April 10, 2008
Potts Camp News
Faye Hancock honored on birthday
Thanks to Mrs. A.Q. Greer of Tupelo for giving me the lovely flowers after they were used in Potts Camp United Methodist Church on Sunday in memory of her late husband’s mother, Mary Ella Greer, also for the lovely picture she sent me.
Thanks also to my friend, Mary Minor, who visited me and delivered the flowers to me. She is a special person.
Etoyle Ash is feeling better after spending some time in the hospital with pneumonia. We are thankful.
Jackie Ford drove her mother, Nadine Vest, to the doctor on Wednesday for a checkup and treatment. We ask for prayers for her.
I have some new neighbors who are moving in. We welcome them.
We welcome spring for several reasons; for one thing our utility bills won’t be so high.
Mr. Tutor is still in the nursing home. We miss him.
A birthday celebration for Faye Hancock, age 87, was held by her children and grandchildren, for family and friends on Saturday, April 5, at Cornersville Baptist church, with a large crowd attending. William and Molly Byers and grandson Nathan from Big Sandy, Tenn., attended the celebration. Faye is William Byers’ aunt; his mother, Allie Mae Byers, was Faye Hancock’s sister.
On Sunday, April 6, Molly and William Pryor and Nathan visited Molly’s brother, David and Betty Greer Sr. and family at Cornersville. We love Molly and William Byers!
We send our love and sympathy to Louis Sanders of Memphis and the former Ella Jones Sanders of California in the recent death of their mother, Jeanette Walker, age 99. She was in a nursing home in Memphis. They lived in Potts Camp for many years. We knew her as Jeanette Lakey.
Jean Derryberry is having surgery this week. Please pray for her.
Sherry (Gurley) Lothridge is visiting her mother, Mattie Gurley, who spent a few days recently in the hospital. We are thankful that she is all right. Janice Morris is also her daughter.
We are thankful that Scott Brownlee is improving after heart surgery.
Pray for Diane Clayton, wife of Thomas Clayton, who is in a Jackson Hospital. She had surgery for a pacemaker.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14
Jesus shared the secret of leadership with His disciples. He said, “Whosoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.”
God loves each of us as if we were the only person on earth. (The Bible tells us that even the hairs on our head are numbered.) Love was so important to Jesus that He told His disciples before His arrest, “By this all men will know you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.” John 13:34-35. Praising God is also an important part of a believer’s life. Not only does praise give honor to God, it gives you strength and hope in difficulties.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to focus on loving others, and leave the judging to you. Touch the lives of those who need healing, also for the sad and lonely people. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Lives of great men all remind us that we, too, can make our lives sublime, and parting leaves behind us footsteps in the path of time. Written by my English teacher, Miss Stroupe in my memory book.
Happy birthday to Barbara Pipkin on April 8; to Zach Mayer on April 9; to Lisa Murphy on April 10; to Denise Cook on the 10th; to Hailey McMinn on the 11th; to Kym G. Morris on April 15; and to Wesley Poole on April 17.
Prayer list: Connie Work, Nadine Vest, Roy Foote, Diane Clayton, Lina Mae Rhea, Henry Tutor, Lena Fay Work, Donna Marett, Jean Derryberry, Mary Jo McCallum, Betty Fincher, Jessie Pipkin, Willie Thomas Wicker, Etoyle Ash.
In the ’30s, a famous writer for the Commercial Appeal, Mr. Copeland, decided to drive his wife to his native state of Mississippi to visit friends. He said that when they crossed the imaginary line to Mississippi, the grass seemed a little greener and the birds sang a little sweeter. After a brief stop in Byhalia, they enjoyed the historic homes in Holly Springs. When they reached Potts Camp, they were tired, so when they saw the sign “Williams Hotel,” they decided to stay overnight.
Julia Williams and daughters Maurine, Lona and Edith were wonderful hostesses; they served delicious meals. Several Potts Camp teachers, Miss Eason, Miss Stroupe and Miss Heal, were there to meet them, and invited Mr. Copeland to speak at a program at the school that night. I remember it well.
