Thursday, June 2, 2005

Community News

Potts Camp News
Dale Hollingsworth

Pipkins return recently from a Caribbean cruise

A large busload of men who work for the Forestry in Mississippi rode to Jackson on Wednesday, May 25 for a special day and a delicious dinner. Neighbors Henry Tutor and Leo Clayton were among the group from here who enjoyed the trip.

Danny and Elizabeth Hollingsworth and two younger sons, Clark and Jacob (Jake) from Starkville, drove to Potts Camp to visit me on Saturday. The boys are happy to be out of school for a while.

Tilden Ash, brother of Flick Ash, is very ill in Baptist East Hospital. His son, Donnal Ash, visited him, and called me, to have him put on the prayer list. Get well wishes to Tilden.

Get well wishes to Linda Jessie of Memphis, sister of Bobbie Clayton, who had recent surgery. She needs our prayers.

June 4 is reunion day at Potts Camp School.

Happy birthday to my friend, Sue Rowland on June 1.

Carl and Jan Pipkin and Heather and Perry Pipkin have returned from a Caribbean cruise. They enjoyed visiting the Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Cozumel, Mexico on their trip.

Happy wedding anniversary to George and Dorothy Dickey on June 2! (They are special friends.)

Sunday night rally was held at Cornersville United Methodist Church for the three churches of the charge (Bethlehem, Potts Camp and Cornersville). Pastor Paul Knight will be leaving for a church in Gulfport after the Mississippi Methodist Conference is held, the first part of June. We hope he will be happy there.

Joyce Clayton reported that 53 members of the Smith family met at Wall Doxey Park on Saturday, May 21 for a reunion. I remember their mother, Mrs. Doyle Smith; she was a faithful member of the Potts Camp United Methodist, and the Sunday school superintendent for many years.

Three sisters, Joyce Clayton, Verla Mae Stanton and Faye Stanton, drove to Wynne, Ark. on Tuesday, May 24 to visit their aunt, Mrs. Paul Smith.

On Saturday, May 21, Betty Greer and Amy Greer, and Amy’s parents and sisters attended a beautiful outside wedding of Meredith Scott and Jason Brown at the home of Ronald and Gloria Scott, parents of the bride near New Albany.

The old Sparks store is being used every weekend, Friday night for auctions, and Saturday night for singings. Mitch Stone Jr. is one of the singers. A different group will be in charge every Saturday night.

Tommye Ann Goode of Greenwood spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone, and attended the graduation at Potts Camp; her niece, Hayley Shaw, was one of the graduates. Tim and Cherrie Shaw, parents of Hayley Shaw, hosted a luncheon for friends and family at the home of her parents, T.M. and Annie Ruth Stone, after the graduation exercises at Potts Camp School on Saturday. Congratulations Hayley!

Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Poole also hosted a get-together for relatives and friends of their son, Mike Poole, who was also a Potts Camp High School graduate. Congratulations to him!

“Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

I. God loans up precious children to love and care for them.

II. Taking them to Sunday School and church can make a big difference in their lives, also teaching them that God hears their prayers. Pray with them.

III. Say the blessing at the table, and teach them to say it. PaPa Clive (L.D.’s dad) always called on the youngest child to say the blessing at his house.

IV. In this world filled with sin, children need all the help we can give them; teaching them about God is the best way.

The first song I ever learned:

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red and yellow, black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world

On Sunday afternoon, May 22, Betty Greer and Ruth Ann Stroud attended a retirement celebration for Kathy Knighton and Diane Downs at Macedonia Baptist Church (they are retiring from West Union School). Lela Hale and Beverly Cooper and Mandy also attended the event.

Also on Sunday afternoon, May 22, Ruth Ann Stroud and Betty Greer attended the 50th wedding anniversary celebration for Robert and Ruby Jeaul Goggans at Bethel Baptist Church in Pinedale. (Ruby Jeaul taught school at West Union for many years.) Congratulations to the couple!

Thanks to Ruth Ann Stroud for the lovely red roses she sent to me by Betty, also to Ruby Jeaul for the delicious cake.

Happy birthday to Makaha Martin Taylor, daughter of Carrie Jewell Taylor, and to my friend Juanita Howell on June 6, and her daughter Elaine Hardison on June 7. Happy birthday Jimmie Cobbs on June 6.

Happy wedding anniversary to Mike and Holley Muraco on June 9. She is the daughter of Mitch and Jeanette Stone.

