Potts Camp News
Congratulations to Smiths on birth of baby boy
would like to thank everyone who helped make my 90th birthday reception
such a huge success, and most of all to The South Reporter staff. I
send my love to all my friends and family. Relatives and friends were
there from Aberdeen, Tupelo, Memphis, Holly Springs, New Albany,
Palmetto, Hickory Flat, Potts Camp and others from the States of Texas,
Tennessee and Alabama. It was wonderful! Thank you all. The flowers
were beautiful; also the cake was pretty and delicious. May God bless
all of you!
Christmas dinner guests of Joyce
Clayton were her children, David and Marion Hunsucker of Ashland, and
Lynn and Martha Goolsby, daughter Hanna, and son, Jamie.
Blond, daughter of Betty and David Greer, arrived for Christmas with
her three teenage daughters and sons from Austin, Tx., for a visit.
We send get well wishes to L.D. Ford, who had a recent stroke.
Thanks to Linda Jones for my 90th birthday party. I enjoyed meeting everyone.
Bro. Don Newton visited. He brought Christmas sacks to the shut-ins and said a special prayer for me.
to Bobby Smithwick, who delivered trays of food and goodies to many of
us from Potts Camp Methodist Church. Pinedale Church also sent food.
to Stacy McGregor of Potts Camp and Andrew Dillard of Saltillo, who
were married Dec. 20 at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Hickory Flat. She
is the granddaughter of my special friend, Marjorie Clifton and the
late Henry C. Clifton.
It was wonderful to see all my family during Christmas!
to Kent and Amanda Smith on the birth of their second child. He was
born Dec. 12, 2008 and named Brannan Adams. He weighed eight pounds,
two ounces and is 20 inches long. His young brother, Jack Whaley Smith
welcomed him home. Grandparents are Rodney and Betty Whaley and Kent’s
parents. Great-grandparents are Fred and Mary Jo Whaley and Ruby
Ann Boren Armstrong of Florida and her
brother, Norris Boren of California sent lovely Christmas flowers to
Potts Camp Methodist Church. Later, they had them sent to me. Thanks,
Ann and Norris.
Rev. Steve Wilson and wife Pat
spent Christmas visiting their children and families in California and
Florida. He is senior pastor of Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus
Christ. He will be ordained bishop soon. We love that family!
The large family of Mary Lois Gurley had an early Christmas dinner on Dec. 20 at the home of Bill and Sue Rowland.
birthday to Mary Lois Gurley on Dec. 23; she is a special friend. We
started school together in first grade in 1925. Her large family was
there to celebrate her birthday with her.
control of my thoughts, let my mind be stayed on thee. That I may know
the perfect peace, thy O Lord has promised me. Take control of my words
today. May they tell of thy great love, and may the story of thy grace,
turn some heart to thee. Keep it filled with joy and promise and
gratitude for the good thou hath done for me. Take control of my life
today, let thy will be also mine. That in each thought and word and
deed, I shall be forever thine.
A loving fellowship in the Lord Jesus is never accidental. It is always the result of prayer and dedication and love.
you love Christ enough to love people exactly as they are, without
waiting for them to change into what you think they ought to be? Do you
love Christ enough to forgive people who are wrong, without waiting for
an apology? If you do, you are now ready to become a part of a
fellowship of love.
Just as God continues to
forgive, cleanse and love us, so we need to be merciful, forgiving and
loving to those who hurt or sin against us. The Lord’s Prayer says,
“Forgive us as we forgive those who sin against us.”
Robert Hugh King, Henry Tutor, Jeanette and Ralph Dunning, Mary Jo
Whaley, Mark Jarrett, Diane Clayton, Charles Henderson, G.R. Thompson,
Lina Mae Rhea, Lena Fay Work. Pray for Collette Young in the recent
death of her mother, Bernice Young, and others who have lost loved
ones; our men and women in service everywhere. Remember whose birthday
we celebrate on Dec. 25 — the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus
Christ. Make Him a part of your life.
When we have serious problems, think of what Jesus would do. God bless all of you.
History and Memories
President Franklin D. Roosevelt was a gift from God when he was elected in 1932, when I was a young girl!
1929 when the stock market broke, my dad read to us from the newspaper
how people had lost everything. Some of them were jumping from
rooftops. Millions of us listened to the president’s inaugural speech
on the radio as he promised “action now.” It was March 4, 1933, when
crowds of people stood in front of the White House in a cold rain. The
first act was to feed the people. Grown men were trying to sell apples
or pencils on the street to feed their families. Hobos rode the trains
looking for work, and they begged for food. I remember when they came
to our door, Mother cooked extra food for them. We did not know that
our president was crippled when we listened to his “Fireside Chats” on
Among the New Deal acts that I remember
were the WPA, which put grown men to work, building playgrounds, roads,
bridges and modern outdoor outhouses, I also remember the CCC Camps
that hired young men. They planted trees, built towers, built roads.,
etc. I remember when they turned Spring Lake into Wall Doxey State
Park. The Potts Camp CCC Camp boys had to live in tents near Myrtle
until the camp, located between Potts Camp and Winborn, could be built.
They called it Camp Wall Doxey.
Suddenly our town
was filled with young boys attending church services and playing ball
on the baseball field behind our school. They had to walk (they could
not drive a car), and some of them rode the freight train home. Their
food and clothes were furnished.
My dad drove a
group of us to Open House at the camp on Sunday. We met the officers in
the recreation hall, met the cooks in the mess hall. The boys in the
barracks waved to us as we were leaving.
Two years later the camp became a part of Desoto National Forest with the headquarters in Holly Springs.
we were waiting for school to start every morning, truck loads of CCC
boys passed and waved to us. Many of us married the CCC boys and lived
long, happy lives together.
Holly Springs News
MC Retired Personnel celebrate Christmas
Marshall County Retired Personnel had their Christmas dinner in Beckley Center Dec. 12.
Chapel Church had their pre-Christmas program Dec. 17. They presented a
play, exchanged gifts and delivered bags of fruit to everyone.
Heroines of Jericho Court No. 14 had their pre-Christmas dinner Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Lodge Hall.
Hopewell No. 1 presented their pre-Christmas program Sunday, Dec. 21.
beautiful pre-Christmas program was presented by the youth Sunday, Dec.
21 at Hopewell No. 1. Gifts were exchanged and refreshments were
served. Mary Milan celebrated her birthday Dec. 19. She received cards
from relatives and was presented a dozen red roses. We hope she will
have many more birthdays.
Hopewell No. 1 has been invited to installation service at Mt. Moriah Church.