Thursday, January 18, 2007
Congratulations extended to Muracos
Thanks to last week’s South Reporter for the wonderful pictures and article about the Potts Camp Homecoming, and the dedication to my long time friends, Thomas Mitchell Stone and his lovely wife, Annie Ruth. Congratulations to them!
Get well wishes to Charles Vest, who spent a week in Union County General Hospital in New Albany. His wife, Nadine Vest, had recent surgery and is feeling better.
On Sunday, Danny and Elizabeth Hollingsworth and two of their sons, Clark and Jake of Starkville, visited me. Because of illness, they were unable to come during the holidays, when other family members were here. The older son, who didn’t come, is Luke. He is a second year student at MS State College and plays in the college band.
Congratulations to Mike and Holley Muraco on the birth of their second son, Colton Michael Muraco. He weighed eight pounds and was born Jan. 5. Jordan, age 4, is very excited over his new brother. Mitch and Jeanette Stone are his grandparents. Great-grandparents are T.M. and Annie Ruth Stone and Mary Lois Gurley.
The picture of the Homecoming festivities also appeared in The South Reporter Sports section. Congratulations to members of the court. The queen and king were Lela Jenkins and Jordan Garrison. Basketball queen and king were Lovette Martin and Jacobye Davis. Principal Ken Basil crowned the two queens. Congratulations to them!
Louise Pruitt returned home from having her foot surgery on Thursday. Her daughter, Bonnie Gurley, drove her there. We hope she will soon be well again.
I. “Now abide faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love.” I Corinthians 13:13
We may accomplish great things in our lives — fame and fortune — but the greatest thing is to love. “With a heart filled with love there is no room for hate.”
II. For better or worse, you and I are the ones Jesus depends on to tell the world how He lived and died on the cross, to save us from our sins. Can He depend on us as He depended on the early disciples? Today’s Christians are all He has!
III. Jesus asks us to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all people.” Mark 16:15
IV. Prayer: Thank you God for saving my soul; Thank you God for making me whole; Thank you God for giving to me; Thou great salvation, so full and free; For Christ’s sake, Amen.
Poem: O, God of love, you are so good, we are so small; Ask me not my race or creed; But take me in my hour of need; And let me know you love me too; And that I am a part of you.
And someday may man realize, that all the earth, the sea and skies, belong to God who made us all, the rich, the poor, the great, the small. And in God’s holy sight, no man is yellow, black or white. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Happy birthday to Lena Faye Work on Jan. 15; to Liesa Blond’s daughter, Olivia Denise Blond, on Jan. 16 (Liesa is my granddaughter); to Elizabeth Hollingsworth on Jan. 17 (Danny’s wife); to a special friend, Maxine Potts on Jan. 19; and Betty’s husband, David Greer Sr. on Jan. 20.
Get well wishes to Sue Kirk Wells, who had recent eye surgery. She lives at Cornersville.
We are thankful that Mary Jo McCallum received a good report when she returned to her doctor recently.
Prayer list: Roy Foote, Charles Vest, Nadine Vest, John Howard Cox, Joel Clayton, Louise Pruitt, Juanita Howell, Lena Faye Work, Donna Marett, Willie Thomas Wicker, Jean Derryberry, Ollie Mansel, Lucille Hutchens, Ann Mann, Betty Fincher, Lina Rhea, Jessie Pipkin
Many young people don’t remember Potts Camp’s famous landmark, the old coal chute, built in 1915 and demolished in 1977. It had become dangerous!
In 1950, after the last coal train engine passed through town, it became our famous landmark. We could see it from the school and homes. It was the largest one on the Frisco Railroad, and the only one between Memphis and Amory. All trains stopped for coal and water from the well nearby.
An elevator was used to bring the coal up into the coal car, behind the engine. During World War II the coal chute and old depot (now demolished) were very important; they stayed open 24 hours a day (my dad was depot agent). Sometimes the soldiers would get off the train and admire the coal chute; local people were there to cheer them on. (Many people painted the old landmark.)
There was also a round water tank near the coal chute at one time. As children, James and I climbed up on the coal chute ladder and also the ladders to the water tank. It was very exciting. God was watching over us!
Before 1916 when water was piped into the homes in Potts Camp, late in the afternoon there would be lines of wagons, with water barrels waiting to fill them with water; there was a long wooden trough for the horses to drink, also.
In 1912, Dr. F.P. Boatner and Mr. A.Q. Greer (first Potts Camp bankers) were instrumental in getting the village of Potts Camp changed into a town, so money could be borrowed to put down the first deep well, and water could be piped to the homes. (I remember when the water bill was only 50¢ a month.)
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