Thursday, July 10, 2014
Potts Camp News
Church of Christ meeting begins July 27
Paul wrote: “I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 (NRSV)
Sympathy is extended to the family of Edward Burris of Cordova, Tennessee (formerly of Potts Camp) in his death July 2. Funeral services were held Saturday, July 5 at Memphis Funeral Home on Poplar Avenue with burial in Potts Camp Cemetery. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eddie and Luticia Burris; his wife of 50 years, Frances Cox Burris; his son, Donald Edward Burris, and his brother, Charles Henry Burris. He is survived by his daughter, Virginia Pilcher; granddaughter, Rachel Berry (Brent), and two great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Avery Berry. Memorials may be made in Burris’s honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Visitors of Robert and Jean King over the holidays were Betty Hearn of Blue Mountain; her daughter, Elizabeth Hearn and son, Houston, of Jackson; Heather and Madelyn Hodges of Germantown; and Susan Morgan and daughter, Katherine of Memphis, who furnished lunch on Sunday, July 6, which they all enjoyed.
A gospel meeting will be held at the Potts Camp Church of Christ starting Sunday, July 27, and continuing through Wednesday, July 30. There will be a different speaker for each service. Everyone is invited to attend.
Mike and Holley Muraco and two sons of California arrived July 1, to spend time with her parents, Mitch and Jeanette Stone, and sister, Emily, as well as extended family members.
A Fourth of July celebration was held at the homes of Mitch and Jeanette Stone and Mary Minor and it also served as birthday parties for Jordan’s 12th and Colton’s 7th birthdays. A host of family members and friends turned out for the eventful day. Inflatable water slides were set up for the large number of children on hand. There were also games, hotdogs, pizza, and everything that goes into a wonderful Independence Day celebration. The day was capped off with fireworks at night. Holley took fantastic photos of a number of attendees writing with Sparklers, as well as the fireworks display manned by Mike and his assistants. She also captured wonderful pictures of the giant bubbles by several of the younger generation. Children also enjoyed catching fireflies during the nighttime activities. The day could not have been any better.
The grandchildren of Jean Gurley, Georgia and Landon Cobbs of Oxford, spent the night of July 3, with her and were on hand for the Fourth of July events in our neighborhood. Later that afternoon, they returned home to attend the fireworks display in Oxford.
Saturday afternoon visitors of the Stone and Muraco families were Sue Rowland and grandchildren, Sarah Grace, Caleb, and Tyler Knight of Florida. They enjoyed outdoor activities with Jordan and Colton Muraco and Christopher, Jayne, and Brendan Rowland.
Get-well wishes are sent to Joann Gholston Cox who underwent recent back surgery. She is now recuperating at her home in Memphis and sends greetings to all of her Potts Camp friends.
Winborn United Methodist Church will have their second Saturday night singing this Saturday, July 12, starting at 5 p.m. The featured singing group will be “Living Proof.” There will also be an open mike session. Refreshments will be served following the performances.
Nikki-Poole Gurley posted pictures on Facebook of the Marshall County All-Stars (girls) who won third place in North Half and the Sportsmanship Award on Sunday afternoon. Congratulations to all team members and their coaches.
While we all enjoyed our Independence Day celebrations, our family received sad news last Friday when we learned of the death of a special aunt, Margrette Gurley Bowling of Humboldt, Tenn. She would have turned 94 in September and was such a positive, jolly, fun-loving person, as well as a Christian, first and foremost. She was residing in a home for veterans and enjoyed giving to others. She also enjoyed flowers, crafts, and making friends. We will miss her very much.
Happy birthday to the following: Luke Gurley (July 10), Janna Thomas Stanton and Suzy Watson Stilwell (July 11), Kayla Jarrett (July 12), Jerry Green and Charles Shaw (July 15), Joan Gurley (July 16), and Keri M. Beasley (July 17).
Prayer list: Gayle Ash, Tom and Shirley Bready, Linda Bumpas, Madeline Clifton, Joann G. Cox, Coy DeBerry, Jody Edwards, Talmadge and Marie Edwards, Randy Gresham, Jennifer Gay Harris, Linda Jones, Terri Kitchens, Troy and Lucille Leopard, Jean King, Elizabeth Morris, Junior Overall, Joe and Irene Pipkin, Bernard “Poodlum” Porter, Joann Potts, Gladys Rhynes, Larry Robbins, Margie Simmons, Richard Smothers, Faye and Pam Sparks, Matthew Stone, Billy Joe Tomlinson, James and Della Rose Williams.
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Memories, continued from last week:
Written June 9, 2005
by Dale Potts Hollingsworth
The William Potts house:
“Later the Gooch Hunter family lived in the house; he was a railroad man. Joe and Mary Stone also lived there at one time. When Mary Stone’s mother, Mrs. Jamison’s two-story house across the railroad tracks burned, she moved into the old house with her son, George Jamison and family. The house that burned was once Reid’s Hotel.”
“My grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Alexander Potts, really enjoyed having Mrs. Jamison as a neighbor; she was always jolly. One day when Grandpa was working in his store, my grandmother and Mrs. Jamison decided that Grandpa’s cow was sick. My younger brother, Bennie Potts, came along and told our parents that a ‘toddy’ might help her. Well, they gave her too much, and the cow got drunk. (I had never seen a drunk cow before! Back then you couldn’t buy milk at the stores.) Anyway, the cow finally got well!”
“Allen Reed Gresham, a ball player at Potts Camp School, lived in the old house at one time (about 1935 and ’36). Many people who lived there worked for the Frisco Railroad. I also remember when Ada Pearl and W.D. Churchill lived there. Their children were Sonny, James and Charlotte. I also loved Ada Pearl Churchill’s sister, Nanny Churchill, our neighbor. Sometimes we see William Potts in Potts Camp Cemetery visiting the gravesite of his precious teenage son, Charles Potts, who died in a car accident many years ago (same name as my late brother).”
“My family lived in Aberdeen for several years, so others that I didn’t know about could have lived in the old house. A.C. Jamison and his wife, Ruth, lived in the old Taylor house next door. Ruth had a beauty shop. I remember when Margaret (Alvis) Seymour and I decided to get our first perm in 1938. She hooked you up to a machine and turned on the electricity. It was awful! I never got another one like that.”
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