Thursday, April 12, 2007
Prayers and get well wishes extended to Jodie Edwards and family
Many people enjoyed the Easter Services at all the churches in town and those near Potts Camp. It was a special Holy Week; even on TV, we enjoyed the special Easter services. God is good!
Teresa Hollingsworth, wife of my grandson, David Hollingsworth, had surgery last week in the Tupelo hospital. They live in Palmetto, near Tupelo. Our thoughts and prayers are with Teresa, a school teacher; they have two daughters. They were wonderful to me when I was in rehab after surgery several years ago. I’ll never forget it.
Kirk Sanders was injured in an automobile accident recently. Get well wishes to him.
Ruthie St. John spent several days in a Memphis hospital. Say a special prayer for her.
L.C. Miller is also on the sick list; pray for him.
The 18th annual Potts Camp School Reunion will be held at the Potts Camp lunchroom on Saturday, June 3; registration, 10 a.m. This year the class of 1957 will be honored on their 50th reunion; also the class of 1947 on their 60th reunion. Contact Annie Ruth Stone, Mary Minor or Joan Gurley.
I. A small child had lost her way home in a big city; a policeman drove her down several streets to help her. When she saw her church, she said, “This is my church, I can always find my way home from there.” A good church that faithfully teaches the Bible and proclaims the good news of salvation through Christ provides what we need to “find our way home.”
II. There is a powerful river of forgiveness that flows from the cross of Jesus Christ. When we humbly confess our sins, all of our unrighteousness is washed away (I John 1:9) We can be sure that “our sins” which are many are forgiven (Luke 7:47)
III. “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles.” Isaiah 40:31
IV. The ways to make your light shine are: work with joy, pray with love, share what you have, live simply, love deeply and praise God always.
Happy birthday to my sister, Ann Potts Hill of Aberdeen, on April 15; also to Kym G. Morris on April 15; to Wesley Poole on April 17; to Kyliegh Paige Rowland on April 19 and Laura Beth Goolsby on April 20.
Holly S. Muraco, daughter of Mitch and Jeanette Stone, brought her children back to Potts Camp and they attended church services with her family on Sunday.
Andy and Connie Work attended church services at the Potts Camp Church of Christ with friends on Sunday, and enjoyed lunch with them in the fellowship building later. We are thankful that Connie’s foot is beginning to heal after recent surgery.
Say a special prayer for Jodie Edwards, who was badly injured in a wreck recently and has had surgery; his four-wheeler ran into a truck.
The April Heritage News arrived this week. Seventeen members and guests were present on March 24 at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center. Director Madge Lindsey was introduced by the hostess for the meeting, Sheryl Bowen. It was interesting to read about the history of the center. Later, the group toured the main house. It was burned during the Civil War, but was later rebuilt.
Prayer list: June Pearson, Roy Foote, Martha Ross, Lina Mae Rhea, Connie Work, Ruthie St. John, Clyde Wright Alderson, Adelle Hudson, Jene and Joe McCallum, Jean Derryberry, Mary Jo McCallum, Juanita Howell, Betty Fincher, Kirk Sanders. Pray for others who suffer and those who have lost loved ones; also pray for the soldiers fighting for us, and that we will have peace.
My dad’s favorite newspaper in the ’30s was “The Commercial Appeal,” and his favorite writer was Mr. Copeland. Every day he told a different story about the South. One day, Mr. Copeland decided to drive his wife to his native state, Mississippi.
He said that when they crossed that imaginary line from Tennessee to Mississippi, the grass seemed a little greener and the birds sang a little sweeter. They visited friends in Holly Springs. When they reached Potts Camp, they were tired, so when they saw a sign on Church Street with “Williams Hotel” on it, they stopped to stay overnight. (The old hotel still stands; it is a family home and has been renovated.)
Julia Williams was owner of the famous motel, built by Charlie Reid for his wife, Mary Reid, in the late 1880s; Dr. Boatner and family had lived there, also.
Julia Williams’ husband stayed on the farm near town with sons Russell, Oscar and Lloyd Williams, but her daughters, Lona, Edith and Maurine helped her in the hotel. They served delicious meals. Several of the Potts Camp teachers boarded there; they were happy to meet the Copelands, and invited them to attend a program at Potts Camp School that night, and asked him to make a talk to the crowd.
I remember the program well, presented by the talented music teacher, Miss Eugine Eason and Miss Sarah Myers, tap and speech teacher, who lived in Holly Springs, but taught children in Potts Camp also. The chorus girls, dressed in lovely pastel colors, came dancing in after Mr. Copeland’s speech on “Love for Our Country.” We enjoyed being in programs, singing, dancing and acting.
The next morning Mr. and Mrs. Copeland visited the famous Greer and Greer store and met the owners, Curtis Greer and Lester Greer.
He wanted to know about the town’s history. The Greers also owned Eagle Springs after 1900. We were anxious for The Commercial Appeal to arrive the next day. Mr. Copeland told about his visit to Potts Camp and the comfortable hotel room with high ceilings and a warm fireplace. He also told about the special teachers they had met and the wonderful program they had attended. He said that the teenagers were very talented, and especially the young boy who sang “The Pullman Porter Blues” and was dressed for the part. (He was my younger brother, Bennie Potts).
As the couple drove out of town, Mrs. Copeland said, “Why didn’t you tell me about the interesting people who live in the friendly town of Potts Camp?”
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