March 19, 2009
Potts Camp News
Large crowd attends combined services at local church
A large crowd enjoyed combined services and dinner at Bethlehem United Methodist Church on Sunday. Rev. Don Newton is pastor of the three churches on the Potts Camp Methodist charge; Cornersville is the other one. All churches attended.
Joyce Clayton and her daughter, Merion and David Hunsucker of Ashland, drove to Fulton on Saturday night to attend a gospel singing.
Mary Jo Whaley wants to thank everyone who has sent her flowers, food, cards, visits, phone calls and for their prayers during her recent illness. We are thankful that she is improving.
I enjoyed a recent visit in my home with my cousin, Mary Jo Tillman of Memphis and her daughter, Nancy and Mike McNarry. Mary Jo, age 80, is in a wheelchair. Her late mother, aunt Mary Tucker of Tupelo, was my dad’s sister, who once lived here. It has been five years since I’ve seen her.
The young man who delivered my new washer from New Albany was Wayne Smith, the son of a former pastor of Potts Camp United Methodist Church, Jim Smith and Joann. Bro. Jim was the person who helped us plan our town’s 100th birthday in 1988, and our church’s 100th birthday in 1989. He continues to dress as Santa Claus on Thanksgiving in front of the Quick Stop in Potts Camp.
Thanks to Lela Hale for the delicious spaghetti dinner she brought me on Tuesday morning.
1. Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles. Isaiah 40:31
2. He died upon the cross for me, he bore the awful penalty and now I’m saved! I’m saved!
3. I’ll tell the world I’m a Christian; I’m not ashamed His cross to bear. I’ll tell the world I’m a Christian, I’ll take Him with me anywhere.
4. Ways to make your light shine: work with joy, pray with love, share what you have, live simply, love deeply and thank God always.
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 well, help me to remember the sick, and when I am happy, help me remember the sad and lonely, and help me show compassion and love enough to help by word or deed those things we take for granted.
Pray for our country, also for peace and our leaders. Pray for all who are sick and suffering and have lost loved ones.
Prayer list: Diane Clayton, Robert Hugh King, Lina Mae Rhea, Mary Jo McCallum, Hazel Foote, Mary Jo Whaley, Lena Faye Work, Betty Fincher, Charles Henderson, Connie Work, Donna Marett, Henry Tutor, Mary Frances and Leo Clayton.
History and Memories
Rev. Lester James was the new pastor at Potts Camp United Methodist Church in 1930 after the new church was built. The couple had five children. This was during depression years, and people had very little money to pay a pastor, so they let him teach school to help support his family. He was my seventh grade forestry teacher; we liked him, he took us on field trips about twice a week out in the Eagle Springs area to study trees and also to the cotton gin to see how it operated.
That summer he planned a play for the young people so we could raise money for the church. Rosalie was my age. She and I were good friends; I helped her babysit many times. We took the play to Waterford School and Ashland School and presented it twice in our school.
One summer, Rosalie’s younger brother, Les James, had a Press Scimitar paper route. One day he was sitting on the Baptist church steps, waiting for the paper, when a truck drove up to my grandfather J.A. Pruitt’s store next to Harry Jones’ filling station. A man and woman got out of the truck and went in the store; Les noticed a small dog on the front seat, so he went over to see it. On the back seat there was a machine gun and several pistols. About that time, the couple came out on the front porch of the store and saw Les. The woman said, “Give me your gun, I’ll shoot him.” But the man said, “No one knows where we are now, but they will if you shoot him.” Grandpa came out on the porch waving some bills. He said “You forgot your change.” But they drove away at a high speed. The gangsters known as “Bonnie and Clyde” were killed later.
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