Thursday, May 11, 2006
Dickeys help granddaughter, Lauren, celebrate 13th birthday
The First Baptist Church of Potts Camp held a “Women’s Conference” on Saturday with a large group of women attending. Guest speaker was Nona Teel; she spoke on “Women of the Bible.” After lunch was served, she spoke again. It was very interesting.
George and Dorothy Dickey drove to Tupelo on Sunday, April 30 to help celebrate the birthday of their granddaughter, Lauren Dickey, age 13, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Dickey. Other grandparents were there also. Her sister, Olivia, is 5 years old; her birthday was April 26.
We are thankful that Evan Watts is getting well. He wants to come home. He was hurt in an automobile accident several weeks ago. Also, Jimmy, son of Lisa Rynes, is improving after he broke his neck. Pray for these boys.
Congratulations to Lela Karen Smith Hale who is among those inducted this spring into Phi Kappa Phi academic honor society at the University of Mississippi, one of the university’s highest honors. She is a graduate student in education leadership at UM. She is the daughter of Betty and Guy Shaw of Holly Springs and married to Kerry Hale. She is a special family friend. We are proud of her.
Luke Hollingsworth of Starkville, my grandson who celebrated his birthday on May 5, attended Miss State College, not Ole Miss. He also plays in the college band.
Congratulations to Lauren Brooke Potts and David Marlin Wilson, who will be married on Saturday, May 20 at Hernando Methodist Church. Lauren is the daughter of my nephew, Dean and Beth Potts (my late brother Lindy’s son) of Hernando. They will be married on Lindy’s birthday. A shower to honor Lauren was held at Hickory Flat Methodist Church on Saturday, May 6. Shirley Bready was one of the hostesses.
Get well wishes to Jimmy Kimmery, who was thrown from a horse and badly injured. He is a patient at New Albany hospital. Mrs. Thomas Bready (Shirley) is his sister; they grew up in Potts Camp.
Hazel Foote spent last weekend with her son, Mark Foote, and his 7-month-old baby girl, Hannah Grace.
Happy birthday to Susan Howell and Karen Hill Williams on May 7; to Irene Newsom, Bob Hollingsworth and Tony Fincher on May 9; to Perry Pipkin on May 11; to Amanda Murphy on May 13 and Bessie Sue Nelson on May 15; to Cathy Edwards and Leah Paige Goolsby on May 16 and to my cousin, Mary Jo Tillman of Memphis on May 17.
We extend our love and sympathy to Virginia Nelms and two daughters, Sharon and Angela, and others in the recent death of Arlyn Nelms, age 78. He was born in Potts Camp. Services were held on Wednesday at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany, with Rev. Creighton and Rev. Brownie Towhill officiating. Burial was in Glenfield Memorial Park.
I. Sometimes God sends angels to help us in times of need; some of them are friends and neighbors. Luke 15:10 — “There is rejoicing in the presence of God over one sinner who repents.” (I believe in angels.)
II. Romans 12:18 says that we should do all we can to live peacefully with everyone. You can be a peacemaker if you have peace in your heart.
III. God has the power to answer prayers, forgive our sins, meet our needs and love us.
IV. What God does through us is important. We are only a shining lamp drawing our strength from the indwelling “Spirit of Christ.” We, as Christians, are to help others see the Spirit of God’s light.
Take up thy cross and follow me
VI. I expect to pass through this life but once, if therefore there is any kindness I can show, or any good that I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again.
VII. One minister I watch on TV shakes his head and says there is something wrong; there is something wrong. “If God is your father and God is my father, how come we don’t love each other?”
VIII. God is love and He wants us all to love each other.”
A birthday party was given Sunday, May 7 for Tilden Ash at Chewalla Baptist Church. About 80 friends and relatives were present. His birthday will be May 12; he will be 89. Lots of food, cake and ice cream was served.
I received my first 2006 graduation card from Potts Camp School this week. It is beautiful. The card was from Alana Karen Hale, daughter of Lela and Kerry Hale. The graduation will be held May 20 at 10 a.m. in the Carl White Memorial Gymnasium. Also included was Alana’s picture and an invitation to a graduation luncheon for Alana which will be held following the graduation, in her home.
Betty Lee Maxey enjoyed a recent vacation with her family in Florida. They had bought a home there.
I enjoy Elmira Curry’s Waterford News. I admire how she reports their worship services.
Prayer list: Evan Watts, Jimmy Hill, Lena Faye Work, Betty Fincher, Ollie Mansel, Lucille Hutchens, Ella Rea Whaley, Willie Thomas Wicker, Adelle Hudson, Ladine Randolph, Alene Randolph, Dorothy Forester, Jessie Pipkin, Lina Mae Rhea, Martha Ross, Mary Jo McCallum, Jean Derryberry, Hazel and Roy Foote.
Many people remember Mr. Kent Marett who owned the Country Store in Cornersville for many years. He died in 1972 at the age of 96.
Cornersville, where Marshall, Union and Benton Counties meet, was once a horse station for stage coaches; it is older than Holly Springs and was incorporated at one time. Later it surrendered its charter.
Mr. Kent was the son of Capt. E.J. Marett, who served in the state legislature before 1900 and helped write the Constitution for the State of Mississippi. He was a civil engineer and surveyed all the land in that area.
Capt. Marett fought in the Civil War and was captured. He was taken to a federal prison on Johnson Island in the Mississippi River. He returned home later. Miss Dot Marett, sister to Mr. Kent, taught school in the Cornersville county school most of her life.
Supplies for the Kent Marett Store were sent by rail to Potts Camp Depot in the early days. The roads were so rough wagons drawn by mules had to be used to pick up the large boxes of supplies. He sold hats, shoes, cloth by the yards, groceries, medicine and hundreds of other items.
I remember the pot bellied stove, sitting in a box of dirt in Marett’s Store. Men sat in nearby chairs and chewed tobacco as they talked. Ben Kirk was Mr. Marett’s first helper in the store and later Mr. Nelms. When the roads were improved, Mr. Kent bought a T Model truck to pick up supplies.
I remember the old time cheese slicer, the coffee grinder, the platform scales, and the school bell, once owned by Dot Marett. The walls of the store were covered by large old posters and calendars. Among them were Gulf Oil posters and the Phillip Morris Bell boy. After Mr. Kent’s death the store was operated by his sons, E.J. and Donna Marett and Miller and Jean Marett for several years. Mr. Kent and friends had built a Methodist brick church near his store. Until then, both Baptist and Methodist worshiped in the same church. Now the Methodist Church has been renovated and enlarged. It is on the Potts Camp charge. Rev. Don Newton is pastor. The Baptists have a nice brick church and also a parsonage in that area. The present pastor is a former Potts Camp Baptist pastor, Rev. Joe Epting; he and his wife, Christine, live in New Albany. I remember them well. At one time the Potts Camp Baptist churches alternated services on Sunday. We loved them. Now E.J. and Miller Marett are both deceased, also Fred Marett, their older brother. (The old store was sold.)
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