Thursday, December 20, 2012
Potts Camp News
Lynn and Kathleen Marbury from Ireland visit family and friends for the holidays
Merry Christmas to everyone!
This Christmas, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16.
To find true joy at Christmas, look to Jesus. He came to lift our burdens, so we can raise our eyes to welcome Him at Christmas.
Condolences are extended to Rev. and Mrs. Chuck Fowler in the death of their son, David, last week. Memorial services were held at the funeral home in Saltillo last Saturday.
Mitch Stone presented a program of Christmas music for the senior citizens of Independence Methodist Church on Wednesday, Dec. 12.
Students, faculty and staff of Mary Reid Elementary School traveled to Tupelo last Thursday to attend Disney on Ice.
Maxine G. Avent, Elizabeth G. Hunsucker, Joann G. Cox, and May Wynn Wren, of Memphis, Katherine Sundstrom of Holly Springs, Annie Ruth Stone, Pat Goode, Madalynne Ash, and Margaret Hart all met at my house on Wednesday, Dec. 12, for lunch. We enjoyed listening to Christmas songs by Mitch Stone via CD, then enjoyed homemade soups and desserts, and our time to be together during the Christmas season. Afterwards the Memphis group placed flowers on the graves of their loved ones before returning to their respective homes.
Potts Camp cheerleaders, under the leadership of Beverly Farr and Tammie Wilkerson, traveled to Jackson last Friday to participate in state competitions. While they did not place, their performance was well presented and received praise from those in attendance. Lots of hard work and dedication were given by the members of the cheer squad and we congratulate them for a job well done! They had a large cheering section in Jackson with them.
Lynn and Kathleen Marbury of Ireland arrived last weekend to spend a week visiting with family and friends in Potts Camp and Holly Springs. On Sunday, they met at the home of Mildred Marbury for lunch and were joined by Linda and Keith Bumpas of Memphis, Gary King of Southaven, Sandra Gillard of Booneville, Janie Hooper and Jamie Hemme of this community.
Jeanette Stone returned home on Saturday after spending over two weeks in California with her grandsons, Jordan and Colton Muraco. Their parents, Mike and Holley Muraco, returned from Hong Kong on Thursday. While in Hong Kong, Holley and Kit Chan (former exchange student), spent several days touring interesting sites, etc. She has posted some of her photos on Facebook.
The adult choir of First Baptist Church in Potts Camp, under the direction of Andy Roe, presented their cantata on Sunday morning. The children will present their Christmas program on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend.
Troy and Dawn James of Red Bay, Ala., surprised their aunt, Faye Turpen, on her birthday last Saturday. They also attended her birthday lunch at the Mexican restaurant, along with Tim, Pam and Jean Sparks, and Marion and Betty Askew.
Margaret Hart and I attended the Christmas party of the Faithful Workers Sunday School Class (of which she is a member) on Saturday at the home of Louise Akins in Holly Springs. Other class members attending were Lois Shipp (teacher), Joann Boatwright, Doris Clements, Sue Elliott, Wanda Holbrook, Betty Moore, Martha Prothro, Mary H. Skelton, Agnes Williams, and Nina Work. It was also the birthday of Nina Work, who was surprised with a birthday cake and cards. The delicious lunch was prepared by class members. Everyone enjoyed the afternoon.
Happy Birthday to the following: Betty (Bowen) Brower (Nov. 21), and Marlee Watkins (Nov. 27). Mama’s birthday would have been Dec. 23 and we remember her also at this time. And, Mrs. Dale Hollingsworth’s birthday would have been Dec. 16.
Sabine Smithwick, granddaughter of Bobby Smithwick, celebrated her birthday on Sunday, Dec. 16. She also had a party on Monday afternoon at JB’s Restaurant in Holly Springs.
Prayer List: Sylvia (Clark) Smithwick, Heather (Rhea) Hodges, Gladys Rhynes, Kerry Moore, Sue Colella, Sandra Beaver, Lawrence White, Shirley Smith, Louise Hutchens, Cathy Parker, Edward Gurley, Danny Ash, Jr., Betty Hearn, Hailey Walker, James (Spider) Cook, Pauline Hutchens, Mary Ann Todd, Mike Shaw, Sarah Day, John Eckols, Katie Smithwick, Talmadge and Marie Edwards, and Polly (Poole) Pratt.
Christmas Memories of the late Mrs. Dale (Potts) Hollingsworth
Sometimes I remember Christmas as a child when we would choose our toys from a Sears Roebuck sale catalogue, and how I followed James into the woods to find a perfect cedar tree. (At that time friends were glad for you to cut a Christmas tree on their land.) We hung our stockings on the fireplace mantelboard. (I still have the old mantel board with holes in it where our stockings hung.)
One night Santa put the Roman cannons too near the fireplace and they fell over in the ashes. Suddenly they started shooting all over the room. Daddy jumped out of bed and held them up the chimney. We ran outside in the cold weather to watch them shoot above the house. What a lovely sight!
The next year Santa put the toys, etc. under the Christmas tree in the hall, not around the fireplace. During those Depression years we didn’t have much money, but Mother let me make candy when I was older to give to relatives and friends. I always took a box to my Uncle Peck who lived with my grandparents next door. I would put it on his dresser while he was asleep.
Many times we spent Christmas with my other grandparents in Plantersville, Dr. T.C. Harris and Annie Harris; we rode the train there. Grandpa Harris was a dear, old retired doctor. I remember sitting around Grandpa’s chair in front of the log fire, and hearing him tell of his life as a country doctor and a man of God. He also told us about how he rode off on his old horse “Tom” at age 16 to fight in the Civil War. (He never hated anyone.) Before eating, Grandpa always read a few Bible verses and prayed. I was 12 when he died. It was really sad. They had a large family. One day, when we were there, James and their cousin, Porter, were skating on the icy pond, and the ice broke with James; Porter saved his life. Mother put him to bed while she dried his long-handles in front of the big fireplace. He really fussed, and I had to laugh at him. We caught the train back home Sunday night, as Daddy had to be at work on Monday. We lived in the same house I live in now and Daddy was the Potts Camp depot agent.
I have many happy memories of Christmas in the past.
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