Thursday, March 15, 2007
Rodney, Betty and Lori Whaley vacation in Hawaii recently
Last week, Rodney and Betty Whaley and daughter Lori vacationed in Hawaii. We hope they had a wonderful time. We are glad to have Rodney Whaley as our banker.
Tommy and Shirley Bready of Covington, Tenn., and JoAnn Potts of Olive Branch attended the funeral of a relative, Gibson Wicker, age 73, on Sunday afternoon at Hickory Flat Baptist Church; burial was in McKay Cemetery there. JoAnn is my sister-in-law. We send love and sympathy to his family.
The sisters of Lena Fay Work are Hazel Foote, Pauline Hutchens and Marie Smith; they visited her in Graceland Nursing Home in New Albany on Sunday. Another friend, Jessie Pipkin, is a patient there also, and Maybelle Lindsey, too. We send our love and get well wishes to them!
Roy Foote has been seriously ill in the hospital in Oxford. His wife, Hazel, has been visiting him; we are thankful that he is better.
I. Our Lord wants us to be forgiving and loving, even when our anger tempts us to be otherwise. Only with God’s help can we respond in a positive and redemptive way. Only a forgiving spirit can help us reduce our stress and give us release from the tension of seeking revenge.
Peter said “Lord, how often should I forgive, as many as seven times?” Jesus said to him “Not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Matthew 18:21-22
II. Peace is one of the most powerful words in the Bible. If there is peace in the home or in our nation it is a wonderful thing. Pray for peace.
III. “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God.” I John 4:7
IV. As God loves and accepts me as I am, so I can love and accept others.
Prayer - “Dear God, help us to love others as you love us.” For Christ’s sake, amen.
Get well wishes to a friend, Juanita Howell, who spent several days in the hospital. Say a special prayer for her! I enjoyed a visit Tuesday with her sisters, my friend Virgie Kelly.
Happy birthday to Connie Work on March 15; to Kristie Fincher on March 16; to Bob Young on March 17; to Annie Ruth Nodd, my sister-in-law, on March 19; to Dave Greer, age 7, son of David Greer Jr. and Amy of Collierville on March 20. Betty and David Greer Sr. are his grandparents.
Congratulations to Clay and Leah Cruse of Tupelo on the birth of twin boys on Monday, March 5. They are Grey Lee, six pounds, five ounces; and Greshem Rhea, five pounds, five ounces. Their sister, 3-year-old Paige, welcomed the boys home. Clay grew up in Potts Camp. Ernest Cruse and the late Linda Cruse are the grandparents. Lina Mae Rhea of Potts Camp is the great-grandparent.
Prayer list: Juanita Howell, Mary Jo McCallum, Jean Derryberry, Lena Fay Work, Jessie Pipkin, Jerry Paul Mills, Jennie Mitchell, Martha Ross, Maxine Potts, Roy Foote. Pray for the families who have lost loved ones, others who are sick and lonely; also pray for our leaders in America and the USA troops everywhere. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
The lovely home of Lester Greer and wife Montgomery B. Greer was built in 1918 near the Potts Camp Methodist Church on Church Street. She named their home “Sunset View,” and always had a rose garden. The house still stands.
Lester Greer was the first child born in Potts Camp, back in 1887 to Mr. and Mrs. A.Q. Greer, the first Potts Camp banker.
The Lester Greers had four children, Louise, Don, Frank and Ralph. “Monty,” as Mrs. Greer called herself, was an outstanding person; she was the daughter of Dr. Boatner; they were both born leaders. In the ’20s, he served as State Senator two times. She organized the first PTA in Potts Camp, then in other North Mississippi towns. Later she became a state officer for the PTA and also a member of the State of Mississippi Methodist Conference.
Lester Greer and Curtis Greer operated the famous Greer and Greer Store in Potts Camp. In 1900, the Greers bought Eagle Springs, a hotel resort near town.
Mrs. Greer took an interest in the young girls my age. I still read her famous poems “Dance of the Butterfly.” She taught us to sing Christmas carols and other songs while she played her piano and she made a playground for us in her backyard. Sometimes she would drive us to Holly Springs in her big car and buy us ice cream cones. We loved and admired her. She also taught a boys’ Sunday school class at the Methodist church.
Their daughter, Louise, married and moved up north. She died young so her son, Eddie Turner, came to live with his grandparents and to attend Potts Camp School.
Ralph Greer came home from World War II and married his childhood sweetheart, Martha Woodard (my friend). They had one son, Ralph Jr. Martha had another son by her first husband, Hurdle (his dad was killed in the war.) Ralph said he would never leave Martha again after he returned home from the war and he didn’t. Both are deceased.
Frank Greer was our family friend. He and his wife moved back to Holly Springs after he retired from banking in Arkansas. He was on jury duty with my late husband, L.D.; he loved his hometown Potts Camp, where he was one of the first Potts Camp Cardinals basketball teams. He helped me with “Memories of Potts Camp.”
He told about seeing an old man in a nursing home in Arkansas one day who spent a week at Eagle Springs when he was younger. When Frank returned to visit the old man, he took him a few gallons of water from Eagle Springs. It made him happy!
I’ll never forget Monty Greer. She held her head high as she walked down the street. She would throw back her head and laugh. She was quite a lady!
Ernest Cruse lives in the old Greer home.
News: (662) 252-4261 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Site managed and maintained by