Thursday, March 20, 2008
Potts Camp News
David Fuller enjoys playing in snow
David Fuller enjoyed making a snowman last week, but it didn’t last long. Mary Minor made his picture with the snowman. We all love David! He puts the flag up at both schools in the morning, and takes them down when school turns out.
My daughter, Betty Greer, brought two of her young children, Mary Elizabeth Greer and Dave Greer, to visit me on Wednesday. They were on spring break from West Union School. They brought many nice Easter gifts. Later, Betty took them to the Potts Camp playground across the road from where I live. They had fun!
Congratulations to Jamie Elizabeth Monsour and Justin Lee Hall on their recent marriage, Oct. 27. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Randall Rucker of Oxford and Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Lee Monsour of Brandon. He is the son of friends, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Murrah Hall of Potts Camp and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cooper of Potts Camp. The couple will live in Byhalia.
On Thursday, Joyce Clayton drove her granddaughter, Tammy Cobb and her daughter Kinsey of Myrtle to Tuscumbia, Tenn. Kinsey had been studying about Helen Keller in school and they visited a museum there about her life. Joyce’s other grandchildren, Hanna and Jamie, accompanied them.
1. Just as God continues to forgive, cleanse and love us, so we need to be merciful, forgiving and loving to those who hurt us. The Lord’s prayer says, “forgive us as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
2. The work of God is not done by great men, but ordinary people who are committed to Him; God used hesitant Moses to lead Israel to freedom, and fishermen and farmers to accomplish His work, and record His word. For thousands of years He used people like you and me to do His work. Why should He change now?
3. The living water that Jesus gives keeps our spirits alive and thriving!
Jesus asks us to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all people.” Mark 16:15
O, God of love, you are so great, we are so small, ask me not my race or creed, but help me in my hour of need, and let me know you love me too and that I am a part of you. And some day man will realize that all the earth, the seas and skies belong to God who made us all, the rich, the poor, the great, the small, and in God’s Holy Sight, no man is yellow, black or white.
Thank you God for saving my soul. Thank you God for making me whole. Thank you God for giving to me thou great salvation, full and free. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Happy birthday to Bob Young on March 17, to Annie R. Nodd on March 19, my sister-in-law, to Sonny Potter on March 20; to Dave Greer on March 20, grandson of my daughter, Betty and David Greer Sr. to Nathan Carl Blond on March 23, also grandson of Betty and David Greer. Happy birthday to Frances Shaw Aycock on March 23, to Megan Wilson on March 24.
Prayer list: Dorothy Frazier, Pauline Hutchens, who has returned home from the hospital, Nadine Vest, Daine Clayton, Henry Tutor, Mary Frances, Donna Marett, Jean Derryberry, Lena Fay Work, Wyane Smith, Mary Jo McCallum, Betty Fincher, Roy Foote, Hazel Foote, Lina Mae Rhea, Jasmine Humprey, Henry Clifton.
Memories and History
It was very exciting to work on the school paper “The Windy Waves” in the ’30s. My friends Juanita Umberger (later Jones) was the editor-in-chief. In October 1935 some interesting news in the school paper included the first PTA meeting of the season, with 38 members present, followed by a social. (Mrs. Fred Oakley was president of the PTA.) Talks by R.A. Butler, principal, and Rev. Dennis Renick, Baptist pastor, were both on “Founding a Family.” They both said to put God first in the family. (They were good role models). Mary Lester Cox, Mrs. Curtis Greer, Mrs. Harry Jones and Mrs. R.A. Butler were in charge of the social; they served punch and goodies.
Miss Cecelia Knott of Holly Springs had a recital, planned for her dancing pupils in December. It was on the first page of the paper.
The dancing pupils were Quinn and Annie Ruth Holley, also Junior Holley, Bennie and Ann Potts, Martha and Bernice Woodard, Elaine and Lona Frances Jones, Merle Williams, Jean Butler and Robert Edwards. Typists for “The Windy Waves” were Mary Elizabeth Collier, June Anderson, Lurline Cook and Dale Potts (me), all seniors
L.V. Edwards was sponsor of the seniors that year; they enjoyed a picnic at Fox Hunter’s Lake in October. Mary Elizabeth Collier was elected president of the class, Mitchell Stone, vice president; Juanita Umberger, secretary and treasurer and Dale Potts, reporter.
The juniors, with Miss Eugenia Eason, music teacher, sponsor, went to Four Miles Springs for their first picnic. Other teachers, Miss Lee and Miss Bugle, went along. They elected Quinn Holley, my favorite friend, as president; Winnie Watts as vice president, Otto Farr and Glena Faye Stacks as secretary and treasurer and Warren Cook, reporter.
