January 9, 2009
Potts Camp News
First Baptist Church pastor Jim Buchanan to retire
We thank Katherine Williams Corwin, daughter of the late Elizabeth Williams, for the lovely candles, flowers and decorations she placed in Potts Camp United Methodist Church during the Christmas season and New Year, along with those of Ann Boren Armstrong and Norris Boren. We thank all of them!
Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Potts Camp, Rev. Jim Buchanon, is retiring after many years of service. He will be missed by church members and friends.
Joyce Clayton and grandchildren Hannah Goolsby and Jamie, and Joyce’s sister, Verla Mae Stanton of Hickory Flat, drove to Southaven on Tuesday to visit Betty Smith, wife of their late brother, Wayne Smith.
The family of Danny and Janice Morris, her sister, Sherry Lathridge of Texas, and her aunt from New Albany, enjoyed Christmas dinner together at the Morris home.
We were saddened by the recent death of Mary Elizabeth Bynum, age 54. We send our love and sympathy to Rev. Randy Bynum, pastor of Salem Church, and other family members.
We enjoyed having Betty and David Greer’s daughter, Liesa Blond, my granddaughter, and five children visit us during Christmas from Texas. They stayed at the home of her brother, David Jr. and Amy Greer and children in Cornersville. Liesa and her husband, Carl Blond, are doctors.
God has no voice but our voice, and He has no hands except our hands. He can use us to speak an uplifting word to people with our voice, and He can use our hands to reach out and help meet the needs of people. We are human beings with faults and problems, and God has still chosen to work through us.
O, God when I have food, help me to help the hungry; when I have a job, help me to remember the jobless; when I have a warm home, help me to remember the homeless. When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer, and remembering, Lord, help me to have compassion and concern enough to help by word or deed those who cry out for things we take for granted.
1. No one can change the whole world, but we can all do something to make it better.
2. The world is full of beauty when the heart is full of love. Love changes things!
3. Becoming a Christian is the most important decision anyone can ever make.
For better or worse, you and I are the ones Jesus depends on to tell the world how He lived and died to save us from our sins. Today Christians are all He has. Can He depend on us?
Thanks again for all who made the reception for my birthday a big success! May God bless you!
Many readers of The South Reporter have written to me recently; one was from Ed and Nita Furner of Hilton Island, S.C. Eddie, son of the late Louise Greer Furner, came to Potts Camp to live with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Greer, and attend Potts Camp School after his mother died about 1940. Nita wrote that she saves every article I write about the Greer families for their grandchildren. They wished me a happy 90th birthday.
Happy birthday to Tyler Mayer on Jan. 4; to JoAnn Mayer on Jan. 7, also a niece, Andrea Potts on Jan. 7; and to Jo Ann Potts, my sister-in-law, on Jan. 7. Happy birthday to a great-granddaughter, Sarah Lambert Hollingsworth, on Jan. 8, and her sister, Suzette Hollingsworth, on Jan. 12. Happy birthday to Edward Gurley on Jan. 9.
Another reader is Ella Sanders Percy from California. She was the daughter of the late Jeanette Lakey, who died last year. She was also a classmate of my son, Jimmy Hollingsworth. She also wrote “Happy Birthday” to me. Norris Boren also writes from California.
Prayers: Mary Jo McCallum, Lina Mae Rhea, Mary Frances and Leo Clayton, Mary Jo Whaley, Charles Henderson, Lena Faye Work, Janette and Ralph Dunning, Henry Tutor, Diane Clayton, Robert Hugh King, Betty Fincher, Connie Work.
Memories and History
In the early years of our country, many people hid their treasures to keep them safe, especially during the Civil War. Many of them were never found after the owner died.
One day, Dave Hamilton was plowing his field and found a box of gold and silver coins. He jumped in his wagon and drove his mules to town; the Potts Camp Bank was his first stop.
When A.Q. Greer, banker, moved to Potts Camp, he built a home on Pontotoc St. for himself and his new bride, Lester Greer was their first child. As their family grew, he built a very lovely, large home for them on Mulberry St., and rented out his former home. A.C. Jamison rented the older house at one time; their daughter Mary Elizabeth Jamison (Stone) was born there. Later Mr. Jamison bought Reids Hotel across the railroad tracks for a home and built a large store nearby.
Mr. Hamilton needed a home for his family, so A.Q. Greer sold him his first house on Pontotoc St. Nellie Hamilton was the couple’s only child.
When natural gas heaters were put in our homes about 1950, we were so glad. Mr. Hamilton had died, and Mrs. Hamilton depended on Nellie, who was different from other girls.
One night she turned on the heater and it blew up their home. Both Nellie and her mother died following the accident.
It was a sad day for Potts Camp!
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