Thursday, May 10, 2007
Clyde Alderson honored on birthday
The senior class of Potts Camp High School announces its commencement exercises Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m. in the Carl White Memorial Gymnasium. Congratulations to them!
One of the seniors, Ashley Lauren Colella and her mother, Annie Sue Colella, visited me recently. Sue’s sister is Shirley Smithwick.
Their late mother, Lorene, was married to my late uncle, Louis (Peck) Potts. Ashley is a lovely girl. She plans to attend Northwest College in the fall. They are all special to me.
Mrs. Bernice Young’s daughter, Martha Ross of Byhalia, had a serious operation recently in Memphis. We need to keep her in our thoughts and prayers.
We extend our love and sympathy to the family of Ruthie St. John, age 75, in her recent death on Wednesday, May 2. She was a member of the Lemons family.
Congratulations to Rev. and Mrs. Cooper, who renewed their wedding vows at Temperance Hill Baptist Church on Sunday, April 29.
“He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bring forth its fruit in its season.” Psalm 1:3
Godly men and women are compared as healthy trees in the Scripture. In order to become fruitful we must: (1) Stand straight for God and have lives with a Christ-like character. (2) Be strong. Read God’s word so you will be unmovable in times of temptation. (3) Keep growing in grace. (4) Bring blessings to others; Christians should provide spiritual food and comfort to their neighbors, and use their time and talents to build up people in the Lord. (5) You are only one individual, but you can be a mighty power for good. You may think you don’t have much to offer, but God can use you if you will yield yourself to His will and to His Spirit. Remember, mighty things are done by those who depend on God’s power.
Hazel Foote, a special friend, is seriously ill; we ask for special prayers for her.
Crossroads Fish and Steak House was the setting for a birthday celebration honoring Clyde Alderson on May 5. Those present were Betty, Randy, Ricky and Marie Alderson; also Jason and LeAnn Stacks, Loretta and Russell Gray Houston and Henry and Mary Jarrett.
Congratulations to Kay Brownlee for being named “Staff Person of the Year” by Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce. She is administrative assistant to Larry Hall and the Marshall County Board of Supervisors. She lives in Bethlehem and grew up in Cornersville. We are proud of her! She was pictured in The South Reporter.
A benefit fish fry was held on Saturday, May 5 for Austin McDonald at the Byhalia Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I. With divine love, Jesus died on the cross to provide forgiveness for all our sins. He stayed there and suffered for you and me. Matthew 27:42
II. Never use failure as an excuse for never trying again; the Holy Spirit is working in us to accomplish “His great pleasure”. Philippians 2:13 According to John 1:9 we need to confess our sins; knowing how to benefit from failure is the key to continued growth in grace.
III. The way to follow God is not found by following a creed or having good moral character. It’s found by trusting Jesus to forgive our sins and reconcile us to the Father. When we open our hearts to a crucified and risen Christ, we are following the pathway to God.
IV. Why is the Dead Sea dead? It keeps taking in, but never gives out. Don’t make that mistake. Share your blessings with others and you will be blessed.
Prayer: Dear God, for the times I have failed to give you thanks, forgive me. Help me to remember to daily praise you, and thank you for all your blessings. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Joyce Clayton and Betty Lee Maxey attended Pleasant Hill Baptist Church on Sunday night with Joyce’s daughter, Merion and David Hunsucker. They have a new pastor.
Say special prayers for Bobby Greer, who is very ill.
Congratulations to Tim and Cherry Shaw, who celebrated their wedding anniversary on May 5.
A birthday celebration was held for Holley Stone Muraco on May 1. Their young son, Jordan, really enjoyed it. Holley is the daughter of Mitch and Jeanette Stone.
Jimmy Hart also celebrated his birthday on May 1, and Robby Goolsby and Roxanne Rowland on May 2. Happy birthday to Ben Rowland on May 7.
Happy birthday to Irene Newson on May 9, to Bob Hollingsworth (my brother-in-law) and Tony Fincher on May 9, also happy birthday to Perry Pipkin on May 11.
Don’t forget the 18th annual Potts Camp School reunion to be held on Saturday, June 2 in the lunchroom. It will be honoring the class of 1957 on their 50th reunion and the class of 1947 on their 60th reunion. Deadline for lunch reservation is May 25. Call Annie Ruth Stone, Mary Minor or Joan Gurley.
Prayer list: Jodie Edwards - we are thankful he is improving. Frances Redding, June Pearson, Jene and Joe McCallum, Donna Marett, Clyde Wright Alderson, Martha Ross, Lina Mae Rhea, Roy Foote, Jean Derryberry, Martha Ross, Mary Jo McCallum, Betty Fincher, Connie Work, Adelle Hudson, Lena Fay Work. Pray for the sad and suffering people. Pray for our service men and women. Pray for peace.
A Potts Camp teacher asked her class one day “Who is the governor of Mississippi?” One little boy threw up his hand and said, “I know, it’s Harry Jones!” He knew that if the lights went out or the water was turned off, Harry was the first one his mother called. He also looked after the churches.
Both of Harry Jones’s granddads and grandmothers were among the first four families who moved to the new town of Potts Camp; Dr. Vaughan, his mother’s dad, was the first doctor, also. Others were A.Q. Greer, first banker, and Mary Reid, daughter of the first settler, and her husband, Charlie Reid.
In the ’20s, a pretty, new school teacher, Miss Clara Rose, arrived in Potts Camp by train. Henry’s dad, Bernard Jones, a school board member, met her and took her to a boarding house. Harry became a brakeman for the Frisco Railroad for four years. He and Clara Rose married and lived in Amory a few years.
Later they came back to Potts Camp and he built a business; it lasted 60 years. They had three daughters, then after they were older Miss Rose (as we called her) began to teach in Potts Camp School again. She was a wonderful teacher.
She taught all of our three children and we all loved her. She was also a Potts Camp Methodist Sunday school teacher for children. After 50 years of service, she and another special teacher, Ruth Powell, received pins for being so dedicated all those years.
At school she found out the third grade children had never been on a train trip, so she and others took two classes from Holly Springs to New Albany by train one day. Danny was in that class, also Rodney Whaley, our banker. Someone met them in New Albany and brought them back to the school. I watched as they passed through town. (I was working at the school.)
In 1989 the Burlington Northern Railroad that bought out the Frisco Railroad made a goodwill tour from Memphis to Amory. The train was called the “Glacier View.” It hosted 40 special passengers for a three-hour free trip with dinner served. Harry Jones was invited to go on the trip. He always had a fascination for trains, and met every train at the crossing when they stopped in Potts Camp. People would say, “Here comes Harry. When the train passed through town, that day they said, “There goes Harry.” We miss Rose and Harry.
I loved that family!
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