March 27, 2008
Potts Camp News
Corey Henderson honored on birthday with party at Wall Doxey
Cory Henderson, grandson of Charles Henderson, was honored by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Henderson, with a birthday party at Wall Doxey State Park on Saturday to celebrate his 10th birthday. Many of his friends attended the event, and he received many special gifts. Cory is an honor student in the fourth grade at Potts Camp School.
Recent visitors of Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone were Joe Allen and Faye Stone of Houston. They had been to Little Rock, Ark., to visit her mother. Jo Allen is the son of the late Joe and Mary Elizabeth (Jamison) Stone, who lived in Potts Camp. Joe was T.M. Stone’s brother. Another guest of Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone last weekend was Lamar Busby of Corinth. He was on the ball team in 1942-43 at Pinedale when T.M. Stone was coach there. This was his second visit.
The large family of Mary Lois Gurley gathered at the home of Bill and Sue Rowland in the Cornersville community for lunch and an Easter egg hunt on Saturday. Newest members of the family are great-great-grandson Davy Syms, son of Nikki White Syms, and Evelyn Elaine Ferguson, infant daughter of Thomas and Kari Ferguson and granddaughter of Mary Lois’s brother, John Nelson. They participated in their first Easter egg hunt with all of their other cousins. There were 64 family members in attendance and the weather was beautiful for the children to enjoy playing outside.
We extend our love and sympathy to the family of Jesse Wayne Smith of Southaven in his death on Sunday, March 16. He was the brother of a special friend and neighbor, Joyce Clayton. Services were held on Thursday, March 20 at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery at Hickory Flat. Other survivors were his wife, Betty Jean Parker Smith; two sons, one daughter, one brother, three sisters and several grandchildren.
Thanks to Lela Hale for the lovely Easter flowers she brought to me. Betty and David Greer brought lovely Easter lilies. Betty put flowers on our family graves in Potts Camp Cemetery on Sunday. We thank her!
We are thankful that Henry Tutor is improving. He has been moved to Ripley Nursing Home. We hope he will be able to return home soon.
We are also thankful that Dorothy Frayser is slowly getting over her injuries, when her car wrecked.
David Hollingsworth, my grandson, brought one of his daughters to see me Sunday. She is Sarah Lambert, who plays on Tupelo’s soccer team. They live in Palmetto near Tupelo. I was happy to see them. David is interested in our family history!
Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Matthew 28:20
Dear child of God, be not afraid when shadows dark appear, and fearfully you must press on, remember God is near. Although His face you cannot see, for day has turned to night, look up and trust, for you may walk by faith and not by sight. He will not let you walk alone, the darkened valley through, so while you journey, hear His voice, “Come I will walk with you.” Just take His hand and let Him lead, Be not afraid I pray, for long ago His cross, He opened up the way. Lindy’s Newsletter
Romans 10:9 says “If you confess with your mouth, the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Poem “Take Control”
Take control of my thoughts today. Let my mind be stayed on thee that I may know the perfect peace thou, O Lord, has promised me. Take control of my words today. May they tell of thy great love and may the story of thy grace turn some heart to thee. Keep it filled with joy and praise and gratitude for every good thou bestowest all my days. Take control of my life today, let thy will be always mine. That each thought and word and deed I shall be forever thine.
Thank you Lord for watching over us; help us to live lives that are pleasing to you. Forgive our sins. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Little Jack Whaley Smith, son of Amanda and Kent Smith, was honored on his third birthday with a party at the Skating Rink in Oxford on Saturday, March 22. Grandparents Rodney and Betty Whaley, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Smith and Ruby Churchill attended, also Fred and Mary Jo Whaley.
On Monday night, little Jack Whaley Smith’s entire family met at the home of Amanda and Kent for another celebration.
The three churches on the Potts Camp United Methodist Charge — Bethlehem, Potts Camp and Cornersville — met at Cornersville Church on Easter Sunday and enjoyed dinner later. Rev. Don Newton is the pastor of the charge.
Lena Fay Work from Graceland Home in New Albany visited her family Easter weekend and attended services at First Baptist Church of Potts Camp with them on Sunday.
The members of Joyce Clayton’s family were her dinner guests on Easter Sunday.
Brooke and Haven Hale came Easter Sunday afternoon with their mother, Lela Hale and brought delicious food and flowers to me, also gifts for Betty.
Happy birthday to a friend, Charles Anderson, also to Jeremy Humphreys on March 28.
Happy wedding anniversary to Bill and Terri Kitchens on March 28.
Happy birthday to the former Julie Mayer on March 29. Happy birthday to Cindy Passons on March 25.
Pray for Connie Work, who slipped and fell Thursday and broke her shoulder bone.
Prayer list: Donna Marett, Dorothy Frayser, Nadine Vest, Pauline Hutchens, Lina May Rhea, Ray Foote, Betty Fincher, Mary Jo McCallum, Jean Derryberry, Henry Tutor.
History and Memories
Many people have never heard of a “coffin house.” When we moved here in the early ’20s, there was one located on a hill near the house next door. It was owned by Nannie Cook. People came in wagons, all hours of the day and night, to purchase a coffin if a loved one died. There may have been funeral homes somewhere, but we had never heard of it.
