December 25, 2008
Potts Camp News
Birthday celebration honors Sam Ford
Joyce Clayton attended a family Christmas dinner in Olive Branch recently. Her brother, James Smith and wife, Faye, attended, also her two sisters, Verla Mae Stanton and Fay Stanton, and her late brother Wayne Smith’s wife, Betty Smith. Two grandsons of James and Faye Smith were there also.
Henry Tutor has been visiting his grandson, Alan Griffen, and family in Pontotoc during the Christmas holidays.
Thanks to The South Reporter for honoring me with a reception on the occasion of my 90th birthday. Co-hostesses were Mary Minor and Betty Greer. It was held at the Potts Camp School in the cafeteria. Thanks to all who helped make it a special time for me.
Mrs. Lucky Tomroy, the former Mary Ann Sewell, now of Dallas, Tx., was the former first grade teacher of my son, Danny, and Rodney Whaley. She sent me pictures of their first grade glass at the Memphis Zoo, also a gift. Many of us remember the special programs and the trips we made that year. She lived in Holly Springs then.
Sam Ford was honored on his 57th birthday, December 18, by his family and friends.
Bill West was rushed to Oxford Hospital after he became very ill. Get well wishes are extended to him.
Congratulations to Billy and Amy Clark on the birth of their first child, Zoe Elizabeth, born December 8.
Congratulations to Terry Cook, newly elected school board member. Barbara Pipkin, a special friend, was honored when she retired after 20 years as school board member.
Congratulations to Christina Teel and Johnny Maddox who were honored at Blue Mountain.
Members of Temperance Hill Baptist Church delivered large baskets of fruit to many of us. We thank them.
One special guest of mine recently was Rev. Steve Wilson, senior pastor of Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. He said a special prayer for me and brought a delicious fruit cake. We love that family.
God’s Love (From a Christmas Card)
Long ago one silent night, God revealed His glory bright; His own image came to man, for salvation’s matchless plan. Jesus, Savior Shepherd, King — Lord of all to you we bring, praise, thanks and love. For the gift from God above.
(A Christmas Card)
We believe in the miracle of the virgin birth, in a tiny babe who came to save the earth, in a risen Savior who saved us from our sins, in a love that knows no end.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14
A Christmas Prayer
O God, our loving Father, help us rightly to remember the birth of Jesus, that we many share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds and the worship of the wise men. May Christmas morning make us happy to be your children and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus sake. Amen.
We cannot depend on people or things to make us happy. Only God in His wisdom can do that. Trust Him! You just have to believe it and do it. Really trust God!
Happy birthday to Mary Lois Gurley on Dec. 23. Happy birthday to Jamie Elizabeth Pannell on Dec. 26; also to Herman Hill, a brother-in-law, on Dec. 26; to Candy Potts on Dec. 28 and Brittany Griffen on Dec. 31, also to Pebble Gadd, daughter of Annie R. Stone, on Dec. 31.
Pray for Robert Hugh King, Diane Clayton, Mary Jo McCallum, Lina Mae Rhea, Lena Fay Work, Jeanette Dunning, who is doing well after surgery (we are thankful), Connie Work, Betty Fincher.
Many years ago at Christmas, our family would ride the train to Plantersville to visit my mother’s parents, T.C. and Annie Harris. He was Dr. T.C. Harris, a country doctor, who rode in a horse and buggy. As we sat around the big log fireplace, we would sit at his knees to enjoy him telling about his adventures. When the Civil War started, he rode off on his old horse Tom to fight at age 16. He never hated anyone. Before we began to eat he had us bow our heads in prayer after reading the Scripture.
One day my brother, James was skating on an icy pond with our cousin, Porter. The ice broke and he was pulled out of the pond by Porter. Mother put him to bed while she dried his long handle underwear in front of the fireplace. I laughed at him and he got so mad at me.
I’ll never forget my grandparents. They died when I was 12 years old. My dad’s parents were younger.
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