Potts Camp News
Surprise birthday dinner honors Jamie Smith
The 4th of July is a special day for us to celebrate our freedom, listen to special programs on TV and fly the U.S. flag. We love that flag!
Molly Byers of Big Sandy, Tenn., visited her brother, David Greer Sr. and Betty and their family, for a few days last week; she also visited her sister-in-law, Billie Margaret Benefield and others in the Cornersville area. Molly is my friend. I love her.
We ask for special prayers for Jean Derryberry in the hospital. She has been on the sick list for a long time.
We are thankful that Mildred Bowen in feeling better after a few days in the hospital for tests.
Two grandsons of Floy Ash, sons of her late daughter, Donna Ruth Watts, has been visiting her while out of school.
The third annual Mississippi Hill Country Picnic was a big success. We could hear the music from our homes. On Sunday they played spiritual songs.
A surprise birthday dinner was held Sunday for Jamie Smith of Olive Branch by his wife Faye. Those attending were his three sisters, Joyce Clayton and granddaughter Hanna, Faye Stanton and Verla Mae Stanton, Betty Smith, wife of the late Wayne Smith of Southaven.
Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth visited here on Sunday after attending services and dinner at St. Luke Methodist Church in Tupelo.
Special friends Lela Hale and daughters, Brooke and Haven, visited us while Jimmy and Martha were here.
Brooke and Haven both teach school in Southaven.
Guests of Henry and Mary Jarrett on Saturday were Dr. Tommy Jarrett and his sons Alan and Scott of Jackson and Mark and John Mark of Tupelo.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Charlotte Hoover, age 49, in her death.
We’re thankful that Alene Randolph’s surgery was a success.
“Living for Jesus” is one of the wisest decisions anyone can ever make. It will completely change your life. He fills your life with love, joy, peace and thanksgiving. “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6. “Blessed are the pure at heart for they shall see God.” Matthew 8:6. Remember the old hymn “The Old Time Religion.” It just makes you love everybody. With enough love we could close the jails and throw away the key.
I have learned many things over the years...
1. If you depend on others to make you happy you will be greatly disappointed.
2. If you want to do something for your children, try to improve yourself.
3. Love is a great investment; no matter who you give it to, it returns great dividends.
4. It is OK to be content with what you have, but never what you are.
5. You can always find time to do the things you really want to do.
6. Regardless of what you have, you can always give love and comfort.
7. If you like yourself and who you are, you will probably like everyone you meet.
8. Being a good mother is the best occupation you can find.
9. If love is not taught in the home, it is difficult to learn it anywhere else.
Happy birthday to David Greer Jr., my grandson, on July 9, and Hayley Shaw. Happy birthday to Joan Gurley on July 16 and Kerri Murphy on July 17.
Prayer list: Pray for our country and for peace. Donna Marett, Alene Randolph, Lina Mae Rhea, Mary McCallum, Diane Clayton, Henry Tutor, Mary Frances Clayton, Roy Foote, Lena Fay Work, Juanita Howell, T.M. Stone, Jessie Pipkin.
History and Memories
Many of us remember the “Old Dixie Theater” located in the first Greer and Greer Store on Front St. in the 1950s. It had been a sewing room for Army clothes during the war. It was the first movie theater in town since the ’20s when a silent movie was located on that street. As a child, James and I attended a movie in a tent on the town square; it was only five cents each.
The Dixie Theater soon became famous; a man from Memphis brought out the latest movies and showed them on a large colored screen every weekend. People came from Hickory Flat, Cornersville, Bethlehem, Winborn and everywhere nearby to see it. Willa Floyd sold the tickets and Charles Burris, a teenager, ran the projector. A fire in the projector room sent both Charles and Mrs. Floyd to the hospital, but by the next weekend they were open for business. One Sunday afternoon L.D. kept our younger children, Betty and Danny, and let me go to see “Gone with the Wind” at the Dixie Theater.
The show had started when I bought my ticket and some popcorn. I was looking for a seat when they called out my name. I had won the door prize, $10. That was a lot of money back then. It made me happy!
Charles Burris bought a motorcycle with some of his earnings. One Sunday afternoon, he went flying through town in front of our house. He ran into a car and was killed. He was the age of Ann and Lindy (my younger sister and brother). It was a sad funeral at Potts Camp Methodist Church. He had an older brother, Edward Burris. Mr. and Mrs. Burris, his parents, were special friends of ours. She lived to be 107 years old. He had a mill and blacksmith shop near Edward’s Store on Front St. When I visited them, he would tell me about coming to town from Bethlehem, where they lived with his dad (in a wagon). He was a child. He thought Potts Camp was a big town then. One day he wore a new suit of clothes; it rained and he got wet. His suit drew up so he couldn’t wear it again. I loved that family.
