Thursday, July 19, 2007
Birthday wishes extended to Taylor Poole and Ashley Forester
David and Amy Greer Jr. and two young children, Mary Elizabeth and Dave, spent last week at Disney World. (David Jr. is my grandson.) They had a wonderful time!
We are thankful that our friend, Ann Mann, of Memphis, is improving after a stroke last year. She is the sister of Doris Goode and Gerry Vanzant on Old Hwy. 25, Benton County.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Mary Etta Howell, age 89, in her recent death. She was born in Potts Camp; her sister, Becky Clifton, lives here. Services were held at Hickory Flat Baptist Church on July 8, burial was in Temperance Hill Cemetery.
Pray for Melanie Epperson of Cordova, Tenn., who has a brain tumor. She is a special friend of Bonnie Gurley.
1. For better or worse you and I are the ones Jesus depends on to tell the world about how He lived and died on the cross to save us from our sins.
2. Can He depend on us to strengthen the kingdom of God just as He depended on those first disciples?
3. Today’s Christians are all He has, and He is depending on us.
4. Poem - By feeding on your blessed word, I will no longer weak and childish be; as I listen to your Spirit’s voice, may Christlike love and grace be seen in me.
Anytime someone does a kindness for another, they could be acting as God’s angel unaware; God had sent them there to be the answer to someone’s prayer. Angels unaware are everywhere, waiting for God to send them in answer to someone’s prayer for help. Thank you Jesus for all the kind, wonderful angels in the world. Thank you for sending me angels unaware, and Lord, I pray let me be an angel unaware for someone someday.
1. Becoming a Christian is one of the most important decisions anyone can make. Praise the Lord!
2. The world is full of beauty when the heart is full of love, there’s nothing in life that love cannot change.
3. No one can change the whole world, but each of us can do something to make it better. Prayer changes things!
4. To know love, open your heart to Jesus; to show love, open your heart to others. God is love!
Happy birthday to Taylor Poole on July 19; to Emily Stone, daughter of Mitch and Jeanette Stone, on July 22, and to Ashley Forester on July 25. Happy birthday to Betty Maxey on July 27, to Jon and Jay Rowland on July 28, to Nikki White on July 28 and Greg Smothers on July 29.
Funeral services for L.C. Miller were held on Saturday, July 7, at Reid’s Gift Church with burial in the church cemetery. He grew up in Potts Camp. He leaves two sisters, Annie Jones and Lucille Isom of Holly Springs. We send our love and sympathy to them.
Before we had a washing machine, L.C. Miller’s mother, Janey Carroll washed for us once a week using a big black wash pot. She would bring all her many children with her, and we played with them. Mother cooked dinner for all of us. One day, a few years ago, L.C. told me, “Your mother sure was a good cook.”
Relatives who visited me on Saturday were Bill and Janet (Bready) Sims of Sherman, Tx., and their friends, Scott and Shelly Hiller of Flint, Mich. I really enjoyed their visit; they were traveling and decided to visit me in Potts Camp.
Janet is also a relative of my sister-in-law, Joann Potts. She was Joann Bready (Lindy’s wife).
Prayer list: Martha Ross, Lina Mae Rhea, Jean Derryberry, Chris White, Hazel and Roy Foote, Lina Faye Work, Mary Jo McCallum, Diane Clayton, Adelle Hudson, Juanita Howell, Jessie Pipkin, Betty Fincher, Annette Bowen Trimble. Pray for all who suffer, those who have lost loved ones and are sad. Pray for our troops, our leaders in the U.S.A, and for peace. Until next week, God bless!
The first stores on Center Street in our town were tall, wooden buildings with rooms over them for doctors’ offices and other purposes. A tall stairway was located at the end of the first store. I hated going up those tall stairs!
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brownlee lived in a store located where our Post Office is today. They were an older couple, and their two children had moved to Memphis where they could find jobs. One younger girl, Pauline, was in Potts Camp School at that time.
A new Baptist pastor, Rev. Dennis Renick, came to Potts Camp. He was a young, single preacher, so the Brownlee girls gave him free room and board; they were Methodists. Those were Depression years, and the preacher was paid a very little salary.
At that time in the early ’30s, the Baptist Church and the Methodist Church alternated services; one Sunday, we all attended the Baptist Church and the next week the Baptists attended church with us.
We liked Bro. Renick; he understood the problems of the young people. Our pastor was a wonderful older man, but he didn’t spend much time with us.
At that time we could walk down the street at night and not be afraid, so we never missed a service. They never let us sit in the Baptist choir during a revival. A young teenager, Andrew Watson, was the song leader. I told my parents that Bro. Renick would become pastor of a large church some day, and he did. After staying here many years, Bro. Renick and his wife and son moved to Memphis. I don’t remember the name of his large church. He never forgot us; until his death he came back to hold revivals, attended homecomings and hold funerals. We all loved him! L.D. went with me several times to hear him preach when we were dating. In later years, he was happy for us when Lindy and Jimmy (my brother and our son) became preachers.
We will never forget Bro. Dennis Renick!
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