Thursday, August 2, 2012
Potts Camp News
Smithwicks celebrate 12th anniversary
Congratulations to Bobby and Katie Smithwick, who celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary on Sunday, July 29. They celebrated by attending services and lunch at the Potts Camp Methodist Church at the same time, date, and place they were 12 years ago. Afternoon visitors were her daughter, Anita James; granddaughter, Heather Downs, and great-grandsons, Walker and Wyatt Downs, all of Oxford.
Liesa (Ash) Weaver of Petal was a recent visitor of her mother, Floy Ash, and other family members. She has a doctoral degree in education and is a professor at William Carey College in Hattiesburg.
Billie Sue Baum called Annie Ruth Stone and reported that she is much better from the shingles. She was able to drive to church on July 22 for the first time in eight weeks. We are happy to hear that she is doing well. The shingles are very painful and the pain can linger for some time.
Our sincere condolences are sent to the family of Wayne Greer, 73, of Hickory Flat in his death Tuesday, July 24. Services were held Friday morning at United Funeral Home in New Albany. He leaves his sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jane and Larry Robbins of Ripley, and brother and sister-in-law, Bobby and Margaret Greer of the Winborn community, one niece, three nephews, two great-nieces and two great-nephews, and a special friend, Joan Kennon.
Congratulations to Tommy and Susan Howell on the birth of their great-grandson, Dexter, who was born last week in Hamilton, Ala., weighing seven pounds and three ounces. Susan said that Mom, Dad and baby are all doing very well.
The Potts Camp Church of Christ held a gospel meeting from July 22-25 with a different speaker each evening. Adam Miller from Mayfield Church was guest speaker on Sunday; Mike King of New Albany on Monday; James Horton of Beech Hill on Tuesday and Nokomis Baird of South Ashland on Wednesday. A large crowd attended each service. Jerry Coats is pastor.
I received a call from Potts Camp alumni, Robert G. Edwards of Franklin, Tenn., saying how much he enjoys The South Reporter and the Potts Camp News. It is always good to hear from those who attended school here. He came to a reunion several years ago and enjoyed seeing former classmates as well as others in attendance.
Jeanette Stone and Nancy Green drove to Allen, Texas, to help Emily Stone celebrate her July 22 birthday. They also visited with Frances Fitts in Dallas, Texas. Emily is a concept artist at Zynga.
Holley Muraco has returned to her home in Vacaville, Calif., following an exciting week in Alaska filming walrus with BBC and Animal Planet. She serves as the lead scientist in this project, and took some amazing photos.
Nancy Petrey, a former Potts Camp resident and wife of Curtis Petrey, who at one time was the Methodist minister in town, has written her first book, “Jewish Roots Journey: Memoirs of a Mizpah” (paperback). It came out in June of this year.
Joyce Clayton and I attended the Marshall County Genealogy meeting at the Marshall County Library last Saturday. Suzy (Watson) Stilwell is the president. Speaker was Dr. Sylvester Oliver, director of the Center for the Study of Ida B. Wells and African Americans in North Mississippi. He gave an interesting and informative slide show presentation titled: In Search of the Genealogy of Ida B. Wells.
Betty (Hollingsworth) Greer and other family members attended the annual Hollingsworth family reunion at Aberdeen on Saturday. A large crowd was in attendance.
Visitors of Paul and Dorothy Rose last Friday were her daughter, Wanda Butler and great-granddaughter Hallie Herrell of Conway, Ark. Hallie will remain for several days before returning to her home.
Happy birthday to Bill Rowland (Aug. 6), Stephanie Green (Aug. 8), Kenneth Edwards and Jayne Rowland (Aug. 9).
Prayer requests: Sandra Beaver, Betty Rose Jones, Joan Kelly, David Rooker, Spider Cook, Lorette Overall, Mike Shaw, Sarah Day, Linda Bumpas, Talmadge and Marie Edwards, Ann Callicutt, John Eckols, Philip Cox, Wayne Greer, Betty Fincher, Daphne Foster, Katie Smithwick, Shirley Dillard, and Polly (Poole) Pratt.
Thought for today: “We seldom stop to think how many peoples’ lives are entwined with our own. It is a form of selfishness to imagine that every individual can operate on his own or can pull out of the general stream and not be missed.” Ivy Baker Priest, former U.S. Treasurer (1905-1975).
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