Thursday, June 15, 2006
Temperance Hill Baptist Church hosts homecoming
Cary and JoAnn Mayer attended a William’s family reunion in Hickory Flat recently. The late Nettie Williams Mayer was Cary’s mother. (She died young.) The Williams family lived in Potts Camp and owned a business here for many years. Several of his aunts attended the event, but only one uncle is living, James Williams. Dorothy Russell was there and her son, Ronnie, also Catherine Williams (my friend) who married Cary’s uncle Charley (now deceased). They had a nice visit with the family!
Temperance Hill Baptist Church had a homecoming on June 4 with a large crowd attending. They enjoyed a delicious dinner. Happy birthday to Steve Gurley on June 18; to my friend Maxine Thomas on June 19; to 4-year-old Ethan Humphries on June 21 and to Liesa’s daughter, Lilah Ward of San Antonio, Tx., on June 24 (Betty’s granddaughters).
Happy 50th wedding anniversary to Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth of Tupelo on June 24. (He is my oldest son.)
Following the Potts Camp reunion on Saturday, several friends visited Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone at their home. They were Annette Bowen Trimble, Betty Bowen Brower and Ruth Bowen; also Jim and Jean Lindsey, John Hunsucker and Roy Lee (Sonny) Cox, who lives in Germantown and is friends with Mary Lois and Jack Merrill, who live there. (They are also my friends.)
Mary Lee O’Neal, the former Mary Lee Hudspeth, of Fulton also attended the Potts Camp reunion on Saturday and later visited Joyce and Joel Clayton.
Hanna Goolsby spent last week in church camp in Alabama. She is the daughter of Lynn and Martha Goolsby.
On Monday, June 5, three sisters, Joyce Clayton, Verla Mae Stanton, Faye Stanton, and Joyce’s daughter Merion Hunsucker, visited their aunt, Mrs. Paul Smith in Wynne, Ark.
I. “One Who Cares”
There is one we can lean on in times of
II. Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles. Isaiah 40:31
III. He died upon the cross for me, He bore the awful penalty, and now I’m saved eternally. I’m saved!
IV. Try looking at every living thing through God’s eyes! (It will make a big difference.)
I. Believe in God’s world and its
II. The Bible tells us “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
III. The good news is that “God demonstrated His own love for us, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
IV. Like the great song of Bill Gaither “Because He Lives, we can face tomorrow.”
V. Others may not like the way you look, but God looks on our hearts, also others may think you are a bother because you are old, but God loves you to the end.
Happy wedding anniversary to Floyd and Elinor Edwards on June 25.
Friends Madylenne Ash and her daughter, Linda Alexander visited me recently. They had a picture of Potts Camp graduates of 1938 that was once Rhea Ash’s. We knew most of them!
We ask for special prayers for my neighbor Joel Clayton who has recent surgery in Tupelo.
Correction: Walter Wicker graduated Potts Camp in 1947 not 1949.
Abby Farr and Megan Watkins visited Mrs. Dale Hollingsworth on Saturday. They took her a couple of articles on her granddaughter that appeared in the Tupelo Journal.
Abby and Hunter Farr spent a couple of nights with their grandmother, Joan Gurley and great-grandmother Mary Lois Gurley. After their return from a Florida vacation one of the highlights was they went deep sea fishing and caught a shark.
Prayer list: We are thankful that Evan Watts is doing well. Lena Fay Work, Jean Derryberry, Betty Fincher, Roy Foote, Hazel Foote, Mary Jo McCallum, Ella Rea Whaley, Willie Thomas Wicker, Lois Holland and Jack, Betty Rose Jones, Margaret Waters (my cousin), Donna Marett, Lucille Hutchens, Dorothy Forester, Ollie Mansel. Pray for our men in service and leaders of our county. Pray for peace.
The first Potts Camp town council was held October 1888; the mayer was W.P. Wills, the secretary was J.W. Vaughan (first Potts Camp doctor) and the aldermen were Charley Reid (husband of Mary Potts Reid); A.Q. Greer (first banker) and Warren Swindell. (There were only three aldermen at that time.)
The second meeting was Dec. 31, 1888. Street tax was $2 for all males 18 years old and could be worked out $1 a day. The pay was $1 a day.
At the third meeting, Jan. 9, 1889, the mayor reported fines ($41.90). They voted to build a calaboose in the town square. (There was one there when I was a child. They locked up drunks overnight in it. They also voted to name the streets; and build plank walks to the depot, and in front of the stores on Front Street.
I’ve been told that people were fined for spitting on the street back then. TB was a dangerous disease with no cure at that time.
Everyone attended the Potts Camp Methodist Church. It was the only one in town for many years. In 1916 a Baptist church was built. Mrs. Mary Lou Young bought the land for it.
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