Thursday, April 4, 2013
Potts Camp News
Larry Poe farm setting for family reunion
Sympathy is extended to the family of Jan Morris, who died early Friday morning (March 29) at her home. A member of the Potts Camp Class of 1964, Jan spent her working career with the United States Postal Service, and when she retired, was working as a postmaster in her hometown. The daughter of Harvey J. and Mattie Gurley, she is survived by her husband, of 48 years, Danny Ray Morris; two daughters, Tanya D. Griffin (Clayton), and Jennifer McMinn (Jody); sister, Sherry Lothridge; four grandchildren, Austin Griffin, Chase Griffin, Jacob McMinn and Hailey McMinn; and one great-grandchild, Avery Griffin.
Sympathy is also extended to the family of Tommy White of Olive Branch who died on Saturday, March 30. He was the brother of Annette Lloyd, Jean Clayton, and Randy Vest of the Potts Camp area.
Betty Duncan (first time abroad), Barbara Pipkin, Barbara Gilliam, Sarah Brigance, Carey Crain, Sarah Crain, Brooke Brigance, Megan Britt, Ecky Leake, and Carolyn Thompson recently returned from a trip to Paris, France. Some of the highlights of the trip according to Duncan, Pipkin and Gilliam were a visit to the Seine River (the ride down the river was canceled due to a freak snowstorm); tour of Notre Dame Cathedral; tour of the Palace of Versailles; visit to the Louvre Art Museum, where they stood in line for a very long time, but finally got to see the Mona Lisa painting; the Eiffel Tower (only got to the second level due to high winds); the Arc de Triomphe (one of the most famous monuments in Paris) where they visited the tomb of the country’s unknown soldier of WWII; and the Musee d’Orsay Art Museum where they saw the painting of Whistler’s mother. During their eight-day trip, their mode of travel was the underground Metro or on two feet. They shopped on days when no tours were scheduled. “We had rain and about five inches of snow; there was also lots of walking; and there were lots and lots of stairs to get to the Metro. We saw the Moulin Rouge, but did not attend a show. The cafes are still like the 18th century with wooden floors, and Paris is beautiful at night with all of the lights,” said Duncan. They all said it was a very enjoyable and interesting trip.
Potts Camp juniors and seniors enjoyed their prom last Friday night at In Bloom in New Albany. Some students traveled by limousine to the prom, and some rented one after the prom to travel to Tupelo to eat.
I received a call from a former Potts Camp resident, Joann Gholston Cox, who enjoys reading The South Reporter and also enjoys the Potts Camp News. Part of her family gathered at her house on Saturday, where the great-grandchildren had an indoor Easter egg hunt. She said the main attraction was the new great-granddaughter who was born on Feb. 21.
Jeanette Stone, Nancy Green and I attended the 15th Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon last Wednesday in Tupelo at the Furniture Mart, sponsored by the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary.
Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity.
Heather Gray celebrated her birthday on March 28 with a beautiful birthday cake made by Joan Gurley. Helping her celebrate were Shaun Holtz, David Fuller, Joan Gurley, Rylee Farr, Mary Minor, and her black lab Nixie.
Part of the family of Annie Ruth Stone met at her home for lunch on Easter Sunday following church services. Approximately 15 were in attendance.
The Gilliam and Poe families held a family reunion on Easter Sunday at the Laws Hill farm of Larry Poe. Approximately 52 family members were in attendance. Some came from Illinois, Arkansas, Texas and Tennessee, according to Jimmy Gilliam. His uncle Dub Poe started the reunion many years ago on Easter and the family tradition continues to this day.
The family of Joyce Clayton all met at her home on Easter Sunday for lunch. Attending were Lynn, Martha, Jamie and Hannah Goolsby, David and Merion Hunsucker, Tammie Cobb and son, Colton.
First Baptist Church held a 5K run on Saturday morning, followed by an Easter egg hunt for the children. On Sunday morning the adult choir presented their cantata with a very large number in attendance. It was a wonderful performance according to church members. Andy Roe is the music director.
Churches on the Potts Camp United Methodist Charge met at 9 a.m. on Easter Sunday at Bethlehem for a fantastic breakfast followed by the morning worship service at 10 a.m. Rev. Don Newton spoke from Luke 24, “On the road to Emmaus.” There was a very large number in attendance.
The rain did not dampen the day for the Gurley family who met at the home of Bill and Sue Rowland on Saturday for a time of food, fellowship and fun. Some of the children enjoyed an indoor Easter egg hunt later in the day. There were 81 in attendance.
Please add Thomas Ann Gray to your prayer list. She spent a week in the Oxford hospital recently, and is now on the road to recovery.
Happy Birthday to the following: Madalynne Ash (Apr. 6), Pam Boren (Apr. 7), James Edward Nichols and Barbara Pipkin (Apr. 8), Zach Mayer and Johnathan Parker (Apr. 9), Lisa Goolsby Murphy (Apr. 10), and Denise Cook (Apr. 11).
The prayer list this week is omitted due to the large number of sick in and around the community. Please remember to pray for your family, friends, acquaintances, etc. each day.
Potts Camp Postmasters
Because Jan Morris’ career was with the Postal Service, it seemed appropriate to include a list of Potts Camp postmasters in this column. Thanks to Sylvia Akin, Roger Clayton and Kim Wilson for supplying the following information.
Since the establishment of the Potts Camp Post Office on Sept. 6, 1875, the following have been postmasters. (Due to space, only the original postmaster’s dates are included). Mrs. M.A. Reid, Sept. 6, 1875-Aug. 18, 1879; Charles H. Reid; W.T. Stricklin; Thomas Ford; Aquilla Greer; William L. Bledsoe; Mary S. Ford; George J. Cook; Mary French; Ellen Montgomery; Faye V. Peel; Willa J. Floyd; Darroll E. Smith; Linda Hawkins; Linda Hankins; Janice Morris; Kelly Neal; and Kim Wilson (the current postmaster who came in April 2006).
During interim periods, Officers in Charge (OIC) manned the office until a permanent postmaster was hired.
Roger Clayton, a rural mail carrier and a member of the Potts Camp Class of 1962, was one of the OIC’s on two different occasions until he retired on March 28, 1998. Also, the father of Jan Morris, Harvey J. Gurley, was a rural mail carrier for several years.
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Women’s Prayer Brunch April 13
I am the resurrection and the life, he that believeth in me though he were dead, yet shall he live. and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. John 11:25-26.
We thank God for a wonderful Easter service that was rendered at various churches during the weekend. Dr. Rev. Coker George delivered an inspiring message at Greenfield Presbyterian Church on Friday night, March 29, on Jesus’ seven last words.
On Sunday, pastor Lyons: The tomb is empty so you can have hope, John 3:16 and etc.
Pastor Willie Hoey delivered the annual prayer breakfast message for Sunrise Chapter #166 O.E.S. on Saturday, March 30. Theme, The power of faith and prayer.
The Blood of Jesus program was rendered at Hamilton Chapel on Sunday, March 31. Elder Bobby Wilson and Hudsonville Church were their special guests.
Davarious Curry and Yazmine spent several days with her mother and family, Elmira Curry, March 20-25.
Ephram N. Curry spent Easter weekend with his mother.
Dr. Bettye Baptist-Wilson will be the guest speaker at Greenfield Presbyterian Church’s Women Prayer Warriors’ brunch, Sat., April 13, 10 a.m. She is a member of “PROWL” – Preachers Reaching Out To Willing Lives – a non-profit foundation to promote the prevention and intervention of childhood poverty, illiteracy, gang violence and drug addiction in Marshall and DeSoto counties. A $15 donation accepted.
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