Thursday, July 28, 2011
Potts Camp News
Congratulations extended to David Fuller
The Hollingsworth reunion was held Saturday, July 23, at the Becker Community Center in Monroe County with about 70 members attending. Some of my family attending were daughter Betty Greer, her son David Greer Jr. and family.
Two of my granddaughters, Tracy Pipkin of Tupelo and Vickie Winter of Nashville, Tenn. (daughters of my son, Jimmy) visited with me over the weekend and also attended the reunion.
Among others attending the Hollingsworth reunion were my son, Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth of Tupelo, Sonya and Greg Kidd of Pass Christian, David and Teresa Hollingsworth and girls of Palmetta, and Bob and Tula Hollingsworth. Bob is the brother of my late husband, L.D. Other relatives from Texas also attended.
Two special friends, Bobby Smithwick and wife Katie, visited me on my front porch Monday. I’ve always loved Bobby and his family, even as a child. I loved his parents. His son, Sam Smithwick and wife, will be teaching in Potts Camp School this year, he said.
Recent guests of Joyce Clayton was her sister-in-law, Vada Mae Guthrie of the Macedonia Community.
The new Mary Reid School building was named for Dave Fuller. He has helped the school many years by running errands and raising the flag. He helps at Potts Camp School, and he also helps me. Congratulations to Dave Fuller.
When the world falls down around you and a prayer will see you through, say an extra prayer for someone who may need it more than you. For who knows what hearts are breaking in the silence of the night? Just an extra prayer you whisper may help someone see the light. Every time you help a stranger with an extra prayer or two you, are building extra blessings that may come back to you.
Pray for those who are sick. Henry Tutor is in Ripley Home very ill. We miss him. He was my neighbor. Charles Henderson, who helped many people when he worked at Marshall County Courthouse, is homebound. We love him also. Pray for others who are very sick. God will bless them if they will ask Him.
Potts Camp is a loving, caring town. We love each other.
Thanks to my granddaughter, Vickie Winter, a nurse in Nashville, Tenn., for a nice gift she sent me.
Living for Jesus is probably the wisest decision anyone can make. It will completely change your life. He fills your life with joy, love, peace and thanksgiving. “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:26
The Lord’s Prayer says “forgive us as we forgive others.”
One great man I remember was our neighbor, Dr. Franklin Pierce Boatner. He had an office upstairs over the old wooden store when I was a child, but he spent most of his time visiting sick people. He rode a horse with a buggy. He would stay with the sick until they got well or died. He spent one night at our house when my dad’s nose wouldn’t quit bleeding. He kept it packed with cotton. It finally quit bleeding. He saved my dad’s life. He was kind and loving.
As a child, I would sit on my granddad’s doorstep next door and listen to the talk about the town business. J.A. Potts (my granddad was mayor of Potts Camp, one time).
Dr. Boatner married Mary Edwards Wills; they had four children. Many of them became famous. The only one I knew was Mrs. Montgomery Greer. She started the first PTA at the schools. Potts Camp was the first. She also taught us teenage girls how to sing hymns as she played her piano, and taught a boys Sunday school class in the Methodist Church next door.
Frank Greer, one of their sons, was proud of his two grandfathers, A.Q. Greer, first Potts Camp banker, and Dr. Boatner. They got our town changed from a village to a town, so we could borrow money from the state for a deep well, and pipe water to our homes.
Frank served on jury duty with my late husband, L.D., and he came to our home to visit. He also brought pictures of his family for my little book.
Dr. Boatner served in the State Senate two years.
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