Potts Camp News
James and Emmaline Payne celebrate 50th wedding anniversary
A reception was held recently for the 50th wedding anniversary of James and Emmaline Payne in the fellowship hall of Temperence Hill Baptist Church. It was given by their son, Keith and Lamell Payne. A large crowd attended.
Happy birthday to a special friend, Lela Hale, whose birthday was May 1. A special dinner was held for her in her home with family members attending. We love Lela and her wonderful family.
Betty Lou Maxey spent a few days in the hospital at Collierville, where her sister lives. Get well wishes to her.
Joyce Clayton visited her brother, Jamie Smith in Byhalia last week. He had recent surgery. Pray for him.
Dear Lord, I pray at the close of the day you’ll find I’ve helped someone, some way. That I’ve not failed in word or deed to lighten the heart of someone in need. Though my talents be few, I pray that you will find me a credit to you. For Christ’s sake, amen.
I have no hands but your hands to do your work today. I have no feet but your feet to lead men on the way. I have no tongue but your tongue to tell men how I died. I have no help but your help to bring men to God’s side.
A Smile for Mother
If you have a smile for Mother, give it now. If you have a friendly word, speak it now. She’ll not need it when the angels meet her at the Golden Gate. Give the smile while she is living; if you wait, it will be too late. If you have a flower for Mother, pluck it now. Place it gently on her bosom, plant a kiss upon her brow. What cares she when life is over for the flowers that bloom below. She will have her share up yonder at her feet forevermore.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers!
1. God made us all with a deep hunger for love; emotions and passions soon pass away, but the love of God never ends. God is love!
2. Jesus set a good example for us; even when we were sinners, He died on the cross for us!
3. The peace of Christ is based on love; He tells us over and over to love each other, and our neighbors as ourselves. When love rules, there is no fear of wars.
4. What a wonderful world this would be if we all loved each other. We could tear down the jails.
During my younger years we had a bad depression, but we didn’t lock our doors unless we were away from home for weeks. At night I could walk down the street to church and would not be afraid. Taking God out of schools and public places made a big difference.
Celebrating early birthdays on May 1 were Lela Hale, Doris and Arthur Poole, Holley (Stone) Muracco and Jimmie Hart. Also George Dickey on May 3 and my grandson, Luke Hollingsworth, May 5. Happy wedding anniversary to Mable and Lamar Day; also to Tim and Cherrie Shaw in early May. Happy birthday to Susan Howell on May 7; also to my niece, Karen Williams on May 7.
Connie Work continues to go every day for a treatment on her feet. Say a special prayer for her.
Prayer list: Jamie Smith, Donna Marett, Diane Clayton, Connie Work, Mary Jarrett, Sarah Doxey Greer, Mary Jo McCallum, Lina Mae Rhea, Charles Henderson, Betty Fincher, Mary Jo Whaley, Henry Tutor, Billy Bownes, and Mildred, Josh Darnell, Diane Stanton.
Memories and History of Potts Camp
Dr. and Mrs. Vaughan, the first Potts Camp doctor and wife, had two special daughters, Mattie V. Jones, who operated a “Library on Wheels” for people on country roads. She and her husband, Bernard Jones, reared three boys and one daughter, Harry, B.J., Jack and Aileen.
Miss Faye Peel, as we called her, was the other daughter. She was a music teacher; her husband died young. He bought the first car to our town, a one seated “turn about.” Later, Miss Faye was assistant to Robert Greer, banker, in Potts Camp State Bank. It closed in 1950 after he died suddenly.
One day while Mr. Greer and Miss Faye were in the bank, two men came in about noon and robbed them, then they locked Miss Faye and Mr. Greer in the bank vault. They pushed the alarm button and George Boren in the drug store called the police. After releasing Mr. Greer and Miss Faye, they followed the men to their home and arrested them. A trial was held for them later. It was held in the Potts Camp School auditorium, built in 1925. It was the first trial I had ever attended; I stayed there all day. They were convicted and sent to prison.
In 1932, after the election and a Democrat won, Miss Faye was appointed Potts Camp postmaster. She was wonderful; we all loved her! During World War II, she sold many war bonds and worked with the Army to locate soldiers needed at home, because of death or other problems. Miss Faye was also active in Potts Camp Methodist Church. She was organist and adult Sunday school teacher for many years.
In 1960, a special dinner to honor Miss Faye was held at King Edward Hotel in Jackson. Postmaster general Summerfield presented her with a special citation for outstanding service as postmaster. They also had a program, “This is your life” for her. It was a surprise. She played for weddings, funerals and special programs for no charge. We all loved her! At one time the post office was run by politicians, when a Democrat won the president’s office, they appointed them to all the post offices. They don’t do that now.
North Marshall News
Water tank almost completed
I have a few ideas for a weekly article to cover the communities in north Marshall County. This will include Byhalia, Barton Heights, Oak Grove, Sweetwater Farms, Desoto Farms, Carriage Manor and the other communities surrounding Barton.
The article will include happenings in each neighborhood that are related to visiting families, achievements, reports on special events, new businesses, county services, your neighbors and other items of interest.
Sweetwater Farms has two new neighbors. Paul and Betty Summers are in the process of moving from Ripley, Tenn. Gaylen and Yvonne Lowrey have moved in from Memphis. Welcome to our new neighbors. Sweetwater Farms Land Owners Association held their semi-annual meeting on April 11. There were about 40 members in attendance.
Marshall County Water Association president, Betty Wiggs tells me that a new 300,000-gallon water tank is on schedule to be completed in late May or early June of 2009. The new tank is up and in the process of being sand blasted and readied for painting. Location of the tank is behind the MCWA office on Ringo Road. This will bring MCWA water capacity to 450,000 gallons including the original 150,000-gallon tank, Hats off to the board of directors at MCWA.
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