Mrs. Cook’s late husband, Charles Wesley Cook, was an undertaker and also mayor of Potts Camp at one time about 1900; he also owned a farm. When he died young, Mrs. Cook rented out the farm and sold coffins; the couple had three children, Anna, Lum and Wesley.
We were afraid to go near the coffin house; sometimes we could hear knocking on the hill. Later I learned that the late Ella Rea Whaley and her family would spend weekends there when she was a girl to help Mrs. Cook line her coffins. The white cotton ones were the cheapest, but others had white, pink and blue satin lining. We Potts kids thought it was ghosts.
Lum Cook, who became a teacher later, told that she knew when someone had died, when she heard wagons late at night coming up the hill behind their house. I’ll never forget the Cook family!
My brother Lindy was a small boy at that time; he and one of the school principal’s daughters, a little tomboy, Bobbie Butler, would get out their BB guns and get in trouble. Mrs. Cook’s rooster would come into our yard and start a fight with mother’s rooster. The children tried to break them up with BB guns, but failed, so Lindy picked up a big rock and hit Mrs. Cook’s rooster; it fell over dead. I remember him saying, “I only had one dollar to my name and had to give it to Mrs. Cook for her old rooster.”
Charles Lindy Potts was my little brother; all his life he wanted to be a depot agent like my dad. My mother prayed that he would become a preacher. He joined the Air Force and became an MP then attended Ole Miss later. He failed the tests on sight to work for the railroads. God had other plans for him! One year after Mother died he became a Methodist preacher and served 42 years in Mississippi. He died at age 65. He was really good to me. I loved him very much.
Snow Lake News
“Joyful Singers” add new members
Rain, thunderstorms, high winds, whitecaps, heavy fog and low temperatures last week gave way for a beautiful Easter sunrise and continued throughout the day. Snow Lake families came together to enjoy the love and comfort of each other as they celebrated this special day. Snow Lakers worshiped alongside their children and grandchildren in church, they joined their little ones in Easter egg hunts and many families gathered on pontoon boats enjoying our beautiful lake.
On Saturday, from my windows, I saw grandfathers in boats baiting hooks for their grandchildren while instructing the others of how to properly cast their lines. I also saw pontoons filled with happy families and grandmothers tightly holding their grandchildren while they stored unforgettable memories in their hearts.
My memories of this Easter are also unforgettable; Hubby and I gathered with Snow Lakers and other members of our Methodist Church in Ashland as we enjoyed beautiful piano and organ music and powerful preaching. The most heartwarming moments were when I heard small children softly laughing in Sunday school as the pastor delivered his message and when our ten-year-old granddaughter shouted to the world “I’m so happy” as we gathered with our family on that special day.
In a few days it will be April, when this part of our earth reawakens with brilliant colors combined with aromatic smells that surround our lake. Once again we are reminded what beauty and joy that literally lies at our feet. We are also reminded that April Fool’s Day is also near. No one knows where, when or why the celebration began, but research believes that it began in 1582 when the beginning of the year moved from the end of March to April the first. Those who refused to believe that the dates had changed were called fools and jokes were made about them, followed by practical pranks.
The town meeting will be on Monday, April 7 at 7 p.m. On April 8 at 6:30 the committee for our July 4th celebration will gather at the community center.
The “Joyful Singers” continue to add new members to their group. They gather for fun and fellowship and to occasionally venture out to nursing homes or places where they might bring “Joy” to the lives of others. If you enjoy fellowship and music, come join in the fun. Call Mary Jane Woodford for more information.
Little Zoe Ford, daughter of weekenders Bryan and Tracy Ford, fell against their hearth last week, resulting in the loss of her two front teeth. Mom and Dad reported that she is doing remarkably well for a 3-year-old, but she has some trying days ahead. Thankfully, I have not heard of any new serious illnesses of Snow Lakers, but let’s keep the Ford family as well as other members of our community in our prayers that they will continue to recuperate from their illnesses. Some members of Mississippi National Guard will soon leave to join other soldiers in this terrible war. Pray for their safety and also for their families. firstname.lastname@example.org
Holly Springs News
MC Retired Personnel to meet Friday at Annie’s
Hopewell No. 1 members having a birthday in March, Lashell Kimmons, 2; Shun Greer, 6; Clara 14; Curresia Walton, 26; Verlease Hoey, 27
Marshall County Retired Education Personnel will meet Friday 12 noon at Annie’s. Lawrence Autry will serve dinner to the retired educators.
Our fifth Sunday meeting will be 1 p.m. at the Baptist Association Building.
Mississippi Retired State Educators will meet in Jackson March 18
Heroines of Jericho Courts Nos. 14, 38 and 301 presented their Palm Sunday program at Hopewell No. 1 Processional, devotion, welcome, heroine Annie Sight accepting. Heroine Pennie DeBerry, the mistress of ceremony. Congregation remarks and benediction. Following the program, refreshments were served in the fellowship hall.
James Street has been selected to be added to the board of deacons at Union Valley Church.
Terrance Campbell is now stationed in California. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Campbell.
Easter weekend was celebrated by people in Holly Springs. Some of our college students were home for Easter.
We wish to express our sympathy and love to the Harper family in the recent loss of their mother.
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