March 6, 2008
Potts Camp News
Henry Tutor is improving; and is very missed
This is the season of Lent! Christians everywhere begin to prepare for the wonderful season of Easter. God is watching over us!
I talked to Henry Tutor in the VA Hospital in Memphis; his grandson William called me from there. We are thankful that Mr. Tutor is improving, but he is very uncomfortable, because of the cast on his shoulder. We hope and pray that he will be well soon. We miss him!
The large family who lived next door to me are moving. He is an assistant pastor of The Assembly of God Church in Holly Springs. We will miss them and their barking dogs.
Say a prayer for Mary Frances Clayton; the doctors have told her that she is facing surgery. Get well wishes to her.
Saturday, Lynn and Hanna Goolsby and Joyce Clayton visited Wayne Smith, who is seriously ill in Southaven. Say a special prayer for him. He is the brother of Joyce. Verla Mae Stanton and Faye Stanton are his sisters, also.
Visiting in my home on Thursday were JoAnn Potts of Olive Branch, my sister-in-law and her aunt Doris Goode of Hickory Flat.
Happy belated birthday to Chad Mayer and Cody Gadd on March 1, and to Sherry Colhoun on March 3. Happy birthday to Mary Minor on March 4 and Laverne Provost on March 5, and Allyson Pipkin on March 5. Happy birthday to Pat Goode on March 6 and my niece Pam Qualls of Saltillo on March 7. Happy birthday to Sylvia Phillips on March 13; to Wendy Westmoreland on March 12 and to Malindie Poole on March 12; to Cory Henderson on March 13 and Makenzee Whaley on March 14; to Connie Work on March 15 and Kristie Fincher on March 16. Cory Henderson is the grandson of Charles Henderson, a long-time family friend of ours.
We ask for special prayers for our fighting soldiers, those who face surgery, others who have a serious illness and take treatment. Ask God to help them and give them strength; and also pray for those who have lost loved ones. God will bless and watch over us, if we only ask Him.
Prayer list: Henry Tutor, Diane Clayton, Nadine Vest, Joe and Jene McCallum, Mary Frances Clayton, Jean Derryberry, Donna Marett, Mary Jo McCallum, Pauline Hutchens.
Memories and History
The first real Potts Camp School was located near the Potts Camp United Methodist Church. Land for the school and church was donated by Mary Potts Reid, only daughter of the first settler of Potts Camp and the surrounding area, Colonel E.F. Potts.
The school had only three rooms and a stage. At one time, 130 students attended there.
In 1917, men of vision purchased the present school lot and built a two-story school there. Several of my dad’s sisters, one brother and other relatives attended school there. It had only 11 grades. In 1918, an airplane landed across the railroad tracks near the school. The children started jumping out the doors and windows to see the flying bird. Merchants in town closed their doors to see the airplane, probably the first one they had ever seen.
I waited on the front steps of my home for my older brother James to come home from the school, when we moved here in the early ’20s. In 1924, I entered primary there, but the school burned that year one afternoon after school. I remember helping my mother bring the white clothes off the line, as the smoke blew over the houses and this side of the street. Several houses caught fire.
The new Potts Camp School was completed in 1925; classes started that year. The first two graduates in 1926 were Dallas King and Willie Mae Potter. Over the years many buildings have been added and changes made, but that first Potts Camp School is still a part of school. In 1932 the first gym was built, also the agri building with a home economics department on one side (all have been demolished).
The new gym was named for coach Carl White, who died at a ball game one night.
Last year, the new recreation building was named for our most famous coach, T.M. Stone, who carried the Potts Camp Cardinals to overall championship in 1961. He was my classmate (class of ’36). Potts Camp School has always been outstanding!
Graduates of Potts Camp School have become state representatives, postmasters, doctors, lawyers, college professors, preachers, merchants, bankers, teachers, depot agents, town mayor and board members, and others have become superintendent of education, supervisors and other elected officers.
We are proud of our school; our teachers are special also.
Love goes a long way to make us all happy anywhere!
Snow Lake News
Lake is back to normal and beautiful as ever
Once again our lake is back to normal and as beautiful as ever. Before Hubby and I left for a vacation the excitement of seeing our first “lake lowering” was over and we were elated that the lake was at the beginning point of returning to its normal stage. When we returned home this weekend we once again realized how much we missed our beautiful “back yard.” Unloading the car, doing laundry and putting items back in their proper place, or relaxing on the deck was never a hard choice for us. We stayed outside on the decks for two days surrounded by big bowls of freshly picked buttercups, quietly enjoying the peace and beauty that surrounds our home.
I observed several residents fishing during the warm weather this weekend, but heard little news of any big catches. I did hear of a young man on the west side who caught a large bass two weeks ago. Hopefully, that’s a good sign of things to come for you fishermen.
