Thursday, March 8, 2012
Memories of Dale
By MARY MINOR
Mrs. Hollingsworth was faithful in whatever she did - to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to her church (First United Methodist in Potts Camp), to her family, and to her friends. Everyone was her friend and she never missed an opportunity to let them know that she loved each one. No one was excluded. Even the smallest thing would be recognized. She was the finest Christian lady that I know.
Mrs. Hollingsworth was also a mentor to me and encouraged me to continue writing the Potts Camp News after she could no longer do so - those are large shoes to fill! She never failed to share any information of the town with me, whether it was her articles, photos, etc. I will miss her so much. To honor her memory, several of her friends have agreed to write a few of their memories.
“I have known Miss Dale for a long time. I know one thing - she was like a neighbor to me. If I wanted to talk she would listen. If I had a problem, I could call her and talk about it. She was the first one I would call every day. We solved a lot of problems together. One day I called her just to find out what time it was since my clock had stopped. Those things I will miss. I could call her for anything. A few years ago when my daughter, Connie Work, had a beauty shop downtown, Miss Dale would stop by to see who was there and to visit, giving out hugs – she was just like that. Connie also was her beautician for many years and Miss Dale always praised her work. She walked to town every day, if the weather permitted. She was a very special friend to my daughter and me. We will miss her very much.”
Another special friend of Mrs. Hollingsworth was David Fuller. He ran errands for her and each Wednesday afternoon faithfully waited for The South Reporter to be brought to town so he could take one to her. He enjoyed visiting with Mrs. Hollingsworth. “I will miss her very much. She was a special friend to me.”
“I remember Dale bringing mail to Mother every day and sitting on the back porch with her and rocking. She did so much for my mother (Waurene Oakley). I will miss her so much. She was a fine Christian lady and I have enjoyed her memories and the Scripture verses and thoughts that she included in her articles each week. She did a world of good with her articles. She will be greatly missed by everyone.”
Mary Louise (Oakley) Merrill
“Dale and I have been friends since we were children. We grew up together in the Potts Camp Methodist Church, where she saw her brother and her son preach their first sermons. She loved her church, and was a faithful member. She was so proud of her family and loved them very much. We talked often, and we always commented how God had blessed us. She will be greatly missed by me and her many other friends.”
Annie Ruth Holley Stone
“From the time that I was born, and I am now in my ninety-third year, I remember Ruby Dale Potts Hollingsworth. Living in a small town we shared many activities. We both belonged to the Methodist Church and attended the Epworth League on Sunday evenings. Dale was a grade or so ahead of me, but we were in the school chorus and 4-H Club together. We also had a school paper titled “The Windy Wave” that we worked on together. I will always have fond memories of Dale. She contributed much to the history of Potts Camp from being an off-spring of the founding father to writing a brief history of the town in 1978 in booklet form. She continued her writing in an article to The South Reporter each week that we all enjoyed. These are my memories.”
Iva Brownlee Smith
More memories next week.
contin“Sure will miss stopping by and talking with Mrs. Dale and seeing her sitting on the porch, at times taking a little nap! David was her right hand man, and we will miss those 5 a.m. calls he got sometimes, but she knew he would be right there. She was a special lady and friend to us.”
Janis and David Alderson
“I remember during the ice storm, a tree fell on Miss Dale’s house. It tore the electrical service off her house and had to be repaired. I was fortunate enough to have a chain saw and helped get the tree off her house and cut it up. Miss Dale chronicled well the events of the ice storm and the hardships that many faced in those days. She was always faithful in her attendance to Potts Camp First United Methodist Church and its activities. She helped to support the activities of the Potts Camp Fire Department, the schools, and civic organizations as well as any cheerleader could in her faithfully written column for The South Reporter. She wasn’t just a chronicler of social happenings, yes, we knew when folks were visited and appreciated it; it was that she also kept us connected to the sacred past with memories of Potts Camp days that were rapidly fading away. She kept us grounded in ways that made us all feel we were part of something very special, a place that will always be dear to my heart. Thanks for the memories, Miss Dale.”
Love always, Rev. Ray N. Daniel, Jr., former pastor of the PC Charge
“Dale was lifelong friends with my mother, Margaret Alvis, and her twin sister, Mary. Through marriage they even shared an aunt and uncle. Her mother, Mae, was one of my grandmother’s best friends. Her son Jimmy was my classmate. I grew up knowing Dale, but she knew my family before I knew them. It wasn’t until after Aunt Mary and then Mama passed away that Dale and I discovered we shared a love of storytelling. It was through shared stories that we relived growing up in Potts Camp. Our age gap disappeared as we laughed over both Dale’s and my childhood adventures. Through stories, she introduced me to family that I had never known. The stories she told me were a gift that I treasure, a gift that I will pass along to my children and grandchildren, and they in turn, theirs.”
Sylvia Seymour Akin
“Dale was a long time and good friend to my mother, Clara Rose Jones, and visited her often during Clara’s last years in Potts Camp. Dale gave her a pillow that she made for her friends, and that pillow is in Bettye Rose’s nursing home room.”
Frances Jones Fitts
“I knew Mrs. Hollingsworth all of my life and grew up with her children. She was dedicated, a very humble person (didn’t want praise), loved the Lord, loved Potts Camp and the history of Potts Camp. She was loyal to the First United Methodist Church and raised a good family. I enjoyed the stories she would tell, one in particular of working out a deal with my mother, Mary Lester Cox. Mrs. Hollingsworth would fix my mother’s hair in exchange for piano lessons for her daughter. I will treasure her memory.”