Edward lives at Cordova.
Snow Lake News
4th of July celebration a big success
The 4th of July fireworks were once again spectacular, thanks to our fire chief and the volunteers who assisted in this beautiful display. There were hundreds of spectators watching from the shore, from their pontoon boats, boat docks and out their windows, not to mention the passersby on Hwy 4.
The 4th of July “committee” served up hotdogs and nachos plus drinks and had a goodly amount of food served. The pontoon boat parade was a success and thanks again to Lauren Becker’s efforts for organizing it over the past several months!
Push II Shove was the band and was enjoyed by music lovers of all ages.
On behalf of all Snow Lakers we wish to express our appreciation to all of you who were affiliated with the Fourth of July celebration.
For several months this July 4th, 2008 committee devoted many hours to the planning and execution of this event. They designed the flyer and poster advertisements and collected money from those who sponsored this much-loved event. They planned the menu, purchased and cooked the food for everyone’s enjoyment in this hot and humid weather.
They traveled many hours to pick up the fireworks in another state and labored intensely to put on such an outstanding performance for Snow Lake and the surrounding communities.
Also, let’s not forget the clean up volunteers; it’s not a pleasant job, but it has to be done and don’t think it wasn’t appreciated, because it was. There were so many volunteers who made this celebration possible that I am afraid to start mentioning names for fear that I might leave someone out, so how about a great big “Thank You” for the wonderful event!
The boat parade had a lot of participants and beauty and originality was again practiced. We had a pink Cadillac, a medieval castle and to celebrate our 50th anniversary there was a boat full of “Purple People Eaters” that brought back wonderful memories of the “original” one who jumped out of an airplane at the original celebration fifty years ago. There were many others too numerous to mention, but were just as good with their red, white and blue colors flying as they sailed along around the lake to everyone’s entertainment.
Once again I was surprised to see a few pontoon boat owners who were allowing riders to dangle their feet from the front of their boats. This is an extremely dangerous practice and has been known to cause serious bodily injuries to those riding the bows.
Also during the weekend celebration, a few residents were “flying” around the lake and almost within an arms length of boathouses and docks, which is not allowed on this lake. Please use good boating sense and watch out for the safety of your passengers, especially the children.
Miss Dolly had a little fall last week, but thankfully just a few bruises and no broken bones. It’s hard to get this little lady down. Coy Reno came back home to celebrate her birthday with her daughters and their families and had a real good time being together and enjoying each other’s company. Miss Coy and Miss Dolly worked together many years ago at the old G.E. plant in Memphis and their husbands, as well as Buford Fuller, also worked together at MLGW. Miss Dolly, when asked, will happily reminisce about the good times these couples shared during the past forty years.
The monthly town meeting was held Monday night and Mayor Pierpont confirmed that the town is in very good shape financially and, with a few improvements that are currently being undertaken, will soon be one of the finest lake communities in which to reside in this end of the country. We think it already is!
Sadly, Snow Lake lost a friend last week, with the passing of Mr. Croll, who divided his time between here and Michigan. Our sincere sympathy goes to his beloved family.
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Holly Springs News
Hopewell No. 1 hosts revival
Mt. Moriah Church was host to Holly Springs Marshall County Baptist Association’s fifth Sunday meeting June 29. Host pastor Dr. Rev. R.J. Wilson called to worship. Devotion was led by the association deacons. Welcome, by Sis. Flo Wilson. Acceptance, standing ovation.
Pastor James Green and Pastor Ernest Jones gave highlights on the national Baptist.
Selection by Mt. Gilliam choir. Speaker, Pastor Gillespie. Closing remarks, moderator Archie Bowen. Closing prayer, Pastor Pendilton.
Hopewell No. 1 will have three nights of revival July 10 through 18 nightly. Rev. Leroy James, host pastor.
United Brotherhood Association’s 54th annual session was held Jun 25 - June 27, 7:30 nightly. Hosted by Samuel Chapel MB Church, minister Joseph Davis, pastor. Theme: Knowing the truth. Pastor Randall Woodard, moderator; Pastor Joseph Davis, vice-moderator.
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