Thursday, October 25, 2007
Potts Camp News
Wall Doxey State Park setting for Thompson reunion
It was wonderful to see the former Jill Seymour, who came to my home with Mary Minor on Saturday night. They had attended a class reunion at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Gray. Jill was the daughter of the late Margaret Alvis Seymour, one of my special girlfriends many years ago. Margaret was a twin (they were Mary and Margaret Alvis). Sylvia S. Akin is her older sister.
The benefit fish fry held at the Potts Camp Fire Department on Saturday night was a big success. A large crowd attended.
The Thompson reunion was held at Wall Doxey State Park on Saturday; Joyce Clayton attended the event.
Joyce Clayton also enjoyed a trip with others on The Barkley Bus to Canton on Thursday to attend the huge flea market.
Jamie Smith of Southaven was hospitalized last week. We send get well wishes to him. He is Joyce Clayton’s younger brother.
1. Jesus asks us to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all people.” Mark 16:15
2. 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.
3. Today’s Christians are all He has. Can he depend on us?
4. “Now abide hope, faith, love, these three, but the greatest thing is to love.” I Corinthians 13:13 “For everything we have done or will do only love endures.”
5. We may accomplish great things in our life, fame and fortune — but the greatest thing is to love.
6. With a heart full of love, there is no room for hate!
7. Poem: Thank you God for saving my soul. Thank you God for making me whole. Thank you God for giving to me thy great salvation, full and free.
Ten Steps for Happiness
1. (The most important) Accept Christ as your Savior and make Him Lord of your life.
2. Everyone is unique! There is no other person who is exactly like you. God has a purpose for your life, and if you don’t do it, it won’t be done. Find out God’s purpose for your life!
3. Look for the beauty in others! Overlook the flaws, and find the good in them.
4. Take time to pray and study God’s word, meditate on what God wants us to do.
5. Show people you love them everywhere you go.
6. Help those in need. We never know when we will need help.
7. Smile, laugh and try not to dwell on misfortunes. A good sense of humor goes a long way in making friends.
8. Visit the sick and help them. Never think you are better than someone else. God made us all.
9. Don’t think about money all the time. We all need it, but never make it the most important thing in your life.
10. Have hope for tomorrow, have faith in God and trust Him and your fellow man.
We were saddened by the recent death of Betty King, age 57, daughter of my late special friend, Christine and husband Abston Kirk. They owned “The Kirk Cabin” near Potts Camp many years ago. We send love and sympathy to her family. She was buried at Hickory Flat.
Happy birthday to Daniel Smothers on Oct. 24; to Elizabeth Colhoun on Oct. 25; to Tonya Brown on Oct. 26. Happy birthday to a special friend, Molly Byers on Oct. 27. Happy wedding anniversary to Betty and David Greer on Oct. 27.
Prayer list: Donald Henderson, Cecil Conlee, Donna Marett, Martha Ross, Betty Lee Maxey, Diane Clayton, Jean Derryberry, Jamie Smith, Mary Jo McCallum, Juanita Howell, Lena Fay Work (in hospital with pneumonia), Connie Work, Adelle Hudson, Hazel Foote, Betty Fincher and pray for peace.
Memories and History
The first home of my grandparents’, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Potts, was on Potts Creek, four miles from Potts Camp. He was the grandson of the first settler of the Potts Camp area, Colonel E.F. Potts and his wife, Elizabeth.
Solmon B. Potts, Uncle Sol, my dad’s older brother, wrote about growing up in the country before Grandpa Potts built the two-story “Potts House” on Front Street in Potts Camp in 1910.
He said that they had a happy life hunting and fishing. He enjoyed going to Potts Camp in the wagon with his dad.
He also enjoyed going to the mill to grind corn for meal and chicken feed; it was located on Tippah River and operated by a man named Joe Barber (dad of the late Mary Poole). He said, “It was exciting to go to the cotton gin.” The mules went around in a circle. The younger children (including my dad) attended Hoggs School. Later Miss Susie taught all our family in Potts Camp School. Misses Susie and Nettie Henderson were their teachers. They hauled water from a well in my granddad’s front yard.
Uncle Sol walked four miles to Potts Camp School located near the Potts Camp Methodist Church. He stayed with relatives if it rained. The entire Potts family attended Macedonia Methodist Church, where Uncle Sol preached his first sermon. He preached for 50 years. Many of our relatives are buried in Old Macedonia Cemetery, including our great-great-grandparents and great-aunts and great-uncles.
The Macedonia Church has been destroyed. For many years church services were held there on the fifth Sunday by the Potts Camp Methodist charge.
Before Grandpa Potts moved to town in 1910, he built Potts Camp Methodist Church in 1904; the first one was struck by lightning. It was a lovely, white frame church, with a tall steeple, pipe organ, stained glass windows, a kneeling rail and a room for coats and hats. It was used until 1926, then replaced by a two-story brick church.
My brother, James, and I accepted Christ as our Saviour when were were young in the old church our grandfather built.
Uncle Sol told how the farmers helped each other in the fall; they rolled the cotton on wagons and took it to Holly Springs for sale. The trip took two days and one night. The cotton was sold and supplies bought for the family. He said that it was a sight to see the children sitting on the floor in a circle trying on their new shows.
Uncle Sol married Estelle Gilmer on Oct. 3, 1906; they had five children, two girls and three boys. They were my first cousins. Their son, Gilmer, also became a Methodist preacher. They lived at Goodman. Only their grandchildren are alive today.
I loved Uncle Sol. He came to Potts Camp and stayed at my parents’ home one summer and preached a revival in our church.
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