Thursday, July 12, 2007
Annie Ruth Stone honored on birthday
Polly and Edwin Churchill attended a large family reunion in Booneville on June 30. It was the “Hi Saw Reunion.” Her brother Lloyd and Shirley Defer from Water Valley attended also. They enjoyed delicious food and good music.
The large family of Annie Ruth and T.M. Stone honored her at their home with a birthday party on her birthday, June 20. We hope she has many more happy birthdays. We love you, Annie Ruth.
Guests of Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone on Sunday, July 1 were May Wynn Wren of Memphis and two grandchildren, Craig Brewer of Memphis and daughters, and Joel Wren of Houston, Texas and two friends. May Wynn is a former Potts Camp School teacher and a relative of Annie Ruth and T.M. Stone.
Betty Cooper of Blytheville, Ark. and Angeline Jones of Osceola, Ark. were weekend guests of Henry and Mary Jarrett.
1. Jesus said, “Because I live, ye shall live also.” John 14:19. If Christ’s resurrection is astonishing to us today, just think of the people of His time, who had walked and talked with Him. Think of the effect His resurrection must have had on them!
2. Christ still lives! But many of us go from day to day as if He is still in the grave. How much better to look beyond the empty grave to the One who can fill our lives with the power of His resurrection!
3. Christ left the grave one glorious day and vanquished death and sin He opened wide the gates of heaven that we might enter in.
The Savior is waiting to save you and cleanse every sin stain away. By faith you can know full forgiveness and be a new creation today —Lindy’s Newsletter
4. When you let God’s love fill your heart, it shows on your face and there is no room for hate.
I. Abundant life! That’s what we all are looking for; yet how sad that we often look in the wrong places. There is only one source of abundant life; it is Jesus. His purpose in coming to earth and dying on the cross was to give what man could never find on his own.
II. Jesus came to give; that is the whole story of Christianity. He came to give light to those who walk in darkness, to set at liberty those who are captive, to give abundant life to all who believe in His name. He is truly the life sharing Christ.
III. Jesus gave Himself for us. Only as we are willing to give ourselves for Him, to serve Him, and to be like Him, do we discover abundant life.
Martha Ross of Byhalia spent several days last week with her mother, Berniece Young. Martha is slowly improving from a serious sick spell and treatments. She continues to need our prayers.
Happy birthday to Joan Gurley on July 16, to Keri Murphy on July 17, to Taylor Poole on July 19 and Emily Stone on July 22.
Vacation Bible School was held at Temperance Hill Baptist Church the first week in July, with a large group attending.
Jimmy and Martha visited me on Sunday, July 1 after attending church services in Tupelo, where they live. They lived in Gulfport for many years until a few weeks before the bad hurricane hit that area. He said something told him to get out of there, so they sold the home located on a hill facing the water. The house blew away, leaving only a concrete slab. I’m thankful God warned him.
Happy birthday to young J.J. Humphrey, son of Colette and Jeremy Humphrey of Waterford on July 14.
We extend our love and sympathy to the family of Geneva Cook Houston, age 80, in her recent death.
Prayer list: Ann Mann (unable to talk plain after a stroke) of Memphis; Hazel Foote and husband, Roy Foote; he is in the veteran’s home at Oxford; Jean Derryberry, Lina Mae Rhea, Lena Faye Work, Mary Jo McCallum, Bennie Gurley’s friend Melanie Epperson (brain tumor) of Cordova, Tenn.; Jessie Pipkin, Betty Fincher, Annette Bowen, Jene and Joe McCallum. Pray for those who have lost loved ones, others who are sick, our leaders of our country and service men and women.
Many people have never heard of a coffin house; when I was a child there was one on a hill next to our home. Mr. Cook was an undertaker in the early 1900s, and also served as mayor of Potts Camp. When he died, Mrs. Cook kept selling coffins, and sewing for people to make a living for her three children. People would come day and night to purchase a coffin if a loved one died. Some of them were lined with cotton cloth, others with white or pink satin. Ella Rea Whaley told me that as a child, she and her parents spent several days there sometimes, so they could help Mrs. Cook line the coffins. We could hear the knocking on the hill and thought it was ghosts. We Potts kids didn’t go up that hill. Lum Cook, who became a teacher later, told that she could hear the wagons come slowly up the hill behind their home at night and she knew they were coming for a coffin. Sometimes they brought the body and she placed it in the coffin of their choice. We had never heard of a funeral home at that time.
When my brother Lindy was a boy, he played with Bobbie Butler, the principal’s daughter - she was a tomboy. They lived across the street. They would get out their BB guns and have fun. One day Mrs. Cook’s rooster came into our yard and Martha’s rooster didn’t like that, so they began to fight and Lindy and Bobbie tried to stop them, but the BB guns didn’t work, so Lindy picked up a big rock and hit Mrs. Cook’s rooster; it fell over dead. I heard Lindy say, “I only had one dollar to my name and I had to give it to Mrs. Cook for her old rooster. The Butlers had an older daughter, Jean and a younger son, Sonny.
Mr. Butler was a wonderful principal and math teacher. I would run across the street if I had trouble with a problem and he helped me.
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