Thursday, August 3, 2006
Bro. Steve and Pat Wilson visit family in New Orleans recently
Friends Iva B. Smith of Braxton and Dorothy White of Jackson, the former Brownlee girls, visited Annie R. and T.M. Stone, Dale Hollingsworth and Flick’s Place on Saturday July 22. On Sunday, they joined relatives to attend a homecoming at Ebenezer United Methodist Church. Iva and Dorothy grew up here and attended Potts Camp School, then the family moved to Jackson where their dad was employed. We were happy to see them.
Hope Stroud, another friend, of Water Valley called recently. She was a resident of this area until her husband died and she moved away to be near her daughter. Hope was very upset about Morgan Shaw being kidnapped and shot.
Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth of Tupelo met a group of friends to camp out on the Tombigbee Bluff last weekend.
Poem — I carry a cross in my pocket, a simple reminder to me of the fact that I am a Christian, no matter where I may be. When I put my hand in my pocket to bring out a coin or key, the cross is there to remind me of the price He paid for me. It reminds me, too, to be thankful for my blessings day by day, and to try to serve Him better in all that I do and say. It is also a daily reminder of the peace and comfort I share with all who know my Master and give themselves to His care. So I carry this cross in my pocket reminding no one but me. That Jesus Christ is the Lord of my life, if only I will let Him be. (Lindy’s Newsletter)
Prayer — Lord, help us to live a life of love and faith. Help us to see others as you see them and love them like you love them. For Christ’s sake. Amen.
You shall love your neighbor as yourself; love does no harm to a neighbor, therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Romans 13:9-10
(To silence gossip, don’t repeat it!)
A birthday party was held to honor Mary Elizabeth Greer at McDonald’s on July 30. A large crowd attended. She is the 3-year-old daughter of David Greer Jr. and wife Amy. She has a 6-year-old brother, Dave Greer. Betty and David Greer Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Junior Williams are her grandparents. I am her great-grandmother. She is a lovely child, we all love her.
The people of Marshall County are really upset about the 6-year-old girl, Morgan Shaw, who was kidnapped and shot. Many people are praying for her. A benefit was held for her.
Bro. Steve and Pat Wilson recently visited their daughter and son-in-law, Carla and Johnathan Dean in Alexandria, La., and traveled down to New Orleans for a night and viewed the damaged areas of Hurricane Katrina. They also just returned from a week’s visit to Eureka, Calif., with their daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Jonathan McDonald, and grandchildren Sydney and Symon.
Joyce Clayton’s daughter, Merion and David Hunsucker of Ashland drove her to Tupelo on Saturday night to attend a singing by the Inspirations.
Happy birthday on July 30 to my friend, Bernice Beaird, who grew up in Potts Camp, and now lives at Clearwater, Fla., with her daughter; to Mitchell Gurley on July 31, he is the son of Mary Lois Gurley, my son Danny’s classmate. Also happy birthday to Leland Passons on July 31 and to Christy Rene Taylor, who will celebrate her birthday Aug. 9. She graduate at Potts Camp High School in the spring. I love her.
Correction: The bridal shower at Hickory Flat United Methodist Church was for Justin Craine and Shelly Fowler on July 29, with hostesses Amy Rogers, Norma Rogers and Christy (not Jamie Overall).
Congratulations to Jamie Overall and David Whaley Jr. on their engagement.
Prayer list: Lena Faye Work, Joe McCallum, Roy Foote, Ollie Mansel, Joel Clayton, Evan Watts, Martha Ross, Etoyle Ash, Lucille Hutchens, Jessie Pipkin, Betty Fincher, Donna Marett, Robbie Taylor, Jean Derryberry, Margaret Waters, Mary Jo McCallum, Gerry Work, Ella Rea Whaley.
Many people have never heard of a “coffin house.” When we moved here in 1920 there was one located on the hill next door, owned by Nanny Cook. (Only a corn patch separated our houses.)
People came in wagons all hours of the day and night to purchase a coffin if a loved one died. There may have been funeral homes somewhere then but we had never heard of one. (We were afraid to climb that hill.
Mrs. Cook’s late husband, Charles Wesley Cook, was an undertaker, and also the town mayor in 1900; they also owned a farm in the country near town. After his death, Mrs. Cook kept selling coffins and sewing; they rented the farm. The couple had three children, Anna, Wesley and Lum Cook. Wesley died young and Anna married and moved away. Miss Cook attended college and became a school teacher.
Ella Rea Whaley told me that her parents would take her to Mrs. Cook’s home and she stayed several days while they helped her line the coffins. The cheaper ones were lined with soft cotton cloth, but for others they used satin, white, light blue and pink.
We were afraid to go up that hill; it sounded like ghosts knocking when they lined the coffins.
Mrs. Cook told me that she knew there had been a death, when she heard wagons slowly come up the hill on the road behind their house. I’ll never forget it.
When Lindy was a small boy, he and Bobbie Butler, the principal’s young daughter, would get out their BB guns and get in trouble.
One day Mrs. Cook’s rooster came into our backyard. Mother’s rooster was fighting with him. They tried the BB guns and it wouldn’t work, so Lindy picked up a rock and hit him. He fell over dead.
I remember Lindy said, “I just had one dollar to my name, and had to give it to Mrs. Cook for her old rooster.”
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