Potts Camp News
Stones entertain guests from Spring Branch, Texas, recently
Danny Hollingsworth and family have moved from Starkville to Morristown, Tenn. Two sons, Clark and Jake moved with them; the other son, Luke, will begin his third year at MS State and is in the college band there.
Congratulations to Lois Swanee on her visit with President Bush! I agree with her about putting God back in our schools, and reinforcing the Ten Commandments.
My granddaughter, Liesa Blond of San Antonio, called; she is a doctor with an office in Austin, Tx. She is the daughter of Betty and David Greer.
David Greer Jr., wife Amy and two children, Dave and Mary Elizabeth, vacationed on the Mississippi Coast last week.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Irene Ross
Frank Hutchens Jr. and wife Barbara of Spring Branch, Tx., visited Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone recently. His dad was school principal when T.M. Stone carried the Potts Camp Cardinals to over all state champs in 1961.
Vacation Bible school was held last week at Salem Baptist Church with a large group attending.
Tony and Tammy Fincher of Memphis visited his mother and sister, Betty Fincher and Connie Work on Saturday.
Happy birthday to Emily Stone on July 22; to Ashley Forester on July 25; to Betty Maxey on July 27; to Heather Huff and Billy Sanders Jr. on July 28; and to Nikki White on July 29; and to Jon and Jay Rowland on Jlyl 28.
Prayer list: David Brock, who recently had bypass heart surgery; Alene Randolph; Henry Tutor; Diane Clayton; Jean Derryberry; Roy Foote; T.M. Stone; Lina Mae Rhea; Betty Fincher; Mary Jo McCallum; Lena Fay Work; Ernestine Gravatt; Jacqueline Smith; Don and Dene Randolph.
When my younger sister, Ann, and brother, Lindy, were small children, they had scarlet fever and almost died. Five doctors came to our home to doctor Lindy. Mother was a great believer in prayer; we all spent hours praying for them. Finally they got well, but Lindy lost the hearing in one ear. He talked in a loud voice. God had plans for him then. Daddy always wanted his boys to be railroad men. He had been a depot agent since age 18. My mother, who had cancer, prayed for Lindy to be a preacher.
One day Lindy wrote an article about the Great Depression. He told how my dad had bought two farms by paying the taxes due on them. The man who farmed the land would come to the depot when they needed supplies to plant their crops. Daddy would write out an order for what they needed and send it to Greer and Greer Store across the road from the depot. In the fall the farmers would come back to settle up with my dad. He would get down a big book with the records in it. Lindy said that reminded him of the big book God keeps on us during our lifetime, for good or bad.
When we die, if we have accepted Christ as our Savior and ask forgiveness for all our sins, He will show us grace and wipe the pages in the book clean.
Lindy passed the written tests to be a railroad man, but failed the eye tests. They wouldn’t hire him.
A year later, 1963, he preached his first sermon. Hickory Flat Methodist Church was where he began his first charge. My mother’s prayers had been answered! Lindy preached in Mississippi for 42 years. He was a special brother and preacher. I miss him! I love his family!
Snow Lake News
Potluck set for this Saturday at the community center
The show must go on. Everyone who attended the July fourth celebration is still talking about how entertaining the “show” was - a great band, entertaining boat parade and finally the spectacular fire works! What a sight it was to behold! Busy bees are trying to sweeten the show by adding a dock-decorating contest to be judged by those who circle the lake in the boat parade. What a great idea, plus it would not cause any additional work for the July 4th committee.
Many Snow Lakers also attended another celebration this month. Ashland United Methodist Church hosted a celebration, along with Liberty and Harris Chapel churches to honor Reverend William V. Kemp and his beloved wife Geri, who have ministered to Mississippians throughout the state for over 50 years. This small man, known for his Goliath handshake, strong voice and remarkable memory is in his eighties and ageless. He has “retired” twice; the first being 20 years ago, but he continues to faithfully enter the doors of three Benton County churches every Sunday morning to deliver yet another powerful sermon. The Ashland Church was his first assignment and since returning “back home,” Bro. Kemp and Snow Lake members have seen this church’s attendance grow rapidly. The celebration was filled to overflowing by those who came to honor Bro. Kemp last Sunday. They came from far and near to see this wonderful man of God and celebrate his 50th year of Christian service.
Coy Reno recently moved from the lake into an assisted living facility near Memphis. Soon after Coy and her late husband purchased a home here, she invited her close friend and coworker, Dollie Griffin, to see her new home and especially the house next door that was for sale. “Miss Dollie” and her late husband quickly purchased the house and old friends became new neighbors. These two friends worked together at the G.E. plant in Memphis and their husbands also worked together with W.B. Fuller, who became Dollie’s other neighbor, at MLGW in Memphis until they all retired. Miss Dollie often speaks of the good old days when these close friends gathered on the weekends with their musical instruments and “fiddled” together until the wee hours in the morning. Saying good-by to Coy was difficult, but Miss Dollie has plans to visit her beloved friend often in Memphis.
Summertime down South is famously hot. Droughts can cause forest fires, loss of life and loss of property and the heartless mosquito can also cause death. Snow Lake is surrounded by a national forest, so it’s that time of year when I once again remind you to protect yourself as well as your family and neighbors. Please do not throw cigarette butts out the car window while driving, keep your grass cut short and if you must burn leaves, do so on a calm day and with a “connected” hose near by. Remember, mosquitoes can lay eggs in a tiny drop of water, so keep all items that can hold the smallest amount of water turned over to prevent them from laying eggs and possibly spreading the dreaded West Nile virus. For those who have jon boats on the shores, please keep your boats turned over when not in use.
Recently, an LP gas company removed a tank containing quite a bit of gas from a Snow Lake property without the owner’s knowledge. When contacted, the gas company informed the owner, who never uses the house in the winter, that he was not using enough gas and he was not entitled to a refund for the gas remaining in the tank or prepaid tank rental. They also indicated that they could not supply a small tank to accommodate the owner during the spring and fall due to lack of supply. Now might be the time to dig out your contract with your LP supplier and fully understand the “fine print.” You just might be surprised at what you have agreed to as far as mandatory LP consumption requirements. According to a few Snow Lakers, tank rental has gone up recently and considering the increased price of LP gas, this raises questions if it is time for us to consider clean and less costly natural gas.
Potluck will be this Saturday night at 6:30 at the community center. Come join your friends for fellowship and some of the best vittles in north Mississippi.
The next monthly town meeting will be on Monday, August 4, at 7 p.m. Please hold your speed down while riding in motorized boats. Speed in excess of 5 mph is not allowed on our lake and besides it throws up a wake that can disturb fishermen as well as rock parked pontoon and other boats to the point of damaging the boats as well as docks.
Until next time, stay cool and safely enjoy your lake. barb.snow firstname.lastname@example.org
Holly Springs News
Women's and Men's Day program Sunday
Hopewell No. 1 MB Church is having its annual women’s and Men’s Day program Sunday, July 27. The Women’s speaker for the morning at 8 a.m. will be Dr. Bessie Tables, the dean of Baptist Congress of Christian Education. For the evening program at 3 p.m., the speaker will be Rev. Ronnie Franklin, pastor of Greenwood MB Church.
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