My younger brother, Bennie Potts, sang and danced to “The Pullman Porter Blues.” He was dressed for the part. My friends and I sang and danced in the program. In his talk that night, Mr. Copeland talked about training children when they are young, to become outstanding men and women. He was a smart man.
The next day we could hardly wait for our dad to read us Mr. Copeland’s article in the paper. He told about the wonderful Williams Hotel, the warm fireplace and the wonderful food; then he told about the talented children in the musical program presented by a special music teacher, Miss Eugenia Eason. He added, especially for the young boy who danced and sang to “The Pullman Porter Blues.” Before leaving town they visited some of the merchants of the stores, including Lester Greer and Curtis Greer in the “Greer and Greer” Store.
As they drove out of town, his wife said, “Why didn’t you tell me about the friendly people in the special town of Potts Camp?”
Snow Lake News
Monthly Breakfast set for March 19
Snow Lake is “going green” (going natural) starting this week but not as the popular saying goes. Green for us is the beautiful green/chartreuse pollen that just started to cover our lake, houses, cars, boats, etc., etc., etc., and so on.
It won’t be long before the colorful squigglies from the oak trees start raining down the beautiful light-green things that “clump up” in your driveways and yards for you to contend with. Have patience; it won’t be long before this phenomenon is just a distant memory. The dreaded “crud” (everyone knows what this is) does just happen to occur at about the same time as the “falling of the chartreuse squigglies,” come April. We have all had a little “pre-crud” here lately, but seem to be enduring it.
The weather is finally beautiful once more and boy, are we enjoying it, except for the coming squigglies! We have had enough rain for a while, but remember, this is April, and that brings showers for May flowers! Those, we will appreciate! So hang in there until Mother Nature brings us the big April shower that washes away the squigglies and their dust. By then, we will be complaining about the hot weather and humidity.
The dogwoods are almost in full bloom, which is a sure sign that the crappy are starting to get serious about spawning, resulting in fishermen sinking their lines in search for that big “un.” Hubby and I have seen from our windows several fishermen bringing in nice size catches resulting in a nice day’s catch. Just a reminder from the state; we have too many little fish, so keep your catch! There are many uses for the fish that are too small to mess with. The first thing that comes to mind is fertilizer for your tomato plants and flowers. The fish, when buried under your plants, will fertilize them nicely, and, since they are buried (at least ten inches under your plants) they don’t stink!
This wonderful weather and mild temperatures make it a great time to enjoy the new miniature golf course that is located next to the tennis court. Hopefully, it will not get covered with squigglies, preventing golfers from enjoying Snow Lake’s newest addition. This is a great sport for some family fun and an opportunity to teach our little ones how to play a popular sport. Enjoy!
If you are one who enjoys a more strenuous sport than golf, then tennis might be for you. Also located in our “sports park” for your enjoyment, you may gain access simply by just visiting the corporation office for information. Don’t forget the walking/jogging path in Freedom Park around the pavilion; it’s good exercise.
If swimming is your sport, soon the warm waters at our swimming beach will welcome you and your family. You can picnic, swim or just sunbathe while overlooking the beautiful lake. A new fence surrounding the beach was recently installed as a reminder that our lake is to be used only by property owners in good standing.
Before we start enjoying the lake once again, don’t forget to give your jon and pontoon boats a quick safety check. Check your flotation devices on all boats, inspect the gate latches on your pontoon for the safety of small children and have a fire extinguisher close by in case of fire. Last year a pontoon boat caught on fire, so be prepared.
The Big Monthly Breakfast will be on Saturday the 19th followed by the corporation meeting at 9 a.m. Potluck will be on the following Saturday, the 26th at 6:30 p.m. Hubby and I were under the weather but we heard that the Community Center was packed with friends enjoying fellowship and good food this past month.
I have not heard of any new illnesses but treatments have gotten Stephanie Moseley down just a little. Knowing Steph, she won’t stay down long. She told me that she is spending a lot of time out on her screen porch during her recovery, enjoying the lake, so give her the wave when you cruise by. She will appreciate it.
Have a wonderful, safe week and enjoy this beautiful spring weather while it lasts. Email me if you have anything that you believe is newsworthy pertaining to the community of Snow Lake.
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