Thursday, September 7, 2006
Birthday dinner honors Betty Fincher
A birthday dinner to honor Betty Fincher was held in her home on Sunday by her two children, Tony Fincher and Connie Work; twelve people enjoyed the celebration. She received many nice, useful gifts, pretty cards and phone calls. She was 83 years old on Aug. 30. Betty is a long time special friend! We love her!
Guests of Joel and Joyce Clayton on Sunday were her daughter, Mirion and David Hunsucker of Ashland, and his son, Roger Clayton. We are thankful that Joel is better.
Little 5-year-old Olivia Dickey, granddaughter of George and Dorothy Dickey, visited them a week before she started school. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Dickey of Tupelo.
Tommye Ann and Gale Goode spent last weekend with her parents, T.M. and Annie Ruth Stone.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jarrett and Randy Alderson attended church at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church at New Albany on Sunday. John Mark Jarrett, a ministerial student at Blue Mountain College, was the guest speaker. He is the Jarretts’ grandson.
I was happy to see Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth of Tupelo when they came to my home on Wednesday. He is my older son. They always bring some good food for me to enjoy all the week.
Betty Fincher’s granddaughter Kristy Fincher and friend came to visit her on her birthday.
I. Judge not and ye shall not be judged, condemn not and ye shall not be condemned, forgive and ye shall be forgiven. Luke 6:37 God also expects us to comfort those who mourn, feed the hungry, help those who are in need and love each other, including the rich, the poor and people of all races. We are all God’s children and He loves us all.
II. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
III. The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek! He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of prisons to them that are bound. Isaiah 61:1
“It Shows in your Face”
You don’t have to tell how you live
Dear Lord, help us to live a life of love and faith; help us to see others the way you see them and love them like you do. We pray for peace. For Christ’s sake, Amen.
Happy birthday to Berniece Young and Inez Jarrett on Sept. 1. Happy birthday to my granddaughter, Vickie Winter of Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 3. Happy birthday to teenager Ashley Colella, daughter of Annie Sue Colella and granddaughter of Shirley Smithwick on Sept. 4, and to Riley Dickey, teenage granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Dickey on Sept. 4 and to Blake Randolph on Sept. 6.
Get well wishes to Charles Henderson, a friend who was hospitalized last week. He is staying with his brother in Holly Springs. We hope he feels better soon.
Danny and Elizabeth Hollingsworth and sons Luke, Clark and Jake have returned to their home in Starkville after a recent trip to Washington, D.C.
Prayer list: Robbie Taylor, we send her our deepest sympathy in the loss of her brother. Fred Taylor, Lena Faye Work, Jean Derryberry, Martha Ross, Joel Clayton, Betty Fincher, Mary Jo McCallum, Dorothy Forester, Donna Marett, Joe McCallum, Lina Mae Rhea, Jessie Pipkin, Lucille Hutchens, Charles Henderson, Henry Tutor, Linda, Jessica
As a child, I would sometimes sit on my grandparents’ front steps and listen to Dr. E.F. Boatner and Grandpa Potts discuss the problems in our town. I knew the good doctor had to be important; his picture hung on the walls in the school auditorium.
Dr. Boatner was born in 1851; his dad died young, so his granddad, John Wesley Boatner, reared him. his mother was Margarette Bird. The schools were closed because of the war, so Dr. Boatner, who lived at Cornersville, did odd jobs and bought books and newspapers to educate himself. He wanted to become a doctor, so he apprenticed himself to Capt. Montgomery at age 21. He married Mary Edward Wills; they reared 11 children. Finally in 1891 Dr. Boatner graduated from the University of Louisville. He had an office above the tall wooden stores on Center St. in Potts Camp. He purchased the house (for a family home) in Potts Camp which later became the Williams Hotel. He spent most of his time traveling the country roads in his horse and buggy to doctor the sick. Sometimes he stayed overnight until the patient became better. The weather was never too hot or cold to stop him. He saved my dad’s life one night. He stayed all night. His nose bled all day.
Everyone in town had to haul water from an overflowing well near the railroad tracks on Front Street. There would be a long line of wagons every night. Dr. Boatner and A.Q. Greer (first banker) worked to change Potts Camp from a village to a town, so money could be borrowed to put down a deep well and water could be piped to the homes, in 1916. I remember how proud Frank Greer was of both of his grandfathers, Dr. Boatner and A.Q. Greer. His mother, Montgomery Greer, was Dr. Boatner’s daughter. Monty Greer was the only child of Dr. Boatner that I knew. She was a born leader, also. She helped the children, and served on the State PTA and State Methodist Church Board.
Dr. Boatner sold his home to the Williams for a hotel in 1913, and built the lovely home (now owned by Floy Ash on Church Street) for his family.
In the ’20s, Dr. Boatner was elected to two terms in the Mississippi Senate. We loved Dr. Boatner; I remember him visiting me when I was a sick child; he was kind and loving. I will never forget him!
Until next week, God bless.
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