Thursday, March 10, 2005

Potts Camp News
By Dale Hollingsworth

Prayers extended to long time resident, Willa Floyd

Congratulations to friends, Scotty and Amy Rogers of Clifton, who are parents of an infant son, born March 1, and was named Collins Joshua Rogers. He weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces. Don and Norma Rogers of Tupelo are the grandparents and Doris Goode of Hickory Flat is his great-grandmother. Two-year-old Caleb welcomed his baby brother home.

Flick Ash is doing well after having bypass heart surgery. We are thankful he is recovering. Pray for him.

Morris Holland of Hickory Flat is on the sick list. Get well wishes to him.

School turned out on Monday, Feb. 28, so fans of the Potts Camp Cardinals could travel to Jackson for the State tournament. We are sorry they lost, but congratulations to them for going that far. Potts Camp Cardinals have always been known as winners, even when I attended Potts Camp School back in the ’30s, and when my children were young. T.M. Stone was one of the best coaches our school ever had.

Thoughts

(1) Jesus said “Because I live, ye shall live, also.” John 14:19. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is astonishing to us today, but think of the people who walked and talked with Him. What a shock it must have been to them! Christ still lives and loves us, but many of us go from day to day as if He was still in the grave. We need to look beyond the empty grave to the one who can fill our hearts with power and love.

(2) Christ left the grave one glorious day
And vanquished death and sin
He opened wide the gates of Heaven
That we might enter in

(3) The Savior is waiting to save you
And cleanse every sin-stain away
By faith you can know full forgiveness
And be a new creature today.

(4) Christ has told us to be His witnesses wherever we go. Help us to be eager to tell the news of salvation.

(5) Dear God, fill us with your love and compassion for others; so we will continually share your message of salvation and love to those who need to hear it. For Christ’s sake, Amen.

(6) Only God can satisfy our hunger for love and peace.

Flick Ash has returned home from the hospital and is doing well. His daughter, Donna, and nurse stayed with him several days.

The former Jeanette Lockey, who lived here for many years, has returned to her home in New Albany after a recent stay in the hospital. We hope she is feeling better.

Happy birthday to Sylvia Phillips on March 11; to Wendy Westmoreland on March 12; to Melanie Poole on March 13; to Makenzee Whaley on March 14; to Connie Work on March 15; also to Ella Rea Whaley on March 15; to Kristie Fincher on March 16; and Evelyn Hudson on March 16; to Bob Young on the 17th of March, also Lindsey Sanders on March 17, and Annie Ruth Nodd (my sister-in-law) on March 19.

Dorothy Dickey and Mable Day drove to Ripley recently to visit Willa Floyd in a nursing home. We are sorry that Mrs. Floyd is not doing well; she did not recognize them. Remember to pray for Willa Floyd; she is a member of the Potts Camp Methodist Church. She served as Potts Camp postmaster until she retired. Mrs. Floyd has one son, John Floyd, and four grandchildren. We love her.

Marjorie Clifton sent a thank you card to me recently. She has the flu, even though she had taken the shot. We are glad she is feeling better. Marjorie and her husband, Henry Clifton, have been my friends for many years.

Berniece Young’s son-in-law, Rex Ross of Byhalia, has been seriously ill in Germantown Methodist Hospital. His wife, Martha Ross has been ill, but is improving. We send both Rex and Martha get well wishes.

Mrs. Young visited her brother-in-law, Bob Young in a nursing home near Myrtle recently. All of his family are deceased, so Mrs. Young continues to visit and help him when she is able. (Bob likes the nursing home.)

We are sorry that Juanita Howell is not feeling well; she has been on the sick list for several weeks. Get well wishes to her.

Molly Byers, a special friend, wrote from Big Sandy, Tenn., where she teaches school. She said that she and her husband, William Byers, will be moving back to this area soon. He is retiring from his job. Molly is the sister of David Greer (Betty’s husband); she taught school at Myrtle and they lived at Cornersville, where they were active in Cornersville Baptist Church, before moving to Tennessee. I appreciate all her cards and gifts; we love Molly and William. Many of you will remember William’s parents, the late Brother and Mrs. Donoll Byers. I attended their 50th wedding anniversary in Myrtle many years ago.)

After the funeral and burial of Louise King at Potts Camp Cemetery recently, some of the Gooch family (her brother and sister and others) stopped to visit Joan Gurley, Mary Lois Gurley and others at their home.

Prayer List: Diane Clayton, Fred Taylor, Ann Feathers, Larry Edwards, Staci Boone, Terrell Lowery, Juanita Howell, Maxine Potts, Lucille Pierce, Ladine Randolph, Dorothy Forester, Gracie McCallum, Lucille Hutchens, Betty Fincher, Donna Marett, Jean Derryberry, Mary Poole, Roy Foote, Willa Floyd, Mary Jo McCallum, Morris Holland, Evelyn Bready, Flick Ash, Evelyn Hudson, Hazel Cox, Ollie Mansel.

Memories

During our younger years in the ’20 and ’30s the only music instrument we had in our home was a tall Victrola standing in the hall. Every year my dad, Benton Potts, depot agent at Potts Camp, spent a few days in St. Louis at the railroad hospital for a checkup.

We looked forward to his return; he always brought us gifts. One special gift we enjoyed was a Jimmie Rodgers gold record for the Victrola. We collected them.

Jimmie Rodgers was known as America’s blue yodeler; he was also called “The singing brakeman.” His mother died while he was young, so he hung around his uncle’s barber shop, magic shows and the circus, with his old guitar, hoping someone would listen to his songs. In 1927, RCA recorded his first record “T For Texas;” it was a big success. Between 1927 and 1933, 20 million of his records were sold.

I listened to his records so much, I felt like I was standing beside him at the Watertank just waiting for a train.

All around the water tank
Just Waiting for a train
A thousand miles away from home
Just sleeping in the rain
I walked up to the brakeman
To give him a line of talk
He said if you’ve got money
I’ll see that you don’t walk
I haven’t got a nickel, not a
penny can I show. Get off Get off
you railroad bum and he
slammed the box car down.

Jimmie Rogers died with TB; he wouldn’t stop singing and rest. Before the train arrived in Meridian with his flower-draped casket on board, the train crew gave out one long last whistle as a last tribute to their man, “The singing brakeman.”

A museum to honor Jimmie Rodgers is located at Meridian. One day a year they have a special day to remember him. I remember when the late Harry Jones and the late Jayes Henderson attended Jimmie Rodgers Day many years ago.


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