Advisors of “The Windy Waves” were Mrs. Dunn, commercial teacher, and Miss Stroupe, English teacher. Mrs. Dunn married the superintendent of education, Mr. Curd. Later he bought out “The South Reporter” and she retired from teaching to help him with the county paper. Coach T.L. Caver was sponsor of the 10th grade class; he took them to Winborn Springs, a two-mile walk, for a picnic. Bernice McLeroy was elected president of the class. Iva Brownlee, vice-president; Mary Alvis, secretary and treasurer and Lucille Wilson, reporter (all my friends).
The freshman class built a large bonfire in October behind the school one night (once a baseball field). They played games then they roasted marshmallows while they ate sandwiches and drank tea. Miss Stroupe, English teacher, was sponsor of the class. Martha Woodard was elected president; Mary Elizabeth Jamieson was vice president, Jack Etheridge was secretary and treasurer and Annie Ruth Holley, reporter.
Managers of The South Reporter were C.B. Bennett, business; Edward and Molly Frances Farr, circulation; Russell Kidd, printer; Pauline Brownlee, art; and Bennie Potts, sports.
Later that school year, 1936, the Potts Camp Cardinal basketball team won state championship. Players were A.D. Swain, Russell Boren, Mitchell Stone, Willard (Jeff) Overton, G.W. Etheridge, Jack Dunn, Dooley Stone, Otter Farr and Allen Reed Gresham. T.L. Caver was the coach. Those were happy days
Miss Stroupe, my favorite teacher, encouraged me to write.
Back then Mr. Caver read the Bible and prayed in the study hall when we arrived at school every morning.
A local pastor spoke to all the children and teachers once a week.
Snow Lake News
Fishermen report good catches
The birds have once again become our alarm clock. I have never heard sounds more beautiful than that of tiny birds singing outside my window in the morning. How such small creatures can give us such pleasure as they welcome each day is still a wonder to me. I wish I had more floras to their liking so more would stay around our house.
Other wildlife around the lake has once again become more active. Beaver are gracefully swimming around like they don’t have a worry in the world, or is it because they might be proud new mamas and papas? Research shows it’s maternity month for most but has anyone ever seen a baby beaver? The blue herons are once again striking their frozen postures looking for a good catch.
We humans have also become more active these last few weeks with fishermen reporting some good catches this week. Bob had a good fishing day last week with five good size keepers. John’s luck rendered 20, and Danny has now joined the others on the big crappie hunt.
Jim and Kay spotted a wild boar and a red fox in the woods recently, plus a few snakes have been seen during the warm weather. If you want to prevent snakes from entering your property, try “Snake Away”, it worked for us. It can be bought at the co-op or Lowes and Home Depot.
It may be four months away, but the July 4th committee members are already planning festivities and funding for the annual July 4th event. This year there will be a band, a boat parade, a concession stand, and fireworks. All of this costs money, so the committee members will be calling on local businesses and individuals for support in either purchasing print ads, which will appear in the July 4th supplement to The South Reporter, or they will be asking for donations. The next committee meeting will be on April 8, at 6:30 p.m., with the remaining meetings also being held at 6:30 on the second Tuesday every month.
The newly formed community singing group, The Joyful Singers, made their debut at the Ashland Methodist Church last Sunday. After church, the singers joined members of this fast growing church in an overflowing dining room filled with church members enjoying wonderful potluck dishes. As of this week there are over a dozen singing members from Ashland and Snow Lake who are accompanied by piano and guitar. If you love fun and music and an occasional trip to entertain others, come join “The Joyful Singers”. Call Larry or Mary Jane Woodford for more information regarding practice times or performances.
Potluck will be this Saturday evening at the Community Center. If you have family or friends visiting for Easter bring them along for some wonderful food and friendship. A simple dish or a gourmet dish will do, but don’t forget to come.
Easter is this Sunday, which along with Christmas are the most joyous days of the year. Hubby and I send our very best wishes to our family of Snow Lakers for a wonderful Easter and we hope the love and beauty of the Easter season will be with you throughout the year.
We also join this community in offering prayers for Snow Lakers who are ill or for others who need our prayers, especially our members of the military and their families. firstname.lastname@example.org
Greenfield hosts bake sale Saturday to benefit church
Greenfield Presbyterian Church will sponsor a bake sale Saturday, March 22 at the front door of Wal-Mart in Holly Springs, 8 a.m. until. There will be a variety of cakes, pies and desserts to choose from. Please come and support this effort. All proceeds benefit the church fund.
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