Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wall Doxey setting for Fincher family reunion; Benefield home setting for weekend gathering
The largest crowd that has ever attended the Potts Camp School reunion was present on Saturday, June 2. Special friends Iva B. Smith of Thaxton and her sister, Dorothy B. White of Jackson, visited me after the reunion. They also visited relatives in Ebenezer and stayed over night. They are the former Brownlee girls, who grew up here. Others who stopped for a visit and brought flowers that were used in the reunion were sisters Margaret Hart, Nancy Green and Mary Minor, daughters of a lifetime friend, Mary Lois Gurley.
The family of Betty Fincher, Connie and Andy Work and his son Lindsey and wife and 1-year-old baby daughter, and Tony Fincher of Memphis and family met at Wall Doxey State Park on Sunday, June 3 for a cook-out. They had a wonderful day!
Weekend guests of Billie M. Benefield of the Cornersville area were her daughter, Susan and Tim Hurst and their two sons, Nelson and James, of Indianapolis, Ind. Billie Benefield invited family members for supper to visit with Susan and her family. Those attending were Lynn and Marvelynn Greer of Oxford; Jackie and Jean Greer of Myrtle; David and Betty Greer of Cornersville; and Dale and Teresa Manning and their grandson, Gordon of the Harmony Community.
Congratulations to Tana Miller, who has been named coach of the Lady Cardinals! She is the granddaughter of the late J.B. Kirk, who attended school at Potts Camp when I did; also her dad Cary Kirk was my son Dannys Hollingsworth’s classmate. It’s a small world! We wish her great success!
Jack and Linda Clayton of Kentucky stayed overnight with Joyce Clayton and attended Potts Camp School reunion Saturday. Later they also attended a fish fry held at Potts Camp Church of Christ.
Norris Boren of California knocked at my door before the reunion. I’m sorry I missed him. The Boren family members were always special to me.
I. One of God’s special blessings is the sound of music! Who can hear or sing a spiritual hymn without feeling the presence of God? Or, who can listen to a patriotic song or music without feeling the love of our country?
II. I learned the power of music as a child while listening to my dad play his French harp (by ear) as we sat around the fireplace on cold winter nights. We also had a tall Victrola in the hall; we played the records over and over; some were hymns, and others were records of Jimmie Rodgers. I felt like I was standing beside him just waiting for a train.
III. We had chapel programs at school; sometimes a local pastor would come to talk to us; we all had a song book with songs like “God Bless America” and “Sweet Hour of Prayer” in it, also “My Country Tis of Thee.” Our music teacher, Miss Eason, had glee clubs for all ages. She presented programs with songs of every kind in them.
It was a sad day when they took God out of our schools. That is the only place some children learn about God.
The Bible tells us “But love your enemies, and do good and lend, hoping for nothing again, and your reward will be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest, for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.” Luke 6:35 “Be ye therefore merciful as your father is also merciful.” Luke 6:36
Poem: 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. For who knows the hearts are breaking in the silence of the night, just an extra prayer you whisper may help someone see the light. Lindy’s Newsletter
“The Lord seeth not as man seeth, for man looketh on the outward appearance, but God looketh on the heart.” I Samuel 16:7
“Put God first and love your neighbor as yourself.”
Barbara Pipkin and her family have just returned home from a cruise to Alaska.
Happy birthday to Mary Jo Whaley on June 11; to Jason Patrick Gurley on June 14; also to Dominic Neil Maren on June 14; to Mark Murphy on June 15; to Steve Gurley on June 18. Special birthday greetings to my friend Maxine Thomas on June 19.
Prayer list: Inez Jarrett, Chris White, Jean Derryberry, Lina Mae Rhea, Juanita Howell, Lena Fay Work, Betty Fincher, Hazel Foote, Roy Foote, Mary Jo McCallum, Annette Bowen Trimble, Jessie Pipkin, Ella Rea Whaley and others who need our prayer.
Several years ago we had a huge ice storm in this area; trees had fallen near our homes, and knocked down the electric wires. I wondered how I would ever get my yard and parking lot cleaned up, so the light could be connected back to my home. One morning I looked out the window and saw our pastor, Ray Daniel, drive up in his pickup with a power saw and start to work on the fallen trees. Others joined him and I soon had lights again. I’ll never forget him and others who helped that day. He hauled the wood to people who needed it and wouldn’t take any money.
That summer 32 United Methodists who were at the end of a long mission tour from Memphis to Birmingham, had trouble with the bus near Potts Camp. They finally got to Flick’s Place where they ate lunch, and met an evangelist who was holding a revival at Potts Camp Methodist Church. He called pastor Ray Daniel for help after reading the women’s name tags, “North Alabama Conference, United Methodist Church.” After turning on the air conditioner in the church, Bro. Daniel drove the women there in the church van.
Some of them went up the stairs to the sanctuary and began playing the piano and singing; others followed them. Bro. Daniel spoke to them and also took care of their needs all evening.
As the bus from Birmingham arrived to pick them up at 5:30, people were arriving for supper and the revival in our church.
One of the Alabama women sent this message to the Mississippi Methodist Advocate:
“I just wanted the bishop to know that in Potts Camp, MS, there is a man of God who found strangers on the road, took them in and cared for them, then sent them on their way with the sure knowledge that through God’s grace, all is right with the world. He showed his love for God and for people.”
None of us will forget Ray Daniel and the First United Methodist Church in Potts Camp.
Until next week, God Bless!
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