Thursday, October 5, 2006
Local schools plan fall festival
The Potts Camp/Mary Reid Schools are planning their Fall Festival at Potts Camp Park on Oct. 14. They will have music, fun and games for the children until 6 p.m. The Booster Club will have a fish fry and sell tickets for a drawing for a four-wheeler. We hope it will be a pretty day!
On Wednesday, I enjoyed cousins Ernestine and husband J.T. Gravatt of Memphis, and Mary Ann Millican of California visiting in my home. The girls are the daughters of my dad’s sister, the late aunt Grace and uncle Ernest Watts, buried in Potts Camp Cemetery. J.T. always takes our pictures together when they come.
Congratulations to Heather Stacks and Prentiss Shaw on their wedding Oct. 6 at Spring Hill Baptist Church in Waterford (pictured in The South Reporter).
Congratulations to Greg and Rhonda Rowland Smothers on the birth of twins. They arrived at the Baptist Women’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. on September 20. Analisa Marie weighed five pounds, two ounces and her brother Alexander Casper weighed seven pounds, two ounces. Big brother Daniel is very excited with the new arrivals. Proud grandparents are Bill and Sue Gurley Rowland of Potts Camp and Charles and Eulene Smothers of Memphis, Tenn. Great-grandparents are Mary Lois Gurley of Potts Camp, Mr. and Mrs. Casper Rowland of Covington, Tenn., and Anna Smothers of Memphis, Tenn.
Happy birthday to Michelle Randolph on Oct. 2, to my son, Jimmy Hollingsworth and also Ralph Bridges on Oct. 3, to Joe Dickey on Oct. 4 and James Dean Potts (my nephew) on Oct. 5. Happy birthday to twins Whitney and Brittany Bridges (college students) on Oct. 9.
Polly and Edwin Churchill visited Betty Fincher on Sunday and brought her a vase of pretty pink flowers. Get well wishes to her.
Judy (Lollar) Gadd of Hickory Flat had recent surgery in Tupelo. Get well wishes to her. She grew up in Potts Camp. She was a member of a teenage Sunday school class I taught at Potts Camp Methodist Church many years ago. We love her and her family.
The members of The Potts Camp Church of Christ came to the home of Joel Clayton on Sunday night after church services to sing for him. He is a member of the church; also several members of his family. We send get well wishes to Joel. He and Joyce are special neighbors, also his daughter Jo Ann and Carey Mayer.
I. Only one of the 10 lepers came back to thank Jesus. He asked, “Were all 10 cleansed? Where are the other nine?” Luke 17:17. Christ wants us to be thankful for every blessing and He wants us to tell Him so.
II. A person can be God’s messenger (angel) by bringing words of comfort to others at the time they are needed. (God’s angels are around us.)
III. If we do not build our lives on the foundation of Christ, like a bridge, they will come crashing down.
IV. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” There is no other foundation; Jesus is our link to eternity.
V. O, God, Thank you for those who taught us to pray; help us to do the same for others. For Christ’s sake, amen.
VI. Rules of life: (1) Find your own particular talent; (2) Be honest; (3) Live with enthusiasm; (4) Don’t worry about problems; (5) Assume your full responsibility in the world; (6) Don’t let your possessions possess you; (7) Pray constantly (God hears every word).
Prayer of Renewal
Prayer list: Martha Ross, Charles Henderson, Jean Derryberry, Lucille Hutchens, Joe McCallum, Ollie Mansel, Roy Foote, Robbie Taylor, Betty Fincher, Joel Clayton, Jessie Pipkin, Donna Marett, Lena Fay Work, Evan Watts, Judy Gadd, Mary Jo McCallum. Dear Lord, we pray for those who have lost loved ones, those who suffer, leaders of our country and those who are in other countries fighting for us. In Christ’s name we pray, amen.
Many of us have happy memories of the Potts Camp Memorial Museum built in 1978 by the late Dallas and the late Louise King. The couple met in 1927 when she was in a nursing school and he was attending Ole Miss. He visited a friend, George Cook, in the hospital and Louise was his nurse. Eighteen years later they married.
She nursed in Holly Springs and Dallas was principal of Potts Camp Elementary School. I remember his magic acts he would show the children. Later Dallas became Potts Camp rural mail carrier for 19 years until retirement. (He was one of the two first graduates at the new Potts Camp High School, built in 1925; Willie Mae Potter was the other one.) When I was a child, Dallas King and Malvin Stone would come to our home with my brother, James, on Saturday nights to hear the Grand Ole Opry on the radio.
