Thursday, October 26, 2005
Welcome extended to Lacey Ballos and her family to Potts Camp
Dr. Tommy Jarrett, pastor of Madison Baptist Church, visited Henry and Mary Jarrett on Monday. He is Henry’s nephew.
Sue Rhea drove her mother, Maxine Thomas of Myrtle, to visit friends here, Lina Mae Rhea and daughter Diane Rushing on Saturday. Maxine called me while en route home; she has been a special friend since we worked together and rode together to Frylings in Holly Springs in the ’60s. Lina Mae also rode with us and also Juanita Howell and Marie Smith.
William and Molly Byers of Big Sandy, Tenn., visited the David Greer family and others over the weekend. Molly is David’s only sister; she wrote me how much she enjoyed riding the motorcycle with David. Molly is a school teacher; we have been friends since she was a child and Betty and David married. (The mother was deceased.)
Jack Clayton of Bardwell, Ky. spent a few days last week visiting his dad, Joel Clayton and Joyce.
Happy birthday to Joel Clayton on Oct. 24 and to Daniel Smothers on Oct. 24, to Elizabeth Calhoun on Oct 25, to Tonya Brown on Oct. 27. Happy birthday to Molly Byers on Oct. 27. Happy wedding anniversary to Betty and David Greer on Oct. 27. Happy birthday to Joey Hart on Oct. 28, and to Caleb Rowland Knight on Oct. 29.
We are thankful that Charles Henderson is feeling better.
I received a phone call from my granddaughter, Liesa Blond in San Antonio, Tx. Her daughter, Lilah, is in college, and five other children are in school. She would like to visit us at Christmas and bring the children.
1. When the curtain falls at the close of each day, there are no reruns in life’s drama, so live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment.
2. Praise the Lord, and thank Him for life, and for His many blessings.
3. Help those in need, be kind and loving and pray for the sick.
4. Put God first in your life and He will bless you. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.” II Corinthians 5:17
I have no hands but your hands to do my work today. I have no feet but your feet to lead men on the way. I have no tongue but your tongue to tell men I had died. I have no help but your help to bring men to God’s side.
I. When dread and anxiety take over your life, God says, “Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
II. The real measure of our wealth is the treasures we have in heaven.
III. It is not what we do for the Lord, but what He does through us that enlightens others. Our role is to help others see the glory of His light.
IV. Before my mother’s death many years ago, she told me that all I could take with me when I leave this world is what I give away. Sometimes it is hard to remember that.
Dear Lord, I pray at the close of each day you will find that I’ve helped someone, somehow, some way, that I’ve not failed by word or deed to lighten the heart of someone in need. Though my talents be few I pray that you find me a credit to you. For Christ’s sake Amen.
A huge crowd attended the Beauty Revue held at Potts Camp High School Auditorium for the students at Mary Reid School on Saturday. Congratulations to the winner. (It lasted for hours.)
Pray for Betty Jewell Smith of Memphis, stepdaughter of Lena Work, who was attacked and robbed recently as she returned home from the hospital to see her sick husband. She grew up in Potts Camp; her step sister Shirley Vance visited her on Saturday at the hospital.
Welcome to the Lacey Ballos family to Potts Camp.
Prayer list: Joe McCallum, Lena Fae Work, Martha Ross, Jean Derryberry, Joel Clayton, Ollie Mansel, Charles Henderson, Robbie Taylor, Mary Jo McCallum, Betty Fincher, Donna Marett.
When Dr. and Mrs. J.W. Vaughan arrived at Potts Camp one stormy night by train, she thought they had come to the jumping off place. They were among the first four families to arrive in 1886, after the depot was built and named Potts Camp. Others were Mr. and Mrs. A.Q. Greer Sr., the Jones family and Charley and Mary Potts Reid, who owned a large area of the land. She was the daughter of Colonel E.F. and Elizabeth Potts, the town’s first settlers.
The night the Vaughans arrived, a group of Methodists was holding a revival in an old schoolhouse nearby. The people started shouting and suddenly the building fell in, injuring several of the people. they called for Dr. Vaughan to come and help them. Dr. Vaughan owned the first drug store in town, the first telephone, and helped publish a Potts Camp newspaper for two years. It was called “The Illustrator.”
The couple had two daughters, Mattie V. Jones and Faye V. Peel. Mattie married Bunard Jones; they had three sons, Harry, B.G. and Jack Jones, also one daughter, Aileen J. Warren. Miss Faye married Mr. Peel; he died young. He brought the first car, a one-seated turnabout to town. Faye studied music and taught in the first Potts Camp Schools. Later she was bank assistant at First State Bank with Robert Greer. One day at noon, two men robbed the bank. They locked Mr. Greer and Miss Faye in the vault; they pushed the alarm button. George Boren, druggist, next door called the police who freed them, and followed the men to their home and arrested them. The trial was held in the new Potts Camp School auditorium, built in 1925. For many of us, it was our first trial. They were found guilty. I spent the day there.
Faye Peel became the Potts Camp postmaster in 1932. She was wonderful.
During World War II, Miss Faye sold war bonds; she also worked to contact men in service when their family needed them. She loved dogs. One day as she was playing for a couple to come down down the aisle to get married, her dog came in first and started howling. He had to be taken out. She thought he was locked up.
She played for weddings, funerals and also the organ for church services. She also taught an adult Sunday school class.
When she retired from the post office, she was asked to come to the coast by the Mississippi Postmaster General to receive a special citation for outstanding service. They surprised her with a “this is your life” program. We will never forget Miss Faye. We loved her!
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