Thursday, November 9, 2006
Welcome extended to the Boyington family
James Johnston wrote from Rome, Ga. last week. He and his wife Linda sent pictures of relatives, Jewel Work of Potts Camp and Susie Churchill of Byhalia, also Emma Howell from here. They all visited them recently. He told how they enjoy The South Reporter every week. He asks for special prayers for Susie Churchill who is ill. He had written me once before.
Rodney Whaley, Potts Camp banker, and wife Betty visited me recently. They are proud of their two grandsons, Jack Whaley, son of Amanda and Kent Smith, and John Grey, new baby son of Jonathan and Stacy Morrison. Both of our families are descendants of the town’s first settler, Col. E.F. Potts and wife Elizabeth.
Many church members and visitors enjoyed homecoming at First Baptist Church on Sunday. Former pastors preaching that day were Rev. Joe Epting, who lives at New Albany and is pastor of Cornersville Baptist Church; Rev. Kim Cooper who is now preaching for Temperance Hill Baptist Church and Rev. Charles Fowler, retired; he is building a home in the Potts Camp area. Rev. Jim Buchanan is the present pastor. I remember all of them; they are all special.
Remember Mrs. Vest in your prayers. She plans to have serious surgery soon. She had the same surgery five years ago; her husband, Mr. Vest, is in a wheelchair. They have several grown children who help them. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
Mrs. Work’s stepdaughter, Betty Jewell Smith, who was attacked and robbed recently in Memphis, is having a bad time. They operated on her hip and her shoulder and had to give her three pints of blood. Remember to pray for her and her husband. He is in a home and disabled.
Happy birthday to my grandson Jacob G. Hollingsworth (Jake) on Nov. 1. He is Danny and Elizabeth’s youngest child.
Happy birthday to Wade Murphy on Nov. 2, to Bill Wilson on Nov. 4, to Rodney Whaley on Nov. 5, to Amanda Whaley Smith on Nov. 6, also Tracy Sanders on Nov. 6 and Brandon Wilson on Nov. 6, to Craig Gurley on Nov. 7.
Happy birthday to my granddaughter, Liesa G. Blond of San Antonio on Nov. 8, also to my daughter-in-law Martha Hollingsworth on Nov. 8.
Congratulations to Leanna Marie Alderson and Jason Stacks on their recent marriage. The wedding was held Nov. 4 at First Baptist Church at 2 p.m. in Potts Camp. A reception will be held followed the wedding in the historic Greer house in Potts Camp.
I. Sharing what God has given us with others is the beginning of making God’s kingdom real. You can’t outgive God!
II. The Bible tells us to be thankful at all times and in all circumstances. We should especially be thankful for God’s greatest blessing, the amazing grace we see in Jesus Christ! Any time of the year is a perfect time to give thanks for Christ!
III. We should use daily the words “praise,” “forgiveness,” and “love.” God has a purpose for all our lives. Ask Him what His plans are for you.
Dear Lord, help us to focus on helping others, and leave the judging to you. For Christ’s sake, Amen.
V. “He that loveth not, knoweth not God, for God is love.” John 4:8
The greatest gift cannot be purchased in a store or ordered in a catalog. It can be seen in the eyes of a child, heard in words of kindness and felt in the embrace of a loved one. It is the precious gift of love!
Love found a way to redeem my soul, love found a way to make me whole, love sent my Lord to the cross of shame, love found a way, O praise His Holy name!
Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up their wings like eagles. Isaiah 40:31
Everyone is looking for happiness! Many people look in the wrong places, thinking money, large homes and fine cars will make them happy. Matthew 5 teaches us that deep and lasting happiness comes from loving God, and being right with Him.
Mike and wife Jeannie Sprinden, a former Church of Christ pastor, visited Joel Clayton on Monday. They came back later and supper was held at the church for them. They stayed overnight with Faye Turpen. He was here in 1969-70.
Prayer list: Jeff King, Lena Fay Work, Lina Mae Rhea, Joel Clayton, Roy Foote, Lucille Hutchens, Mattie Gurley, Ella Rea Whaley, Linda Thiesen, Betty Fincher, Jean Derryberry, Mary Jo McCallum, Donna Marett, Mary Lois Gurley, Martha Ross, Jessie Pipkin, Mrs. Vest (mother of my friends).
Do you remember when children had to take their lunches to school? We were lucky because we lived near the school; Mother had a hot lunch cooked for us every day. Teachers who boarded in town would send two of their students after their dinner every day. I’ve been to Williams Hotel many times and others have walked to the George Boren two-story house to pick up teachers’ lunches. The food smelled so good, it made us hungry.
After the new agriculture and home economic building was erected about 1932, the ninth and 10th grade girls had classes together the first two periods in the morning. Our teacher was Elizabeth Heard; she was wonderful. The first period was peeled potatoes, onions, carrots, etc. for soup; then we opened cans of tomatoes, beef, corn, butterbeans and peas until we filled a huge boiler on top of the heater. Miss Heard used a large wooden paddle to keep it stirred during the next two periods.
