Thursday, February 1, 2007
Sympathy extended to Clayton family
Lifetime friends, Betty Rose Jones of Memphis and her sister, Kathryn Jones Scarborough of Houston, Tx., visited in my home, and the home of Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone on Friday. They are descendants of the late Dr. J.W. Vaughan, the first Potts Camp doctor. Their parents are the late Harry and Rose Jones, active members of the town, school and Potts Camp Methodist Church. Mary Frances Fitts, an artist, is their sister; she lives in Dallas, Tx.
Members of the late Mrs. Doyle Smith’s family met for their annual dinner in Olive Branch recently. They are friends of Joyce Clayton, Verla Mae Stanton, Faye Stanton, Jamie and Faye Smith and daughter, Amanda.
Our family was saddened by the recent death of a cousin, Octavia Harris McCoy of Tupelo Manor. She was 98 years old and blind. “Tate,” as we called her, was the daughter of my mother’s late brother, uncle Jim Harris and aunt Rebecca of Shannon. She leaves one sister, Virginia Harris.
About 50 years ago, Joel Clayton and his family built a new house and moved next door to me. They’re all special friends. Joel passed away Jan. 24. We send our love and deepest sympathy to his family. We have been close all these years.
In Matthew 9, Jesus reminded His disciples that a good harvest was waiting, but the laborers were few. Sometimes we forget that God may want us to be a part of the answer to our prayers.
We ask Him to bless our church, but refuse to serve; we plead for loved ones to be saved, but never speak a word of testimony to them; we ask the Lord to comfort the shut-ins, but never visit them, and sometimes we tell God about people who are in financial trouble but never give them a dime.
Prayer: By feeding on your blessed word, Dear Lord, I will no longer weak and childish be; As I listen to your Spirit’s voice; May Christlike love and grace be seen in me; For Christ’s sake, Amen.
Important steps in a Christian’s life: 1) Love and pray for your enemies. 2) Walk by faith and not by sight. 3) Love God by enduring temptations. 4) Serve each other through love. 5) Lay up your treasures in heaven (all you can take with you is what you give away; my late mother told me that.) 6) Share the gospel with the lost. 7) Exercise your spiritual gift (everyone has a gift or two). 8) Prayer always changes things! Romans 10 tells us “If you confess with your mouth, and believe in your heart that God raised his son Jesus from the dead, you will be saved.”
The first of January Heritage News has arrived! New officers elected in Dec. were president, Johnnie Carter; vice-president, Sylvia Akin; secretary, Martha Fant; and treasurer, Vernelle Winter; also Carolyn Tyson, book fund; treas. and newsletter editor, Ann Babin.
I really enjoyed the pictures sent in by Sylvia Akin of her classmates, one in 1947 of Miss Velma Cooper’s fourth grade class. My son, Jimmy, was on it.
The other one was their eighth graduating class in 1952. He was on it too. I always enjoy all the news items. Thanks to all who helped make it a success.
Pray for Mr. Charles Vest, who has returned home from the hospital and continues to be very ill. His wife, Nadine Vest, is improving.
Happy birthday to Martha Ross on Feb. 1; she is the daughter of Vernice Young. Happy birthday to Lucille Isom and Jessica Bridges on Feb. 2; to Colette Young on Feb. 3 (also Mrs. Young’s daughter); to Terri Kitchens on Feb. 4; and to Lamar Day and also to Edward Gurley on Feb. 9.
T.M. and Annie Ruth Stone’s home was the setting for a family birthday celebration Saturday, Jan. 27 in honor of T.M. Stone.
Prayer list: Pray for all the sick and people who suffer, also the sad and lonely people. Joel Clayton, Jeff King, Jerry Paul Mills, Joe McCallum, Donna Marett, Lena Fay Work, Lina Mae Rhea, Ella Rea Whaley, Jean Derryberry, Mary Jo McCallum, Ann Mann, Mary Lois Gurley, Betty Fincher. Pray for our troops fighting for us, and the leaders of our country, also for the police who protect us, and others.
Only one Miss America has visited our town! She was Cheryl Pruitt, Miss America of 1980 from Mississippi. Potts Camp Methodist pastor Glenn Ray and his wife Susan were her friends; they both (Glenn and Cheryl) grew up in a small town in Mississippi, Ackerman.
At age 11, Cheryl was seriously injured in an automobile accident, leaving her with many stitches on her face, an injured back, and one leg shorter than the other one.
While attending a Faith Healing Service in Jackson at age 16, Cheryl prayed, then watched her leg grow back to normal, same length as her other one. After that, Cheryl spent time traveling and telling people everywhere how God had cured her.
When Cheryl entered the Miss America Contest, she had a double talent; she played and sang the song, “I Cried Out Loud.”
We were happy when Cheryl Pruitt won Miss America 1980! Her special friends, Rev. and Mrs. Glenn Ray, invited her to visit Potts Camp, and she did. The large, new gym was decorated for her wonderful concert. A huge crowd attended the event. Later Cheryl signed autographs at a reception held at the Methodist Parsonage. We will never forget Cheryl Pruitt, the lovely 1980 Miss America! Only two other girls from Mississippi have ever won the Miss America contest; they were Mary Ann Mobley of Brandon in 1959 and Linda Lee Mead of Natchez in 1960.
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