Thursday, January 11, 2007
Potts Camp News
Congratulations extended to Bennetts
We extend our love and sympathy to the family of Lucy Poole Cox of Memphis, in her recent death; she was married to the late Railford Cox. They grew up and attended school in Potts Camp. (She is a cousin of Mary Jo Whaley.)
Mr. Tutor’s grandson, Allen and Linda Griffen, drove to Pontotoc on Tuesday to bring their two children home for school on Wednesday. Justin and Sandy had spent the holidays with their grandparents.
Thanks to a cousin, Sank Owens, from Aberdeen, for the interesting newsletter he sent for the new year. He taught English in Potts Camp at one time, then later taught in Aberdeen and Amory schools. He told in the newsletter about the births and deaths in the family during the last year; some I didn’t know.
Congratulations to Neil and Mary Jo Bennett on the birth of their baby girl, Carson Nicole Bennett, born Sept. 12, 2006. Grandparents are friends Ronnie Joe and Franky Bennett, and Bill and Mary Lyma Whitlock. Jordan Elise Bennett is her big sister.
Get well wishes to Louise Pruitt who had surgery Monday.
1. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me”. (John 14:16 )
When the world falls down around you and a prayer will see you through, say an extra prayer for someone who may need it more than you.
3. Dear Child of God, be not afraid, when shadows dark appear and fearfully you must press on, Remember God is near. Although His face you cannot see for day has turned to night. He will not let you go alone the darkened valley through; so while you journey, hear His voice “Come, I will walk with you!” Lindy’s Newsletter
4. Jesus gave us the command, “Whoever loves God, must also love his brother.” 1 John 4:21
1. The touch of the Master’s hand has changed many people from sin-filled lives to become Christians who follow the footsteps of Jesus!
2. After that magic touch of God’s hand, they have love in their hearts, their mind and their faces. He will save them from the lust of things they should not have. (I enjoy the song “He Touched Me.”)
3. Do you love Christ enough to love people exactly the way they are (not waiting for a change)?
4. Do you love Christ enough to forgive people who are wrong, not waiting for an apology?
Peace on earth cannot be found, Until we meet on common ground, And every man becomes brothers, who worships God and loves each other.
Congratulations to the spelling bee winners at Potts Camp School. They are: Ashley Harris and Kidra Cowan and Alan Shaw and Dakota McGee. They are in grades 6-8. On Jan. 27, the winners will compete in the county contest at Rust College.
I enjoyed talking to JoAnn Mayer on Tuesday, who was visiting her dad, Joel Clayton, while Joyce kept a doctor’s appointment. JoAnn grew up next door to us; I’ve always loved her and her family. (I have pictures of JoAnn and Danny together when they were children.)
The picture of Mary Lois Gurley and her children in The South Reporter was good. They are all my friends. Mary Lois and her sister, the late Thelma Childers, started the first grade with me in the new school building in 1925 (still part of the school). The old two-story school on that lot burned in 1924; I was in the primary class but remember it.
Congratulations to Crystal Cook and Terry Byrd who will be married on Feb. 24 at First Baptist Church of Holly Springs. Their parents live in Potts Camp and Holly Springs. They plan to live at Hickory Flat.
I was glad to see friends Billy and Mildred Bowen taking their daily walks again. Last year, she fell and broke her ankle and foot. We are glad she is well again.
The Potts Camp Homecoming was held on Friday night, honoring a favorite coach, Mitchell Stone and wife Annie Ruth. They are special friends.
Prayer list: Don Howard Cox of Memphis, formerly from Potts Camp; Juanita Howell, Roy Foote, Charles and Nadine Vest, Joel Clayton, Maxine Thomas, Louise Pruitt, Ann Mann, Betty Fincher, Ollie Mansel, Lucille Hutchens, Jean Derryberry, Donna Marett, Lena Fay Work, Mary Joe McCallum, Lina Mae Rhea, Louise Pruitt.
The Frisco Railroad was bought by the Burlington Northern Company in the 1980s. In the spring of 1989 the Burlington Northern Railroad made a goodwill tour from Memphis to Amory in the “Glacier View,” a service by design train. It had five cars and hosted 40 special passengers for a free three-hour trip with dinner served.
The late Harry Jones from Potts Camp, a former brakesman on the Frisco railroad, was invited on the trip; he had always had a fascination for trains. Like my dad, Benton Potts, a Potts Camp Depot agent for 40 years, railroading seemed to get in his blood.
When a train stopped at the crossing at Potts Camp, Harry was usually there. When people heard a train whistle they would say “Here comes Harry!” As the Glacier View” passed through town they said “There goes Harry.” Two Barkley buses met the goodwill train in Amory and drove the passengers home. Harry talked about it for weeks!
Until next week, God bless.
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