Thursday, April 5, 2007
Family from Texas visits with Mary Jo McCallum
We ask for special prayers for Francis Redding, who suffered a recent stroke; he fell on March 16 in the bathroom and broke his hand, then spent a week in Oxford hospital. His wife, Anderia Redding, was with him. After returning home, the couple’s daughter, Kim Green of Virginia, who works at Washington, D.C., came to spend a week with them. Get well wishes to Francis.
Colonel and Mrs. Earl McCallum spent a week recently with his mother, Mary Jo McCallum. The couple live in San Antonio, Tx., where he is stationed; Mary Jo was happy to see them. My granddaughter, Liesa Blond lives in San Antonio, Tx.
Berniece Young visited her brother-in-law, Bobby Young, in the retirement home near Myrtle on Monday; he lived in Potts Camp for several years before he became unable to live alone. Get well wishes to Bob!
Henry and Mary Jarrett attended a birthday celebration for Ben Coker in the home of Merian and Clark Ormon on Saturday night, March 24.
Janis Alderson and daughter Heather Pipkin and children, Karlie and Jac Tyler spent several days last weekend at Fort Walton Beach, Fla. with Janis’s niece and nephew. They enjoyed it!
Sammy Ford and his bride, Megan Hill, spent a few days in Gatlinburg after their recent wedding.
“Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth which was crucified; He is risen, He is not here; behold the place where they laid Him.” Mark 16:6
Suddenly Jesus appeared before His disciples, who were behind locked doors. He spoke peace to them, then showed them His hands and side; they were overjoyed to learn that He was alive. Jesus instructed them to carry on His ministry; it was always that His followers carry the gospel into the world. He breathed on them and commanded that they receive The Holy Spirit. Now that He was raised, Spirit could live on in them and others who believe His word. Christ lives in the hearts of His believers. Let us worship the risen Savior and give praise for what His death, burial, resurrection and ascension mean to us, when we put our faith in Him. Happy Easter to everyone!
Happy birthday to Judy Forester on April 2, to Coby Bridges on April 3, to Barbara Pipkin on April 8 and Lisa G. Murphy on April 10, to Zach Mayer on April 9 and Denise Cook on April 10, to my sister Ann P. Hill on April 15, also Kim G. Morris on April 15.
Henry Tutor attended the funeral of his uncle, B. Brown in Pontotoc on Tuesday. They were about the same age. We send our sympathy to him.
Please say a special prayer for Connie Work, who is having foot surgery at Batesville Wednesday.
Prayer list: Joe and June McCallum, Roy Foote, Martha and Rex Ross, Jean Derryberry, Donna Marett, Hazel Foote and daughter, June Pearson, Lena Fay Work, Jessie Pipkin, Mary Jo McCallum, Ella Rhea Whaley and daughter Sue, Betty Fincher and Connie Work, Clyde Wright Alderson, Ann Mann. Pray for peace.
History and Memories
The last three months of 1988 was an exciting time for our town; we celebrated our 100th birthday!
Rev. Jim Smith and the Potts Camp Civic Club planned the events and decorated for it. Letters of congratulations came from Gov. Ray Mabus, also from U.S. senators and Representatives, state legislators and a special one from President Ronald Reagan.
On Sunday the town celebrated the oldest church in town, the Potts Camp Methodist, organized in 1887, and the only church in town for many years. Bishop Robert Morgan, a relative of Flick Ash, preached that morning; other former preachers of the church spoke also. My late brother, Rev. Charles L. Potts (Lindy) gave the history of the church. Many out-of-town former church members attended, including the Edwards, the Borens and my sister, Ann and Herman Hill. I ate dinner at the table with Winnie Weaver, Flick’s late sister, after helping serve the food. Bob Whiteside was one of the speakers also.
I have a book made that year with pictures and history of the three Methodist Churches on the Potts Camp charge and their members. (Potts Camp church, Bethlehem church and Cornersville church)
On Nov. 11, Veterans Day, the town World War II veterans were honored. They were Dallas King, John Hugh King, T.M. Stone, Harvey J. Gurley, Jeff Overton, J.R. Thompson and George Dickey. (Mr. Dickey and Jeff Overton received Purple Hearts.)
We celebrated one early morning at the flagpole at Potts Camp School. Others attending were Donald Ash, principal of Potts Camp School; Dallas and Louis King; T.M. and Annie R. Stone; Rev. Jim Smith and David Fuller; also a member of the town board because mayor Carey Mayer could not attend.
On the town’s birthday, Oct. 16, a platform was set up downtown with speakers. At 11 a.m. Mayor Carey Mayer welcomed the crowd and said the Proclamation. A train stopped on the tracks nearby, and the crew came to the platform and the trainmaster spoke to the crowd.
He said that Potts Camp had always been a railroad town since the first depot was built in 1886 and name Potts Camp for the first settler, Col. Potts.
An antique car show came to town and the Potts Camp Museum was opened.
Mitch Stone and Carol Gurley sang for the crowd.
Later in the evening, Bro. Smith had the main highway closed so the Potts Camp parade could come through. Dallas King was the grand marshal; his wife, Louise, sat beside him in the limousine as they followed the Olive Branch and Holly Springs bands and go-carts. Later, many lovely floats passed my home and they threw candy to me.
It was a great celebration!
I’ll never forget it!
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