Thursday, August 24, 2006
Ethel Ashcroft honored on 100th birthday; congratulations to Askews on anniversary
Congratulations to a friend, Ethel Nichols Ashcroft, on her 100th birthday, Aug. 18. She grew up in Winborn and attended Potts Camp School. She lives in New Albany. A reception was held for her at First Methodist Church in New Albany on Aug. 17. Many of us remember the large Nichols family who lived in this area at one time.
Get well wishes to my neighbor, Henry Tutor, who had surgery this past week to remove a small cancer near his ear. He has been a wonderful friend who has helped me many times over the years. Pray for him. His grandsons live with him.
Congratulations to Lori Whaley, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Whaley, who returned recently from a month-long stay in Costa Rica as part of a Study Abroad program (pictured in The South Reporter last week). She is a senior at the University of Mississippi and belongs to several honor societies. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Whaley and Mrs. Ruby Churchill are her grandparents; her sisters are Amanda W. Smith and Stacy Morrison.
Congratulations to Marion and Betty Askew, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 17.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of George Riley in his recent death.
I. The way to heaven is found in Romans 10:9 — “If you confess with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
II. We need to confess our sin and ask God for forgiveness. To “believe in your heart” is to turn away from the wrong direction we are going, trusting that He died on the cross to pay for our sins. “But God proves His own love for us in that whole we were still sinners Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8. Share your faith in Jesus with others.
My God Is No Stranger
I’ve never seen God, but I know how
Dear Lord, for the times we have failed to give you thanks, forgive us. Help us to remember daily to praise and thank you for all your blessings. For Christ’s sake, Amen.
Life passes by so fast Lord
Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like the eagle. Isaiah 40:31
Last week a man from Evergreen, Ala., called; his name was John Potts. (I’m always happy if I can help someone with their genealogy.) We talked for an hour; he was sorry he missed me when he came to Potts Camp one time. I’ve had copies of records of our family (Potts) made to mail to him this week, also some pictures. He was really interested in the old Sears Roebuck house on the hill in Winborn where my family lived in 1915-1916. I sent a picture and article about it also.
Many people are enjoying the gospel singings held every Saturday night at the auction house on Center Street.
Happy birthday to Korbin Stanton and Elinor Edwards on Aug. 25; to Don Randolph on Aug. 26; Betty Fincher will celebrate her 83rd birthday on Aug. 30. Happy birthday also to Tom Dickey on Aug. 30.
Coach Brian Smith at Potts Camp School and his wife and three children have moved into the Potts Camp Methodist Parsonage. (The pastor no longer uses the house.)
Prayer list: Martha Ross, Jean Derryberry, Joe McCallum, Gale Goode, Joel Clayton, Robbie Taylor, Morgan Shaw, Lena Fay Work, Lina Mae Rhea, Jessie Pipkin, Jimmy Hart, Mary Jo McCallum, Diane Clayton, Maxine Potts, Roy Foote, Ollie Mansel, Jean Derryberry, Jerry Works, Lucille Hutchens, Evan Watts.
Miss America Visits Potts Camp
Many years ago, doctors told Cheryl Pruitt she would never walk again, but one Saturday night she walked down the ramp as Miss America 1980.
“It’s a miracle” said the 22-year-old blue-eyed, born again Christian after her tearful walk down the runway of Convention Hall.
After a car accident at age 11, she had a crushed leg, a cracked back and 100 stitches on her face. The leg was two inches shorter than the other one and she couldn’t walk without help.
At age 17 in a faith healing Bible meeting in Jackson, she said she prayed, then watched her shorter leg grow back to normal. “Jesus is the center of my life,” Miss Pruitt said. She was raised in the small town of Ackerman.
The pastor of Potts Camp Methodist Charge was Rev. Glenn Ray; he also grew up in Ackerman and was Cheryl’s friend.
In the Saturday pageant Cheryl Pruitt had a double talent; she played and sang a popular song “Don’t Cry Out Loud.” She had recently graduated from Mississippi State University. Cheryl was the first Miss Mississippi to win the pageant since 1960 when Lynda Lee Mead of Natchez had won the title. Mary Ann Mobley of Brandon won the title of Miss America in 1959.
Rev. and Mrs. Glenn Ray invited Cheryl to visit our town. The new Carl H. White Gym was huge, much larger than the Potts Camp School auditorium, so it was decorated for the event. A huge crowd enjoyed hearing the new Miss America sing and tell what God had done for her.
Later a reception was held at the Potts Camp Parsonage where Miss Pruitt signed autographs. Our town was blessed by her visit!
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