“I remember the good rolls that Mrs. Dale Hollingsworth made in the cafeteria at Potts Camp School.”
“My wife and I extend heartfelt sympathy to the Hollingsworth family. Mrs. Hollingsworth was a dear friend. She developed a friendship with my mom and dad many years ago and it continued to my family as well. We visited in her home many times and she always welcomed us so warmly. She was always thanking us for checking on her in bad weather, and bringing a gift on special occasions. As a result of her pleasant personality, we always left from visiting with a smile, cheerfulness and thanksgiving. Her weekly column in The South Reporter was a delight to read, and she always included so many different folk, and made everyone seem important. Dale Hollingsworth was a delightful, precious lady, and will be greatly missed in our community and in our lives.”
Bishop Steve Wilson
“Dale Hollingsworth shared so much Christian love and all the interesting news all over the country to so many friends. I cannot describe how much she will be missed, but I think what a big welcome she received where she is today! God bless Dale and thanks for all the memories. She was loved by so many and was such a special friend.”
Joann Gholston Cox
“I remember how pleasant Mrs. Hollingsworth and Willie Stroud were while working in the lunchroom during our high school years. I also have appreciated The South Reporter and her Potts Camp News. It was instrumental in keeping me current on the news from home since I left the area around 48 years ago.”
“Mrs. Dale. Faithful: faithful to her Lord, church, family and friends. What a heritage she left us in her writings in The South Reporter and her book! She was special to our family from way back. We will miss her.”
“When I was 3 years old, my dad was principal of Potts Camp School. When my parents attended basketball games and I didn’t want to go, I would stay with Mrs. Hollingsworth. Every time I visited, she recalled babysitting me. She always remembered to send me a birthday card. She also gave my family some of the lace-trimmed pillows she used to sew, and I had a pet cockatiel who loved to sit on those pillows.”
Ruby Dale Hollingsworth was a truly Southern lady with a remarkable gift for chronicling not only her life, but also the town of Potts Camp and the surrounding areas. Mrs. Dale always had an open door (I mean that literally, as well). In her latter years, she may have been confined to her home physically, although you would occasionally see her soaking in the scenery on her front porch on a pretty day, but her life extended far beyond the walls of that original white, clapboard farmhouse in the middle of town. She spread the news through her columns, note writing (of which many I received), and her many phone discussions. I use discussions because if you spoke with her, you were more than likely going to be on the phone for a while. I think anyone could go by and strike up a conversation on those days when she sat in the swing or in that rocker on her front porch. Even the youngsters would find her stories of bygone days intriguing. My eighth graders at Potts Camp would beg to go to her house after reading her book, “Memories of Potts Camp on the Old Pontotoc Trail.” She might not know them, but if they had relatives from Potts Camp, she knew them, and it didn’t matter what color they were! I don’t think I ever visited her without her telling me something kind about someone in my family. She always told me how much she loved my grandmother, known simply as Sallye Ball, or how she had fond remembrances my great-grandmother, Lela Reed. She would tell me that I was “sweet” like my mother, and would often go into the story of how my mom and her son, Jimmy, went to the fair together on an FFA trip in high school and had so much fun. I can truly say that she loved my three daughters, too. That love was reciprocated. Haven, the note-writer herself, couldn’t visit as often since she moved to Huntsville, but she kept in touch. Brook exchanged a story or two about her mission travels, photography, and family tales. Although Alana visited with the girls and me from time to time; she was often the cuisine carrier. Kerry and our Jack Russell terrier, Bubbie, enjoyed the drop-ins, as well. During a typical visit for me, Mrs. Dale would hand me the yellow notepad and tell me to write about the conversation we were having, such as who had attended the latest birthday party or where someone in the family had been. She considered everything “news” and she wanted it in her column. (Now you know the rest of the story of why my family and I were in it so often.) Yes, this distinguished mother, grandmother, historian, and friend will truly be missed. Yet, her story lives on through her family and the inscriptions she left behind. We love you, Mrs. Dale, and know you must be rejoicing in heaven!”
Greenfield hosts Men’s Day Sunday
Black History celebration was held at Greenfield Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m. The program was followed by devotion, Evangelist Dorothy Palmer, introduction of the emcee, Sis. Lavora C. Blake, emcee, Judge Earnest Cunningham, welcome, Deacon Robert Curry, occasion, Elder Patience George, selection, Greenfield choir, moments in black history, Sis. Earnestine Hamilton and Mother Elmira Curry. Ashleigh Johnson, Alex, Blake and Joshua Blake assisted Mother Curry in showing some of the things from yesteryear.
Ministry of giving: Introduction of speaker, Pastor W. James, speaker, Virginia Wilson, Hudsonville CME Church, A and B selection, Hudsonville choir. Words of gratitude, Elder Mary Mull. Remarks from the ministers. Several ministers were present. Closing remarks and benediction, Pastor W.J. Lyons.
Pastor Charles D. Doodly and wife’s appreciation was held at Hamilton Chapel CME Church Sun., March 4. Guest speaker, the one and only one, Pastor Billy W. Williams.
Sun., March 11, 3 p.m., all roads lead to Greenfield Presybterian Church for the 18th annual Men’s Day program. Deacon Jasper Mull, chairman. This program was started 17 years ago by the late Elder Elcue Curry.
Don’t forget to vote Tues., March 13.
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