Thursday, September 13, 2007
Whaleys visit Jennie Mitchell on her birthday
Henry Tutor drove to Pontotoc on Sunday to attend a family reunion. A large crowd attended the event; he has three living brothers. Mr. Tutor is a World War II veteran and my neighbor. His grandson, William Thompson, lives with him.
Betty Lee Maxey had serious leg surgery in Memphis last week; her sister drove her there. We are thankful that the surgery was a success. Pray for her!
Pray for James Gray of Hickory Flat, who had triple bypass heart surgery in Oxford last week. He is the son of Donna Marett of Cornersville, my friend. He has returned home. James Gray attended Potts Camp School many years ago. His wife is Thomas Ann Gray.
Mary Jo and Fred Whaley visited Jennie Mitchell of Graceland Nursing Home in Oxford on her birthday on Sunday afternoon.
Jimmy and Martha of Tupelo visited me Saturday. They enjoyed the Hummingbird Festival.
We send love and sympathy to Lucille Isom in the loss of her daughter, Ruby Harris.
Geraldine Brewer of Olive Branch spent last week with her sister, Margie and Henry Clifton. Pray for Henry, who is recuperating from a fall and broken bones.
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Jarrett of Burleson, Tx., attended the funeral of Levon and Joyce King’s daughter in Memphis recently, and later came to spend a few days with his brother, Henry and Mary Jarrett.
We send our love and sympathy to Levon and Joyce King in the recent death of their daughter. They were former Potts Camp residents.
My granddaughter, Vickie Winter, visited me on Saturday. She lives in Nashville, Tenn. I was glad to see her. She and her husband, Earl Winter, have two children, Zach and Lindsey. She is a nurse. Others she visited were her parents, Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth in Tupelo and her sister, Gracy Pipkin and family, and brother David Hollingsworth and family in the Tupelo area.
1. Being a Christian is one of of the most important decisions anyone can make. Life is God’s gift to us; how we live it is our gift to him.
2. Prayer changes things! God give us the strength and courage to make things better if we will only ask Him. Praise the Lord!
3. No one can change the whole world, but each of us can do something to make it better. Kindness goes a long way.
4. If we fail to love and forgive each other, our lives as a Christian will fail. God is love!
5. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:16
Poem — Take up thy cross and follow me; we hear the blessed Savior call. How can I make a lesser sacrifice? When Jesus gave His all.
My Prayer — O, God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry, when I have a warm home, help me to remember the homeless. When I am well, help me to remember the sick, when I am happy help me to 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. For Christ’s sake, amen. Matthew 25:35: “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.”
Prayer list: Betty Lee Maxey, Diane Clayton, Adelle Hudson, Jean Derryberry, Mary Jo McCallum, Lina Mae Rhea, Connie Work, Lena Fay Work, James Gray, Juanita Howell, Jessie Pipkin, Hazel Foote, Donna Marett, Lynn Greer, Ann Mann, Gerry Vanzant, Elizabeth Williams, Willie Thomas Wicker, T.M. Stone.
In the ’30s, Mr. Copeland was a writer for “The Commercial Appeal,” a Memphis newspaper. My dad always looked forward to his articles. One day he decided to take his wife to his native state of Mississippi for a visit. They stopped first to visit friends in Byhalia.
He said that when they crossed that imaginary line into Mississippi, it seemed the grass was a little greener and the birds sang a little sweeter.
After visiting several historic homes in Holly Springs and talking to old friends, they came to Potts Camp. When they saw a sing, “Williams Hotel,” on Church Street, they decided to stay overnight. Julia Williams and her daughters, Lana, Edith and Maurine, were wonderful hostesses. They enjoyed their wonderful food, and meeting a few Potts Camp School teachers, who invited Mr. Copeland to speak at a program to be held at the school that night. Miss Eason and Sarah Myers, music and dance teachers, presented the program.
My younger brother, Bennie Potts, sang and danced “The Pullman Porter Blues.” He was dressed for the part. Many of my friends and I enjoyed being in the program. Mr. Copeland and his wife enjoyed meeting people that night, and they enjoyed his talk.
The next morning, Mr. Copeland visited the stores in town, especially the Greer and Greer Store, a two-story building, where Lester Greer and Curtis Greer told him some of our town’s history. He also visited other stores in town.
We were anxious to read what Mr. Copeland said in The Commercial Appeal the next day. He told about the wonderful “Williams Motel” with a warm fireplace and a comfortable bed, also the high ceiling, and good food and friendly people.
He also mentioned the talented students in the program at the school, and especially the young boy who sang and danced “The Pullman Blues.”
As they drove out of town, Mrs. Copeland said to her husband, “Why didn’t you tell me about the interesting people who are so friendly in the small town of Potts Camp?”
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