April 30, 2009
Potts Camp News
Fond memories of former teacher and the boy next door, Hayes and Susie Henderson
Betty and I were glad to have two special friends, Mary Minor and Kathryn Greer Sundstrum, visit in my home Sunday night. They brought lovely flowers that were used in Potts Camp Methodist Church Sunday morning for Susan Howell’s birthday. She sent them to me. Thanks, Susan.
We send love and sympathy to the family of Roy Rhea, age 101, of Cornersville in his death on Sunday.
The fifth annual Ladies Conference was held April 18 at First Baptist Church of Potts Camp. Victoria Bailey was the guest speaker. Brenda Smith welcomed those attending and Mary Fowler said the opening prayer. Brenda Smith also introduced the guest speaker, Victoria Bailey. The Bible verse used was Colossians 3:2-3. “Whatsoever you do, do it heartly as to the Lord and not unto man.” Blessings were heard before lunch. Music was by Pat Dickerson. A large group enjoyed the event.
Congratulations to Sallye Kathryn Clayton and William Johnson Bowlin on their recent engagement. They will be married May 2 at New Albany Church of Christ. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Clayton of New Albany, and he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John William Bowlin of Hickory Flat. Roger Clayton grew up in Potts Camp and was mayor of the town at one time.
Mary Jo Whaley, wife of Fred Whaley, was happy to see her only living cousin, Nell Teague, age 95, who lives in a nursing home in Tennessee. Her twin sons, Roger and Roice, drove her there for the visit. We are glad Mary Jo Whaley’s health is improving.
Only God Knows
1. I do not know what lies ahead, the way I cannot see. But one stands near to be my guide and I know He holds my hand. With God things don’t just happen. Everything by Him is planned. So as I face tomorrow with its problems large and small, I’ll trust the God of miracles and give Him my all.
2. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father, except through me. John 14:16
3. Jesus our Savior is always with us enabling us to be content, no matter what the circumstances. Because of Him we can be kind, even toward those who mistrust us. As we love, trust and depend on Him, He will give us strength to do the impossible.
4. Weary and tired of life’s full day, silently now I kneel to pray. And after a moment of peace I arise, ready to meet life’s onrushing tides. I face the world bravely as from a tall spire. So, friend, when you, too, are tired at heart, kneel with your Master and get a new start. Take time to pray, it is the greatest power on earth.
5. O, God of love, you are so great; we are so small. Ask me not my race or creed, but take me in my hour of need. And let me know you love me too, and that I am a part of you. And some day may man realize that all the earth, the sea and skies belong to God, who made us all, the rich, the poor, the great, the small, and in God’s holy sight, no man is yellow, red black or white.
Happy birthday to Lela Hale on May 1; to Holley Stone Muraco; also happy birthday to Jim Hart, Arthur and Doris Poole on May 1. Happy birthday to George Dickey on May 3.
Prayer list: Diane Clayton, Sarah Doxey Greer, Lina Mae Rhea, Connie Work, Donna Marett, Mary Jarrett, Mary Jo McCallum, Billie Margaret Benefield, Henry Tutor, the family of Rev. Donald Newton, others who have lost loved ones, Marjorie Clifton and family in the loss of her daughter.
Memories and History
In the ’20s, a small boy named Hayes Henderson lived next door. I missed him when they moved away. His two aunts, Susie and Nettie Henderson, taught in a country school near the home of my father when they lived on Potts Creek, a few miles from town. It was called Hoggs School. In 1910, Grandpa built the two-story Potts House on Front St. and moved their family to town.
The schools were consolidated about 1930 and all the county schools were closed. Miss Susie attended college at Blue Mountain so she could teach in the Potts Camp School. She was wonderful! She taught every member of our family. She was my fourth and fifth grade teacher.
Hayes came back to Potts Camp to live with his aunts and attend Potts Camp School. Miss Susie was also active in the Potts Camp Methodist Church, serving as secretary and treasurer for many years.
In 1956 the Potts Camp Lions Club honored Miss Susie and Mrs. Laws for their loyal service to the field of education. A “Miss Susie Day” was held in 1958 at Potts Camp School, with more than 500 people attending. We all loved her.
Hayes graduated in 1935. His classmates were Ruth Watson, Mildred Morgan, Ralph Greer, Wyatt Kidd, Harvey J. Gurley, Rheatta Mae Alvis and Willie V. Evans.
In later years, Hayes came back to Mississippi and bought the Hitching Post in Holly Springs. He took care of his aunts, bringing them food and staying with them. They left their home to him. He became active in Potts Camp Methodist Church, sold the Hitching Post and later became bailiff at Marshall County Courthouse. He enjoyed that job. He fell on the courthouse steps one day and died later.
We will never forget Hayes and his aunt Susie Henderson.
Snow Lake News
April Snow Lake newsletter....
Greetings Snow Lakers! How about this beautiful spring weather?
If only it could last. Temps have been between sixty and eighty-five degrees and the dogwoods responded by just getting beautiful.
