Thursday, July 24, 2014
Potts Camp News
David Fuller attends Redbirds game
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.” I Timothy 2:1.
Cornersville United Methodist Church will host a chargewide Vacation Bible School, Saturday, Aug. 2, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Theme: “Light of the World.” Participants will make a small pottery lamp like the Israelites used, along with Bible study and other activities.
The life of Fran Lopez Childers, widow of Robert W. Childers, was celebrated with a funeral mass at St. Louis Catholic Church in Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday, June 19, followed by a procession to Flat Rock Church and Cemetery in Hickory Flat, where she was laid to rest alongside her husband. Following the graveside service, colorful balloons were released in her memory by family and friends, as a tribute to her life. Afterwards, everyone gathered at the Childers family farm for a meal and time of reflection. At this gathering we met the large family of Fran who came from Texas and Oklahoma to join the Childers clan for this sad occasion. Family members reminisced about the wonderful times they had with this special lady. She was a registered nurse and was very kind and caring.
Dustin and Hanna (Goolsby) Minor have returned home from an enjoyable cruise to the Bahamas. They boarded their cruise ship in Jacksonville, Fla., on Wednesday, July 9, and returned on July 14. They had a great time on the cruise and also had a good time sightseeing.
Madisyn Cobbs of Oxford, granddaughter of Jean Gurley, recently enjoyed a chartered bus trip to Washington, D.C., with grandparents, Jim and Beth Cobbs, also of Oxford. They were with members of the Batesville Junior High TSA, of which Mrs. Cobbs is an advisor. Tours included the White House, Washington Monument, Arlington National Cemetery, Air and Space Museum, and other sites.
My neighbors, Greg, Mandy and Allison Holmes, enjoyed a trip to Orange Beach, Fla., last week with other family members. They went parasailing, visited an alligator farm, toured the Pensacola Naval Air Station and went up into a lighthouse. They planned to watch the Blue Angels perform, but due to weather conditions, the air show was cancelled.
Joan Gurley celebrated her birthday on July 16 with daughters Lisa Murphy and Beverly Farr; grandchildren, Keri Murphy Beasley, Abby Farr and Rylee Farr; and great-grandchildren Logan, Emma Grace, and Addy Kate Beasley. Everyone enjoyed the delicious chicken lunch, followed by birthday cake, ice cream, and fellowship.
Margaret Hart and John Nelson came for a visit last Thursday and brought fresh vegetables for lunch -- blackeyed peas, squash, cabbage, slaw, sliced tomatoes, fried chicken and cornbread. We were joined for the meal by Bill Rowland, Mitch Stone, and Billy Cline.
David Fuller enjoyed a night out at the Redbirds baseball stadium last Saturday evening with several family members. They watched a double-header with the Redbirds winning both games. Afterwards, they all enjoyed the fireworks display.
Today is the final day to attend the summer reading program at the Potts Camp Library. Cheryl Grisham, librarian, said it has been an enjoyable program with lots of children attending. They have enjoyed story time, crafts, exhibits, and snacks.
Potts Camp Church of Christ will hold gospel meetings Sunday, July 27, through Wednesday, July 30. Everyone is invited to attend.
Wedding anniversary wishes are sent to Walter and Vecelia Gadd, and Pat and Jean Cox on July 26; and to Jason and Nikki Gurley on July 29.
Happy birthday to Ashley Forester and Patrick Thompson (July 25), Lori Nelson Reeves and Chris Thompson (July 26), Billy Zane Clark IV and Betty Maxey (July 27), Carol Luckett, Jon and Jay Rowland, Nicole White Syms and Tyler Thompson (July 28), Greg Smothers (July 29), Tanya Johnson Snow (July 30), Mitchell Gurley and Leland Passons (July 31).
Prayer list: Gayle Ash, John and Betty Bowen. Linda Bumpas, Madeline Clifton, Joann G. Cox, Coy DeBerry, Jody Edwards, Talmadge and Marie Edwards, Jim Gilliam, Randy Gresham, Jennifer Harris, Linda Jones, Terri Kitchens, Troy and Lucille Leopard, Robert Luther, Jean King, Elizabeth Morris, Junior Overall, Joe and Irene Pipkin, Joann Potts, Gladys Rhynes, Larry Robbins, Margie Simmons, Billy Smith, Richard Smothers, Faye and Pam Sparks, James and Della Rose Williams.
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Memories of Sylvia Seymour Akin
Note: Sylvia was remembering when the train delivered the mail back in the early 1940s, someone would toss the bag of mail off as the train sped past, collecting the outgoing mail at the same time. This was called “mail on the fly.” This prompted her to write down what she remembered for use in this column. I appreciate Sylvia for sharing this memory.
“The Frisco train that brought our mail and carried our mail away came through twice a day. In the morning it would be headed southeast towards Birmingham and in the afternoon in the opposite direction, towards Memphis.
Several loud blows from the train’s steam whistle would herald its approach - the sound inducing anticipation, even excitement. There was no door-to-door delivery and in less than an hours’ time of the train’s passing, the post office would be bustling with patrons anxious to collect their mail.
As the train sped past the post office, someone from inside the train would kick out a large, gray, canvas bag containing mail and at the same time collect the outgoing mail which had been placed in an identical canvas bag and hung securely from a mail crane; a tall wooden contraption that stood alongside, and close to the tracks. As the moving train sped by, a clerk from inside an open boxcar would lean out, hanging on for dear life with one hand and raising the train’s catcher arm with the other. Ideally the catcher arm would grab the dangling bag of mail which the clerk would then pull inside the boxcar. If it missed or the bag fell off, the mail didn’t go out that day and was carried back inside to await the next train.
Something was lost when “mail on the fly” delivery stopped and the mail came and went daily by truck, quietly, and with absolutely no fanfare at all.
Frank Johnson, better known as “Lightning” was the one who collected the incoming mail bag and hung the outgoing mail on the pole.”
Lightning was one of the town’s remarkable citizens. He worked on the railroad so long and loved it so much that he kept coming back to work after retirement age. Everyone loved the old man, so they gave him the job of hanging the mail and bringing the sack of mail for Potts Camp back to the old post office.
He would sit on the post office porch waiting for the mail train. He was very dedicated and did not allow rain, sleet or snow to stop him from picking up the mail bag.
He lived to be 96 years old; he always smiled and talked to everyone.
Source: Memories by Dale Hollingsworth.
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