April 2, 2009
Potts Camp News
Dave Greer celebrates ninth birthday
Churches in this area offered special prayers for Connie Work, who had foot surgery on Wednesday. Also many people and churches are praying for Jamie Smith, who was unable to take treatment for this condition and will have surgery also.
Lynn Nelson of Olive Branch, 94-year-old brother of Mary Lois Gurley, died recently, also her brother-in-law, William Gurley of Memphis, died recently. We send our love and sympathy to Mary Lois and her large family.
A family birthday party was held recently four 4-year-old Jack Whaley Smith, son of Amanda and Kent Smith. It was held at the cabin near his great-grandparents, Fred and Mary Jo Whaley; Ruby Churchill is also his great-grandmother. (He has a 4-month-old brother. ) Rodney and Betty Whaley are their grandparents. Jack Whaley received many special birthday gifts.
On March 20, Dave Greer, son of David Jr. and Amy Greer of Cornersville, celebrated his 9th birthday. Several of his friends stayed overnight with him and they enjoyed a movie. Dave has a younger sister, Mary Elizabeth, and a 4-month-old baby sister. They had a family birthday party also with grandparents, David and Betty Greer Sr. attending and also Mr. and Mrs. Junior Williams of Etta and others. I am his great-grandmother.
Forty-five students from Potts Camp attended the Junior Beta Club Convention in Tupelo Monday and Tuesday. Sponsors are Carol Gurley and Lela Hale.
Angie Elks suffered a recent heart attack and was in The Med at Memphis, Tenn. She has returned home. Pray for Angie.
Angie Elks’s dad, Robert Hugh King, has returned home after spending several months at The Med. He fell from the top of a ladder at their home and suffered terrible injury to his face and body. We are thankful that he has improved and could come home.
Jo Ann Potts of Olive Branch is recuperating from recent knee surgery. Get well wishes to her. She is my sister-in-law.
God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow or sun without rain. But God did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and a light for the way, and all who believe in His kingdom above He answers their faith with everlasting love.
It Shows On Your Face
You don’t have to tell how you live every day. You don’t have to say if you work or you play a tried, true barometer serves in the place. However you live, it will show on your face. The false, the deceit that you bear in your heart will not stay inside where it got a start, for sinew and blood are a thin veil of lace. What you wear in your heart shows on your face. If your life is unselfish, if for others you live, for not what you can get, but how much you can give. If you live close to God; in His infinite grace, you don’t have to tell it; it shows on your face. —Lindy’s Newsletter
Prayer list: Jeannette Dunning, Mary Jo McCallum, Connie Work, Jamie Smith, Mary Marrett, Mary Frances and Leo Clayton, Diane Clayton, Robert Hugh King, Betty Fincher, Angie Elks, Mary Jo Whaley, Henry Tutor. Pray for our country; we need to put God back in our schools and public places, also on Christmas cards, etc. He needs first place in our lives.
Memories and History
The Smith-Hughes Act of Congress in 1932 provided our Potts Camp School with its first gym and agri building with a home economics dept. on one side of it. We enjoyed attending ball games at night and basketball tournaments. Our home economics teacher, Miss Heard, taught us how to cook and sew. One project was to make a child’s outfit. I made my little sister, Ann, some cute dresses.
The boys learned to make tables, gun racks, etc. They also learned to farm.
Our first basketball coach was Lloyd Thomas. He was also a teacher; he was rough. They named the new team “The Potts Camp Cardinals” in 1933. Money was needed for the new red ball suits, so they collected chickens and sold them for 5¢ a pound and ordered the first red suits. People didn’t have much money but everybody had chickens. The team won second place in state and lost only two games out of 29 they played that year.
Members of this first Potts Camp Cardinals team of 1933 were: Andrew Watson, Frank Greer, Milton Steele, Clinton Boren, Mitch Stone, Ben Henderson, E.J. Marett and Ralph Overton.
