Thursday, June 28, 2007
Brotherhood Banquet held at First Baptist Church Saturday
On Father’s Day, I remembered my wonderful father, Benton Potts, a depot agent for 40 years; he told us stories about the past years in Potts Camp, as we sat on the front porch at night. He always said the blessing before each meal, and rode us where we needed to go in his old T model and A Model Fords. We loved him!
The Brotherhood Banquet (an early Father’s Day) was held on June 9 at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church at Potts Camp. All the men were invited to bring their sons and daughters to enjoy a delicious free dinner together. Guest speaker was Bro. Randy Hope of Abbeville Baptist Church. A large crowd attended.
We extend our love and sympathy to the family of Joseph (Joey) Frayser, age 34, in his recent death. He leaves his wife, Kimberly Frayser; his mother, Dorothy Frayser; four sisters, five brothers, a daughter, two sons, and one stepson. Services were held at Bethlehem Church on Tuesday. Burial was in Frayser Cemetery.
Molly Byers and daughter, Abbey of Big Sandy, Tenn., drove Molly’s sister-in-law, Billie M. Benefield of Cornersville, to visit several relatives last week. In Madison, Ala., they visited Billie’s daughter, Regenia and Bill Cooper and boys, Will and Ben; then they visited another daughter, Susan and Tim Hurst and sons, Nelson and James in Indianapolis, Ind.; on Friday, they stopped to see Billie’s sister, Mary and Everett Howard in Camden, Ohio. Later, Billie spent two nights with Molly and William Byers and Abby in Big Sandy, Tenn. It was a happy week for them.
On Wednesday, Regenia Cooper and son, Will, who had just graduated from MSU, left for New York City, where he was auditioned for a part in a play. We wish him good luck.
1. The Bible tells us “By grace ye have been saved, through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8
2. No matter what battles we may face today, the Lord will help us when we cry out to Him. instead of retreating in fear, we can march ahead with confidence in God’s power, and praise Him.
3. As Francis of Assisi said, Lord, make me an instrument of your peace! Where there is hatred let me show love and where there is darkness, light.
4. Just as the moon reflects the radiance of the sun, so we who believe and follow the Savior can reflect Him, who is the light of the world.
Prayer of Renewal
Free me this day, O Lord, from fears of the future! And all anxiety about tomorrow, all bitterness from anyone, all cowardice in the face of danger, all laziness in the face of work. But fill me with love that knows no barrier, sympathy that reaches all, courage that cannot be shaken; faith strong enough for the darkness; strength sufficient for my tests; loyalty to the kingdom’s good; wisdom to meet life’s complexities, and power to lift me to thee. Be though with me another day and use me as thy will. For Christ’s’ sake, amen. —Lindy’s Newsletter
To walk in love means that we continue to do little acts of kindness to make other people happy. One way to express love costs only the price of a stamp, paper, ink and a kind thought to let them know you are praying for them. Walk in love to the mailbox today!
Happy birthday to Lilah Ward of San Antonio, Tx., on June 24. She is my granddaughter Liesa Blond’s daughter. Happy wedding anniversary to my son, Jimmy and Martha on June 24. Happy birthday to Juanita Howell on June 26; to Kristy Hudspeth on June 28, also Jordan Muraco, grandson of Mitch and Jeanette Stone on June 28. Happy birthday to my granddaughter, Vickie and Earl Winter’s two children, Zach on June 20 and Linsey Winter on June 30.
We were saddened by the death of A.Q. Greer, who grew up in Potts Camp and finished school here. We send our love and sympathy to all his family. His great-grandfather, A.Q. Greer Sr., was the first Potts Camp banker and among the first four families to build the community of Potts Camp. A.Q. was a friend of my brother Charles Potts. I was 13 years old then and I remember when they were born in 1931. We love the Greers.
Get well wishes to all who are sick and sad and lonely.
Prayer list: Chris White, Martha Ross, Jean Derryberry, Mary Jo McCallum, Hazel Foote, Roy Foote, Betty Fincher, Ann Mann, Lena Fay Work, Juanita Howell, Annette Trimble, Lina Mae Rhea, Adelle Hudson, Ella Rae Whaley, Willie Thomas Wicker, Mrs. Glenn Taylor, mother of my son Danny’s wife, Elizabeth of Jackson (she fell recently.)
In the late ’70s, Carl White, the new Potts Camp Cardinal basketball coach, and his wife, Sandra, and sons moved into the old Methodist parsonage (demolished now).
Several years later they built their own home, and two girls were added to the family. After 23 years as Potts Camp coach, one night during a ball game in Blue Mountain, Coach White died.
Everyone in the surrounding community and town was saddened by his death. He had so many friends and pupils who loved him. Allen Rowland, who took over the duties as coach, carried the boys team to the State Championship game for the first time in seven years. They really wanted to win the first place to honor the memory of their former coach; however, they returned home with a Class A Runner-Up State Trophy.
On Oct. 1, 1996, former coach T.M. Stone was the master of ceremonies at the gym for the unveiling of a plaque by Mrs. Irene White, the mother of the late Coach White. The plaque reads “The Carl Houston White Memorial Gymnasium,” and it was placed in the lobby of the gym.
During earlier years in 1959, 1960 and 1961, Coach T.M. Stone took the Potts Camp Cardinals to State three times. The third time in 1961 was the charm. They won “Overall State Championship;” it had never happened before or since then. I’ll never forget how excited we all were, and how proud we were of our famous Potts Camp Cardinals and Coach Stone. (I was working at the school.)
Players on Coach T.M. Stone’s Potts Camp Cardinals basketball team in 1961 were Gale Goode, James Lee Spencer, Billy Cupp, Jimmy Siddall, Myron Cupp, Quinton Day, Jimmy Bennett, Dewitt (Sonny) Stroud, Jimmy Beckworth, Ralph Clayton, Roger Clayton, Charles Shaw, Robert Phillips, and managers James Carl Pipkin and Gary (Butch) Morris. They had reunions many years.
Until next week, God bless.
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