-up in the paper and that she saw the picture of my Austin when the Gazette first printed the news about the guys from West Union receiving state recognition.
She said she thought Austin looks a lot like his uncle Norman. She remembered incidents that I had forgotten, such as Norman gave her some of the mint I had growing in my yard.
Norman was 6 years old when Mrs. Barber taught him and he is now 44. That is a remarkable memory from such a long time ago.
My son Chuck came down from Memphis to go with us to the award ceremony, and since we were so close to the coast, we drove on down and spent the night in Biloxi in order for Austin and his friend to have fun playing in the ocean. However, I think they liked the pool at the hotel better
Well that’s all folks. Remember, call me even if you do not have any news. I love to chat with old friends, new friends, and even those I have not yet made friends with.
My land line is 988-3685 and cell is 316-8963. If you do not have area calling, I will call you back as I will never be able to use up all my free minutes.
So until next time remember – be of good cheer; God is in the plan.
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