Thursday, January 4, 2013
Potts Camp News
Young-at-Heart Luncheon held
Sympathy is extended to the family of Callie Pearl (Crouch) Hale who died Monday, Jan. 21, in Tupelo. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. She was the daughter of James Thomas and Vernie Ash Crouch of Potts Camp.
Condolences are also sent to the family of Dr. Carrol Major Wicker of Meridian, who was laid to rest at Pisgah Cemetery near Hickory Flat on Friday, Jan. 25. She was the widow of Dr. Ralph Wicker of the Winborn community. Attending the interment were her family, Jennifer and John McRae and children Collier and Ann Preston of Meridian; John David and Rachel Wicker of San Diego, Ca.; and Emily and Jeff Ligon and their daughter Charlotte of Raleigh, NC. Also, attending were her brother-in-law Walter Wicker of Waxahachie, Texas; May Wynn Wren, Marilyn Brewer, and Hayley Wren of Memphis, Tenn.; Judge Fred Wicker of Pontotoc; U.S. Senator and Mrs. Roger Wicker of Tupelo; Bobby and Lucy Gaines and son, Robert of Tupelo; Barbara Shepard and Martha Day of Oxford; Richard Wicker of Washington and his son from Ole Miss; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wicker; George Wicker, Rivers and Sid Ayres, and Johnny Elliott, all of Hickory Flat; Tony and Joyce Ann Harris of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and Jeanette Stone and I attended from this community. We grew up in Winborn and were schoolmates with some of the family members. Following services at the cemetery, the family all met at Flick’s Restaurant for lunch.
At the invitation of Betty Scott of Holly Springs, Mitch and Jeanette Stone and I attended a Young-at-Heart luncheon in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church last Saturday. Special guest speaker was Olin Pickens of Nesbit (also a native of Tippah County); age 91, who is a former World War II prisoner of war. He captured the audience’s attention with his ordeal while a POW for 26 months and 5 days (from Feb. 16, 1943, to April 21, 1945). He was captured as a young man in North Africa by the Germans, was taken to Sicily, then went by boat to Italy where the prisoners were put on a 40 x 8 box car and taken to Naples where they were put in a compound. He said they rode the train for seven days and seven nights going through France and then were shipped to different locations in Germany. During his talk he gave credit to the Lord for keeping him alive. At one point when he talked about being put in a dungeon for 26 days, he said he wasn’t alone as the Lord went in before him. There was so much to tell that I cannot begin to give the details. Every American needs to hear his story. It will break your heart and make you proud of our men and women in service. Pickens also thanked veterans and their families. Mitch Stone was asked to sing a patriotic song prior to his talk. He sang “God Bless the U.S.A.” Dr. Joe Lusby is pastor of the church.
A very good article was written by Jill N. Smith, director of the Union County Heritage Museum, on Dale Potts Hollingsworth. The title was “Memories of Potts Camp Collected” and ran in the January 3 edition of the News Exchange in New Albany. Her daughter, Betty Greer, has donated a book of Mrs. Hollingsworth’s memories to the museum.
Congratulations to the Potts Camp Cardinals and Lady Cardinals on their basketball victories last Friday night against Strayhorn. Also, on Friday night, Feb. 1, during the games against Alcorn Central, former P.C. state basketball champions (1936, 1961, and 1973) and runners-up (1932, 1986, and 1993) will be recognized.
Congratulations to Rev. and Mrs. Paul Hicks of First Baptist Church, on the birth of their first grandchild, a grandson.
Keri, Logan and Emma Grace Beasley of Shannon, along with Rylee Farr, were weekend guests of their grandmother and great-grandmother Joan Gurley. Lisa and Mark Murphy, also of Shannon, visited on Saturday. Rylee went home with her aunt and cousins and spent Saturday night with them, returning to her home on Sunday afternoon. Rylee is the daughter of Brad and Beverly Farr of Macedonia.
Christopher Rowland, son of Jay and Roxanne Rowland, celebrated his birthday a couple of days early with a party at Let’s Paint in Southaven on Saturday, Jan. 26. Most of his cousins attended. Following their painting class, they were served cake and ice cream.
Happy Birthday to Laverne Westmoreland on Feb. 7.
Prayer requests: Orville Rhynes (blood clots), William Cook (surgery scheduled for Feb. 4), Caleb Cole (rare fever), Mildred Marbury, Becky Clifton, Joan Kelly, Gene Stevens, Carol Jean Davis, Lois Swaney Shipp, Ann Callicutt, Pam Sparks, Larry and Rita Elliott, Mitchell Gurley, Edward Gurley, Sandra (Gilliam) Beaver, Pam Hall, Polly Poole Pratt, Katie Smithwick, W.R. Gandy, Robert H. and Jean King, Lawrence White, Sylvia (Clark) Smithwick, Sue Colella, Shirley Smith, Louise Hutchens, Pauline Hutchens, Mary Ann Todd Fleckinger, Mike Shaw, Betty Hearn, Talmadge and Marie Edwards.
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