Thursday, February 23, 2006

Potts Camp News
Dale Hollingsworth

First Baptist of Potts Camp delivers fruit baskets to sick and elderly

The old Potts Camp Gym is being demolished; many people have happy memories of the old gym built in 1931. The present gym is much larger and better; it was named for Coach White, who died many years ago at a ball game.

Thanks to Lela Hale and three daughters for the wonderful Valentine gifts, including a pot of lovely tulips.

Betty Greer was among the friends who attended the funeral of Matthew Ryan Elkins, 14 years old, son of Ralph Elkins and Patricia Black Elkins, at United Funeral Services in New Albany on Sunday, Feb. 12. Burial was in Macedonia Cemetery. He leaves one sister, Marissa Elkins; his grandparents, our friends Jim and Twanda Black of Myrtle and Horace and Jeanette Elkins. We send our love and sympathy to his family.

One of my dear cousins in Memphis, Ernestine Gravatt’s husband, is having a serious operation; his name is J.T. Gravatt. Say a special prayer for him.

Special friends who grew up in our town, Bettye Rose Jones of Memphis and her sister, Mrs. Kerry (Kathryn) Scarbrough of Houston, Tx. visited Annie R. and T.M. Stone, then came to visit me on Wednesday, Feb. 15. We were glad to see them. They are daughters of the late Rose and Harry Jones. Another sister, Mary Frances Fitts, lives in Dallas, Tx.


1. The Bible tell us God has given each of us special gifts to be used for the good of all. By sharing our gifts, whatever they are, we bring honor and glory to God.

2. God does not measure success by human standards. He asks only that we serve Him to the best of our ability, with talents He has given us. Singing, teaching, playing musical instruments and speaking are special gifts; also cleaning, bookkeeping, cooking or writing are gifts God has given us, and many more.

3. When we give our best to God, He is pleased. “Jesus set a good example of how to live.”

4. For God so loves us all the same, poor and rich, male and female, the young and old, and all the races. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

My Daily Creed

Let me be a little kinder, let me be a little blinder, To the faults of those about me, let me praise a little more

Let me be when I am weary, just a little bit more cheery

Let me serve a little better those who I am striving for

Let me be a little braver, when temptation bids me waver

Let me strive a little harder. To be all that I should be.

Let me be a little meeker, with the brother who is weaker

Let me think more of my neighbors, and a little less of me.

(Lindy’s Newsletter)

Thanks to the First Baptist Church of Potts Camp, who delivered Valentine fruit baskets to the sick and elderly in town. They were very nice.

We send our love and sympathy to the family of Bryan Garrison, age 43, in his recent death. He attended school with my granddaughter, Liesa, at the West Union School. United Funeral Service in New Albany was in charge of the services.

Thanks to Rev. Don Newton for the tapes of his recent sermons, and for his special prayers and visits on Sunday.

Happy birthday to Korrie Stanton, my neighbor, on Feb. 23; to a family friend, David Alderson on Feb. 22; to Megan Watkins on Feb. 25; to Denise Gurley Wilson on Feb. 28.

Little Karlie Pipkin was born on Feb. 29 (leap year). She is the daughter of Perry and Heather Pipkin; she has a young brother, Jac Tyler. Happy birthday to Karlie! Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David Alderson and Barbara Pipkin, and the late James Carl Pipkin.

During this cold, damp weather, many of us suffer with arthritis. Pray for all the sick.

Prayer list: Evan Watts, Jean Derryberry, Linda Alexander, Ollie Mansel, Mary Jo McCallum, Ladine Randolph, Martha Ross, Lena Faye Work, Don Jamison, Adelle Hudson, Thurman Clayton and Diane, Robbie Taylor, Dorothy Forester, Donna Marett, Ashley Forester, Lucille Hutchens, Jean Conlee. Pray for all those who are lonely and suffer pain. Also for our soldiers; bring them home safely. Pray for peace.


After the death of Dr. Boatner, his wife, Lena Boatner, our neighbor, began to take in boarders; Dr. Lowdy, a handsome young preacher, came to town and stayed there about two or three weeks. He planned to hold a revival in the Christian church, a tall frame building with a steeple near the Borne two-story house on Church St. He had preached one sermon and the church was filled the second night with people from Winborn, Bethlehem and several from Potts Camp. They were waiting for services to start, but they didn’t know two of their neighbors, Mr. Mintz and Mrs. Franklin, had Bro. Lowdy behind the church trying to get him to change the way he was preaching. He refused, so the revival was moved that night to the new Potts Camp School, built in 1925.

If the revival had not been changed to the school auditorium, I would have never attended, because I was a small girl; my parents let me go with Geraldine Alvis, my friend, and her family. (I’ve always enjoyed church services). The music and singing were wonderful; many of the hymns I had never heard before. Dr. Lowdy had large posters on the stage with pictures on them. He pointed to them with a cane as he spoke. Suddenly, when he showed a picture of the atom, I began to listen; he said that if it were ever split, the whole world would be destroyed.

I had forgotten about Dr. Lowdy until World War II, when two of Japan’s cities were destroyed by atom bombs. Maybe God sent him to warn the people! He sends people to warn us all the time, if we would only listen.

I wonder if I am the only person who remembers Dr. Lowdy?

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