Thursday, August 23, 2007
Birthday celebration honors Mary Jarrett
We were saddened by the recent death of John Jeffery (Jeff) King, age 60, who was born in Potts Camp to John Hugh King and Sarah White King. They were my neighbors. He was a former principal of Clarksdale High School, then later he became headmaster of Tunica Institute of Learning. He leaves his wife, Ann P. King; his daughter, Jennifer King; and a sister, Stanley King Edwards of Buchanon, Tenn. Memorial services were held on Aug. 15 at Tunica. Betty Greer and Ruth Ann Stroud, Ronald Scott and Mr. and Mrs. Don Randolph and Charles Shaw attended the memorial services.
We ask for prayers for Jo Ann Potts, who had recent back surgery; she is a former school teacher at Olive Branch, where she lives. Jo Ann is my sister-in-law; she was married to my late brother, Lindy Potts, a Methodist pastor for 42 years.
Sarah Doxey Tate Greer, a friend, has moved from Holly Springs to Tupelo after the recent death of her husband, A.Q. Greer. Thanks to her for the cards and pictures she has sent to me. She was the former Sarah Doxey; she plans to visit family members this summer.
Mary Jarrett was honored with a birthday celebration in the home of Clark and Miriam Orman; all her family was present.
Please pray for Henry Clifton, who fell recently and broke several bones. He has returned from the hospital.
Adelle Hudson, a longtime friend, has moved into the home of her son, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Hudson, because of health problems. Say a prayer for her.
I’m thankful for the phone; I talk to many of my friends every day.
We are thankful that Mary Frances Clayton is feeling better after a very sick spell and treatment at Oxford Hospital. She and her husband, Leo Clayton, are happy to have their grandson, James Clayton, come back to live near them. (They reared him.)
Henry Tutor, a World War II veteran and a neighbor and old friend, celebrated his 86th birthday recently. We hope he has many more.
Two families in the Hickory Flat area have lost their homes in fires recently; we are sorry. One home that burned the night before school started was owned by Jody Young and his three young boys. They lost all the children’s school clothes and supplies (cash donations to them can be made at Potts Camp Bank).
Jean Derryberry had recent surgery in Union County Hospital. She needs our prayers.
Happy birthday to Elinor Edwards on Aug. 25; to Hanna Goolsby on Aug. 27 and Nancy Gurley Green on Aug. 27. Happy birthday to Jennifer Rowland on Aug. 28; to Zac Wilson on Aug. 29 and to Betty Fincher and Tom Dickey on Aug. 30.
Prayer list: Ann Mann, Jean Derryberry, Adele Hudson, Hazel Foote, Roy Foote, Mary Jo McCallum, Lena Fay Work, Martha Ross, Juanita Howell, Lina Mae Rhea, Jessie Pipkin, Ella Rea Whaley, Willie Thomas Wicker. Pray for those who suffer, the sad and lonely; also for the men and women on the battlefield fighting for us. Pray for the leaders of our country.
They say you can never go home again, but I have news for them. Standing at my back door, I can clearly see the old barn, located beside the ditch. I played with my brother, James, in the hay loft, and we would swing down below where Mother was milking the cow (James fed the pigs and I shelled corn for the chickens). Daddy rented a pasture for the cow behind St. Mary’s Church across the railroad tracks. Sometimes he would take us fishing on the old creek banks nearby. The boys had a swimming pool in the creek; I was happy if I caught a fish. Those were Depression years, and hobos would get off the train and camp near the old creek; my mother always cooked an extra pan of biscuits because they would come knocking at our door. We were not afraid of them; they were just men out of work.
We had a favorite cow we named Aggie; Daddy had bought her from Mr. Todd, the Hickory Flat depot agent and my dad’s friend. We named her for his wife, Agnes, who had golden brown hair.
Every day late in the afternoon, my brother James and Bennie would go after the cow. She had a calf in the barn, so one day she started running across the railroad tracks to get to her calf; a fast train came around the corner and hit and killed her. We loved that old cow. It was almost like a funeral in our home. We all cried.
Chapel & Mt. Pleasant News
Regina Teel honored with bridal shower
Funeral services were held for Gladys (Todd) Taylor at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel Aug. 12. Bro. Don Wilson officiated. Burial was in Carey Chapel Cemetery. Love and sympathy are expressed to the family.
Regina Teel was honored by friends with a bridal shower at Carey Chapel Baptist Church Saturday, Aug. 18.
Nadine Thompson came home from Baptist Collierville Hospital. She had to be carried back the next day. Nadine needs our prayers.
Fran Hilliard’s daughters, Becky and Sandy, went to Peru with friends on vacation. They were there when an earthquake erupted. I pray they will make it home OK.
Gae Lynn Anderson is here on vacation, visiting relatives and friends after teaching school in Kuwait for a year.
A large crowd attended the grand opening at the new Dollar General Store in Mt. Pleasant Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18 and 19.
Love and sympathy are expressed to the Pannell family in the death of their loved one.
Barbara Ellis’s daughters, Brenda from Columbia, Tenn. and Gwendy from Tupelo, visited over the weekend.
Claudia Pannell and a friend visited Bro. Arnold and Kathy Goode of Sweet Springs, Mo.
Daddy always raised a large number of pigs to have to sell and to kill for meat. He kept them in a large fenced-in lot.
One day a friend came by for a visit. While talking he told Daddy he had four nice pigs for sale. The friend kept bragging how pretty they were. So Daddy told him he would buy them, but didn’t have any transportation. The friend said, “If you will buy the pigs I will bring them to you.” I didn’t understand why Daddy needed any more pigs since he had a lot full.
Well, in three days here came the friend with four of the prettiest, fattest pigs you ever wanted to see. They unloaded the pigs in the lot with the other pigs. Daddy payed the friend and he left.
I can say the pigs in the lot didn’t like their company at all. They ran those pigs all over the big lot biting them. Well, those four pigs found a place and crawled out. They were gone for three days. When they came back, their little stomachs were fit to bust. The next morning all four were dead. They had invaded the butter bean patch and had eaten so many it killed them. I think Daddy wished for his money back.
Summer revival was held at Samuel Chapel Church for three nights, Aug. 15-17, nightly at 7 p.m. Devotion was led by the deacons each night. Rev. Robert Popular was the evangelist and delivered some inspiring sermons from the following subjects: Wednesday night, Believe; Thursday, When God Speaks, conditions change; Friday night, Living in a longer time.
Many visitors attended including the evangelist’s family.
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