Thursday, June 22, 2006
Joel Clayton recovers at home; continue to keep him in your prayers
The Reed family reunion was held in New Albany on Sunday with many family members attending. Some of them were Bobby Smithwick and Katie and Betty Love and Knowlton Shaw. I knew all the Reeds at one time. Lela Hale and Lela Stevens were named for Mrs. Reed, a wonderful woman.
Get well wishes to Sidney Holley Jr., brother of Annie R. Stone, who is having tests in a Jackson hospital.
Janis Alderson brought little 2-year-old Karlie Pipkin, her granddaughter, to see me. She is a darling child who talks and makes motions with her hands. Her older brother is Jac Tyler, a cute boy. Parents of the child are Heather and Perry Pipkin; other grandparents are Barbara and the late James Carl Pipkin.
Little Donnie Neil Martin, son of Carrie Jewell Taylor, was injured when he ran his bike into the side of a running car. Get well wishes to him.
I was happy to see in Allene Teel’s news about the birth of Blake and Amy Palmer’s twin boys, born on June 9. Amy was my neighbor when she was growing up, along with her brother, Randy Mayer. I made pillows for them. My friend, the late Jettie Mayer, was their other grandmother. They lived with her. I love them and Martha, their mother.
Betty Greer and Teresa Hollingsworth (David’s wife) drove to the Mississippi coast on Monday. They stayed over night with my granddaughter, Sonya and Greg Kidd, at Pass Christian. They went to deliver the dog that was lost in the hurricane, and ended up on the steps of Teresa’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.B. Sides home in Palmetto, near Tupelo (pictured in The Daily Journal). They enjoyed the dog for several months; Betty and David kept him part of the time.
Bernice Young’s daughter, Martha Ross of Byhalia, visited her on Monday. When she started home she almost stepped on a huge snake that was on the front door step. By the time she got some help, it had crawled away.
Thanks to Lela Hale for the delicious spaghetti dinner she brought me. Alana Hale, daughter of Kerry and Lela Hale, is attending college at Blue Mountain this summer.
I. What is the most valuable gift? It is God’s gift of His one and only Son to a sinful world. Through faith in Him we can have complete forgiveness of sins and life that never ends.
II. Jesus taught us that if we have faith no bigger than a tiny seed (Matthew 17:20) God will respond to our prayers according to His will, wisdom and grace. He hears the faintest cry of our hearts, the whisper of our lips and in love he listens and responds to our faith.
III. Peace on earth cannot be found
IV. The most important heirloom you can leave your children is your faith in “Christ as your savior.”
Dear God, for the times we have failed to give you thanks, forgive us. Help us to remember to praise and thank you for all your blessings. For Christ’s sake, Amen.
I. Lo, I am with you always even to the end of the world. (Matthew 28:20) When life is hard and we have to go on, trust in God, and have faith in Him; He will never leave you or forsake you.
II. Emerson once said, “Material possessions are not really gifts, but mere substitutes for gifts. The only true gift is a portion of yourself (love). God is love!
III. As Christians we should work for justice in our country and banish prejudice and unfair attitudes in our lives.
IV. Love your neighbor as yourself and put God first always.
Rev. Don Newton, pastor of Bethlehem Methodist, Cornersville Methodist and Potts Camp Methodist, attended the annual Mississippi UM Conference in Jackson on June 12 - 14.
The family of Joel Clayton are my friends; Jack Clayton of Bardwell, Ky., came home to be with his dad, Joel Clayton, in Tupelo Hospital. Other children are JoAnn Mayer, Ralph Clayton and Roger Clayton. His wife, Joyce Clayton, is also my friend.
We are thankful that Joel Clayton has returned home from the hospital. We pray for his full recovery.
Frank and Janie Turnage visited his brother, James Earl Turnage, in a Memphis hospital recently. The benefit for him was a success. They want to thank all who helped. Get well wishes to James Earl!
Prayer list: Lena Fay Work, Evan Watts, Roy Foote, Mary Jo McCallum, Jean Derryberry, Betty Fincher, Betty Rose Jones, Ollie Mansel and others who are sick.
History and Memories
Potts Camp’s 100th Birthday
The last three months of 1988, the town of Potts Camp celebrated its 100th birthday. It was very exciting! Rev. Jim Smith, pastor of Potts Camp United Methodist, and the women of the Potts Camp Civic Club planned many happy events before 1989 became a new century for our town.
Letters of congratulations came from Gov. Ray Mabus, several U.S. Senators and Representatives, also State legislators and a special one from President Ronald Reagan.
The history of the town’s oldest church, Potts Camp Methodist, organized in 1889 was celebrated with a special revival. People from everywhere attended the services. I have a picture of my late brother, Rev. Lindy Potts, and Rev. Smith cutting the large birthday cake in the fellowship hall.
On Halloween night, the Potts Camp children and their parents were invited to a costume contest downtown with candy for everyone.
On Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, the Potts Camp veterans were honored. Among World War II veterans were: Dallas King, John Hugh King, T.M. Stone, Harvey J. Gurley, Jeff Overton, George Dickey and G.R. Thompson. (Jeff Overton and George Dickey received Purple Hearts.) One day a group of us met early at the flag pole in front of Potts Camp School. They were Donald Ash, Potts Camp School principal at that time; Dallas and Louise King; T.M. and Annie Ruth Stone; David Fuller; Rev. Jim Smith; Dale Hollingsworth. Carey Mayer, town mayor, could not attend, so a board member took his place. (David Fuller continues to raise the flag for the school.)
On the town’s birthday, Oct. 16, the Potts Camp Civic Club had decorated the town; a platform was set up on Front St. with several speakers at 11 a.m. Carey Mayer, town mayor, welcomed the crowd and said the Proclamation.
A train stopped on the tracks, and the train crew came to the platform where the trainmaster spoke to the crowd. He said that Potts Camp had always been a railroad town, since they built the first depot named Potts Camp, and the town was built around it.
An antique car show was in town that day, also the Potts Camp Museum was open all day. Mitch Stone and others sang songs for the crowd.
That night, Bro. Smith had the main Highway 78 closed, so the Potts camp Parade could come through the town. Dallas King was the grand marshal; his wife, Louise, was beside him in the limousine as they followed Olive Branch and Holly Springs bands and go-carts. Later, several lovely floats passed my home and threw candy to me.
It was a wonderful celebration. I’ll never forget it!
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