Thursday, November 8, 2007
Potts Camp News
John Gray Morrison celebrates birthday
Many family members of 1-year-old John Gray Morrison met at his home and church to celebrate his birthday; it was Nov. 1. He is the son of Stacy and Johnathon Morrison. His grandparents are Rodney and Betty Whaley and Sue and Jerry Morrison. Great-grandparents are Fred and Mary Jo Whaley and Ruby Churchill. Many of the group attended special church services on Sunday with them at Enterprise Methodist Church. Among those attending his real birthday party on Monday night were Rodney and Betty Whaley, Lori, Fred and Mary Jo Whaley, Sue and Jerry Morrison and Amanda and Kent Smith and son Jack of Holly Springs, and others.
A deacon ordination service was held on Sunday night for Ricky Gadd at Harmontown Baptist Church. Joyce Clayton was among those who attended the service.
Betty Lee Maxey’s sister-in-law in Atlanta, Ga., died recently. We send our love and sympathy to her.
Bernice Young visited her daughter, Martha Ross, in Byhalia on Sunday. Pray for Martha; she is very ill.
We ask for special prayers for a friend, Mary Frances Clayton, who spent several days in the Oxford hospital.
Happy birthday on Nov. 8 to my granddaughter, Liesa Blond of San Antonio, Tx., and also to Martha Hollingsworth, Jimmy’s wife on Nov. 8; to Kyle Poole and Rylee Farr (age 2) on Nov. 10; to Nikki Poole on Nov. 11 and to Harold Greer on Nov. 12. Happy birthday to a friend, Virgie Kelly, on Nov. 13; and to Jackie H. Wilson on Nov. 14.
Eight important steps in a Christian’s life
1. Love and pray for your enemies.
2. Walk in faith and not by sight.
3. Love God by enduring temptations.
4. Love and serve one another.
5. Lay up treasure in Heaven by living for Jesus.
6. Share the gospel with the people who are lost.
7. Use your spiritual gifts God has given you.
8. Prayer changes things for you and others.
Prayer: May everything I do and say reflect my love for you, dear Lord. As I am walking down life’s road, let me share someone’s heavy load. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Poem: My life was dark until the light shone in; that light was Christ, who saved me from sin; His light that I received I want to share; and let it shine to people everywhere.
1. Poem: O, give us homes built firm upon the Savior where Christ is Counselor, Head and guide; where every child is taught His love and favor and gives his heart to Christ, the crucified.
2. Being a Christian should never be kept a secret! The Lord wants us as His followers to live for Him openly. We should confess Him boldly before others, so there is no question about our allegiance.
3. No matter what we have done in the past, God will accept us as we are, and will bless and change us as we grow as Christians. All we have to do is ask Him.
Pray for those who suffer and those who have lost loved ones. Pray for our soldiers and that they will come home safe, soon. Pray for older people who live alone and cannot care for themselves.
Prayer list: Jean Derryberry, Donna Marett, Adelle Hudson, Cecil Conlee, Diane Clayton, Jamie Smith, Lena Faye Work, Connie Work, Martha Ross, Hazel and Roy Foote, Mary Jo McCallum, Juanita Howell, Lina Mae Rhea, Donald Henderson, Betty Fincher.
Probably the most exciting event I remember in 1986 was the million dollar walk by the Habitat for Humanity Group. They stopped in Tupelo, New Albany, Potts Camp and Holly Springs. The Potts Camp Civic Club sponsored dinner and a resting place for the tired, hungry people. It was a shaded lot with a stream nearby, located behind the First Baptist Church of Potts Camp. Other buildings fill the space now.
Millard Fuller began the Habitat for Humanity 10 years before in 1976. They stopped in 128 towns during the 1,000 mile walk drom Georgia to Kansas City. Nancy Petrey, wife of our Potts Camp Methodist pastor, Rev. Curtis Petrey, was with the group. They were very friendly, and appreciated the food and place to rest. I copied their names that day. Two years later in 1988, we celebrated our town’s 100th birthday! We love our home town!
In 1886 other events I remember include the quilt made by the ladies who ate lunch at the food site, located in the City Hall (now the fire department). Quilters appearing in The South Reporter were Lucille Pierce, Lorene McClellan, Jessie Shaw, Inez Jarrett, and Mrs. Ethel Simmons (all are deceased but Inez Jarrett.)
Jimmie Collins, now our mayor, was the bus driver; he was in the picture also. Others who worked on the quilt were Peola Smith, Miratha Walker, Alene Payne and Cora Mann, all deceased. Chances were sold on the quilt. Jimmie Collins sold the most tickets and Kay Garrison won the quilt; it brought $400.
Many other events happened that year. Our class of 1936 celebrated its 50th reunion that year. We enjoyed it.
Also Betty drove me to Amory to visit the Railroad Museum. It brought back memories of the years we rode the train (childhood days). We had a pass because Daddy was depot agent.
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