Thursday, Decemeber 6, 2007
Potts Camp News
Congratulations to new principal, Tim Carter
The members of the late Doyle Smith’s family met at Olive Branch for an early Christmas dinner. They are Joyce Clayton (my neighbor), Faye Stanton, Verla Mae Stanton, Wayne Smith and wife, and Jamie Smith. It was a special day for them!
We were saddened by the death of Rhetta Sue Fioretti, age 69, who died Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Baptist Desoto Hospital. She was born in Potts Camp to Ella Rhea Cook Whaley and the late Ware Whaley. Services were held Wednesday in Holly Springs with burial in Bethlehem Cemetery. She leaves her mother, one daughter, one sister, two grandchildren and many other relatives. We send our love and sympathy to them!
Congratulations to Tim Carter, the new principal at Potts Camp School. He will replace principal Ken Basil, who will be going to Union County as superintendent of education.
Jack Hudson of Memphis attended the funeral of a friend, James Earl Turnage, at Reid’s Gift MB Church.
Jack is the son of my late friend, Evelyn Hudson, and my son Danny’s classmate. He stopped at my home and brought tapes of the Bible. Thanks to him. He always comes to visit me when he comes to Potts Camp.
James Earl Turnage, age 56, died recently. Services were held at Reid’s Gift MB Church at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. We send love and sympathy to his family.
II Chronicles 7:14 speaks for itself
I. America needs God’s healing touch! God has blessed us so much over the years, but He expects us to live better lives. Pray for a better world!
II. God’s love and forgiveness exists for you, as if you were the only person on earth.
III. The living water that Jesus gives keeps our spirit alive and thriving!
IV. As a child of God we are called to be alert to the needs of the lonely, sick, disabled, homeless, grieving or anyone who needs a helping hand.
V. The wonderful gift of God’s love was never intended to be kept to ourselves. People everywhere are hungry for the reality of a personal touch of God.
Prayer: Lord, help us show compassion to a world that’s lost in sin, so when we share the gospel, hungry souls for Christ we’ll win.
Happy birthday to my friend, Mattie Gurley, on Dec. 2; also happy birthday to Julia Blond on Dec. 2 and to Mirielle Blond on Dec. 4. They are teenage daughters of my granddaughter, Liesa and Carl Blond in San Antonio, Tx.; also happy birthday to Charles Gurley on Dec. 4. Happy birthday to Ruby Churchill on Dec. 5; to Jean King on Dec. 7, and Robert King on Dec. 8. Happy birthday to my special daughter, Betty Greer, on Dec. 11; also to Drew Gurley on Dec. 11.
Pray for the sick people, and those who have lost loved ones. Christmas is just around the corner; we should never forget the birthday of Jesus, our Savior.
Memories and History
One day while cleaning off the top of my dad’s closet, I found a copy of “The American Magazine,” published in 1943 during World War II. Everyone seemed to be working for the good of our country.
I enjoyed reading “I Saw Him Fighting For You,” by Frances Lanford. She had just returned from a five-month tour with Bob Hope and other actors who were entertaining troops overseas.
She described the great courage of the wounded and dying soldiers in the hospital. She sang a request for a soldier, “Embracable You.” He had no arms, so she ran away quickly to hide her tears. When she saw The Statue of Liberty as they were returning home, she said, “That is the lady the soldiers are really fighting for.” Pictures were shown from the movie “Thousands Cheer,” the most extravagant movie in years to be shown in the theaters in America in 1943. Actors were Gene Kelly, Kathryn Grayson, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Red Skelton, Eleanor Powell and Lena Horne.
“What Victory Will Bring Us” mentioned jobs, homes, family, right to vote and worship God (things we take for granted).
Bell Telephone said “Help the war by only making necessary calls.” Kodak made complex optical systems for the U.S. Army and Navy. Studebaker factories built “Flying fortress engines” for tanks, also air raid sirens and gun boxes. Chesterfield had a picture of Betty Grable, the soldiers’ “pin up girl.” “Why you can’t get a seat” reminded one of the hours Jimmy and I spent in busy depots and bus stations trying to get home to Potts Camp from Aberdeen where we lived during the war. We had blackouts at night in Aberdeen because of the Gulf Ordinance Plant (war plant) at Prairie, a few miles away. I worked in a beauty shop there; women who came there had red and yellow streaks in their hair and on their hands; they had to work a three-week shift. Jimmy was a child then; we bought him a wagon with wooden wheels.
Many things were rationed during the World War II. Some of them were gas, shoes, sugar, coffee, etc. Factories just stopped making things of metal like electric stoves and toys, washing machines, etc.
We were happy whenever the war ended and the boys could come home. Many died on the battlefield. I was sad.
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