Thursday, February 21, 2013
Potts Camp News
PC Methodist Charge plans fund-raiser
Bo Bear and family of Pittsburgh, Penn. recently visited his mother, Diane Burton of Memphis, Tenn., and his grandmother, Mildred Bowen of Potts Camp. They also visited his aunt and uncle, John and Betty Bowen in Oxford and attended an Ole Miss basketball game.
Town clerk Paula Mansel attended city clerk training in Biloxi and Jackson last week. She also attended Court Clerk training. Full-time deputy clerk Shelia Williams was in the office all week.
Sympathy is extended to the family of G.R. Thompson. Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 15, with burial in the Salem Baptist Church cemetery. When I started school, G.R. had converted an old milk hauling truck into a school bus and came to pick us up for school. He drove a school bus for several years for the Marshall County School System. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II.
Congratulations to the Potts Camp Lady Cardinals for winning the Region 2-2A Tournament in Walnut last week. Also, congratulations go to the Potts Camp Cardinals, who came in second place in the tournament after losing by two points in overtime.
Potts Camp School baseball and softball games began on Saturday, Feb. 16. It was a very cold day to be outside.
If you are in New Albany, stop by the Union County Heritage Museum and view the folk art exhibits. Jeanette Stone has works on display along with several other artists. The exhibit will run through March 20.
On March 2 the Potts Camp Methodist Charge will have a fund-raiser for their mission project, the Samaritan House. The event will start at 12 noon and end at 3 p.m. Barbecue plates will be on sale at noon. A silent auction will also be held during the same time frame. At 3 p.m., Bro. Don Newton will be demonstrating the molding of clay.
On Easter Sunday the Bethlehem United Methodist Church will host services for the Potts Camp Charge. There will be breakfast at 9 a.m. with morning worship at 10 a.m.
A sunrise service, breakfast and special services are being planned for Easter Sunday at First Baptist Church in Potts Camp.
Happy Birthday to the following: Megan Watkins (Feb. 25), Billy Joe Jarrett and Denise Gurley Wilson (Feb. 28), and Karlie Pipkin (Feb. 29).
Prayer requests: Johnny Cardwell, Tiffany Erwin, Sandra (Gilliam) Beaver, Ann Callicutt, Sue Colella, William Cook, Joann Gholston Cox, Carol Jean Davis, Talmadge and Marie Edwards, Larry and Rita Elliott, Mary Ann (Todd) Fleckinger, W.R. Gandy, Edward Gurley, Mitchell Gurley, Pam Hall, Betty Hearn, Louise Hutchens, Pauline Hutchens, Joan Kelly, Robert H. and Jean King, Mildred Marbury, Polly Poole Pratt, Orville Rhynes, Knowlton Shaw, Mike Shaw, Lois Swaney Shipp, Shirley Smith, Katie Smithwick, Sylvia (Clark) Smithwick, Pam Sparks, Charles W. Thomas, and Lawrence White.
Memories of Sylvia (Seymour) Akin
It is gone now, but when I was a child, a huge oak tree grew alongside the sidewalk that ran past the Henderson home on Sycamore Street in Potts Camp. The tree was large – wide enough for a man to hide behind – and one night one did. My grandfather, Charlie Alvis, had just returned from Memphis, his pockets full of cash, from the sale of a load of timber. He had parked the flatbed truck he had driven down by the railroad tracks on Front Street as there was no room to park it on Pontotoc Street, our street.
He was just passing the tree when someone stepped out from behind the tree and hit him in the head, knocking him out. When he came to, all of his money was gone. He walked the short half block up the street to the home of the town marshal, Butler Overton, to report the crime.
As Granddaddy didn’t know who had knocked him out, not much could be done. However, word got round of the mugging, and someone told someone, who told someone, who told my grandmother of a local fortuneteller who, for a small fee, could identify the scoundrel.
I went with my grandparents when they visited the fortuneteller. It was just the three of us – their children disapproved. I remember that to enter her house we walked up three or four rickety wooden steps; that the room we entered was small, with a picture of Jesus that had been cut from a magazine pasted to the wall, and that it smelled strongly of kerosene; that the fortuneteller was a short, dumpy, woman of middle age with black hair and dark, sympathetic eyes. I remember that as soon as we entered the room, before we even sat down, the fortuneteller said that she knew who had hit Granddaddy and stolen his money, but that he was her kin and if she told his name he would hurt her.
We left and that would have been the end of it, except that for many years after, whenever I walked past the tree, I always stepped off the sidewalk and walked down the middle of the street.
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