Thursday, January 5, 2012
Potts Camp News
Church members deliver Christmas goodies
Happy New Year to Everyone!
What a wonderful Christmas - the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ. Relatives came to my home from many places. Danny P. Hollingsworth and Elizabeth of Georgia came bringing their three sons, Luke and his future wife, Clark and Jake; Jimmy and Martha Hollings-worth, and David and Teresa Hollingsworth and girls came from Tupelo; my granddaughter Leisa (Greer) Blond and son came from Austin, TX; and daughter Betty Greer of Cornersville came and cooked dinner for us. Several others visited me later.
Lela Hale and two of her daughters came to my house bringing gifts on Christmas Eve.
Thanks to Temperance Hill Baptist Church for the basket of goodies. Joyce Goolsby delivered it to me on December 22 and I have thoroughly enjoyed everything the church members sent.
Mitch Stone entertained members from several churches with Christmas music on Thursday, Dec. 22 at the Potts Camp Methodist Church. Sandwiches and dessert were served to those in attendance. Those attending said they enjoyed it very much.
Norris Boren of California visited his sister, Ann Armstrong, in Jackson several days this week. Please continue to pray for Ann as she is very sick.
Jean Gurley spent Christmas with her daughter and son-in-law, Georgia and Jimmy Cobbs, and her grandchildren, Madisyn and Landon. She also visited her sister, Betty Bennett and family in Holly Springs on Christmas Day.
Kathy Williams decorated the Potts Camp Methodist Church for Christmas. Thanks, Kathy.
All of the homes and stores were decorated for the Christmas season. God has blessed us.
Most all of the family of Annie Ruth Stone was at her home on Christmas Eve and then again for their annual Quail Breakfast on Christ-mas morning. Emily Stone of Oakland, CA, spent Christmas with her sister Holley Muraco and husband Mike, and her nephews, Jordan and Colton in Vacaville, CA.
A special election will be held on January 10 to fill the vacant position of alderman that was created when former alderman Mary Houston was elected as mayor. Please go to the polls and vote for the candidate of your choice.
Visitors in the home of Annie Ruth Stone and Pat Goode on Dec. 28 were Connie Carver, wife of a former Potts Camp Methodist minister, along with two of her children, son Christopher, and daughter Callie. They had been to Alabama to visit her parents and were enroute home to Arlington, Ky. Mitch Stone also visited with them. Rev. and Mrs. Carver are the parents of four children. Their oldest son, Forrest, and his wife have a son and are expecting their second child soon. They were a much loved family by the Methodist congregations while living in Potts Camp.
There are an untold number of ways to serve the Master as we go through our daily tasks, and each of us would do well to take as our focus the plea for guidance in “A Simple Prayer” by St. Francis of Assisi, which says:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Memories - History
Pontotoc Street was once a part of the old Pontotoc Trail built by Indians and used by the early settlers. The first house on the Pontotoc Trail in the Town of Potts Camp was built by A. Q. Greer and his wife, Cordelia, around 1886. It burned in the 1960s while Mattie Hamilton occupied it. Another old house on Pontotoc Street was the famous two-story house on the hill built by Charlie Reid for his wife, Mary Potts Reid, after selling the lovely old house that belonged to Mrs. John Robison.
Before the Frisco Railroad came through this area, workers were hired to move on ahead to clear the land, lay the tracks and build the depots. In 1883, the first known family to move to Potts Camp was a railroad family named Fields.
The first car was brought to town by Mr. Peel, husband of Faye Peel. It was a small two-passenger runabout and caused much excitement. But when the first five-passenger car came over the dusty roads, people really became excited. Mrs. Peel, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Vaughn, was born and reared in Potts Camp and spent most of her life here. She was a talented, humorous, versatile, and compassionate person who taught music in the public school from 1913 until the late ’20s. She worked in the bank for several years and then became postmaster in the 1930s, remaining there until she retired. She also taught a Sunday School class and played the organ at the Potts Camp Methodist Church.
Her nephew was former Mayor Harry Jones, father of Betty Rose, Frances and Kathryn.
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