Thursday, July 5, 2007
Brook Hale vacations in Vancouver
Brook Hale is in Vancouver, British Columbia, for a two-week stay. She is enjoying hiking and visiting with host families from previous mission trips.
Brook Hale, Betty Shaw and Lela and Kerry Hale visited a relative, Sung Chu Reed in Pulaski, Tenn., recently. Her husband is in a nursing home.
Recent guests of Berniece Young was her daughter, Martha and Rex Ross of Byhalia. We are glad Martha is feeling better.
The Potts Camp cheerleaders for next year spent last week at girls’ dheerleader camp at Miss State College in Starkville, A neighbor, Hanna Goolsby, was among the group.
Connie Work and friends (the Griers) drove to El Dorado, Ark. for a few days last week to visit relatives.
I. No matter what we have done in the past, God will accept us as we are, and will bless and change us; all we have to do is ask Him.
O, give us homes built firmly upon the Savior, where Christ is counselor, head and guide, when every child is taught His love and favor, and gives his heart to Christ, the crucified.
III. Being a Christian should never be kept a secret! The Lord wants us, as His followers, to live for Him openly. We should confess Him boldly before others, so there is absolutely no question about our allegiance.
IV. Lord, help us show compassion to a world that’s lost in sin. So when we share the gospel, hungry souls for Christ we’ll win.
For I was hungry, and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Matthew 25 and 35
O, God when I have food, help me to remember the hungry; when I have a warm home, help me remember the homeless; when I am happy, help me remember the sad and lonely; and remembering help me to show compassion and love enough to help by word or deed, those things we take for granted.
Prayer - Dear God, help us to always put you first in our lives, and love our neighbor as ourselves. Bless those who are sick, sad and lonely, and forgive our sins. Give us peace. For Christ’s sake. Amen.
Happy birthday to Erica Ann Potts, my niece of Tupelo, on July 1; to Abby Farr on July 5; to Kylie Gurley on July 8.
Happy birthday to my grandson, David Greer Jr. on July 9, also to Deanna R. Knight and Thomas Passons on July 9 and Hayley Shaw on July 9; and to Luke Gurley on July 10.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Ethel Nichols Ashcraft, age 100, in her death. She lived in New Albany. She grew up in Winborn and attended Potts Camp School.
We also send our love and sympathy to the family of Larry Joyner in his recent death.
We are thankful that Trey Ash, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Ash, was not seriously injured in a recent car/truck accident.
Congratulations to The South Reporter on their awards at the recent MPA convention in Biloxi.
Prayer List: Diane Clayton, Betty Fincher, Chris White, Adelle Hudson, Juanita Howell, Lina Mae Rhea, Annette Bowen, Hazel Foote, Roy Foote, Lena Fay Work, Mary Jo McCallum, Jean Derryberry, Martha Ross, Inez Jarrett, pray for those who suffer; all who have lost loved ones, the injured in veteran hospitals, our leaders and soldiers fighting over-seas.
After the first Potts Camp Depot was built in 1886, Dr. and Mrs. J.W. Vaughan arrived one stormy night on the train; Mrs. Vaughan remarked later that she felt like they had come to the jumping off place. They were among the first four families to move to our town; others were Mr. and Mrs. A.Q. Greer, banker; Mary Potts Reid and husband, Charlie Reid; and the Jones family. Mary Reid, daughter of Col. Potts, gave the right-of-way so the Frisco Railroad would come this way.
The night the Vaughans arrived, a group of Methodists was holding a revival in a small school house nearby. They started shouting and the floor fell in; Dr. Vaughan was called to help the injured.
They liked the new doctor! Dr. Vaughan built the first drugstore in town, owned the first telephone and published a weekly Potts Camp newspaper for two years called “The Illuminator,” with the help of a friend.
The first Potts Camp board meeting was held in October 1888; Dr. Vaughan served as the first secretary and treasurer on the board. Children of Dr. and Mrs. Vaughan were Faye V. Peel and Mattie V. Jones, two well-known residents of our town. Miss Faye (as we called her) was the first music teacher in the first school, located near the Methodist Church, with three rooms and a stage. Her husband died young. He brought the first car to town, a one-seated “turnabout.” She worked in Potts Camp Bank with Robert Greer. One day at noon, the bank was robbed by two men. Miss Faye and Mr. Greer were locked in the vault. They pushed the alarm and George Boren in the Potts Camp Drug Store next door called the police, who let them out of the vault, then followed the men to their homes. A trial for them was held in the school auditorium. I stayed there all day, it was the first trial I had ever attended. They were found guilty and served 25 to 40 years. The older man got the 40 years.
Miss Faye became postmaster in 1932; she was wonderful. During the war, she sold war bonds and helped families contact servicemen.
