Thursday, October 27, 2005

Potts Camp News
Dale Hollingsworth

Julie Sanders honored with baby shower

Jack Clayton of Bardwell, Ky. visited his dad, Joel and Joyce Clayton and other family members several days last week.

We send our love and sympathy to the family of Martha Jo Riley, age 60, in her recent death. Funeral services were held at Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ with Bro. Steve Wilson officiating; burial was in the church cemetery.

A baby shower was held on Sunday evening at Temperance Hill Fellowship Hall for Julie Sanders, wife of Jene Sanders. She received many nice, useful gifts.

A large crowd attended homecoming at First Baptist Church in Potts Camp on Sunday. Bro. Troy Defer delivered the sermon. The Landmark Quartet sang before and after lunch. Former pastor Bro. Fowler and his wife attended the service. Several churches joined. Faith Baptist Church in Hickory Flat came.

Hazel Foote’s daughter, June is in the hospital. Please pray for her.

We are thankful that Betty Lou Maxey is recuperating well after recent surgery in Memphis. Her husband, A.G. Maxey, was hospitalized with pneumonia recently. Betty Lou will be coming home from her sister’s home soon. Get well wishes to both A.G. and Betty Lou.

Berniece Young and her daughter, Martha Ross of Byhalia, attended a huge birthday party for her 1-year-old great-grandson on Sunday, Oct. 16 in Bartlett, Tenn. A very large crowd of relatives attended the event. They served delicious food, including a large, beautiful birthday cake. Berniece stayed overnight with her daughter, Martha and Rex Ross.

I was happy to see my grandson, David Hollingsworth and his two daughters, Suzette and Sarah Lambert on Sunday afternoon when they visited me. They live at Palmetto, near Tupelo. David had just returned from Gulfport where he was repairing his sister Sonya Kidd’s bridal shop.


I. We will see God in unlikely places if we take time to look!

II. We should ask God to teach us not to judge people on outward appearances, but to see them as His wonderful creations.

III. Jesus reminds us that God’s blessing of sunshine and rain is for all of us — and so is God’s love.

IV. Ever since Peter preached on Pentecost many years ago, Christians have proclaimed the gospel in word and deed. Because of their witness, we are part of Christ’s church today.

V. “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’; nothing will be impossible to you.” Matthew 7:20

O, God, help us to grow in faith, teach us to depend on your love and care. In Christ’s name, amen.

VI. How often we judge people by their behavior, instead of looking for the difficulty in their lives. As God shows mercy to us, we should extend it to them.

Kneel with your Master
Weary and tired of life’s full day
Silently down I kneel to pray
And after a moment of peace, I arise
Ready to meet life’s onrushing tide;
I face the world bravely, as from
a tall spire
So, friend, when you too,
Are tired at heart
Kneel with your Master
And get a new start
   —Lindy’s Newsletter

Happy birthday to Joel Clayton, who celebrated his birthday on Oct. 24; also Daniel Smothers on Oct. 24.

Happy birthday to Elizabeth Colhoun on Oct. 25.

Happy wedding anniversary to my daughter, Betty and David Greer on Oct. 27. We hope they have many more years together.

Happy birthday to Molly Byers on Oct. 27. She is David Greer’s sister and a special friend of mine.

Happy birthday to Judy Hart on Oct. 28 and Caleb Rowland Knight on Oct. 30. Bobbie Clayton also celebrates her birthday on Oct. 30. We hope she has a happy one!

Lena Faye Work spent a short time in the hospital at Oxford. We are thankful that she is doing well at home.

Willie Miller has also been sick again; we are glad that she is feeling better.

Prayer list: Betty Lee Maxey, Adelle Hudson, Ladine Randolph, Lucille Hutchens, Terrell Lowery, Maxine Potts, Donna Marett, Juanita Howell, Mary Jo McCallum, Jean Derryberry, Roy Foote, Evelyn Bready, Ollie Mansel, Pauline Hutchens, Betty Fincher, Mary Lois Gurley, A.G. Maxey. Pray for those who have lost loved ones, also victims of the hurricanes. Pray for those who suffer and need help, the lonely and broken hearted ones, and those who are away fighting for our country and their families. Pray for our schools, our churches and our homes. Make God a part of them!


Have you ever seen a Coffin House? Well, we had one on the hill next door when I was a child; it was owned by our neighbor, Nannie Cook. At that time, there were no “funeral homes” that I can remember.

People came to see the “Coffin House” all hours of the day and night when a loved one died. Ella Rea Whaley told about her parents taking her to the Cook home when she was young. They helped Mrs. Cook line the coffins; some were lined in pink or blue or white satin, and some with soft white cloth; of course, the satin ones cost more. We could hear the knocking, and were afraid to go near the coffin house. It sounded spooky. We probably thought there were ghosts there.

Mrs. Cook’s late husband, Mr. Cook, was a wonderful undertaker; he was also the mayor of Potts Camp in 1900. After his death, Mrs. Cook continued to sell the coffins. They had three children, Anna, Wesley and Lum Cook.

Miss Lum Cook taught school in Tennessee, also in Amory, and finally came back to Potts Camp when her mother became ill. She would tell me about her waking in the night when she heard wagons slowly driving up the hill, behind their home; she knew they were coming for a coffin. Sometimes they brought the body for Mrs. Cook to fit into a coffin. Anna married a railroad man; Mother and I visited her at Holly Springs; she had three daughters, one was my sister Ann’s age, and would come to play with her. Lum and her mother are deceased, but the Cook house still stands on the hill.

Wesley died young, he had a bone disease. I attended his funeral. It was sad.

Everyone had chickens during these early days; sometimes Mrs. Cook’s roosters would come into our yard; Mother’s roosters would always fight with them. One day Lindy and Bobbie Butler tried to use their BB guns to stop the fight. Mrs. Cook’s rooster had spurs and tried to jump on Lindy, so he picked up a rock and killed him. I remember Lindy saying, “I didn’t have but one dollar to my name, and I tried to give it to Mrs. Cook for her old rooster.”

Bobbie Butler was one of Principal Butler’s children; she was a tomboy. They lived across the street from us. When Bobbie and Lindy got out their BB guns they usually got in trouble.

I liked Mr. Butler; he was my math teacher.”

Until next week, God bless.

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