April 3, 2008
Potts Camp News
Charles Henderson and Jeremy Humphreys honored on birthday
Thanks to Sarah Doxey Greer, wife of the late A.Q. Greer, who had flowers placed in the Potts Camp United Methodist Church on Sunday in memory of A.Q.’s mother, the late Mary Ella Greer (Mrs. Curtis Greer). Mary Ella was an active member and leader of our Methodist Church for many years until she moved to Holly Springs. We loved her. Mary Ella is also the mother of Katherine Sundstrom of Holly Springs. A.Q. and Katherine both graduated at Potts Camp High School before attending college.
Recent guests of Billie Margaret Benefield were Rick and Dana Benefield and sons Cole and Brice of Maryland. Rick is the grandson of Billie’s late husband, James Benefield.
Jesus asks us today to follow Him, love Him and obey Him. He also asks us to tell others about Him, like He did the 12 apostles one day on the mountain, near Galilee.
Kneel with your Master.
Weary and tired of life’s full day, silently down I kneel to pray, and after a moment of peace, I arise, ready to meet life’s on-rushing tides. I face the world bravely as from a tall spire. So friend, when you, too, are tired at heart, kneel with your Master, and get a new start.
Prayer: O, Lord, help us to resist the temptations in the world, and help us to become more Christ-like in our daily living. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Poem — At the Channel
I had a burden in my heart, it weighed so much, right from the start, the spirit’s peace made it depart, I left my burdens there. I breathed a prayer to still a fear of present days and yesteryear. His tender love I felt so near, I left my fears right there. I worried over a business deal another man might claim or steal, to love my brother was revealed. I felt while kneeling down in prayer; His holy presence bright and fair, my fears, my doubts, my great despair, I left them all right there. — Lindy’s newsletter
Happy birthday to Judy Forester on April 2, to Coby Bridges on April 3, to Barbara Pipkin on April 8, to Zach Mayer on April 9, to Lisa G. Murphy on April 10, to Gary Michael Stacks III, grandson of Cherri and Tim Shaw, on April 7.
The pictures and article about the Arbor Day celebration in the South Reporter was very interesting. Several of my friends attended. Sarah Doxey Greer of Tupelo planted a Japanese maple in memory of her late husband, A.Q. Greer of Holly Springs. He grew up in Potts Camp. His granddad, A.Q. Greer Sr., was the first Potts Camp banker.
On Friday, March 28, Charles Henderson and Jeremy Humphreys, who celebrated the same birthday, were honored with a birthday party by Coletta Humphreys in their home. Enjoying the celebration with them were Cory Henderson and Ethan and J.T. Humphreys. They received many nice gifts and enjoyed ice cream and cake for refreshments.
Get well wishes to Scott Brownlee, who had recent bypass heart surgery.
Prayer list: Jean Derryberry, Lina Mae Rhea, Dorothy Frayser, Connie Work, Pauline Hutchens, Lena Faye Work, Henry Tutor, Roy Foote (both former veterans in nursing homes), Mary Jo McCallum, Henry Clifton, Donna Marett, Diane Clayton, Juanita Howell, Ann Mann, Willie Thomas Wicker, Diane Clayton.
History and Memories
While listening to the recent election returns as we begin to vote for a new president, I thought about one of the greatest presidents I’ve ever known, the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a gift from God. I was a child when the stock market broke in 1929 and we lived through a Great Depression. Millions of us listened to his inaugural speech on the radio on March 4, 1933, when he promised “action now.” Others stood in the cold rain in front of the White House. (He was crippled; we didn’t know it. )
The first act of Congress was to “feed the hungry people.” Hobos rode the trains looking for work, while others tried to sell apples or pencils on the street to feed their families. Wages were 50 cents a day, if you could find work.
Part of the new deal to put people to work included the WPA and CCC Camps. (We listened to his fireside chats on the radio.)
The Wall Doxey CCC Camp, located near Potts Camp, was organized June 1, 1933.
The CCC boys lived in tents near Myrtle, until the camp could be completed. I remember attending open house there with my girl friends. My dad drove us there in his A Model Ford. We talked to the cooks in their white uniforms, then met some officers in the recreation hall where music was playing. The boys in the barracks waved to us as we were leaving. When the U.S. Forest Service took over the camp in 1934, it became headquarters for the Holly Springs Unit of Desoto National Forest. The first projects of the CCC boys were to plant trees and build towers.
They also built roads and bridges, one country road is called the CCC Road. We ran up the Winborn Tower (near town) and looked out over the town. They also changed “Spring Lake” into Wall Doxey State Park. I’ve told before how I met my late husband one night when I had a Halloween party. I’m thankful for the years we had together, also for my wonderful Hollingsworth family. God has blessed me!
Until next week, God bless.
Holly Springs News
Beautiful Easter program held at Hopewell No. 1
A beautiful Easter program presented at Hopewell No. 1 Easter Sunday included a welcome, acceptance, a series of Easter poems by the youth, beautiful Easter music provided by the choir. Remarks were made by Sunday school superintendent James DeBerry and Mayor DeBerry. Easter sermon was delivered by pastor Leroy James. Following the program, an Easter egg hunt was held on the church lawn for the youth
We wish to express our sympathy and love to the Harper family.
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