Thursday, April 26, 2007
Potts Camp reunion set for June 3
We were sorry to hear that Floy Ash fell in front of the Potts Camp post office and broke her wrist. Get well wishes to her! A few years ago, she fell at the same place and injured her knee.
I received a long letter from a former resident of our town, Bernice (McLeroy) Beaird of Mobile, Ala., where she and her daughter, Cherry, moved to recently from Florida. Her late husband, Mack Beaird, was a Potts Camp railroad man; during World War II, the Potts Camp depot was kept open 24 hours a day, so Berniece worked one night shift as agent with her husband’s help (my dad was the day time agent). At one time there was a large family of McLeroys who lived here; her dad was one of them. They could really play and sing — they had a band.
I. If anxiety and dread are lurking on the threshold of your tomorrow, remember God’s promise in Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
II. Kneeling at the altar
I had a burden in my heart, it weighed so much right from the start. The spirit’s peace made it depart. I left my burden there.
I doubted all the coming days, with atom bombs and future haze. Can Satan triumph in his ways? I left my doubting there.
I felt like kneeling down in prayer. His Holy presence bright and fair. My doubts, my fears, my great despair. I left them all right there.
III. When we testify that God has forgiven us and provided eternal life through faith in Christ, we are declaring that God is a saving God; yet when we see people leading sinful lives, it is easy for us to write them off. Instead, we should look at them like Christ did. “When He saw the multitudes, He was filled with compassion for them.” Matthew 9:36
IV. Jesus came to save the world, not to condemn it! When the world falls down around you and a prayer will see you through. Say an extra prayer for someone who needs it more than you.
Lord, let me be a shining light, in all I say and do. May your great love be seen in me and lead someone to you. For Christ’s sake, Amen.
Happy birthday to Olivia Dickey on April 26, granddaughter of George and Dorothy Dickey.
Happy birthday to Brooke Hale, daughter of Kerry and Lela Hale, on April 28. She is a college student at Blue Mountain. Also happy birthday to Westin Rowland on April 28.
On April 29, my granddaughter, Tracy H. Pipkin of Tupelo, celebrates her birthday; also David Qualls, husband of my niece, Pam Qualls. Happy birthday to them.
Happy birthday to Laurence Dickey on April 30; also granddaughter of my friends, the Dickeys.
Joyce Clayton visited Ella Rea Whaley, a former resident of Potts Camp and Holly Springs, at Trinity Mission recently. She is 96 years old and doing well. Her daughter, Sue, had to be sent on to a home in Memphis. Get well wishes to her.
Remember the Potts Camp reunion on June 3. Classes of 1947 and 1957 will be honored.
Potts Camp High School seniors enjoyed a trip to Florida over the weekend.
Patsy Boggs of Clinton, a friend, visited relatives in the Cornersville and Myrtle area recently. She taught school in West Union School for many years with Betty Greer, so she spent Easter Sunday with Betty and David Greer and family. Last fall she spent a few nights at my home. We keep in touch.
I answered L.D.’s cousin, Mr. Thorton’s letter about their great-granddad; he had it all mixed up. L.D.’s great-grandfather (Leondus Dekalb Hollingsworth was the preacher and circuit rider who had served as J.P. several times and state offices (L.D. was named for him) and William was the great-granddad. I couldn’t help him with any records of him. Thanks to Linda Jones for sending me his messages and to Mary Minor who delivered it.
Lena Faye Work called me from Graceland Home in New Albany. She seems to be much better and happy there. Others from this area who are in the Graceland Home are Marybell Lindsey, Juanita Howell, Annette Bowen Trimble and Jessie Pipkin. We hope they are all improving.
Get well wishes to Betty Fincher, Jean Derryberry, Connie Work, Martha Ross, Jodie Edwards, L.C. Miller, Ruthie St. John, Floy Ash, June Pearson, Roy Foote, Lina Mae Rhea (we are thankful that Clyde Wright Alderson is improving), Jene and Joe McCallum, Kirk Sanders, Mary Jo McCallum. I have been suffering with arthritis in my hips and leg this week.
During our younger years the only musical instrument we had in our home was a tall Victrola in the hall. We played the records over and over. One winter nights we sat around the fireplace and my dad played his French harp; he played by ear. Once a year, my dad would go to the railroad hospital in St. Louis for a checkup. We looked forward to his return; he always brought back some of Jimmie Rodgers’ gold records. Jimmie was a sad little boy; his mother died when he was young and by age 14, his dad went away to work on the railroad. He followed medicine men and the circus; he played his guitar for anyone who would listen. In 1927, RCA Victor recorded him; so he traveled to New York City and called them. T For Texas was his first big record, selling a million copies.
My favorite was Waiting For a Train. We played it so much I felt like I was standing beside him in the rain.
Although he contracted TB, he would stop to rest; he recorded hundreds of songs.
Jimmy sang the TB Blues and died two days later.
A large crowd gathered at the railroad station in Meridian, their faces were sad. Jimmy Rodgers’ flower-draped casket was on the train. Instead of the regular who-who of the train whistle, the sound was a long whooooo. The sad whistle by the train crew was a tribute to the man they knew as “The Singing Brakeman.”
The City of Meridian honors his memory every year with a special day. The late Harry Jones and the late Hayes Henderson from Potts Camp attended Jimmie Rodgers Day for many years. They also attended the railroad convention in Amory every year.
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