Thursday, September 14, 2006
Stones and Randolphs celebrate anniversaries
Frank Hutchens Jr. and wife, Barbara, of Big Creek were recent visitors of Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone. His dad was principal of Potts Camp High School at one time. He died after having surgery in the ’60s. Many of us drove to Calhoun County to attend his funeral.
Thanks to Sarah Doxey Greer of Holly Springs for her cute picture card and letter. We are thankful that her husband, A.Q. Greer, is doing well, after recuperating from a fall. Sarah wrote to thank me for the “Memories of the old Curtis Greer Home” (in The South Reporter) that burned recently. We send late congratulations to A.Q. and Sarah on their January wedding (they dated during high school).
Betty and David Greer Sr. and David Jr. and Amy and little Mary Elizabeth and David attended open house at West Union School on Tuesday night. Little Dave, 6 years old, attends school there. (Betty Greer taught at West Union School before she retired to help her husband and son in their business in New Albany.)
I. The Bible tells us there is only one name we can call upon to receive salvation and admission to heaven. That name is Jesus Christ. Acts 4:12 says: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
II. God has no voice except our voice and God has no hands but our hands. He can use us to speak uplifting words to people and He can use us to reach out and help the needs of people. We are human beings with problems and faults, but God can still choose to work through us.
III. Who ever sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? I John 3:17
IV. How many times have we seen God send help to people in need? How many times have we had the urge to help someone and did not give it? “We are God’s hands on earth.” He created us to receive help and give it.
V. Tell a hungry soul about God today! The child of God who knows the good tidings of the gospel does wrong if he fails to pass it on to others.
VI. Children who attend Sunday school are blessed! They learn early that they should never be ashamed to live for Jesus.
One little song we sang was “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.” A secret Christian is like a lamp hidden under a basket, instead of shining openly where it could help others.
VII. When I feel that Christ is near, all my cares and sorrows flee. He is my strength, my hope, my life. He’s all the world to me!
Jimmy Hollingsworth had emergency surgery in Tupelo on Sunday. He returned home that day. Pray for him.
Betty Greer drove to Tupelo to see him; also Danny and Elizabeth Hollingsworth and two of their sons, Clark and Jake. They all came to my home, also.
Mr. Henry Tutor drove to Pontotoc on Sunday, Sept. 3 to attend a Tutor reunion; a huge crowd attended. Many of his nephews he had never seen before were there.
A rodeo was held Friday, sponsored by Jerry Bolden.
We are thankful Gale Goode is doing well after recent surgery. Please continue to pray for him. He is the son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone. He is the husband of Tommye Ann Stone.
Janice Morris home after surgery. We are glad she is doing well.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dickey and family and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Dickey and family visited their parents, George and Dorothy Dickey over the Labor Day weekend. Some of them attended the Ole Miss football game.
Happy birthday to Amanda Worth, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Dickey, on Sept. 8; to Ross Dickey, their grandson, on Sept. 10; to Willie Thomas Wicker on Sept. 11; to Shirley Smithwick on Sept. 12; also Alan Potts, my nephew from Tupelo, on Sept. 11.
Happy wedding anniversary to Mitch and Jeanette Stone on Sept. 13; and Don and Dene Randolph on Sept. 15.
Shirley Smithwick has been driving her sister, Annie Sue Colella, to Tupelo to take arthritis shots every few weeks. Get well wishes to Annie Sue.
Prayer list: Fred Taylor, Lena Faye Work, Joel Clayton, Maxine Potts, Donna Marette, Joe McCallum, Jean Derryberry, Connie Work, Betty Fincher, Mary Jo McCallum, Roy Foote, Martha Ross, Evan Watts, Ollie Mansel, Lucille Hutchens, James Earl Turnage, Lina Mae Rhea. Pray for peace, for U.S. servicemen everywhere and those who are sad and ill.
Many of you remember the terrible ice storm that hit the Mid- South in the early ’90s; it was really bad in our town. I was alone and didn’t know what to do; the fallen trees and limbs had knocked down the light wires and we were in the dark; the meter was also knocked off the wall. We prayed for help!
One morning, our Methodist pastor, Bro. Ray Daniel, drove up in his old pickup and got out his power saw and started to work. He took the wood to people who burned wood; we had gas heat. Others saw the preacher working so they began to help him; even the school principal and janitor helped. Bro. Daniel wouldn’t take any money; soon the lights were on. We were thankful.
Betty’s daughter, Liesa, and her daughter, Lilah, called from San Antonio, Tx. for us to meet her at the Memphis airport. She treated us to a night at Hotel Peabody; it was wonderful!
Lilah ran after the ducks and almost got lost, so we went up on the roof top to see where they lived. It brought back memories for me. When I was a teenager, Daddy put a small radio in my room. Late at night I listened to the Big Bands, Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey from that same roof top and I never forgot it.
We enjoyed Lilah and Liesa for a few days. Now Lilah is a college student in Texas.
That summer we were having a revival at our church. The visiting evangelist was at Flick’s Place when he saw a large group of women; they were stranded on the road. Someone had sent them there to eat lunch. Their name tag was “United Methodist Women of AL.”
He called Bro. Daniel, who drove the Methodist bus there several times to pick them up and take them to the Methodist Church. All afternoon Bro. Daniel helped them, spoke to them and they sang hymns; they almost had a revival themselves. At 5 p.m., a bus came from Birmingham to pick them up.
Later, one of the women in the group wrote to the “Miss. Advocate.” She said, “I just want the Bishop to know that there is a man of God in Potts Camp. He met strangers on the road, helped them and sent them on their way with sure knowledge that through God’s grace, all is right with the world.” We will never forget Rev. Ray Daniel and the Potts Camp Methodist Church.
The last time I saw Bro. Daniel was at my brother Rev. Charles L. (Lindy) Potts’ funeral in Booneville. He came to me with his arms wide open.
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