Potts Camp News
Greer family donates new organ to Potts Camp United Methodist Church
A large crowd attended the kindergarten exercises held at Potts Camp School on Monday. They will enter first grade at Mary Reid School in the fall.
We are thankful that Henry Tutor was able to return home and is feeling better. He had fallen earlier and had a broken shoulder. His grandson, William Thompson, lives with him. (He has a job)
Happy birthday to Jean Thompson on May 28, to my niece, Belinda Russell of New Albany, on May 29. Happy birthday to Sue Rowland on June 1, to Makaha Martin, young daughter of Corey Jewell Taylor on June 1.
The Greer family had a concert and donated a new organ to the Potts Camp United Methodist Church.
The wedding ceremony of Candace Cooper and Brandon Kirk will be held June 7 at Cornersville UMC. We would like to congratulate them.
Congratulations to April Faulkner and David Miller, who will be married June 7 in Mayfield, Ky.
We are sorry to hear Mattie Gurley, a neighbor, fell recently and broke her hip. Get well wishes to her.
Prayer list: Diane Clayton, Linda Mae Rhea, Robert Hugh King, Nadine Vest, Jean Derryberry, Donna Marett, Mary Jo McCallum, Henry Tutor, Roy Foote, Mary Frances Clayton, Lena Fay Work, Connie Work, Mattie Gurley.
Memories and History
In the ’30s, a new Methodist pastor, Rev. Lester James, and his family moved into the parsonage. The couple had five children; Rosalie was my age. Those were depression years, so the church members agreed to let Bro. James teach school to help support his family. He taught eighth grade forestry classes; we enjoyed the field trips to Eagle Springs to study trees and to the cotton gin to see it operate.
A new brick church had been built after fire destroyed the first one in 1929. It was fully insured, thanks to Robert Greer, banker, and other town businessmen. Each family bought a pew; they have been renovated and padded and are still being used. Bro. James planned a play for the young people, to help make money for the church. We really had fun that summer presenting the play at our school, then Ashland and Waterford schools. There was a playground and tennis court near the parsonage; we had fun playing there.
One day someone brought a horse for us to ride. It looked like fun, but dogs barked and it ran away with me. Some boys stopped it. I didn’t try that again.
Les James, son of the pastor, about age 12, had a paper route. One day he was sitting on the steps of First Baptist Church of Potts Camp, waiting for his papers to arrive, when he saw a truck drive up next door in front of my grandfather, J.A. Potts’ grocery store. He saw a dog in the front seat, so he went over to see it. (A machine gun was also on the front seat.) Suddenly a woman and man came running out of my grandfather’s store with a sack and drinks. She yelled, “Get away from that truck! I’ll take my gun and shoot you!” The man said, “Bonnie, if you do, the policemen will know where we are.” Grandpa Potts came out on the porch as they drove away waving bills in his hand. He said, “You forgot your change!”
Later Bonnie and Clyde, famous gangsters, were killed in Ruston, La.
Les said he’d never forget the day Clyde Barrow talked Bonnie Palker out of killing him!
Les is deceased. I loved that family.
Snow Lake News
July Fourth celebration still in the planning
Memorial Day has passed and due to a power outage, I never got to put into words how thankful I am to live in this free country, which is the result of brave men and women in uniform protecting us throughout manmade wars. As we made plans for this special day and gathered like other families in happiness, I was often reminded that some families were planning the funeral for their brave soldiers. Memorial Day is not just one day to remember those in uniform; keep them in your prayers every day.
Over ten days have passed since we woke to find our community in havoc and without any necessary utilities. As I drove around the lake a few hours after the storm I was amazed to hear that we did not lose any lives in the devastation. As more destruction was visible as the days passed and we all began to count the downed trees, as well as those that were leaning on houses, I believe the word “blessed” was the most spoken word by all.
Last month I was venting a little about the unsightly mess that HSUD left behind in our beautiful community when they trimmed above the utility lines. This week, I believe all Snow Lakers will join me in thanking HSUD as well as the utility departments of Tippah and Chickasaw counties for their outstanding job of restoring our electrical service in a timely manner. These dedicated professionals tackled a dangerous situation and cleared it up within an amazingly short time. Marshall County stayed around to continue with the cleanup for which we are grateful.
We are also grateful to MetroCast Communications, who was working immediately behind the electric companies to restore our cable and computers. Our “cable guy” for this area has always gone the extra mile whenever we have had a problem, so I was not surprised when he personally called to see if we had service. As expected, the telephone company was days behind, but everyone is now thankful and happy.
A heartfelt “thank you” goes to our mayor, Laurie Pierpont, who continues to give so much of her time to restore this little town she so loves. The devastation this community suffered would be a challenge for any seasoned mayor, but as a new mayor and without a disaster under her belt, everyone agrees our mayor did an outstanding job. You could find her in the office during the mornings and out in the roads during the afternoons, and if she had the tools, as she did during her days with Bell South, I’m sure you would have seen her up a telephone pole restoring our service.
Our mayor assures us that without the help of Don Jeans and his crew, roads and driveway entrances would not be useable still. Billy Briggs, our maintenance supervisor continues to do an outstanding job and this will continue to be a challenge for him for quite some time.
Neighbors are still frightened, frustrated and exhausted and they continue to need our help. Most have insurance and money is not needed; but a few kind words of encouragement, a glass of lemonade or a simple phone call will do.
The July Fourth committee is still working on the celebration, but they are short on the funds for the fireworks. This famous display is costing more than ever due to the increase in the fireworks. Please consider a donation so the fireworks will be as spectacular as usual.
There will be a putt-putt tournament this Saturday followed by a hot dog dinner. The monthly town meeting will be Monday, June 2 at 7 p.m. and don’t forget to attend the 50th annual Property Owners Corporation Meeting on June 7 at 1:30 p.m.
Stephanie Moseley is doing very well and spent the holidays with her family on the lake. Not much longer, Stef. Billy Morton is recuperating from knee surgery and we hope him a speedy recovery.
I was saddened to learn that our community lost two dear friends. Pat Tims and Joy Priest both passed away last week and they will be greatly missed at Snow Lake. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to their families at this sad time.
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