February 28, 2008
Potts Camp News
Bridal shower honors Julie Mayer
Many people enjoyed being off from work and out of school on President’s Day, Monday.
We are sorry for the people who were in storms and tornadoes last week. Many of them lost their homes and businesses. They need our prayers. We are thankful it wasn’t bad in this area.
Betty Fincher’s son, Tony and Tammy Fincher of Memphis, visited her and Connie and Andy Work recently.
Henry Tutor continues to be ill in the VA Hospital in Memphis after he fell and broke his shoulder. He needs our prayers.
Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth of Tupelo visited me on Sunday. I was happy to see them. They are parents of four of my special grandchildren, Vickie, Sonya, David and Tracy.
Mark Taylor and family of Corinth spent the weekend with his mother, Laverne Taylor and other family.
Many people enjoyed the praise service at First Baptist Church of Potts Camp Sunday night with the Commonwealth Quartet of Nashville as guesst; food and fellowship followed the service.
We are thankful that my friend, Louise Randolph of Memphis, is doing well after a serious sick spell a few months ago. She and her late husband, Rosa Randolph grew up here; the late Mrs. Ethel Simmons, a dear friend, was her mother.
Susie Hill held a bridal shower on Friday to honor her cousin, Julie Mayer, bride-elect of Justin Elliott. Congratulations to the couple, who will be married March 15.
Joyce Clayton visited her brother, Wayne Smith and wife Betty recently in Southaven. Wayne is very ill; he needs our prayers.
My Daily Creed
Let me be a little kinder, let me be a little blinder to the faults of those about me, let me praise a little more. Let me be when I am weary, just a little bit more cheery. Let me serve a little better, those whom I am striving for. Let me be a little braver, when temptation bids me waver. Let me strive a little harder, to be all the things I should be. Let me think more of my neighbor, and a little less of me.
Prayer list: Nadine Vest, Diane Clayton, Donna Marett, Henry Tutor, Jean Derryberry, Mary Jo McCallum, Lina Mae Rhea, Ann Mann, Betty Fincher, Ray Foote, Lena Fay Work. Pray for all the sick and lonely people and those who have lost loved ones.
History and Memories
One cold day during the Christmas season in 1929, I ran over to my grandmother’s house next door. I was shocked when I looked out the window; only smoking bricks were left of our new Potts Camp Methodist Church. She asked me if I didn’t hear the cars honking and the bells ringing in the night. I ran home to tell Mother. We had no fire department.
Thanks to Robert Greer, banker and insurance man, the church was fully insured by the businessmen in town. Each family bought a pew, and a lovely Hammond organ was donated to the church in memory of the Greers’ mother, Cornelia Greer. They had a concert that night after the church was rebuilt.
For several months our church members worshiped in the new Potts Camp School, built in 1925, after the two-story school burned in 1924, the year I started to school. The organ and later a piano given by the Lamar Day family are still in use.
Rev. Lester James, the new pastor, brought his family here in the ’30s. He was our forestry teacher at Potts Camp School. We enjoyed his field trips to Eagle Springs and to the cotton gin. He also planned a play for us to make money for the church. We had fun taking it to Ashland School, Waterford and our own Potts Camp auditorium twice that summer.
The couple had five children, Rosalie was the oldest; she was my friend. There was a vacant lot near the old parsonage, with a tennis court. One day someone brought a horse there; it looked like fun to ride so when my turn came I was ready; a dog barked, and the horse ran away. Some boys finally stopped it; that was my last ride on that horse!
Hayes Henderson came back to Potts Camp to stay with his aunts, Susie and Nettie Henderson, (school teachers). Hayes hung around the parsonage a lot. He liked Rosalie. During vacation he visited his cousin, Mary Ann in Arkansas.
He decided to write to Rosalie and also to a girl in Holly Springs that he danced with.
When he came home he went to the parsonage to see Rosalie. When she and her sister, Geneva, saw him coming, they ran inside and slammed the door. The Holly Springs girl also gave him a cold shoulder. He said, “What is wrong with you?” She said, “My name is not Rosalie.” He had put them in the wrong envelopes.
Until next week, God bless.
Holly Springs News
Marshall County Retired Education personnel meet for Honor Day and black history program
Marshall County Retired Education personnel met Friday, Feb. 15, 1 p.m. at Marshall County Library for their Honor Day and black history program. Included was prelude music, Mrs. Luberta Smith; devotion was led by Mrs. Bernice Martin, newly elected chaplain. Song “America the Beautiful,” scripture, Mrs. Bagley. Prayer was offered by Mr. Joseph Ford, former principal of Holly Springs High School. Music welcome was by Mrs. Bernice Jacobson.
Pledge Allegiance to the Flag and the black pledge, Mary Milan, instrumental solo.
Mr. Riley Redd discussed the occasion. Music, “Ain’t Gonna Study War No More.”
Mrs. Louise Plaxico read a poem, vice president presented the honorees and they were Rev. Leona Harris, Mrs. Florence Coleman and Mr. Willie Mallory. Honorees presented Rev. Leona Harris, Mary Milan, Mrs. Florence Coleman, Maggie Adams, Mr. Willie Mallory, Willie Mae Freeman.
Solos were provided by Armistine Gipson., followed by announcements, closing remarks, and dismissed. Following the program refreshments were served to all.
Mississippi State Retired Personnel will meet in Jackson March 18. Retired personnel will be coming from all over the state to this meeting.
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