I just love this time of year, don’t you?
I received a beautiful little handwritten note and an old newspaper article this month from Frances Gresham of Holly Springs, regarding her childhood memories of Shone’s Pond, which later became Snow Lake. She wrote that she was raised during some of her childhood at the store that was located on Highway 4 at Liberty Road.
Mrs. Gresham learned to swim in Shone’s Pond during the summer of 1949 and in 1958 she attended the grand opening of Snow Lake after the pond was dammed to become what is now our beautiful spring-fed lake. Attached to the note was an old newspaper article probably from 1974 because the title was “125 Years Ago.” The Commercial Appeal has for many years printed a daily article titled “Bygone Days” so perhaps this article came from this paper. I will send it on to this paper and perhaps they will print it.
Many Snow Lakers celebrated Easter with their families at local churches and afterward gathered around the family table for traditional meals. On Saturday morning, many children and grandchildren gathered for an Easter egg hunt, crafts and lunch at Liberty Methodist Church, which is a sister Church of Ashland Methodist Church and Harris Chapel Methodist Church. Everyone had a wonderful time, including the adults. As Hubby and I took six of our grandchildren for a boat ride, we saw children hunting for Easter eggs and could hear the little giggles of laughter from the other children as they hunted for “special” eggs on their lawns. During the following week, exhausted grandparents were still swapping stories about their Easter menus and their joy of having their grandchildren visit.
On the last Saturday of this month, Friendship Park was filled with friends who gathered to meet and support the candidates who are running for several alderman vacancies of our town. Delicious barbecue was served from the gazebo as friends mingled around the tables. Hugs and laughter continued for hours. I wish we had an election every week just so we could have more fun gatherings like that.
A few snakes have been seen lately, making it the perfect time to surround your property with “Snake Away” which can be purchased at the Benton County Co-op, Home Depot and Lowes. Hubby hurriedly scatters the granules around our property line as soon as he eyes a snake and afterward we never seem to see any more. Be sure and check your boats, pontoon as well as jon boats, before you get into or on them. Snakes will sometimes get aboard and can hide in places where they cannot be seen. Last year we found a copperhead in our motor well.
I wish that we could also scatter something to get rid of these pesky mosquitoes. Hubby and I were fishing from our dock the other evening and enjoying catching some nice crappie, but we finally had to give up and go inside due to the mosquitoes.
Mama birds are flying around anxiously looking for soft items to line their baby bed, so I scatter dryer lint on the shrubs and it is in such demand that the birds are sometimes waiting for me. I have seen several bluebirds in our community recently looking for nesting boxes, but so far not any have chosen our boxes. These bright bluebirds are so beautiful I wish we had more that would also call Snow Lake their summer home. Stephanie Moseley keeps feeders for finches, and these tiny, brightly colored birds are beautiful and so entertaining.
Early this month many Snow Lakers attended the wedding of Betty Cole and John McGee at Ashland Methodist Church. Betty is a “weekender” from Germantown, and John, who lived at Ashland, has many friends at the lake and the church. Snow Lakers made plans and introduced Betty and John at our “potluck dinner” last year. All of us who were there for their “blind date” quickly saw that these two would make a perfect couple.
Betty and John said their vows before Rev. William Kemp and afterward friends and family filled our beautifully transformed Community Center for an outstanding reception and delicious refreshments prepared by “Gourmet To Go” of Holly Springs. Congratulations, Betty and John.
There have been many reports of great fishing this month, especially for crappie. Shortly before and during the blooming of the dogwood trees, great reports were coming in regarding the sheer number of crappie that were being caught. Reminder: Do not return small fish to the lake.
Recently, The Commercial Appeal had a half-page article concerning small lakes, such as Snow Lake, that was overrun with small bass and crappie. If you missed the article, it basically stated that fishermen should keep their catch, no matter how small, and dispose of them.
Putting smaller fish back into the lake tends to overpopulate the lake with the smaller fish that eat up all the food that larger fish would eat and eventually leads to a lake full of “stunted gamefish”, and everyone complaining of the size of their catch.
Our son caught a seven- and-a-half-pound bass last year and over the years many large bass have been landed. So, if you want to keep our lake in balance fishwise, keep your catch!
Should your boat motor need a tune-up, or other services, we are fortunate to have an excellent professional boat mechanic in the area. Call the corporate office for more information.
Kate Word, a beloved member of our community and Ashland Baptist Church passed away recently as the result of a stroke. Kate called me shortly before she suffered the stroke and happily informed me that she was filling an album with mementoes from the lake that she had collected during the last fifty years and she was looking forward to sharing it with her fellow Snow Lakers. Kate and her husband purchased property on the east side when the lake was developed and later moved to her beautiful home on the west side. Kate will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Scelette Blake lost her mother, who lived in Alabama, shortly before Easter.
Snow Lakers send their prayers and condolences to these two families.
Have a wonderful week and contact me if you have something that you would like to see in print and I will do my best to get it handled.
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