I also saw friends out in their boats this weekend enjoying the beautiful blue skies and mild temps. It is my understanding that caution should be used while boating due to small logs floating around in the lake that dried out at “low tide” and floated up with “high tide.” If you can’t remove them yourself, call Pat at the corporation office and give the approximate location so the log(s) may be removed.
Those out boating reported that there are less geese here than this time last year. Hopefully, they have found another home where they are welcomed and our area beside the spillway can return to its previous beauty.
The town meeting was held Monday night with aldermen Bobbie Lot, Billy Morton and Bill Bledsoe in attendance. Acting mayor Bobbie Lott presided with town secretary Sheri Tucker taking the minutes of the meeting. Discussed was normal town business, after which the meeting was adjourned.
Thanks to Benjamin Franklin we will begin observing Daylight Saving Time this Sunday, which gives us another hour each evening to enjoy our lake. Don’t forget to change your clocks so you won’t be late for church. If you want to set your clocks to within 1.4 seconds of the official time go to www.time.gov.
I heard that a few residents were hoping to have a boat parade on Easter weekend, but they were a bit optimistic due to Easter being early and possibly being too cold for boating. Easter comes on the first Sunday after the first full moon; after the Spring Vernal Equinox. In layman’s terms, Easter is on March 23, which is the earliest date until after 2050. When looking up the date for Easter 2008, I had forgotten how the dates were determined and found it very interesting to read, so I’m passing it on.
The Big Monthly Breakfast will be held on the 15th of this month at the Community Center from 7-9 followed by the monthly corporation meeting at 9 a.m. Come for the biggest and best breakfast in Mississippi and stay for the meeting pertaining to your lake community.
Potluck will be on the 22nd of this month at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center. Bring a dish, join your old friends and meet some new ones while sharing some of the “best vittles” in Mississippi.
Our friends who have been “under the weather” for one reason or another are all doing well this week. Mike Frier is home from the hospital and doing great, Stephanie Moseley continues to feel good and Kate Word is slowly improving after her stroke. Our friends still need our prayers and support until they are once again strong and well. Have a wonderful week. firstname.lastname@example.org
100 Women and Men’s Day set for Sunday
Inspired to trust: And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey... Exodus 3:7-8a
February has come and gone. March is here, we have many things to look forward to – changing of time, election time, spring time and going to church, visiting the sick and shut-ins, and much, much more.
Feb. 10, a black history program was held at Waterford Lodge Hall, sponsored by Sunrise Chapter No. 166, Order of Eastern Star.
Speaker was A.J. Stovall, Ph.D. Stovall chairs the division of social science, is professor of political science, coordinator of the Rust College International program, and directs the Rust College Administrative Academy for Faculty, etc.
To our young and old, you missed a wonderful program about our history.
Feb. 24, a black history program was held at Greenfield Presbyterian Church. The program was as follows: Scriptures, Rev. Shawn Patton, pastor of Walton Chapel, prayer, selection, youth choir, reading, Marquis Johnson, selection, choir, reading Eula Thomas, title, It’s Your Move, Child. Short talk, Elder Mary Mull. Poem, Bring That College Home by Sis. Elmira Curry. Offering, Deacon Robert Curry, Deacon Jasper Mull.
Introduction of speaker, Min. Evelyn Elliott, speaker, Jessie Edwards, mayor of Coldwater, his title, My Uncomfortable Soul, which was very enlightening. Music Nmele George. Recognition of visitors, announcements, Elmira Curry, vote of thanks, Elder Lavora Blake, remarks, Pastor George, Rev. Shawn, Mrs. Edwards.
Refreshments were served in the fellowship hall.
Our 100 Women and Men’s Day program will be held on Sun., March 9, at 3 p.m., Greenfield Presbyterian Church. The public is invited.
Our prayers go out to the sick and shut-ins everywhere.
Holly Springs News
Pastor and Mrs. James celebrate 42nd anniversary
Pastor and Mrs. Leroy James celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary Feb. 13. A special presentation was made to them during worship service Sunday, Feb. 17, by deacon Ben Thomas Cole. Hopewell No. 1’s congregation wishes to congratulate them on their 42 years.
We wish to express our love and sympathy to the families of Ben Cole Sr. and Mrs. Rethie Ann Reliford.
Women will meet the third Saturday in March, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, sponsored by the first lady.
Samuel Chapel Baptist Church Missionary Society ladies attended the passion play at Bellevue Baptist Church Saturday, March 1.
Time has been changed for our fifth Sunday meeting March from 3 p.m. to 1 p.m. Rev. Archie Bowen, moderator.
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