November 27, 2008
Potts Camp News
Get well wishes extended to J.T. Humphreys
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
Five-year-old J.T. Humphreys had surgery on his ear on Wednesday. He is the son of Jeremy and Colette Humphreys. Get well wishes to him!
We are thankful Charles Henderson could return home. He stayed a few months at his brother’s home in Holly Springs after leaving the nursing home. Mr. Henderson is a special person; he helped so many people while working at Marshall County Courthouse for many years. He needs our prayers.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Earline Minor of Hickory Flat in her death.
Robert Hugh King fell recently while climbing a ladder to his roof.
Betty Fincher and daughter Connie drove to New Albany recently for shots and tests.
Potts Camp School will be closed this week for Thanksgiving.
Thanks to Dr. Nancy Boatwright and her staff at Williams Clinic in town, where I received a flu shot and checkup on Thursday. We are proud of our clinic.
1. When we experience God’s love through faith in Jesus Christ, something wonderful is born within us - a desire to love and please God for all He has done for us. “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” Acts16:31.
2. Search me, Lord, and know my heart today. Try me and know my thoughts, I pray. If there are any wicked ways in me, cleanse me from sin and make me free.
O, God when I have food, help me to remember the hungry; when I have a warm home, help me to remember the homeless; when I am happy, help me to remember the sad and lonely. And remembering, help me to show compassion and love enough to help by word or deed, those things we take for granted. For Christ’s sake, amen.
A Sinner’s Prayer
Dear Jesus, will you listen, Lord? I have a lot to say; you will see I am a sinner, Lord, and don’t know how to pray. It seems I wake each morning to a cold and empty dawn. Sometimes my heart’s so heavy, Lord, that I can’t go on. I’ve walked so long in darkness, Lord, all paths of sin I’ve trod. I’ve crucified you many times, and turned my back on God. They say you healed the leper, Lord, and made the blind man see. My Bible says you love me, Lord, and that you care for me. It says you gather in the sheep from every countryside and that you loved the one the most, that strayed so far and wide. Thank you Lord for listening and I’d like to start today, somehow my heart feels better since I’ve talked to you that way. Forgive me, Lord, and cleanse me for all my guilt and sin and Lord, I’m glad today’s the day to let the Savior in. I know that each tomorrow, you’ll take me by the hand and walk me up the path that leads to that bright promised land. Thank you for the precious blood you shed on Calvary for now I hold the blood-scarred hand that bled to set me free. Thank you for the promise that I’ll see your precious face. Thank you for this sinner’s prayer, a sinner saved by grace. — Lindy’s Newsletter
Prayer list: Dorothy Forester, Henry Tutor, Mary Jo McCallum, Lina Mae Rhea, Juanita Howell, Diane Clayton, Scott Brownlee, Jeanette Dunning, Connie Work, Betty Fincher, Lena Faye Work, Donna Marett. Pray for all who suffer, or have lost loved ones. May God bless them!
In the spring of 1989, the Burlington Northern Railroad, that had bought out the Frisco Railroad, made a goodwill trip from Memphis to Amory. The “Service by design” had five cars and hosted over 40 special passengers with a three-hour free trip that day. A special dinner was served to the guests.
Harry Jones, one of the guests, who grew up in Potts Camp and had a business here 60 years, was a former railroad brakesman for the Frisco Railroad, also mayor of Potts Camp for many years. He was the grandson of the first doctor in Potts Camp, Dr. Vaughn (also one of Potts Camp’s first settlers).
Harry had always had a fascination for trains; every year he and Hayes Henderson would attend the Railroad Festival in Amory and other celebrations.
When a train stopped at the Potts Camp crossing, Harry was always there. People would say, “Here comes Harry!”
That day, when the train passed through town, they said, “There goes Harry!”
