Thursday, January 19, 2012
Potts Camp News
Joe Epting celebrates 80th birthday
Sympathy is extended to the families of Marvin Hale and Bubba Hale of Union County in their recent deaths.
Sympathy is also extended to the family of Mary Ellis Kennedy, sister of Nita Gandy, who passed away on Jan. 11 in Calhoun City. She was 99.
Congratulations to Rev. Joe Epting, a former pastor of the First Baptist Church, on his 80th birthday. He is the pastor of the Cornersville Baptist Church and members honored him with a lunch following services on Jan. 8. He was also honored with a party by his brother – and sister-in-law, William and Ann Hill of New Albany.
Joyce Clayton and her sister Faye Stanton drove to Southaven to visit her sister-in-law, Betty Smith, last Thursday.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Daniel West, age 50, in his death on Jan. 7. He leaves his wife, Connie West, two brothers, James Lloyd and Larry West, and three sisters, Judy Smith, Helen West and Janie West.
Sympathy is also extended to the family of Hazel Wilson of Holly Springs in her death last Friday.
Connie Work continues to have trouble with her foot following surgery last year. Get well wishes are extended to her.
Potts Camp homecoming basketball game was held Friday night. Congratulations to all participants in the homecoming court. Selected as basketball king and queen were LaJohn Curry and Zana Davis, with Zack Mayer and Rachel Smith named the 2012 Homecoming king and queen.
Now is the time to begin making plans to attend the annual Potts Camp School reunion on Saturday, June 2. We still need old school yearbooks for the bookcase at the school library.
The Potts Camp Town Hall is now open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Paula Mansel is the town clerk.
Birthday wishes go to the following: Lena Faye Work (Jan. 15), Mitch Stone (Jan. 22), William Byers (Jan. 26), Christopher Rowland (Jan. 28), Tommy Howell and Jeanette Stone (Jan. 30), Floyd Edwards (Jan. 31).
Prayer List: Dorothy Chumney, Lorette Overall, Earnestine Barber, Dale Hollingsworth, Mary Jarrett, Faye Turpen, Emma Grace Beasley, Carmen Simmons, Lena Faye Work.
1) With the love of God in our hearts, there is no room for hate. Love is one of God’s greatest gifts. Without it, nothing else is important. I Corinthians 13:1 states, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels, and have not love, I am become as a sounding brass and tinkling cymbal.” God loves us.
2) We should only speak words that God approves of, no unkind remarks, gossip or disrespectful remarks using the Lord’s name. Our prayer should be the same as Psalm 19, David’s passionate prayer: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” God can enable us to speak words that build up others, and glorify His name.
3) God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Memories and History
Back in the 1920s there were no buildings on the large vacant square leading to Front Avenue where the stores, bank, post office and depot were located. We walked the path in the middle of the square. Sometimes during the summer months a silent movie would be shown in a large tent on the square. My older brother, James, would take me there; it cost five and 10 cents. We liked the cartoons and Tom Mix movies. We also attended tent meetings there. Mother always took a quilt so my younger brother could take a nap if he became sleepy.
One day the merchants thought the depression was over so they held Trader’s Day and burned old man Depression on a pole. Boys were running greased pigs to win a prize, and also climbed a greased pole to get the money on top. The largest family rode out of town in a wagon with a barrel of flour as a prize.
The former square is covered with buildings now. The first building to be erected on the vacant square was the Pan Am Service Station owned by Chum Totten of Holly Springs. It was later purchased by T.M. Stone and he renamed it the Corner Quick Stop.
Until 1974 a small white house on Cardinal Street, known as the “Mayor’s Office,” was used for voting and a place for the town council to meet. When Roger Clayton was mayor in 1974, a nice new city hall was built. Members of the board of aldermen that year were George (Wilfred) Boren, Fred Clayton, Henry Jarrett, and Maurine Robison. Evelyn Whaley was the town clerk. The Potts Camp Volunteer Fire Department was chartered that year and the first fire truck was purchased. Their building was attached to the city hall. J.C. Pruitt was the first fire chief, next was Cary Mayer, and then Billy Edlin served as chief until 1985. Until 1974 the only fire equipment the department had were two large wheels with a huge hose wrapped in the middle.
Many people have served our town over the years, beginning in 1888 with only 75 people living here.
God has blessed us!!
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