Potts Camp News
Hendersons vacation in Smoky Mountains
A huge crowd attended the marriage of Elizabeth (Bettie) Wayne Wilson to J.M. (Flick) Ash on Thurs., the 29th of May 2008 at 7 p.m. at Bethlehem Christian School Gymnasium, 175 Overton School Road at Potts Camp. Her older brother, John Wesley Wilson, was in charge of the event. Judge David Chandler performed the ceremony. Bill Shaw was Flick’s best man; Brook Sanderson was Bettie Wayne’s matron of honor. Three sisters and five brothers of the bride attended. Rev. Steve Wilson said the prayer and Mike Wilson furnished the music. Guests arrived from Illinois, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana and Indiana to attend the wedding. Congratulations to the couple.
Say a special prayer for my friend and neighbor, Mattie Gurley, who is taking therapy for a broken hip. We hope she will soon be well.
Sylvia Akien, a special friend, of Memphis, visited me after the Potts Camp reunion on Saturday. She grew up here and was a classmate of my son, Jimmy.
We were saddened by the tragic death of Lawrence Massengill, age 22, of Hickory Flat last week. We send our love and sympathy to his family.
Jack Hudson of Memphis visited friends in Potts Camp last week. We were glad to see him. He grew up here.
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Henderson and son Cory spent last week on vacation in the Smoky Mountains.
Pray for Roy Foote, who is very ill in the VA Nursing Home in Oxford.
We are glad the Potts Camp reunion was a big success!
We ask for prayers for all the sick and sad people, all who suffer or lost loved ones. May God bless them.
Memories and History
Over the years our family has been touched many times by special people in times of sorrow. A wonderful friend and neighbor, the late Addie Lee Cox Hallida, was the angel of mercy for me when my mother died many years ago. Danny was our youngest child. We were one of the many families she adopted in the neighborhood. She loved us, helped us and laughed and cried with us. Our problems were her problems and she was wise enough to help us with them. The golden rule was her motto!
Miss Addie was the daughter of Mary Addis Lewis Cox and William Lewis Cox; she was a member of First Baptist Church in Potts Camp. Other family members were Jack Cox, Johnny Cox, Sarah Cox Matthews, and Joe F. Cox. They grew up in this area and attended school here. Miss Addie (as we called her) and Sarah Cox attended Slayden Agri School and became teachers in the county schools. We didn’t have a 12th grade in Potts Camp School at that time. When she married Mr. Hallida, she moved to Moscow, Tenn., to his home.
When they moved to this area she taught in Lonoke School, Overton School, Indian Springs School, South Side and Black Jack School. She retired when the schools were consolidated.
Mary Jo Hallida Whaley was the couple’s only child. Fred and wife Mary Jo have two sons, Rodney Whaley, our banker, who married Betty Churchill. They have three lovely daughters, Amanda, Stacy and Lori. Brett is in the parts business with his dad, Fred. Mrs. Hallida had many talents. She cooked delicious food, including the birthday cakes for our three children. She grew lovely flowers and vegetables. She also made lovely quilts and crocheted lovely afghans and was very generous with them. When our children married they all received lovely quilts from her. She taught my granddaughter, Liesa, to crochet.
With Miss Addie’s great personality and keen sense of humor, no wonder people of all ages were attracted to her. We loved her; she will always be my guardian angel!
Snow Lake News
New officers elected at corporation meeting
Our battered community is slowly returning to the beautiful community it was before the horrific winds made havoc in our little paradise. We are still looking tattered with dozens of downed trees still remaining on properties and roadsides full of logs and brush, which hinders the job of returning our community property to normal. Billy Briggs has volunteered so much of his extra time to help speed up the recovery from the storm.
The ultimate goal of homeowners who still have downed trees on their property is to have the trees removed quickly and their property returned to normal. For those who are considering contracting for tree services with companies that are not licensed or bonded, it has been recommended by our mayor to ask for references from customers in our community. A few homeowners have paid up front for services and the workers never returned. Others have paid before the work was completed or before the ground was repaired from equipment damage and never had their “paid for work” completed. As a reminder for those who still have work in progress: contractors are fully responsible for hauling off all debris and they are not allowed to use the community dump.
On the brighter side: without electricity did anyone other than myself realize that they are also creatures of habit? I continued to flip the light switches and I reached for the phone or the computer constantly. I pushed harder on the remote, puzzled as to why the TV wouldn’t turn on and then I reached for a radio. I kept returning to the refrigerator with hopes that something cold and fresh had mysteriously appeared, and when I amazed myself for not being so bright; I then reached for popcorn to put in the microwave. After realizing that I could not take a hot bath I opted for a hot shower and once again was disappointed. I made plans to heat water in the microwave, again guessing wrong! “You don’t miss the water till the well runs dry, I guess”!
The annual corporation meeting was held Saturday with president C.Y. Graves presiding. Newly elected officers are Becky Bledsoe, Richard Flake and Rocky Rodriguez. Margaret Sherwood, who’s insurance company probably suffered the largest cost in tree removal, won the drawing of one hundred dollars which she said was going to her “tornado fund” for repairing her beautiful lawn.
President Graves reported that our community is in good financial condition with reserves in place for emergencies. The task of managing the business and financial side of such a large property owners’ corporation, plus maintaining the large grounds and lake requires much experience in many fields. Therefore, there were sweet conversations throughout the meeting regarding president Graves’ contribution to our community and his professional management expertise, and everyone having high hopes of him staying on for many years to come.
The mosquitoes have arrived and I was informed that in some areas of the community it is impossible to go outside. Our mayor is aware of this problem and she reported that the mosquito sprayer is being repaired and it should be in operation by this week. Last year everyone worked together by turning over their boats on the shore and all items that could hold water. Mosquitoes can lay eggs in as little as a teacup of water, so let’s prevent these deadly insects from breeding and bringing the deadly West Nile virus to our community. Beware of ticks: My granddaughter contracted a mild form of Lyme disease from a tick in her yard and is being treated successfully, thank goodness!
The regular corporation meeting will be held after the Big Monthly Breakfast on Saturday the 21st and Pot Luck will be held on the following Saturday evening.
I don’t believe that anyone needs to be reminded of the July 4th celebration here on the lake. It will be smaller than what it was for many years, but we all look forward to the food, a good band, boat parade and fantastic fireworks.
There are several Snow Lakers who are not physically or financially able to have downed trees (firewood) removed from their property. For those who are able to help with this problem, please call the town hall to offer a solution to this massive problem; it will be most surely appreciated.
Frances Simpson is quickly improving since her release from the hospital. Stephanie looked great before her surgery this week and it won’t be long before she is out antiquing. Have a blessed week. email@example.com
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