Thursday, January 26, 2006

Potts Camp News
Dale Hollingsworth

Karla Sanders honored on fifth birthday

Rev. Don Newton, pastor of the three churches on Potts Camp Methodist Charge, visited the shut-ins and others recently. I appreciate his visits, his prayers and a copy of his sermon on Sunday. We have had some special pastors over the years. God has blessed us!

Henry Tutor’s sister, Lorrine Tutor Young of Pontotoc, was buried on Sunday, Jan. 15. We send our love and sympathy to him and his family. Mr. Henry is my neighbor and longtime family friend.

Thurmon Clayton had bypass heart surgery on Thursday and is recovering now. We ask for special prayers for him. Diane Clayton, his wife, is with him. She has also been ill.

We also ask for special prayers for Minnie Lindsey, who was rushed to Tupelo Hospital recently with a heart attack. She is the sister of Fred Taylor.

Felecia Fincher honored her niece, Karla Sanders, who was 5 years old on Jan. 19, and her mother, Belinda Clayton with a combined birthday party on Jan. 24.

Pray for Don Jamison, who suffered a stroke; and Earl Taylor, who is very ill.

We ask for special prayers for Evan Watts, age 10, grandson of Floy Ash and Flick Ash. He has been sent to The Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Ark., for therapy for six months. His condition has improved some, since he was injured in the wreck. Also we ask for special prayers for Jean Conlee, who is very ill. Also we ask for special prayers for Ashley Forester, granddaughter of Marjaret and Jimmy Hart, who was injured in a car accident.

Also we ask for special prayers for Linda McAlexander, who will have surgery soon; she is the daughter of Madeline Ash.

David Hollingsworth, my grandson, drove back to Gulfport and Pass Christian last weekend to see his sister, Sonya and Greg Kidd, and to help them again after the hurricane. Mr. Kidd, Greg’s dad, went also.

Lela Hale and girls brought me delicious food recently. Thanks to them.

Brook Hale attends Blue Mountain College. This is her third year. Haven Hale teaches at Horn Lake, and Alana Hale is a student at Potts Camp High School. They are a special family.

Martha Ross of Byhalia visited her mother, Berniece Young, on Tuesday. They drove to New Albany for dinner and shopping.

Fifth Sunday Rally will be held at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, with Cornersville and Potts Camp churches attending.

Birthdays — Mitch Stone Jr., Jan. 22; T.M. Stone, Jan. 24; Jimmy Hart, Jan. 26.

Prayer list: Robbie Taylor, Lena Faye Work, Terrell Lowery, Minnie Lindsey, Lucille Hutchens, Ollie Mansel, Willie Miller, Ladine Randolph, Donna Marett, Dorothy Forester, Diane Stanton, Ray Foote, Betty Fincher, Pauline Hutchens and Hazel Foote (sisters); James Earl Turnage, who suffered a stroke. He is the son of Willie Miller. Get well wishes to him.


Many people today will remember the patriotic feelings we had during World War II. Everyone seemed to be working together for the good of our country (1941-1945). One day I was cleaning off the top of my dad’s old closet. I found a copy of “The American Magazine,” published during the war in 1943. Suddenly, memories of those years came back to me! Frances Langford had just returned home with a five-month tour with Bob Hope, and other actors who were entertaining the U.S. troops. She wrote, “I saw him fighting for you.” She described the great courage of the wounded and dying soldiers in the hospital.

One soldier who had no arms requested that she sing “Embraceable You.” After singing for him, she ran away so he wouldn’t see her tears.

While returning home, she saw the Statue of Liberty and remarked, “That is the lady the soldiers are really fighting for.”

Other interesting articles were “Green stamps for the folks back home,” by Brigadier Gen. Harold Gilbert. He said that every soldier’s prayer is “Take care of the ones I love.”

Metro Goldwyn Mayer mentioned the most extravagant movie in years, “Thousands Cheer,” with Gene Kelly, Kathryn Grayson, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Red Skelton, Eleanor Powell, Lucille Ball and Lena Horne.

Another write-up was “What Victory Will Bring Us.” It mentioned things we take for granted, like jobs, homes, a right to vote and worship as we please.

Other stories were “Come Back to Me,” “We are Running Out of Oil,” and “Too Young To Be a Hero.”

Advertisements also mentioned the conflict — Bell Telephone said, “Help the war by only making vital calls.” Westinghouse promises “Research for war and wonders for peace.” Kodak makes “Complex topics of optical systems for our Army and Navy.” Studbakers factories were building Flying Fortress engines. U.S. Airlines said, “If you can’t drop a bomb, buy bonds.”

Chrysler’s war products included, “Engines for tanks, air raid sirens and boxes for guns.”

Chesterfield showed a lovely picture of Betty Grable, the soldier’s pin-up girl.

An article “Why You Can’t Find A Seat” reminded me of the days Jimmy and I spent in crowded depots, trains and buses trying to get home to Potts Camp from Aberdeen where we lived during the war. There were no items of metal for sale so we bought Jimmy a wagon with wooden wheels.

My prayers today are for the service men and women who are fighting for us.

Pray for peace.

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