Thursday, September 20, 2007
Dene and Don Randolph celebrate wedding anniversary
Grandparents Day was held at Mary Reid School last Monday. They all enjoyed this special day.
Open house was held at Potts Camp School on Monday night. A huge crowd of people of all ages enjoyed it. We are proud of our schools, both of them; they both have wonderful teachers.
On Labor Day weekend, Casey and Kim Mayer and boys all enjoyed a trip to Gatlinburg.
JoAnn and Cary’s other children, Chad and Mary Beth Mayer and children of Myrtle, and Keith and Bonnie Mayer and sons of Olive Branch, were home for Labor Day; also Julie.
Catherine Williams, a relative, from Alabama, and her daughter, Elizabeth, visited Cary and JoAnn Mayer and Sarah Williams recently.
Catherine, a friend of mine long ago, is in an assisted living home in Alabama.
Angela Orman, granddaughter of Mary and Henry Jarrett, is on a mission trip to Cambodia.
On Saturday, the singers from Temperance Hill Church visited Trinity Mission Home. On Wednesday, a group of senior citizens from Temperance Hill enjoyed a day at the Memphis Zoo.
Thanks to my friend Virgie Kelly for the nice gift she sent me.
Sept. 11, Rita Elliott was honored by her family with a birthday celebration at Taylor’s Cafe in New Albany. Attending were Etoyil Ash, her mother; Inez Jarrett, aunt; sisters, June, Carol, Diane and Sue.
The work of the Lord is not done by great men, but by ordinary people who are committed to Him. The records in the Bible tell how God used hesitant Moses to lead Israel to freedom, and how He used fishermen and farmers to accomplish His work and record His word.
For thousands of years, God used people like you and me to do His work. Why should He stop now?
Poem: I have no hands but your hands, to do my work today; I have no feet but your feet to lead men on the way. I have no tongue but your tongue to tell men how I died. I have no help but your help to bring men to God’s side. —Lindy’s Newsletter
1. One act of kindness may teach men more about the love of God than many sermons.
2. The living water that Jesus gives keeps our spirit alive and thriving.
3. My prayer: Dear Lord, I pray at the close of the day you’ll find I’ve helped someone somehow, some way; that I’ve not failed in word or deed to lighten the heart of someone in need; though my talents be few, I pray that you will find me a credit to you. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Congratulations to Perry and Heather Pipkin on their wedding anniversary on Sept. 22.
Happy 25th birthday to Patrick Alderson, son of Janis and David Alderson on Sept. 19. Happy birthday to Tyler Cooper on Sept. 19, to Mable Day on Sept. 19.
Dene and Don Randolph celebrate their wedding anniversary on Sept. 15. We hope they had a happy one. We love them.
Shirley Smithwick celebrated her birthday on Sept. 12. She is special to me. We hope she had a good one.
Prayers: Martha Rose, Adelle Hudson, Juanita Howell, Betty Lee Maxey, Henry Clifton, Ann Mann, Lena Fay Work, Lina Mae Rhea, Maxine Thomas, Donna Marett, James Gray, Diane Clayton, Willie Thomas Wicker, Connie Work, Betty Fincher, Jean Derryberry, Mary Jo McCallum, Hazel and Roy Foote.
Potts Camp’s 100th Birthday
The last three months of 1988 was an exciting time for our town; we celebrated our 100th birthday!
Rev. Jim Smith, pastor of Potts Camp Methodist Church, and the Potts Camp Civic Club planned the events. I was a member.
Letters of congratulations came from Gov. Ray Mabus, U.S. senators and representatives, state legislators and a special one from President Ronald Regan.
On Sunday, the town celebrated the oldest church in town, Potts Camp Methodist. It was organized in 1887 and was the only church in town for many years. That day, the church was filled with friends and relatives. Bishop Robert Morgan, a relative of Flick Ash, was the preacher that day. Others who took part included my late brother, Charles (Lindy) Potts, who gave the history of the church. Many other former pastors took part with prayers.
Members of the Wilfred Boren family, Ann Armstrong, Billy and Norris Boren, gave new hymn books to the church that day. (Billy is deceased.) Their grandmother, Mrs. George Boren, was one of my special Sunday school teachers. She called me one of her girls until her death. We loved all the Borens.
My sister, Ann and Herman Hill were there for the celebration, also.
I have a picture of the large birthday cake and candles with Bro. Smith and Lindy by it. It was white and yellow.
On Halloween, free candy was given to all the children in town.
On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, the veterans of our town were honored. They were Dallas King, John Hugh King, T.M. Stone, Harvey J. Gurley, Jeff Overton, J.R. Thompson and George Dickey. (George Dickey and Jeff Overton received Purple Hearts.)
Early one morning a group of us met at the flag pole at Potts Camp School, including principal Donal Ash, Dallas and Louise King, T.M. and Annie R. Stone, Rev. Jim Smith and David Fuller.
The town mayor, Carey Mayer, was unable to attend so he sent a member of the board.
On the town’s birthday, Oct. 16, a platform was set up in town on Front Street with several speakers. At 11 o’clock, the mayor, Cary Mayer, welcomed the large crowd and said the Proclamation.
A train stopped on the tracks and the crew came to the platform and the crewmaster spoke to the people. He said that Potts Camp has always been a railroad town.
Many events took place that day, an antique car show and singings by local people.
That night, Rev. Smith had the highway closed so the parade could pass down the main road in front of our homes.
Dallas King, grand marshal, and his wife, Louise, rode in the large limousine in the parade, following bands and go-carts. They threw candy to me as they passed my house.
We love our hometown. My great-great-grandfather, Col. E.F. Potts, was the first settler.
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