When she retired, she was called to the Mississippi Coast by the Postmaster General and given a special citation for outstanding service and a “This Is Your Life” surprise.
Vaughan’s Drug Store burned about 1917 or 1918.
Mattie Vaughan married Bernard Jones; they reared three sons, B.G., Jack and Harry, and one daughter, Aileen Warren of Holly Springs; Mattie operated a “library on wheels” for people in the rural area for many years. Harry Jones, one of their sons, married Clara Rose. After working about four years as a brakesman on the railroad, they came back to Potts Camp to live and had three daughters, Betty Rose, Mary Frances and Kathryn.
She taught school (fourth grade) and he had a business here for 60 years. She also taught Sunday school for 50 years at Potts Camp Methodist Church. Ruthy Powell also taught Sunday school for 50 years.
We loved them. They taught all of our children.
& Mt. Pleasant News
Harold Todd honored with birthday dinner
Peggy Hunsucker honored her daddy, Harold Todd, with a birthday dinner with all the trimmings at her home in Piperton, Tenn., June 17.
Love and sympathy are expressed to the Joyner family in the death of their loved one, Jerry. Also to the Billy Allen family and Nellie (Hale) Kennedy family.
Donna Meadows will honor Amanda McClure with a baby shower at her home in Rossville on Saturday, July 7 from 12-2 p.m.
Christine McCandless is in rehab in Collierville. Pray for Christine.
Ken and Betty Guffey visited Betty’s aunt and family in Paducah, Ky., over the 4th of July weekend.
Glenwood Cothern from Clear Creek visited relatives in the community Thursday.
Don Bumpas enjoyed a vacation last weekend in Branson, Mo.
Jerry and Jane Abbott had a family get-together at their home recently.
Late one afternoon I was outside playing in the yard. Off in the distance, I could hear daddy’s dog barking. My curiosity was getting the best of me, so I walked across the field and into the woods. It was almost sunset. I should have been home doing my chores, but I was such a tomboy. I had to see what that dog was barking at.
Well, I finally made it to where the dog was barking. He was by a big tree that had a hole at the bottom of it. The dog would go to the hole several times trying to make “something” come out. All this time the dog was still barking.
Well, I’m afraid I must tell you, the dog and I are the ones who did the running. I never in my life smelled such an odor.
It was almost dark as the dog and I made our way home. Daddy was waiting for us.
I thought he was really going to get me for being so late, but I really think he was grinning to himself wondering what we would have done if that skunk (he was sure that was what it was) had sprayed us with his good-smelling perfume.
After that close call, I was a little more careful about sticking my nose into strange places.
Revival July 11-13
There will be a revival for three nights July 11-13, 7 p.m. nightly at Hopewell No. 1. Pastor S.A. Phillips, pastor of Pleasant Grove Church, will be our evangelist. The public is invited. Rev. Leroy James is host pastor.
Hopewell No. 1 board of deacons and the board of trustees were honored Sunday afternoon as our guests.
VBS is in session this week at Hopewell No. 1.
We wish to extend our love and sympathy to the Hall family in the recent loss of their wife, mother and grandmother, Odessa Hall. Services were held June 25, 11 a.m. in Doxey Hall. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden. She leaves her husband, Wavie C. Hall; two sons, one daughter and nine grandchildren.
Holly Springs Lake Estates News
By Emil Careau
Over 100 plates of barbecue were served during the first annual Lake Estates July 4 celebration at the beach.
The volleyball court was packed with children and everyone had a good time watching the fireworks over the water. The food was great.
A special thank you to the Brown family for providing the meats and fireworks for the day.
Thanks to Potts Camp Fire Chief J.C. Pruitt and his assistant, Ricky, our fire hydrants around the lake were serviced. Their interest is helping make our community a safer place to live.
The volleyball court got lots of use during the Sunday celebration by Lake Estate residents and their guests. They stayed and played even though it rained.
Other entertainment included games of horseshoes and swimming.
It was a beautiful gathering for everyone and many offered a helping hand for future projects and maintenance of our community.
A Lady Lake Committee is being formed to support the board of directors in putting on future events and maintaining the lake and beaches in beautiful condition. More information will be forthcoming on this committee.
Those who have not paid their Lake Estates homeowners association dues are asked to see Amy Taylor or call 544-4685 for the details.
The use of the beach and facilities is restricted to residents and their guests. That is why the homeowners association collects dues. Lake Estates Association is a private community association.
Anyone with suggestions on how the association can improve service may come to the monthly board of directors meeting or call 544-4865.
Holly Springs Lake Estates invites all lake residents to take pride in our community and bring all issues concerning the by-laws or any suggestions you have to our next board meeting.
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