November 20, 2008
Potts Camp News
American Legion cooks stew; Bobby Smithwick shares with writer
On Saturday night, a large group of members from Temperance Hill Baptist Church drove to Booneville to attend the homecoming of the Masters’ Quartet. They enjoyed it!
Thanks to Bobby Smithwick for the delicious bowl of stew he brought me. The American Legion met in Hickory Flat recently and made Brunswick stew.
We were saddened by the recent death of Henry C. Clifton, age 86. We send our love and sympathy to his large family. Marjorie, his wife, is my special friend. Services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Hickory Flat with Bro. Wilbanks and Bro. Chuck Fowler officiating. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery at Hickory Flat. I love that family.
Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth returned to Tupelo after a camping trip for two weeks in Biloxi with a group of campers. Their daughter, Sonya and Greg Kidd, live in Ocean Springs.
We send our love and sympathy to the families of Billy McAlexander and Jean Kirk Marrett, age 82, of New Albany, and the family of Lola Mae Autry of Benton Country.
Mary Minor attended a secretarial meeting in Nashville, Tenn., for several days last week.
Mary Lois Gurley enjoyed a visit with her nephew, Don Childers, at her home on Saturday. He is the son of her late sister, Thelma Childers of Hickory Flat.
1. When we pray, God listens to more than words, He listens to our hearts; take time to express our love for God and others every day. As Christians grow close to Christ, they grow closer to each other. If our minds are filled with love, there is no room for hate.
2. A loving person is a happy person. “And now abideth hope, joy, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love.” I Corinthians 13:13.
Prayer: may the mind of Christ, my Savior, live in me from day to day. By His love and power controlling all I do and say, amen.
My life was dark until the light shone in; that light was Christ, who saved me from sin. His light I received I want to share and let it shine to people everywhere.
1. A small child had lost her way home in a big city; a policeman drove her down several streets to help her. When she saw her church, she said, “This is my church, I can always find my way home from there.” A good church that faithfully teaches the Bible and proclaims the good news of salvation through Christ provides what we need to “find our way home.”
2. There is a powerful river of forgiveness that flows from the cross of Jesus Christ. When we humbly confess our sins, all of our unrighteousness is washed away (I John 1:9). We can be sure that our sins, which are many, are forgiven (Luke 7:47).
3. Being a Christian should never be kept a secret. The Lord wants us as His followers to live for Him openly. We should confess Him boldly before others so there is no question about our allegiance.
Happy birthday to my grandson, Clark Hollingsworth, on Nov. 22. This is his first year in college. He is the son of Danny and Elizabeth.
Prayer list: Diane Clayton, Juanita Howell, Lina Mae Rhea, Henry Tutor, Lena Fay Work, Jeanette Dunning, Charles Henderson, Mary Jo McCallum, Connie Work, Betty Fincher, Scott Brownlee. Pray for peace! Also pray for those who suffer and have lost loved ones.
Memories and History
In the ’30s, Mr. Copeland, a famous writer for the Commercial Appeal, a Memphis newspaper, decided to drive his wife to his native state of Mississippi for a visit. He said that when they crossed that imaginary line over into Mississippi, the grass seemed a little greener and the birds sang a little sweeter. Their first stop was Byhalia, where they visited friends, then on to historic Holly Springs for a few hours. When they reached Potts Camp, they were tired, so when they saw a sign, “Williams Hotel” on Church St., they decided to stop overnight. Julie Williams and daughters Edith, Lova and Maurine served delicious meals. Some of the Potts Camp School teachers were there; they invited the Copelands to attend a musical song and dance program at the school that night, and also asked him to speak to the people there.
I remember the program well. Many of Miss Eason’s music pupils and Miss Myers’ dance and speech pupils were in the program, also my younger brother, Bennie Potts, who sang and danced “The Pullman Porter Blues.” He was dressed as a pullman porter.
A group of us danced out on the stage singing when the curtain opened. We had on lovely pastel- colored dresses.
Mr. Copeland made a great talk to those attending the program; he spoke about “putting God first” always.
The next morning we were anxious to read Mr. Copeland’s article in the paper. He told about the wonderful hotel and services by the Williams family, then about the program they attended. He did mention the talented students who sang and danced, but most of all about the boy who sang and danced the Pullman Porter Blues.
Mr. Copeland had visited some of the town’s merchants the next day, before leaving town. He wanted to know how Potts Camp got its name. As they drove out of town later, Mr. Copeland’s wife said, “Why didn’t you tell me about the friendly people living in the town of Potts Camp?” He was a very special writer.
Holly Springs News
Installation services held at Hopewell No. 1
Hopewell No. 1 members having a birthday in November: Penny DeBerry, 9; Fannie Lyles, 13; Annie B. Govan, 20; Terrico Boga, 26; Sandra Pinson, 26; Alisha Wilson, 27.
Installation service was held at Hopewell No. 1 Sunday, Nov. 9 at 2:30. Devotion, Hopewell No. 1 deacons. Welcome. Solo, Sis. Sandra Woods. Offering. Beautiful music provided by Hopewell No. 1 and Mt. Moriah choirs.
Speakers and charge given to the new officers. Rev. Dr. R.J. Wilson, pastor, Mt. Moriah church. Pastor Leroy James. Rev. Wilson gave the benediction.
Genetha Smith will undergo surgery at New Albany’s hospital Nov. 17.
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