Thursday, December 8, 2011
Potts Camp News
Locals compile book of history on Potts Camp
Many of us enjoyed watching the Country Gospel Jubilee with Charley Kyles on the New Albany TV station over the weekend. Guest singer of many Christmas songs and hymns was our Potts Camp, Methodist Church song leader, Mitch Stone.
Mitch Stone and his mother, Annie Ruth Stone, along with his sister, Tommye Ann Goode, visited Graceland Nursing Home in New Albany last week where he sang Christmas carols for the patients. They also visited with G.R. Thompson from Potts Camp who is a patient there.
Mitch and Jeanette Stone also drove to the Water Valley nursing home last week, where he presented a Christmas music program to the patients.
My son Jimmy Hollingsworth and his wife Martha, of Tupelo, visited me on Saturday and also stopped to see his sister, Betty Greer in New Albany.
Several from the community attended the annual dinner theater, “It’s Christmas Again” at First Baptist Church Holly Springs over the weekend. Rev. Ken Anderson is the interim pastor.
Annie Ruth Stone and Mary Minor have completed a book on the History of Potts Camp that contains many photos of older homes, etc. If anyone is interested in a copy, please let either of them know.
Birthday wishes go to Bettye Rose Jones, a patient in Allen Morgan Rehabilitation Center in Memphis, Tenn. Birthday wishes also go to Landon Cobbs, Davy Syms, and Drew Gurley.
What a wonderful time of year! All of us have birthdays, but Jesus Christ’s birthday is the most wonderful birthday of all. We praise His holy name!
My neighbors Danny and Ethel Ash drove to south Mississippi to visit their daughter. We hope they have a safe trip home.
Thelma Ford spent the weekend visiting her daughter, Carolyn Marie Wallace and her three daughters, in Pontotoc.
Birthdays: Ruby Churchill, Dec. 5; Jean King, Dec. 7; Robert King, Dec. 8; Betty Greer (my daughter), Dec. 11; Dale Hollingsworth, Dec. 16; David Fuller, Dec. 20.
Tell someone about Jesus Christ today. He died in our place on the cross to save us from our sins. Have faith, love and hope.
Prayer list: Diane Clayton, Charles Henderson, Mary and Henry Jarrett, Steve Price, Dan Jamieson, others who are not well.
Back in 1934, the Potts Camp football team was on the field when someone yelled, “The depot is on fire!” My dad, Benton Potts, was the depot agent there for 40 years. I ran to town as fast as I could so did the ball players. They hooked up the only fire equipment we had, two large wheels with a huge hose wrapped around it. I looked for my dad! Finally I saw him with some of the ball players taking out my dad’s desk and large record books for him.
The ball players wet all the stores and bank on Front Street. Two box cars on the tracks blew up and the depot burned up.
Until a new depot could be built, my dad worked in two box cars on the tracks. They used telegraphy to keep in touch with other depot agents in other towns.
During working hours, the depot was open, so my dad would send me to the bank and post office and also stores to do his business. So I learned early how to do things I would not have known. Daddy had one hour at dinnertime to come home and eat.
During the war, the depot stayed open. Troop trains traveled on the railroad tracks day and night.
They would get off the train and admire the old coal chute, no longer used. It was blown up in 1977. It was dangerous.
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