Thursday, October 19, 2006
Hill home setting for Clayton reunion
A large crowd attended the Clayton reunion held at the home of Don and Susie Hill on Saturday. Lester Glen Clayton, son of the late Billie and Frank Clayton, stopped to visit his uncle, Joel Clayton and wife Joyce after the reunion.
I was glad to see Rev. Don Newton, pastor of the Methodist Church, when he stopped for a visit Sunday afternoon. He has been recuperating from recent surgery. We are thankful he is feeling better. I appreciate his visits and special prayers.
Congratulations to winners of the Junior High Beauty Revue held Oct. 5 and also to the Senior Beauty Revue held on Oct. 12.
Thanks to Lela Hale for her visit, and the nice gifts she has brought to me; also for the gifts she brought to Betty, my daughter. Lela Hale and Betty Greer taught school together many years at West Union School. We love the whole family.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Earnest Young in his recent death.
Recent visitors of Joel Clayton and Joyce were Rev. Malcolm Brock of New Albany and Marvin Bumpus of Ashland.
Tommy and Gail Goode of Greenwood stayed overnight recently with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone. Tommy came back for a checkup.
I. Children do not learn to love and obey God only by what we say. They also learn by watching what we do.
Deuteronomy 6:7 tells us “we should teach them constantly about God and His word, as we sit in our house, when we walk by the way, when we lie down and when we rise up.” It is important to attend Sunday school and church services with them.
II. Parents should also set a good example by our love and obedience to the Lord. Our children must see our desire to please the Lord.
III. “Love does no harm to a neighbor.” Romans 13:10 Whenever we are tempted to pass along a negative word about someone, even though it is true; we should seek God’s help in putting a stop on gossip. Instead we should speak a word of kindness and love.
IV. Jesus said, “Because I live, ye shall live also. John 14:19. If the resurrection of Jesus Christ is astonishing to us to day, just think of the people of His time, those who had seen Him walking and talking with Him. Think of the effect His resurrection had on them.
V. Christ still lives! But many of us go from day today as if He is still in the grave. How much better to look beyond the empty grave to the one who can fill our lives with the power of His resurrection.
VI. The Savior is waiting to save you, and cleanse every sin-stain away. By faith you can know forgiveness and be a new creature today.
VII. Christ left the grave
one glorious day
VIII. Happiness is something you may have for just a day, but you may never keep it if you forget to give it away.
Several people from here attended a baby shower on Sunday afternoon recently in Byhalia for Charity Huff, daughter of Joey and Linda Cox. Relatives Shirley Smithwick and Annie Sue Colella attended, also Janice Morris and Tina Joiner.
Get well wishes to Jean Derryberry, who is a patient in Union County General Hospital in New Albany. She needs our prayers.
Connie Work, Betty Fincher and Dorothy Lewis spent last weekend in the mountains and brought back some apples. With a broken arm Betty had a hard time getting things done.
Happy birthday to Bobby Smithwick on Oct. 15, to Iva B. Smith, a special friend on Oct. 16. Happy birthday to Danny Hollingsworth (my younger son) of Starkville on Oct. 18; to Claire Harper on Oct. 18; to Marla (Canerdy) Horne on Oct. 19; to Amanda McKeown on Oct. 19; to Bill Kitchens, husband of Terri (Day) Kitchens on Oct. 21. Happy birthday to Joel Clayton on Oct. 24. Happy birthday to Brad Farr on Oct. 18, to Joshua and Jeremy Green on Oct. 19; to Holley Holtzlander on Oct. 20; to Daniel Smothers on Oct. 24. Happy birthday to Jack Gadd on Oct. 21.
Prayer list: Martha Ross, Lena Faye Work, Ella Rea Whaley, Joel Clayton, Roy Foote, Joe McCallum, Jean Derryberry, Mary Jo McCallum, Lucille Hutchens, Willie T. Wicker, Rev. Don Newton, Betty Fincher, Jessie Pipkin, Gale Goode, Dorothy Forester, Mary Lois Gurley, Lina Mae Rhea.
Potts Camp had four years of football. The team in 1934 was Milton Steele, Ralph Overton, Andrew Watson, E.J. Marett, Clinton Boren, Ralph Greer, Willard (Jeff) Overton, Frank Greer, Mitchell Stone, Paul Lowery, Herbert Cook, Bob Bennett, Dooley Stone, Walter Dunn, Wyatt Kidd, Johnny Watson, Ben Henderson. Lloyd Thomas was the coach.
The team was on the field one afternoon after school, when someone yelled, “The depot is on fire.” I rushed to town as fast as I could; so did the football team. They hooked up the only fire equipment we had, two huge wheels with a large hose. The crowd began to gather in front of “Greer and Greer” Store across the lot from the depot. I looked for my dad, the depot agent, and could not see him. Some of the football team had gone with him into the depot.
I saw them helping my dad bring out his desk and important records. I was so thankful, because the depot could not be saved. (Men had been using torches to remove paint from the depot and set it afire.)
The football players wetted all the stores on Front Street with the hose. Two boxcars on the tracks near the depot had explosives in them; when they blew up, making a loud noise, the fire began to die down. The football team were our heroes that day; they saved the stores in town.
I’m thankful that we have a good fire department today!
For several weeks a boxcar was set up in the center of the tracks to be used as a depot by my dad, until a new one could be built. As a child, I always visited my dad when I went to town. He always gave each one of us five children a nickel when we visited him. Sometimes, he sent me to the post office and bank for him. They closed the same hour he did and he could not leave his job until closing time.
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