Thursday, September 6, 2012
Potts Camp News
G.R. Thompson celebrates 89th
Be careful of mosquitoes this year. My sister in Memphis, Tenn., has a friend in the hospital with the West Nile virus that is caused from mosquito bites. She is a nurse and says, “Don’t take this lightly; people are getting sick and are being hospitalized.” According to the Centers for Disease Control, Mississippi has had 79 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in various parts of the state this year.
According to the CDC, some symptoms of the virus include fever, headache, neck stiffness, nausea and vomiting. More severe cases may cause disorientation, coma, tremors or convulsions.
Please be aware of the dangers and learn as much as you can about this virus before it strikes someone in your family. Take precautions while being outside. For more information, contact the Marshall Co. Extension Service in Holly Springs.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Cecil Shaw who died Saturday, Sept. 1. I remember three of his oldest children, Jimmy, Joyce and Bill. We were all neighbors as children and all attended Potts Camp School and played together. Another daughter, Barbara Rhea, is a beautician in Holly Springs. He was also the last remaining uncle of Jean (Shaw) Whaley and Ralph Shaw of this community.
G.R. Thompson celebrated his 89th birthday with a large crowd of family and friends at Graceland Care Home in New Albany on Wednesday, Aug. 29. Family attending were his son, Robert “Buster” Thompson, grandsons, Chris, Timmy, and Bobby Thompson, their wives, children and grandchildren. G.R. was very happy and excited to have all of his family together. Lots of photos were taken on this memorable occasion. Mitch Stone went by that morning to sing for him. G.R. has a great memory and enjoys telling stories to all who visit.
Roger and Daphne Foster recently returned from a trip to Mt. Rushmore, S.D. While there they participated in a three-day classic tractor event. Various sight-seeing opportunities were enjoyed during this vacation. They saw Mt. Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Monument and took a ride on an antique steam train to a mining town. On the return trip they visited historic sites in St. Joseph, Mo. They said it was a safe and enjoyable trip.
Joan Gurley, Jeanette Stone, Nancy Green and I traveled to the State Veterans Home in Humboldt, Tenn. on Monday, Aug. 27, to visit our aunt, Margrette Bowling. She will be 92 in September and also has an amazing memory. It is always a pleasure to visit with her and learn more family history.
Congratulations to Jonathan and Sammie Jo Poole on the arrival of twins, Chance Gaige, weighing six pounds, seven ounces, and Journey Mackylie, five pounds and 15 ounces. They were born Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the Baptist Hospital in Oxford. They are neighbors of Mildred Marbury and she is excited to have the young family living next door.
Jeanette Stone, Pam Gurley and Kelsey Lyons drove to West Point on Saturday to attend the Prairie Arts Festival. While there they visited the booth of David and Jo (Young) Faulkenbery who make wooden crosses.
Honor America’s heroes. Fly the flag on Patriot Day, Tuesday, Sept. 11.
Happy birthday to Anna Passons on Sept. 6, Hunter Joyner on Sept. 10, Edna (Dorris) Butterfield on Sept. 12, Morgan Green on Sept. 13, and Katie Smithwick on Sept. 14.
Happy wedding anniversary to Mitch and Jeanette Stone on Sept. 13 and to Don and Dene Randolph on Sept. 15.
Get well wishes are being sent to Timmy Thompson, Christine Epting, Sue Rowland and Susan Howell.
Please remember the following in your prayers: Mary Ann Todd, E.B. Sanders, Emma May Blanton, Donna Chumney, Rev. Jim Smith, Tom and Shirley Bready, 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, Betty Fincher, Katie Smithwick, Shirley Dillard, Polly (Poole) Pratt, and George and Dorothy Dickey.
Annie Ruth Stone recalls the soup kitchen at the Potts Camp School prior to the lunchroom. She said there was a long, green narrow building on the hill between the auditorium and the old gymnasium called the soup kitchen. Workers were Lena King and Ethel Coyle and they cooked and served soup and crackers every day for lunch for a couple of years.
The first lunchroom remembered by Margaret (Gurley) Hart was in the high school and was in two rooms next to what is now the auditorium. Margaret learned to eat English peas then and learned to like them. What she remembers being on the menu were meat loaf, English peas and mashed potatoes, along with milk and a cookie. “I remember it was really good,” she said. She started school in 1943.
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