Thursday, November 29, 2007
Potts Camp News
Congratulations to Bobbie Clayton and Steve Price
Many families enjoyed Thanksgiving together. It is wonderful to give thanks to the Lord.
Thanks to Salem Baptist Church for the special basket of goodies and fruits they left on my porch for Thanksgiving!
Edwin and Polly Churchill visited her brother, Lloyd and Shirley Defer in Water Valley recentl, also the Defers’ son, Tommy Defer, a young lawyer who lived there.
A special friend over the years, Maxine Thomas, died last week. She grew up in Potts Camp and lived in Myrtle. We send our love and sympathy to her family.
The former Stanley (King) Edwards of Buchanan, Tenn., daughter of the late Hugh and Sarah King, brought her new husband, Beana Marlie, to visit Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone on Sunday. They also visited family gravesites at the Potts Camp Cemetery.
We send prayers for Mary Ellen Bowling of Myrtle, age 92, who fell recently and broke her leg.
Congratulations to Bobbie Clayton and Steve Price, who were married Nov. 24. Many people attended the ceremony.
I. Abundant life! That is what we are all looking for; yet, how sad, we often look in the wrong places. There is only one source of abundant life; it is Jesus. His purpuse in coming to Earth and dying on the cross was to give man what he could not find on his own.
II. Jesus came to give; He came to give light to those who walk in darkness, to set at liberty those who are captive, to give abundant life to all who believe on His name. He is truly the life-sharing Christ!
III. Jesus gave Himself to us; only as we are willing to give ourselves for Him, to serve and be like Him, do we discover abundant life.
Prayer: Help us, O God, to faithfully follow Jesus in all the activities of our life; help us to accept Him as the way, the truth and the life. For Christ’s sake, amen.
I want to thank everyone who sent food to my home, cards, phone calls, visits and for their prayers for me when my sister, Ann Hill, died recently. She had suffered so long, God called her home.
Connie Work had recent foot surgery. We are glad she is doing much better. Say a special prayer for her.
David and Teresa Hollingsworth and two daughters, Suzette and Sarah Lambert, visited me last weekend, while Betty Greer was here.
Congratulations to Sarah Lambert, a member of the soccer team “The Tupelo Futbol Club,” 96 girls. They won first place in the Germantown Invitational Tournament. She was proud of her medal.
We ask for prayers for the sick and sad people. May God bless them.
Congratulations to Kevin and Amanda McClure, parents of a baby girl, Ava Jo McClure, born Aug. 4. Grandparents are Art and Carla Humphreys of Potts Camp and Billy and Estella McClure of Mt. Pleasant. Great-grandparents are Glen Humphreys, Shirley Smith and Becky Clifton of Potts Camp. (Pictured in South Reporter.)
Memories and History
As a child, on cold winter nights, our family would sit around the fireplace and listen to our dad play his French harp; he played by ear, so he knew many of our favorite tunes.
In the hall we had a tall Victrola, bu twe had no heat there. Once a year our dad made a trip to the railroad hospital in St. Louis for a checkup.
We looked forward to his return; he always brought back some of Jimmie Rodgers gold records. “Waiting For A Train” was my favorite. I played it so much I felt like I was standing beside him in the rain. Rodgers’ mother died when he was a child. He was a Huckleberry Finn type boy who hung around pool halls, juke joints and his uncle’s barber shop. At age 13, he went on the road with a traveling medicine show. He would carry his old guitar and play for anyone who would listen.
He had the gift of telling a story with his songs; they called him America’s Blues Yodeler.” In 1927, Rodgers got his big break; RCA Victor Co. at Bristol, Tenn., recorded a song for him. He drove to New York City and called the RCA Victor Co.; he told them that he just happened to be in town and he might come over and record a song. They did “T For Texas,” which sold 20 million copies.
People didn’t know that at this time of his big success that he was dying with TB, a dreaded disease in that day. He was “America’s Golden Boy” for a few years, making hundreds of records. He gave large gifts to friends and didn’t save his money. A TB patient needs bed rest; but he didn’t take time to rest, he never stopped singing. We were all sad when he died.
As the train with Rodgers’ flower-covered casket had almost reached Meridian, his final resting place, the railroad crew gave out a long, sad whistle as a tribute to their favorite blues singer, Jimmie Rodgers.
Every year in Meridian, they hold a Jimmie Rodgers Day, with many people attending the event. The late Harry Jones and the late Hayes Henderson attended it several years ago.
All around the water tank, just waiting for a train
We enjoyed his records so much.
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