One day, a Potts Camp School teacher was teaching her class about the state of Mississippi. She asked “Who is the governor?” One small child said, “I know, it’s Harry Jones.” He knew that Harry was the one his mother always called for information if the lights were off or the water was not running and when she paid the bills. He always took care of the water tank free of charge, and watched the churches. If he saw a stranger near the church, he always found out what they wanted. Harry married a special Potts Camp school teacher, Clara Rose. We called her Rose Jones. The couple had three daughters, Betty Rose, Mary Frances and Kathryn.
We miss Harry and Rose and their family! She taught our children in school and Sunday school.
Snow Lake News
Snow Lake extends welcome to new residents
During a cold, rainy, windy night last week Hubby and I were enjoying an evening with friends on the opposite side of the lake. After the rain subsided late in the evening and we said good night at the door, we discovered that it was going to be a struggle getting to our car because the entire driveway was covered with fresh wet leaves from the strong rain and wind during our visit. Holding onto each other we giggled about feeling so old and frightened of falling on the slippery leaves as we struggled up the hill step by step.
We finally got inside the car safely but as we began backing up the drive we realized getting up to the road was another struggle. I suggested that I get out and direct, but Hubby quickly remembered me getting us in some pretty unusual predicaments in the past while giving directions on backing our boat or R.V., so we both hung out the window as we inched out the drive. When on level ground we searched for the road, but it also disappeared entirely and there was not one inch that was discernable, or so we thought, so we once again started inching our way toward home.
Hubby kept relying on me for this journey because he always accuses me of “knowing every square inch of Snow Lake” and as we inched our way over a totally invisible road, I felt assured because I soon realized that I did indeed know my beloved community more than I realized. There was no evidence of any cars traveling on the road shortly before us because there were no tracks, so we had a difficult time finding the road due to it being completely covered with leaves. As we arrived home safely, I sadly realized that autumn was saying good-bye and also that it takes so little to excite us ole folks.
With winter weather here, looks like most of our feathered friends have left for the warmer days down south. During a cold boat ride with friends last week we noticed that a small number of geese still remain on the cold waters but most have also left with autumn. Hopefully those that went south will remain there next summer. Hopefully.
Our community center is sponsoring a food drive for a needy family in the area. Please contact Emily Koen if you have items that you would like to donate. Also, residents of Snow Lake who are members of Ashland Methodist Church are gathering food for needy families this winter. Please call Barbara Salling if you would also like to donate to this cause.
Ashland United Methodist hosted a seminar on the American Indian, which was taught by Martha Ann Byrd of Snow Lake. This was one of the most interesting classes I have attended in many years. Martha Ann has been encouraged to offer this class to other churches and organizations, and if you have the opportunity to attend this exciting and educational class don’t pass it up.
Ashland Methodist Church will also be the setting for the wedding of Lisa Bledsoe and Jason Ross of Snow Lake during the holiday period. Our community wishes them much joy and a lifetime of happiness.
Snow Lake welcomes Kip Kmlecik and Lisa Bass, also Barbara Campbell and her daughter Melody Campbell. Kip and Lisa will be moving to the west side in the near future and Barbara and Melody are moving into their new home on the east side this month. Welcome, new “Snow Lakers.”
Snow Lake lost a wonderful friend this past week. Ed McCulley suddenly departed this world, leaving behind his beloved wife and family. Ed loved this community and volunteered much of his time as a resident of our community. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.
This is a week that most Americans gather around a table with family and cherished friends, giving thanks for all the blessings that we have received in this wonderful and free country of ours. Thanksgiving is a day that starts quietly with the sweet fragrance of fresh pies baking in the oven, followed by the rich aroma of turkey and good ole’ homemade dressing and the anticipation of our loved ones’ arrival.
As family members arrive from many miles away, or from just around the corner, conversations and laughter begin to fill the house. When the table is set, some of us will grieve for loved ones missing or who departed this world recently, while others rejoice for the new additions to their family. As we surround our tables overflowing with food, and we offer grace for the bounty of goodness we have received, we might just look around our table and realize that all we have on this special day is all we really need.
Have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving with your family and remember to keep our young men and women who are in uniform and surrounding this world in your prayers. They are indeed whom we owe our thanks to for protecting our freedom and this great country. email@example.com
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