A commercial dept. was added to our school that year, also. Mrs. Dunn was the teacher. We enjoyed a school paper, “The Windy Waves.” I was one of the typists and reporters. The music department had “Glee Clubs.” Miss Eason presented wonderful programs that year. We enjoyed history under Miss Colthorpe and English under Miss Stroupe. God has blessed our Potts Camp Schools over the years. We are proud of the Potts Camp Schools today (Potts Camp and Mary Reid). We have special teachers. Graduates of Potts Camp School have gone on to become great people in all walks of life!
Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders!
In 1961, the late coach T.M. Stone took the Potts Camp Cardinals to overall state championship, something that has never been done before or since then. They had reunions for years.
Snow Lake News
March 2009 - Snow Lake newsletter
Cold weather, warm weather, snow, wind, clouds, rain and sunshine, surprise us every day on the lake this spring as we anxiously await boating weather. I did see one pretty young lady with wet hair and in a bathing suit two weeks ago while gathered with friends on the lake. Ah youth.
During the weekend of St. Patrick’s Day, twinkling green lights could been seen reflecting across the lake as friends gathered on the lake and in homes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Our hostess served delicious corn beef and potatoes, and after dinner we filled several tables to play cards while we enjoyed “green pie” for dessert. Overall, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with friends were a fun-filled weekend.
Last weekend several Snow Lakers joined their friends who are members of Ashland Methodist Church for dinner and the Bill Gaither concert. Over 30 Snow Lakers gathered for dinner and fellowship before attending the concert at the arena in Southaven. We all sat together and enjoyed the “heavenly” music for four hours. I now understand why many travel for days just to hear these wonderful singers in concert.
Also last weekend, a dozen Snow Lakers ventured down to New Orleans by train and automobile. Good friendship, great music and fabulous food was on their agenda and by the comments from those who went, a wonderful time was had by all!
On a sunny spring day I saw Miss Dolly being escorted on a pontoon ride around the lake by her new neighbor, Jim Campbell. It has been a few years since this much-loved lady has been on a boat ride, and cute as she is, she was especially adorable in her big spring bonnet as she waved to everyone. Get in line behind me if you want to have an enjoyable time escorting our “young” Miss Dolly on another boat ride. When Jim informed me that Miss Dolly had not been on a boat ride in the last few years, I quickly realized that many of our other senior citizens would love to be taken on a grand tour of their beloved lake. The good Lord tells us to take care of the widows and also those who need our help. Springtime is a great time to offer your elderly neighbors a helping hand.
The buttercups and flowering trees have said goodbye, and if we are to see beauty in our large trees once again, we must see the ugly before, and that includes the squiggles which are just beginning to “spring” from tree to ground, spraying their light chartreuse powder everywhere. Ah, yes; the squiggles!
Easter will be here in a couple of weeks and already several decorations and lights can be seen surrounding the lake. As women gather you can hear their excited voices telling about their children and grandchildren coming for Easter dinner. Ham, tiny green peas, decorated cakes and Easter baskets await us all after a sunrise or morning Easter sermon. Enjoy your family on this special day.
Many Snow Lakers, as well as members of Ashland United Methodist Church, are anxiously awaiting the wedding of Betty Cole of Snow Lake and John McGee of Ashland. Snow Lakers arranged a blind date for Betty and John last year at one of our pot luck dinners. All of us who gathered for coffee at a friend’s house after pot luck speculated that their blind date was not going to be their last date. Our congratulations to John and Betty, they are surely two of the nicest people around and really make a wonderful couple.
We’re already starting to hear a few reports about crappie and bass catches on the lake. Some are having good luck in the area around the dam in deeper water for crappie and trolling the middle of the lake for bass using spinner baits in all coves. The bass will be bedding up soon and the crappie will be right behind them, so get ready for some good fishing and eating!
High utility bills were the talk of our local counties for a couple of months; but seemingly have settled back down for the time being.
Lee Langley and her family gathered this past weekend to say their goodbyes to her grandson who is leaving to serve his time in our military. Our prayers go with this young man as he serves his country and protects our freedom.
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