Thursday, March 1, 2012
Potts Camp loses special lady
By: Mary R. Minor
Residents of Potts Camp are saddened by the loss of a special lady. Dale Potts Hollingsworth, great-great-granddaughter of the town’s first settler, passed away on Monday. She was a patient at Sunshine Health Care, Inc., north of Pontotoc, at the time of her death. She is going to be greatly missed. Next week’s column will be dedicated to her memory.
Get well wishes are sent to Katherine (Greer) Sundstrom who underwent partial knee surgery on Tuesday, Feb. 21. She is at home and doing well.
Joann B. Potts and I visited with Mrs. Dale Hollingsworth on Monday, Feb. 20. She was so happy to see us and hopes to be well soon. They also visited Doris Goode (aunt of Joann) and G.R. Thompson, patients at Graceland Nursing Home in New Albany.
Mrs. Hollingsworth visited her doctor in New Albany recently and visited with several Potts Camp residents while there.
Shirley (Kimery) Bready, former Potts Camp resident, was recently pictured in the Commercial Appeal (Sat., Feb. 18, 2012). She got jumped over by a motorcycle! During a recent trip to see family in Celina, Texas, Shirley of Covington, Tenn., experienced the thrill of being part of a daredevil stunt performed by her grandson, Eric James Tinker, age 13. She bravely sat in the back of a pickup as her grandson made the jump, clearing the truck on his Suzuki 85 motorcycle.
Madalynne Ash said to thank everyone for their prayers for Carmen Simmons. She is happy to report that Carmen is doing well following recent surgery.
Margaret Hart and Mary Minor visited with Mary Jo Whaley on Monday to look at old family photos. It was a good visit and we enjoyed it thoroughly.
The Women’s Bible Study group at First Baptist Church gave a retirement party for Pat Westmoreland, Thursday, Feb. 23. Pat retired from the Potts Camp Library on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Amy Gray from Bethlehem will be the new librarian.
Daniel Smothers, middle school student in Olive Branch, and grandson of Bill and Sue Rowland, recently competed in the State Chess Tournament in Jackson. Sue reports that he did very well by winning three games, tied one game, and lost one game. They are very proud of him.
Congratulations to Rick Dillard, who is now the president of the Mississippi Wildlife Federation. His parents, Ralph and Shirley Dillard, along with his brother, Kirby, attend the 52nd annual Conservation Achievement Awards program at the Hilton in Jackson on Feb. 18.
Potts Camp Methodist Charge members are starting a new ministry – a Samaritan House. More details will follow later.
Recent visitors of Faye Turpen and family were Sharon Delancey and daughter, Paula Bell of Memphis, and Marion and Betty Askew.
Jean Clayton is thankful that she received a good report from her doctor this past week. She appreciates all of the prayers on her behalf.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Clayton of Paducah, Kentucky visited with family members last weekend. A large group of family members met at Clancey’s Restaurant in Red Banks for dinner on Friday evening.
Shaun Holtz, head basketball coach at Potts Camp, and PE teacher at Mary Reid Elementary School, participated in a Run for Hope Marathon (13.1 miles) in Oxford last Saturday. This was a benefit for Childhood Diabetes.
Essie Dillard was honored on her 87th birthday with a surprise dinner at her home on Feb. 22 by her children. Happy birthday to Mrs. Dillard.
Birthday wishes also go to Becky Clifton, who was 92 on Feb. 27, to Brantley Harris (Feb. 21), to Pat Goode (Mar. 6), and to Stone Goode (Mar. 16).
Jean Gurley, Jeanettte Stone and I attended a basketball game Saturday at First Baptist Church in Oxford to watch Madisyn Cobbs play in her last game of the season in the Upward Program. She is the granddaughter of Jean and daughter of Jimmie and Georgia Cobbs.
Prayer List: Roger Garrison, Lacy Ivy, W.R. Gandy, James Gray, Dale Hollingsworth, Shirley Dillard, Jean Whaley, Linda Bumpas, Daphne Foster, David Rooker, Mike Shaw, Lorette Overall, Rita Elliott, Ann Miller, Ann Allen, Talmadge and Marie Edwards, Shirley Dillard, Jean Clayton, Mary Jarrett, Faye Turpen, Sherry Colhoun, and Craig Gurley.
Correction: The first two graduates from Potts Camp School in 1929 were Dallas King and Willie Mae Potter (not Willie Mae Potts).
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Memories and History
Fletcher Pomeroy was a Quartermaster Sergeant of the 7th Kansas Cavalry. During the War Between the States his regiment spent a considerable amount of time in the area of North Mississippi. Pomeroy kept a diary of his experiences in North Mississippi. It seems that some things have not changed much in the ensuing 128 years.
His entry for Monday, July 18, 1864 follows: Tippah Creek Miss (near Potts Camp): “Our regiment moved out alone this morning keeping to the Holly Springs road to Hickory Flat. The road was the worst we ever tried to march over. People in this vicinity must go to the mill on a mule, for they could never get there with a wagon. About 4 p.m. we camped at this place (Tippah Creek). Some of the other cavalry came up and camped near us. We must have marched 20 miles.”
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