Thursday, November 23, 2006
Temperance Hill Baptist Church members attend homecoming for the “Master’s Quartet”
A bus with 30 members of Temperance Hill Baptist Church drove to Booneville on Saturday to attend the homecoming for “The Master’s Quartet.” Other gospel singers were “The Inspirations” and “The McKennys.” Joyce Clayton and her son, Lynn and Martha Goolsby, and children Hannah and Jamie were among the group who attended.
Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth visited me on Monday. They stopped in New Albany to visit her sister, Betty and David Greer. (I’m thankful for my family.)
Ann Mannon continues to be very ill in St. Francis Hospital after suffering a recent stroke. Remember her in your prayers; also continue to pray for Betty Jewell Smith in the hospital in Memphis. She was attacked several weeks ago when she returned home from a visit with her husband, who is ill also.
1. By grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves; it is a gift of God. Ephesians 2:8
2. For better or worse you and I are the only ones Jesus can depend on to tell the world how He lived and died on the cross, to save us from our sins. Can He depend on us to strengthen the Kingdom of God just as He depended on those first disciples? Today’s Christians are all He has. Can He depend on us?
3. Weary and tired of life’s full day, Silently down I kneel to pray, And after a moment of peace I arise, Ready to meet life’s onrushing tides, I face the world bravely as from a tall spire, So friend when you too are tired at heart, Kneel with your Master and get a new start
4. Sometimes we forget that God is only a prayer away.
5. You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head. Psalms 3:3
6. Verses like these can bring peace to your heart, even in the midst of a storm of trouble. God is your shield and deliverer.
Tell God about your troubles. Let Him be your glory. Ask Him to be your shield - to protect your heat with His overshadowing love and care. Then you can lie down in peace and sleep, though many are against you.
7. Physical walls can be broken through, no matter how high or strong they are. But as God’s children we have the best wall of protection anyone can have. Nothing can pass through to us without first passing through Him and His will. In Him we are safe and secure.
8. Everybody is somebody in God’s eyes as long as we have the Spirit of Love.
Marjorie and Henry Clifton’s son, Coleman Clifton of Olive Branch, visited them recently. They are happy that their grandson, Brian Clifton, is planning to move back in the Potts Camp community from Hickory Flat. The Cliftons are special friends.
Happy birthday to my grandson, Clark Hollingsworth, of Starkville on Nov. 22. He attends the academy there and plays in the band; he is also a Boy Scout.
Happy birthday to Jason Gurley on Nov. 22 and to Tyler Knight on Nov. 25.
Berniece Young’s daughter, Martha Ross and husband Rex from Byhalia, visited her recently. We are glad that Martha is feeling better.
Prayer list: Jean Derryberry, Lena Fay Work, Roy Foote, Mary Jo McCallum, Donna Marett, Betty Fincher, Joe McCallum, Martha Ross, Jerry Work, Ann Mann, Jo Ann Potts, Ollie Mansel, Lucille Hutchens. Pray for the service men fighting for us, the leaders of our nation and all who suffer and are sad.
The first schools in Potts Camp had only 11 grades; the 12th was added in 1925 when our present school was built. Many county schools were scattered throughout North Mississippi, but those who taught in them had to have a 12th grade diploma. Many people from here attended Slayden Agri. school that year, where they had to board. Later, friends, Mrs. Addie Holliday and her sister, Sarah Matthews told how they had to make truck patches and milk cows. It was hard work.
Both of the sisters taught in county schools until the ’30s, when the schools were consolidated, and the county schools were closed.
Miss Susie Henderson taught my dad and his brothers and sisters in Hoggs County School, then she attended college at Blue Mountain and taught all of our family at Potts Camp School. She was wonderful!
Among other country teachers were Vidal Mae Stone (Whaley); Ruth Clayton, Susie and Nadge Overton, Irene Stone, Rosa Cox, Grace Potts Watts (my aunt), Lurline (Gurley) Boren, Rhetta Lou Alvis, and Link Alvis Morgan. There were many more.
The first two graduates at the new Potts Camp School in 1926 were Dallas King and Willie Mae Potter.
Miss Susie Henderson and Helen Laws were presented special awards for the service in the field of education by the PTA and Lions Club.
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