Thursday, May 31, 2012
Potts Camp News
Surprise party honors Joann Cox
I want to thank Nancy Lane for donating three yearbooks to the Potts Camp School Library. We only need 1958, 1961, 1982, 1987, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2005, 2010, 2011, and 2012 to have a complete set. Again, thanks to those who have donated a yearbook. It will be exciting to see the set completed.
At the Mary Reid School fourth grade awards program on Monday night, Pat Kennedy noted all of the “firsts” for that grade. This is the first year to have a fourth grade to complete their education at this school, among the other firsts. It was a very good program. Pat Kennedy, teachers and staff are to be commended for their work with the students. I really enjoyed the program.
Happy birthday to the following: Sue Rowland (June 1), and Jimmy Cobbs (June 6). Happy anniversary to Mitchell and Judy Gurley on June 6.
Happy Birthday to Joann (Gholston) Cox. Her birthday is the 31st, but she had a surprise party on Sat., May 19. Thinking she was going to a housewarming for her daughter as well as a birthday party for a granddaughter, she arrived early and found out it was a birthday party for her as well. She has also made reservations to attend the 23rd annual school reunion on Sat., June 2. We are looking forward to a good attendance again this year. Arrival time begins at 10 a.m. with a catered lunch at noon.
Prayer list: Tom Bready, Sidney Turnipseed, Ann Callicutt, John Eckols, Bonnie Davis, Phili Cox, Lorette Overall, Bill Gandy, Wayne Greer, Daphne Foster, Mary Jarrett, Talmadge and Marie Edwards.
To have news, birthdays, or to add someone to the prayer list, call 662-333-7054.
Due to the Memorial Day holiday, and an early deadline at The South Reporter, news will be short this week; however we will enjoy the article on Lou Ella Wren submitted by Frances (Jones) Fitts of Dallas, TX.
Memories of Lou Ella
Submitted by Frances (Jones) Fitts
Lou Ella Wren was our next door neighbor from 1942 until 1950 when we moved. I haven’t seen anything written about her, but I shall never forget her, an angel on earth. We, the Joneses, and the Wrens lived on Edwards Street, called by some “Owl Hollow,” a one block dirt road dead-ending at the Old Pontotoc Trail, a rutted depression in clay.
Between our two old houses was a large shared garden, the source of canned vegetables for the winters. All of the old houses in Potts Camp were almost self-sufficient mini-plantations, each with a barn, a pasture, a cow, a chicken house, an outhouse and sometimes a pig pen. The Wren house still had all of those except a pig pen. A storm cellar was carved into the dirt bank along the trail.
This do-it-yourself way of living was a lot of work. Their back yard had a huge apple tree which produced lots of big, green apples every summer which I was happy to shake out of the tree for others to put in baskets.
I never heard Lou Ella complain as she took care of her three children, her husband, a helpless aunt who was a stroke victim for years occupying a bedroom, and guests, including me every time I smelled her homemade bread baking. It was the most delicious bread I ever ate, made from fresh flour that came in a printed “flour sack” and was stored in a large tin can. I have her recipe from an early Potts Camp cookbook.
She cooked three from-scratch meals every day. My mother called Lou Ella to come swab my throat with iodine every time I was sick. She always came and sat beside my bed. After she was widowed she was a professional caretaker and took care of my grandfather, B.G. Jones, after he had a stroke. She made a big difference for him and the family.
Lou Ella was born September 11, 1900 in Bethlehem, to Elizabeth Porter Willis and George Washington Morgan. After she and Edgar Wren married, they moved to Potts Camp. Edgar was the brother of Annie Holley who operated the telephone switchboard at her house on Pontotoc Street.
The Wren children were Billy who married May Wynn Collier and moved to Memphis; Freddy Paul who graduated from Mississippi State University, served in the Korean War, and married Monta McNamara and lived in Sledge; and Kathryn who married Junior Overall and died young. Among them, they gave Lou Ella six grandchildren.
Lou Ella, who lived alone in her house a long time, had cancer, but kept working, and in later years moved to Holly Springs and lived in two apartments. She died in the nursing home in Holly Springs on November 4, 1984 and was buried in the Potts Camp Cemetery.
Annual Calendar Drive at Greenfield
Don’t worry, because I am with you. Don’t be afraid, because I am your God. I will make you strong and will help you; I will support you with my right hand that saves you...I am the Lord your God, who holds your right hand, and I tell you, “Don’t be afraid. I will help you.” Isaiah 41:10,13.
Let your words of hope and the promise of a glorious future in your kingdom give me hope and courage for today, Father. You are with me now as you will be throughout all eternity.
Loretta Curry of Maryland returned home last week after visiting with her mother, Elmira Curry, and other family members. Also returning home last week after visiting Elmira were her sons, Alvin Curry and Ephram Curry from Georgia.
Greenfield Presbyterian Church, located at 5024 Old Highway 7 South, Waterford, will celebrate their 25th Annual Calendar Drive on Sun., June 3, at 3 p.m. Pastor Robert L. Hamilton Sr. and the Golden Gate Church of God in Christ of New Albany, will be their special guests. Pastor W. James Lyons and the church family invite you.
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