Thursday, February 28, 2013
Potts Camp News
A dedication to Dale Hollingsworth
Today’s column is dedicated to the memory of the late Dale Potts Hollingsworth, who wrote the Potts Camp Community News in The South Reporter for 35 years. She has been gone a year now (Feb. 27, 2012), but her memory still lives on in our hearts. Her family, friends, church, memories and writing were the important things in her life and kept her active for more than 93 years.
Mrs. Hollingsworth was an inspiration and a very special person.
One of her poems and some of her thoughts are included in this week’s column. Her father was depot agent, and she enjoyed telling stories about the trains, the old coal chute, etc.
The Old Train StationI see the old train station
Its platform filled with carts.
Where once old friends and neighbors stood –
Expectant joy in their hearts.
It seems I hear the laughter
That filled the waiting room;
I could swear I see bright faces
Still shining through the gloom.
How many joyous greetings there,
How many sad farewells,
Were muffled in the hiss of steam
Or clamor of the bells.
All too many institutions
Such as these are fading fast;
These modern innovations
Are blotting out the past.
But, memory still gives to me
A most welcome invitation
A journey to a bygone day
When I see an old train station.
Thoughts (from Mrs. Hollingsworth’s column):
Things I’ve learned over the years –
1. Life is God’s gift to us; the way we love is our gift to God.
2. Faith is the key that opens the gateway to Heaven.
3. If love is not taught in the home it is difficult to learn anywhere else.
4. There are many ways to let your light shine; they are: pray with love, work with joy, share what you have, live simply, love deeply, and thank God always.)
Condolences are being sent to the family of Robert Whaley of Grenada, who passed away recently. Funeral services and burial were in Grenada. He was the last living member of the family of Ware and Ella Rea Whaley. His sisters were Sue and Kathleen Whaley. He was also a 1955 graduate of Potts Camp School and a basketball player.
Sympathy is also extended to the family of Dovie Williams, who passed away Friday, Feb. 22, in New Albany. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at United Funeral Home in New Albany with burial in Locust Hill Cemetery in Sherman.
Congratulations to Mike and Heather (Rhea) Hodges of Germantown, Tenn., on the birth of their second child, a daughter, Madelyn Rose. She was born Feb. 19 weighing eight pounds and five ounces. Her brother Brooks also welcomed her into the family. The proud grandmother from this community is Carol Lynn Gurley. Great-grandmother is Jean King.
C.E. and Darene Goode are proud of their grandson, Nick Huey, who was recently featured in the Feb. 15 edition of “Memphis Business Journal’s People on the Move.” A manager with Bank Tennessee, he holds the title of lead loan processor and works in the operations department. In this position, Nick leads the loan processing team, conducts real estate appraisals and provides support for the bank’s loan officers. A graduate of Marshall Academy, Huey received a B.A. from Mississippi State and has been accepted to graduate school, starting in May. He is the son of Barry and Renee Huey.
On Wednesday, Feb. 20, after a doctor’s appointment in Oxford, Margaret Hart and I enjoyed short visits with Ira and Lois Shipp, Jerry Hill, and Estelle Bennett, who are residents of Emeritus.
Make plans to attend the barbecue fund-raiser for the Samaritan House ministry on March 2 at the Potts Camp United Methodist Church starting at noon. Barbecue is $5 a plate (donations welcome). There will be music, a silent auction, and program (“Evangelism in Clay”).
Potts Camp senior Brantley Harris celebrated his Feb. 21 birthday with a party at his home this past Saturday with a large group of family and friends in attendance.
Congratulations to the Potts Camp Lady Cardinals who came in second place in 2A North finals on Saturday night. On Thursday night they won over Baldwyn; Friday night they won the second round against South Delta, and then played hard for the championship on Saturday night but came up short. High scorers were Tenesha Woods with 23 points, and Jessica Peterson with 12. Their fans are very proud of the coach and team. The Lady Cardinals will advance to the state tournament in Jackson and will play Scott Central at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Happy Birthday to the following: Billy Joe Jarrett and Denise Wilson (Feb. 28), Karlie Pipkin (Feb. 29), Wilma Bolden and Sherry Colhoun (March 3), Mary Minor (March 4), Laverne Provost and Evie Ferguson (March 5), Patrick Goode (March 6), and Vic Stilwell (March 7).
The following still need our prayers: 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 Shipp, Shirley Smith, Katie Smithwick, Sylvia (Clark) Smithwick, Pam Sparks, Charles W. Thomas, and Lawrence White.
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Men in Black program March 10
Theme: God’s great love for us. What God does for us tells us what He is really like. Author: David – of Pslam of David:103 Bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. Who forgiveth all their iniquities, who healeth all their diseases.
The church is at work and worship services are Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.; morning worship at 11 a.m. and Wednesay Bible Studies at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come to Greenfield Presbyterian Church and worship if you don’t have a particular church of your choice.
Black History Celebration was held at Greenfield and the theme was “The Best Is Still Yet To Come.” The guest speaker was Pastor Marco Finley. The host pastor is W. James Lyons.
Church pastoral hours and community outreach is held Wednesday 2-6 p.m. Everyone is invited.
One Hundred Men In Black will be held at Greenfield on March 10 at 2:30 p.m. Pastor Willie Conner of Smith Grove M.B. Church will be the guest speaker. Everyone is invited.
Our prayers are extended to the sick, shut-in and the bereaved.
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