At the Potts Camp Post Office, people from several states would write letters searching for their ancestors. They gave the letters to Mr. King, so he put them in a filing cabinet.
While visiting the Memorial Museum, the first thing you would see was a photograph of a young man in uniform, a gas light burning under it. Had Cary C. King, only brother of Dallas King, not died in a plane crash in May 1945 while serving as a U.S. Navy pilot, the Memorial Museum probably would have never been built.
Mr. King told one interesting story about one item exhibited at the Museum, “The Badge of the Seven Confederate Knights.” His grandfather, William Nathaniel King, was captured at the battle of Lookout Mountain, and sent to prison at Rock Island, Ill. The Yankees offered pardons if they would take an oath of allegiance to the U.S. Government and go out west to fight the Indians. His granddad and six other men took an oath not to do that and they hand-carved the badges. (Only two exist today.)
On one of the walls near C.C. King’s picture is a framed picture of Marshall County’s monument to the war dead, with names of all who died during World War I and World War II. Beneath it is a picture of all the men in Marshall County who died in Korea and Vietnam.
A few years after the Memorial Museum was opened, visitors from 32 states and the District of Columbia and Canada had visited there.
Two file cabinets were filled with neatly-typed folders on family histories. Glass cabinets were filled with an interesting collection of items from the past. Pictures were everywhere, including the picture of Colonel Erasmus F. Potts, the town’s first settler. I really enjoyed the old pictures.
One room had tables and chairs; it was an ideal place for clubs to meet and have guest speakers.
I’ll never forget Dallas and Louise King! Dallas was the grand marshal of the town’s 100th birthday celebration in 1988. Louise rode behind him. Those were happy days!
& Mt. Pleasant News
First Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant hosts homecoming services on Sunday
The senior citizens of FBC, Mt. Pleasant, enjoyed a pot luck dinner on Saturday, September 30.
Remember that Homecoming will be held at FBC, Mt. Pleasant, on Sunday, October 8. Sunday School will begin at 9:45 a.m. and worship at 10:50 a.m. There will be a pot luck meal at noon and singing in the afternoon. There will be no evening services.
The Fall Marshall County Baptist Associational meeting will be at Slayden Baptist Church on Tuesday evening October 10. Jerry Rankin, president of the International Mission Board, will be the guest speaker.
Several members from First Baptist Church, Mt. Pleasant, participated in Life Chain Sunday afternoon, October 1, in Collierville.
Several in the community attended the Mid-South fair, in Memphis, this week. My daughter Kathy and I attended on Tuesday. It is the first time we have been in about 35 years. We had a good time even though she couldn’t talk me into riding the Ferris wheel.
Gary, Michelle, Hannah and Noah Teel enjoyed a recent vacation to Disney World in Florida.
My daughter, Madge Winburn, from Hickory Flat, visited me on Monday. We visited Campbell’s grave and put on fall flowers.
I celebrated my 81st birthday on Thursday, September 28. I received lots of cards and calls. On Friday evening I was treated to dinner at Barnhill’s, in Collierville, by Kathy and Arnold Goode. Claudie and Sarah Pannell enjoyed dinner with us. As we were leaving my niece, Jan Proctor and husband Virgil, were coming in to the restaurant. We enjoyed a short visit with them.
One hot summer day I was out in the yard playing. I looked up toward the roof of our house and saw a huge wasp nest. There was a gang of big red wasps on it.
“I’ll fix you,” I thought to myself.
I ran into the house and got the broom, but the broom wasn’t long enough. I looked around to find something to stand on. Outside the fence was a 50 gallon oil barrel. I rolled it into the yard, turned it upside down and climbed on top of it with my broom.
I gave one big sweep and to my surprise the nest came tumbling down as the wasps began attacking me. I hit the ground rolling and screaming.
“Get these wasps off me,” I screamed as Mama and Daddy came running to see what the commotion was all about. They thought I had gone crazy because I was beating myself all over.
The wasps finally finished their attack, but not before they had stung me all over. Whew! I was a sight to behold. It didn’t take long before I began to look like I had been in a boxing match. I was swollen all over, especially my eyes. They were swollen almost closed.
You may know what came next. Daddy took a big chew of his homegrown tobacco and rubbed the juice all over my stings. It may have helped a little. I remember that the pain was awful as I lay on the bed tossing and turning. I guess I learned one important lesson out of that deal and that was to stay away from anything with a stinger.
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