October 16, 2008
Potts Camp News
Congratulations to Cliff Mann and Andrea Shumate on their wedding
We welcome Charles and Ann Nichols and children to Potts Camp. We hope they will be happy here. We are so sorry about the loss of their home in a fire and the loss of the 15-month-old baby.
Temperance Hill Baptist Church hosted a fall festival on Saturday. There were games, food and singing by local groups, and the Kenny family from Corinth and Delta Blues from Oxford. A large crowd of people enjoyed the day.
Merion Hunsucker from Ashland visited her mother, Joyce Clayton, on Sunday afternoon.
We were saddened by the recent death of a friend, Jean Derryberry, age 76. Services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Salem Baptist Church with Bro. Don Hill officiating. We send our love and sympathy to her son, Jay Derryberry, her brothers and grandchildren in her death.
On Saturday, Oct. 4, a child’s beauty pageant was held at Potts Camp School with a large crowd attending. Congratulations to all the winners. In the first division, little 2-year-old Anna Rose Work won first place. She is the daughter and granddaughter of friends.
Congratulations to Cliff Mann and Andrea Christina Shumate, who married at the Memphis Zoo on Oct. 11. Cliff is the grandson of Anna Mann. Attending from Hickory Flat are friends Doris Goode and daughters, Norma Rogers and Karen and Terry Crane.
Potts Camp School enjoyed fall break last week. We hope they had a safe break, and no one got hurt.
Billy Terry Goode celebrated his birthday on Oct. 7.
Happy birthday to Doris Goode on Oct. 13, also Beth Potts on Oct. 13. Happy birthday to Bobby Smithwick on Oct. 15 and to my friend, Iva B. Smith of Thaxton on Oct. 16. Happy birthday to Danny Hollingsworth, my youngest son, on Oct. 18; to Claire Harper on Oct. 18 and Marla Canerdy and Norma Rogers on Oct. 19; to Bill Kitchens and Jack Gadd on Oct. 21.
Get well wishes to Diane Clayton, Mary Jo McCallum, Peggy Ford, Donna Marett, Lisa Mae Rhea, Lena Faye Work, Juanita Howell, Hazel Foote, Pauline Hutchens. Betty Fincher, Henry Tutor, Connie Work, Polly Churchill, who is in Tupelo Hospital, Linda Thieson, who is in Holly Springs’ hospital. Pray for those who suffer, those who have lost loved ones and our country. God answers prayers!
About 20 years ago we had a terrible ice storm. Trees and limbs covered the ground, knocking down light wires. We were without electricity for a week. The yard had to be cleaned so the men could get to the meter box before they could fix it. One day our Methodist pastor, Rev. Ray Daniel, drove up in his small truck, got out his power saw and started to work; others saw him and stopped to help; soon I had the lights on. Bro. Daniel would not take any money but he took the wood he cut to people who burned wood. Our church was holding a revival that spring. The visiting evangelist was at Flick’s Place one day when he saw a group of women. Their bus had broken down and someone drove the women there to eat lunch. He noticed their name tags were “United Methodist Women from Alabama.” He called Bro. Daniel, who turned on the air conditioner in our church.
Using the church van, he made several trips to take the women to our Methodist Church. He helped them with their problems and spoke words of kindness. They went up into the sanctuary and started playing the organ and singing. They almost had a revival. At 5 p.m., a bus from Birmingham, Ala., came to pick the women up. People were arriving with food for supper at our church before the revival. One of the women from Alabama wrote to the Mississippi Advocate. She wrote, “I want the bishop to know that there is a ‘Man of God’ in Potts Camp, MS, who found women stranded on the road. He took them in and cared for them, letting them know that by the grace of God all’s right with the world.”
We will never forget Rev. Ray Daniel and the Potts Camp Methodist Church.
The day our lights were turned on, Liesa, my granddaughter, called from Texas; she and her daughter, Lilah, age 4, wanted Betty to meet her at the Memphis Airport. She had made arrangements for us to stay overnight at Hotel Peabody. We were eight stories high and I couldn’t sleep. I sat at the window and watched the cars below. When they turned the ducks out on the red carpet the next morning, Lilah got lost in the crowd. When we found her she was rubbing a duck’s tail in the pond fixed for them (against the rules). When I walked out on the roof, suddenly I remembered the days of my youth, when I sat up late at night in my room listening to the bands play from that very rooftop on my radio. Tommy Dorsey and Glen Miller were two of the bands.
Those were happy days!
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