Thursday, May 31, 2007
Fred Whaley honored on 80th birthday at Smith home recently
Many people are looking forward to Saturday, June 2, when the Potts Camp School reunion will be held in the Potts Camp lunchroom. Classes of 1947 and 1957 will be honored; also dedication of the new building to T.M. Stone.
Kathy Clayton of New Albany and Joyce Clayton enjoyed a trip Thursday morning to Jackson on the Amtrak train. While there, they toured the governor’s mansion and state capitol with speaker of the house, Billy McCoy. (His picture was taken with them while on the tour.) They arrived back home on Friday night.
My friend, Doris Goode, who lives near Hickory Flat, and her family members spent a recent weekend in Nashville, Tenn. They attended church services while there to hear Rev. Joel Olsteen preach.
Joyce Clayton and daughter Merion and David Hunsucker attended a recent gospel singing at Belmont to hear the Primitive Quartet.
We send our love and sympathy to the wonderful family of Lillian Wilson, age 93, in her death.
Fred Whaley was honored on his 80th birthday, May 24, with a celebration at the home of his granddaughter, Amanda and Kent Smith in Holly Springs.
Recent guests of Doris Goode and Jerry Vanzant were their nephew, Tommy and Shirley Bready of Covington, Tenn. and Shirley’s mother, Lucille Kimery, age 90, of Ashland. They are all former residents of Potts Camp.
Several women from Temperence Hill Baptist Church, including Joyce Clayton, attended a ladies retreat at Enterprise Baptist Church on Saturday morning.
Pray for a friend, Ann Mann, sister of Doris Goode and Jerry Vanzant, who continues to suffer from a stroke she had several months ago in Memphis. She has improved in some ways, but is not well.
A large crowd attended the Potts Camp graduation in the Potts Camp gym on Saturday morning, May 17. Congratulations to all of them!
Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth of Tupelo visited me on Sunday. They were returning from a camping trip in the hills of Arkansas, where they enjoyed hillbilly music. I enjoyed seeing them. He is my oldest son, a retired pastor.
Relatives of the late Miss Lum Cook were in town searching for the address of Miss Cook’s family. Lum had a sister named Anna Pullium, who was married to Pledge Pullium; they had three daughters and lived first in Holly Springs and then in Grenada. If anyone knows the names and addresses of the girls, contact Annie Ruth Stone, who the people visited in Potts Camp to ask for information.
Mrs. Cook and Lum and brother, Wesley, lived on a hill next door to us. Her husband was an undertaker and owned a coffin house. He and son Wesley died and Mrs. Cook sold coffins when I was a child. We Potts kids were afraid to go near that hill. We had never heard of a funeral home back then.
You may give without loving, but you can’t love without giving. In Matthew 25:34-46, in Jesus teaching about His return, He says that we will be rewarded for giving of ourselves to others in His name.
Prayer of St. Francis (one of my favorite poems)
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
When we have resentment and no mercy on others, we have turned our back on Christ, who died for us. Love is not easily angered; if we stay humble, seek to reconcile and show mercy to those around us, we will be showing God’s love. As a Christian, we should forgive quickly.
Peace on earth cannot be found, until we meet on common ground, and every man becomes a brother, who worships God and loves each other.
Happy birthday to Jean Thompson on May 28; Belinda Ann Russell (my sister Ann’s daughter) on May 27. Happy birthday on June 1 to Sue G. Rowland. Congratulations to special friends George and Dorothy Dickey on their wedding anniversary on June 2.
Prayer list: Roger Cox (surgery), Ann Mann recuperating from a stroke, families of Jimmy Morris and Jerry Paul Mills, and others who have lost loved ones. Jene and Joe McCallum, Jean Derryberry, Lina Mae Rhea, Maxine Thomas, Mary Jo McCallum (all who suffer), Lina Fay Work, Betty Fincher, Donna Marett, Martha Ross.
Many of us have happy memories of the Potts Camp Museum opened in 1978, and owned by Dallas and Louise King. The couple met in 1927 when he was attending Ole Miss and she was in nursing school; they married later in 1945. Mr. King taught in Potts Camp School; he had a magic act he used to show the children. Then he became mail carrier for 19 years. His friendly brother who attended school with me, C.C. King, was killed in May 1945 while serving as a U.S. pilot. That’s when Dallas decided to build the museum. After a few years the museum had been visited by people from 32 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.
As you entered the museum door, there was a picture of his brother, Cary C. King, in uniform with a gas light under it, next there was a picture of Marshall County service men who died during World War I and World War II, then a picture of those who died in Korea and Vietnam.
Mr. King told the story of one item exhibited at the museum, “The Badge of the Seven Confederate Knights.” His great-grandfather, William Nathaniel King, was captured at the Battle of Lookout Mountain, and sent to prison at Rock Island, Ill. The Yankees were offering pardons to those who would take the oath of Allegiance to the U.S. Government, and go West to help fight the Indians. Dallas said his great-granddad and six other prisoners took an oath not to do that and they hand-carved badges they wore. Only two of the badges exist today; the other one is in Jackson. Pictures of older famous people and buildings of the past were everywhere, even a picture of my great-grandfather, Colonel E.F. Potts, our town’s first settler, also Dr. Vaughan and family (the first Potts Camp doctor). Two file cabinets were filled with neatly folded family histories. Glass cabinets were filled with interesting items used in the past, a history of the CCC Camp and also the first railroads. (It had a bedroom, kitchen and two large closets), also a large room with tables and chairs was an ideal place for the Potts Camp Civic Club and others to meet. We miss Dallas and Louise and the wonderful Potts Camp Museum. It is now a fellowship building for the Potts Camp Church of Christ, nearby.
Annie Sue Bright of New Albany donated (on loan) a quilt made in 1910 by the Potts Camp Methodist Aid Society. It had about 150 names on it. The quilt had been in the Taylor family all these years. Annie Sue is the daughter of Dr. Grant of Holly Springs; his wife was Sue Taylor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Taylor, who owned a Potts Camp store and were active in Potts Camp Methodist Church. Sue’s sister was named Annie.
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