Several mothers of the children at the school would walk to the lunchroom about 11 o’clock to start serving the lunch; their children could eat free of charge. It was three cents a cup with crackers and milk. Ethel Simmons told about walking to town for several miles to serve the lunches. She had four children who ate there every day. They were Madalynne, Louise, Jean and Joe Simmons.
She also told of walking to ballgames and school programs. No wonder she lived to be over 100 years old. She was a special lady.
Some of the first lunchroom workers who served it in two of the school rooms were Etta Sanders and Minnie Wilson; then a small lunchroom was built near the school. Ethel Coyle and Lena King probably worked longer than any of the others, as lunchroom workers.
I enjoyed working in the school cafeteria for many years. It was wonderful to be at home with my children after school turned out and I learned to love all the teachers and children at the school, also the fellow workers. God has really blessed me!
(Intended for last week)
Congratulations to Jonathan and Stacy Morrison who are proud parents of a baby boy, born Monday, Oct. 30 in Oxford hospital. They named him John Grey Morrison; he weighed eight pounds, four ounces. Grandparents are Rodney and Betty Whaley of Potts Camp and and Jerry and Sue Morrison. Great-grandparents are Fred and Mary Jo Whaley and Ruby Churchill, all of Potts Camp.
Mary Box, a friend from Ripley, visited me on Monday; we are sorry that she has cancer. Pray for her.
Someone said that the Memphis Hardwood Flooring that has been in operation for a long time in Potts Camp has shut down. Many people will be out of work. We are sorry.
The three charges on the Potts Camp charge met Sunday, Oct. 29 for a fifth Sunday banquet at Cornersville Methodist Church. Bethlehem United Methodist Church is on the charge. Rev. Don Newton is the pastor of the charge. He is a special pastor.
The pastor of Holly Springs Holiness Church, Rev. Rick Boyington and family have moved next door to me on Church St. Others in his family are his wife Penne, their daughter Lacey who visits me (she is in the eighth grade. The boys are Dallas, age 10, Dylan, age 12 and a 3-month-old baby girl, Jennie.) We welcome them to our town.
Jimmy and Danny both called on Sunday. Jimmy and Martha have retired and Danny is dean of industry at Miss. State College.
I. The Lord wants us as his followers to live for Him openly! We should confess Him boldly before others so there is absolutely no question about our allegiance. Being a Christian should never be a secret
Lord, help us show compassion to a world that’s lost in sin. So when we share the gospel hungry souls for Christ will win
O, give us homes built firm upon the Saviour where Christ is counselor, head and guide, where every child is taught His love and favor and gives his heart to Christ, the crucified.
The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” Psalm 145:18
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Matthew 25:35
O, God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry, When I have a warm home, help me to remember the homeless, when I am happy, help me to remember the sad and lonely and remembering help me to show compassion and love enough to help by word or deed those things we take for granted.
VI. Pray without ceasing, God hears what you say, From the moment you rise, to the close of the day, Don’t think for a moment, He turns a deaf ear, Trust and have faith, and you’ll never know fear
Happy birthday to my granddaughter, Liesa Blond on Nov. 8; also to my daughter-in-law, Martha Hollingsworth on Nov. 8; and to a niece, Amanda Qualls on Nov. 10.
Happy birthday to Kyle Poole on Nov. 10, to Nikki Gurley on Nov. 11, and to Harold Green on Nov. 12, to Jackie Hart Wilson on Nov. 14. Happy birthday to Virgie Kelly on Nov. 13 and Carrie Jewell Taylor on Nov. 15.
Pray for the sick.
During our younger years the only musical instrument we had was a tall Victrola in the hall. Our dad had to visit the railroad hospital in St. Louis every year for a check-up. We looked forward to his return; he always brought us a few gold records of Jimmie Rodgers’, well known as America’s blue yodeler for many years. The young Huckleberry Finn-type boy hung around pool halls, railroad yards, juke joints and his uncle’s barber shop; his mother died when he was age 6, and at age 14 his dad worked for the railroad. He took his guitar with him and played and sang wherever people would listen, he drifted from town to town, following roadshows.
In 1927 he got his big break when he was recorded by RCA Victor Company in Tennessee. He drove to New York City and called RCA telling them that he just happened to be in town and would have time to make another record. “T for Texas” was a big hit. Later 20 million of his records were sold from 1927 to 1933 when he died of TB.
My favorite record of Jimmie Rodgers was “Waiting for a Train.” I would sing along with the record and I felt like I was standing beside him.
TB used to be one of the worst diseases in the world!
My mom warned me not to let my great aunts kiss me - they did anyway. (They fined you if you spit on the street.)
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