Thursday, May 26, 2005

Potts Camp News
Dale Hollingsworth

Graduation party honors Kym Morris

Congratulations to all the Potts Camp High School graduates! A large crowd attended the commencement services at the Carl White Memorial Gymnasium on Saturday.

Remember the Potts Camp School reunion on June 4.

Roger and Kathy Clayton and Joel and Joyce Clayton drove to Saulisbury, Tenn., on Saturday to attend the 50th wedding anniversary of the Streets.Congratu-lations to them!

Patsy Boggs of Clinton, a friend, came to North Mississippi to spend the weekend visiting friends and relatives; she is a former West Union English teacher. On Saturday, Betty and Patsy drove to Tupelo to the flea market. She also visited her aunt, Mary Ellen Bowling in Myrtle, and other former teachers. I enjoyed her spending two nights in my home; she is one of my pen pals.

We were sorry to hear that a friend, Adelle Hudson, fell and broke her arm recently. Get well wishes to her.

We ask for special prayers and get well wishes for Tilda Ash, who is very ill in Baptist East Hospital. Her son, Donnal Ash, visited her.

Congratulations to the county poster winners, sponsored by the Marshall County Forestry Association. They are Rachel Smith, first place; and Shelby Wilson, second place, both students in the gifted art class taught by Sue Rowland in Potts Camp School (pictured in The South Reporter).

Mother’s Day visitors of Floy Ash were her two daughters, Liesa and husband, Dr. Mike Weaver, Donna Watts and son, Evan. Grandchildren, Anna Beth McAlexander, Ashley and wife, Farrah, and son Evan, drove to Starkville to attend graduation exercises at Mississippi State College. Liesa Ash received her Ph.D. in education. Congratulations Liesa!

(Correction from last week) Chuck, not Hutch, and Charlotte Underwood were guests of Mable and Lamar Day on Mother’s Day, along with Terri and Bill Kitchen.

James O. Loper from California wrote to me last week; he grew up in Cornersville and attended Potts Camp School. He and wife, Dolly, enjoy The South Reporter every week.

Doris Goode’s daughter, Norma Rogers of Tupelo, and her daughter, Christy and Blake Puryear and two children of Florence Ala., visited Doris and her sister, Evelyn Bready on Sunday on Old Hwy 78 near Hickory Flat. Other recent guests were Ann Mann, their sister of Memphis, and Jo Ann Potts of Olive Branch.

A cousin, Ernestine Gravatt of Memphis, called to say thanks for the picture of “Potts Camp Class of ’38.” (I ask Mary Minor to mail one to her.) Her uncle, Bennie Watts, was in the picture.

The daughters of Mitchell and Judy Gurley, Denise and Dana and their children, visited their cousin, Holley and Mike Muraco and son Jordon in Las Vegas, Nev. last week. (Holley is the daughter of Mitch and Jeanette Stone.)

Mary Lois Gurley’s brother, John Nelson and wife, Susan, from Byhalia visited her on Saturday.

A graduation party was held for Kym (Gurley) Morris, daughter of Edward Gurley, in the home of her grandmother, Mary Lois Gurley, last weekend. Kym graduated at Northwest Community College recently.

Thoughts
I.
Spending time with God brings peace into our lives; it is one of the most important things we can do. (I found this poem about it.)

No Time For God?
What fools we are to clutter up our lives with common things, and leave without hearts gate, the Lord of Life, and life itself our God.
No time for God? As soon to say no time to eat or sleep or love or die. Take time for God or you will dwarf your soul, and when the Angel Death comes knocking at your door, a poor misshapen thing you’ll be. To step into eternity.
No time for God?
The day when sickness comes or trouble finds you out, and you cry out to God, will He have time for you?
Some day you’ll lay aside this mortal self and make your way to worlds unknown.
Will He — should He — have room for you?

(Taken from Lindy’s newsletter)

II. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? I Corinthians 3:16

III. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” Like a piece of metal and a magnet, a person and God attract each other.
You can draw near to God and He will draw near to you, so that you will have a life filled with the richness of God’s love.

IV. Every time you help a stranger with an extra prayer or two you are building secret blessings that will all come back to you.

We hope everyone has a happy, safe summer.

My granddaughter, Liesa Greer Blond, has returned to France after her visit to the USA. (We miss her.) I’m sure her five children at home were glad to see her; one teenage daughter, Lilah Ward, remains in San Antonio, Tx., with her dad, and is taking courses on different subjects.

Two young girls from Potts Camp School visited me last Monday; they are Candie Whitworth in Mrs. Gurley’s seventh grade homeroom and her friend Lacey from sixth grade. I gave them some old newspaper clippings I had saved over the years. (They are sweet girls.)

Happy birthday to my friend, Jean Thompson on May 28, and to my niece, Belinda (Hill) Russell on May 29, also to a friend, Selma Mosley, on May 29.

Bernice Young spent two days last week in Byhalia with her daughter, Martha and Rex Ross.

Pray for the family of Doris Day and others who have lost loved ones.

Prayer list: Adelle Hudson, Ollie Mansel, Maxine Potts, Ella Rea Whaley and daughter, Willie Thomas Wicker, Lucille Hutchens, Roy Foote, Jene McCallum, Mary Jo McCallum, Jean Derryberry, Betty Fincher, Donna Marett, Evelyn Bready, Doris Goode, Larry Edwards, Martha Ross, Sank Owen, Dorothy Forester, Dene Randolph, Terrell Lowery, Hazel Cox, Diane Clayton, Juanita Howell, Lucille Pierce, Ann Feathers.

Memories
When I was a child, a white, frame Christian church with a high steeple was located near Boren’s two-story house on Church Street. A handsome young minister, Dr. Lowdy, arrived in town to board at Mrs. Boatner’s home and preach a revival in the Christian church. One night the church was filled with people from Winborn, Bethlehem, Potts Camp and other surrounding areas, waiting to hear the new evangelist. They didn’t know that two of the church leaders were behind the church talking to Dr. Lowdy, the evangelist. They were trying to get him to change the way he was preaching, but he refused to change, so the revival was moved into the new Potts Camp School auditorium, built in 1925, after the two-story school burned in 1924.

If they had not changed the location, I would never have been able to attend the services. Mother let me go with the Alvis girls, Geraldine and Louise, and their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Alvis. The singing was wonderful; many of the lovely songs I had never heard before.

Dr. Lowdy had posters placed on the stage, and he pointed to them during his sermon. (I sometimes wonder if I’m the only person who remembers this?) The auditorium was filled with people every night for two or three weeks. Like any other child I was enjoying the singing and the fellowship, but when he told that if the atom were ever split, the world would be destroyed, I sat up in my seat and listened carefully.

Over the years I had forgotten about Dr. Lowdy and his sermons until World War II, when the atom bomb was dropped on two cities in Japan to end the war. It killed and crippled millions of people, including children.

Maybe God had sent Dr. Lowdy to warn the people about the atom bomb! He warns us today about things that will happen in the future, but many people don’t listen.

(No one had to lock their doors when I was young.) Time has changed many things. Some are better, but many are worse.


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