Thursday, January 23, 2014
Potts Camp News
Baby shower honors Nick and Ashley Moore
“Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.” John 6:27
Get well wishes are being sent to Bit Stanton from his family and friends.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Corrine Ash Evans of the Lebanon community in her death last week. Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 19, at Holly Springs Funeral Home with burial in Lebanon Cemetery. She leaves two sons, Glen Evans and wife Gale, and Bob Evans and wife Linda; a daughter Peggy Cruse and husband Dudley; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Robert Patterson, assistant librarian at the Marshall County Library in Holly Springs, was speaker for the Friends of the Library on Tuesday, Jan. 4. He presented a wonderful PowerPoint program on “The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878,” and talked about its impact on this area. He is very knowledgeable on this subject as well as the graves in Hill Crest Cemetery. The Yellow Fever display at the Marshall County Historical Museum was also created by Patterson.
Tatum Freeman of Oxford will be the speaker at the Feb. 4, meeting of Friends of the Library. She will present a program on Catch-A-Dream and how the foundation grants outdoor hunting and fishing experiences for children with terminally ill diseases. The meeting will be held at the Marshall County Library in Holly Springs at 11:30 a.m.
Winborn United Methodist Church held their regular second Saturday night singing on January 11 with a very good attendance. “The Downs Family singers were wonderful and all who attended received a blessing,” according to program coordinators as well as participants. There were also performances from Jennifer Rutherford, Billy Cook, Mary Britnell, Tina Davis, Crystal Smith and Stephanie, Amber and Rebecca Sexton. The next singing will be February 8 at 5 p.m. featuring The Williams Family.
Merion Hunsucker of Ashland spent the day with her mother on Tuesday, Jan. 14. They had a very good time visiting and catching up on family news.
Congratulations to Halley Holtzlander and Vocational-Agricultural teacher James Shannon who have been selected as Star Student and Star Teacher at Potts Camp High School. Having the highest ACT/GPA average during her senior year, Halley has been nominated from the school and will now participate in the statewide contest. If winning at that point, she will be granted a scholarship.
John Nelson, along with Margaret Hart and Joan Gurley, recently enjoyed a visit with his sister and their aunt, Birtie Sue Seitz at her daughter’s home in Horn Lake on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
A baby shower was held for Nick and Ashley (Swinford) Moore on Sunday afternoon in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church in town. The young parents are anxiously awaiting the birth of a son, whom they will name Cason Lane Moore.
Members of First Baptist Church began their Winter Bible Study this past Sunday night. The youth of the church were in charge of the evening meal for participants.
Due to my Internet being down at the present time, I can no longer receive or send email, and am presently looking for a new Internet provider. At that time I will include my new email address in this column. Since it is a pleasure to hear from you, do not hesitate to give me a call in order to place your news in the column.
Happy Birthday to: Lucas Green, Abby Miller and Shelby Thompson (Jan. 26), Jewell Work (Jan. 27), Lynn McCallum, Jimmy Rushing, and Timothy Thompson, (Jan. 28), Tommy Howell and Jeanette Stone (Jan. 30).
Prayer list: Gayle Ash, Adam Burge, Matthew Cooper, Steve Culver, Coy DeBerry, Talmadge and Marie Edwards, Taylor and Tucker Goode, David Louis Hammond, June Ash Huey, Jay Hurdle, Terri Kitchens, Troy Leopard, Elizabeth Morris, Wade Murphy, Junior Overall, Wesley Poole, Gladys Rhynes, Larry Robbins, David Rooker, Mike Shaw, Pam Sparks, Bit Stanton, Billy Joe Tomlinson, and Cooper Vaughn.
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Memories – History
Pontotoc Avenue was once a part of the old Pontotoc Trail built by Indians and used by the early settlers. The first house on the Pontotoc Trail in the Town of Potts Camp was built around 1866 by A.Q. Greer and his wife, Cordelia. It burned in the 1960s while occupied by Mattie Hamilton and her daughter, Nellie. Another old house on Pontotoc Avenue was the famous two-story house on the hill built by Charlie Reid for his wife, Mary Potts Reid, after selling the lovely old house that belonged to Mrs. John Robison.
Before the Frisco Railroad came through this area, workers were hired to move on ahead to clear the land, lay the tracks and build the depots. In 1883, the first known family to move to Potts Camp was a railroad family named Fields.
The first car was brought to town by Mr. Peel, husband of Faye Peel. It was a small two-passenger runabout and caused much excitement. But when the first five-passenger car came over the dusty roads, people really became excited. Mrs. Peel, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Vaughn, was born and reared in Potts Camp and spent most of her life here. She was a talented, humorous, versatile, and compassionate person who taught music in the public school from 1913 until the late ’20s. She worked in the bank for several years and then became postmaster in the 1930s, remaining there until her retirement. She also taught a Sunday school class and played the organ at the Potts Camp Methodist Church. Her nephew was the late Harry Jones, father of Betty Rose, Frances, and Kathryn. He was also a mayor of Potts Camp.
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