Prayer list: Tilden Ash, Adelle Hudson, Jean Derryberry, Martha Ross, Billy Edlin, Maxine Potts, Larry Edwards, Donna Marett, Ann Feathers, Lucille Pierce, Evelyn Bready, Lucille Hutchens, Linda Jessie, Jene McCallum, Ladine Randolph, Mary Jo McCallum, Ruthie St. John, Betty Fincher, Dorothy Forester, Ollie Mansel, Juanita Howell, Terrell Lowery, Roy Foote, Robbie Taylor, Willie Thomas Wicker. Say a special prayer for all of those who are suffering from pain, also the sad people who have lost hope and need the Lord. Pray for all the of the soldiers who are away from home and ask God to watch over them. In Christ’s name. Amen.

Many years ago, the women in our neighborhood started a prayer group. We met one day a week. I was the only Methodist, but that was fine with me. I loved them all. (They are all deceased.)

1. Willie Watson, who spent her life helping others, was one of the neighbors. Her parents died and she reared her two brothers and a sister. I remember at her funeral, Bro. Epting said, “God needed a Valentine, so he chose Miss Willie!”

2. Stella Mae Shaw was one of the special women in the group. She reared three pretty, sweet girls, Ann Feathers, who is very ill, Jean Whaley, a special friend, and Kathy Pannell, Betty’s age.

3. Ethel Simmons, who lived to be over 100, was one of the most wonderful friends in the group. Her son, Joe, died and left a family. Her daughters are Madalyne Ash, Louise Randolph and Jean Simmons. I love all of them.

4. Edith Reed, another member of the prayer group, was married to T.L. Reed. They were both good to me and my late husband, L.D. T.L. drove him to the doctor many times and wouldn’t charge him a dime. Edith cooked good food and sent it to us. Lela Stevens is their daughter. We love her. (Both parents are deceased.)

5. Addie Holliday was not able to attend the prayer group, but she was certainly one of my special guardian angels during the years my children were young. We really loved her. She was Mary Jo Whaley’s mother. (Her dad was good to us, also.)

Love your neighbors! They will love you, too.

Snow Lake News
Sue Shears

Volunteers needed for Neighborhood Watch Program

Hello Snow Lakers: I hope you had a good week. We had a great week. My granddaughter got married on the beach at sundown in Destin, Fla. I wouldn’t have missed it, but I don’t prefer Destin in the summer. We spent some time antique looking along the way, and ran upon a great water park close to Quitman. We hope to go back when it isn’t raining.

Several people have had MRIs this week, but they don’t know the results. We wish you the best of luck.

We just heard last week that Dale Croll, husband of Billie Croll, who spend their winters at Snow Lake and their summers in Michigan, had a heart attack, and will be in the hospital a few weeks. Our prayers are with them. If you know of anyone who is sick or needs help please call Sue Wooley Graves, 224-3264. If you know of someone I have missed, please call me at 224-3913.

The Bluegrass Committee is meeting on a regular basis, planning our celebration on June 25. We have four bluegrass bands - Southern Strangers, Heartland Band, Hatchie Bottom Boys, Turkey Creek, and Little Country. Kay Bain from Tupelo will also be here. More details will follow. However, if you are a crafter and want to reserve a booth, please call me at 662-224-3913, Laurie Pierpont, 224-0065. We will have members of the committee contacting persons and businesses for advertisements. I am getting good results soliciting volunteers to work the concessions, community center’s barbecue meals, greeters, boat parade and boat rides, parking, and etc., but I need more. As I said before, you can’t hide - I will find you. Start thinking about entering the boat parade; you can enter even if you prefer not to decorate. We need more participants - some people aren’t able to come to the festival, but they enjoy seeing lots of boats on the lake.

There are a lot of things going on around Snow Lake. We need volunteers for several committees. Won’t you call us at 224-3050?

We are trying to form a Neighborhood Watch Program and we need volunteers. We are looking for persons to check on the neighbors around them via phone or stopping by. They will be called ‘Block Captains.’ The next meeting will be announced later.

Remember: put your ‘911’ numbers on your house! Put your lot numbers on your boats and gas cans! Boat season is here!

Coming Events:
Thursday, June 2 - 7 p.m. Town Meeting

Saturday, June 4 - 1:30 p.m. at Community Center for election of board of directors.

Tuesday, June 7 - 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Community Center for election of Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

Monday, June 13 - 6:30 p.m. Snow Lake Ladies Auxiliary meeting.

Saturday, June 18 - 7-9 a.m. - Breakfast followed by corporation board meeting at 9 a.m.

Saturday, June 25 - 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Bluegrass Festival - bring your family down for lunch or dinner and entertainment.

Remember, guests are always welcome to come to any of our events.

Also, remember, the Community Center is available for rental to Snow Lake residents for a party, etc; just contact Emily Koen 224-8707.

We have several new residents on the lake that we have not met. I would like to invite them to come to the potluck on the fourth Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. You do not need to bring anything but yourself.

Our quote. From the booklet “Gentle Thoughts.” “An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.” By Washington Irving.

Have a good week, and hope to see you next week.

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