Potts Camp News
Bridal shower honors Haven Hale
A bridal shower was held for Haven Hale at Temperance Hill Baptist Church on Sunday afternoon, May 3, with a large crowd attending. She received many gifts.
A mother-daughter banquet was held at Bethany Church on Sunday, May 3. Many people attended the event.
Jack and Linda Clayton of Kentucky were here recently to attend the wedding of their niece, Sally Clayton, to Will Bowlin in New Albany. They stayed overnight at the home of Joyce Clayton. A large crowd of friends and relatives attended the wedding held at the Church of Christ in New Albany. Congratulations to the newlyweds. Sally is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Clayton, former Potts Camp residents.
Mary Lois Gurley was honored on Mother’s Day by visits from her children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Annie Ruth Stone attended the graduation ceremonies at the University of Mississippi for her granddaughter April Shaw Stacks. Other family members attending were Gary Wayne Shaw, Madison Grace Shaw, Cherrie Shaw, Hayley Shaw and son, Brayan, Tommye Ann Goode, Knowlton and Betty Shaw, Whitney Shaw, and Gary and Carol Stacks. Congratulations to April!
And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon, called Peter, and Andrew, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. He said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Matthew 4:18-20
Jesus calls to us every day, like He called His disciples long ago. Can He depend on us to serve Him like He did these men long ago? He is depending on us to tell others how He lived and loved us and died on the cross to save us from our sins.
Dear Lord I pray at the close of the day you’ll find that I’ve helped someone, some how, that I’ve not failed in word or deed to lighten the heart of someone in need. Though my talents are few, I pray that you’ll find me a credit to you. For Christ’s sake, amen.
It is important to teach children healthy habits at an early age. Things my parents taught their children: 1) Pay the church first and bills next, save a little of every paycheck. 2) Dress neat and clean before leaving home for church or school. 3) Respect and love people of all races. God made us all! 4) Study your lessons and take part of sports and programs. 5) Attend church services and Sunday school, say the blessing before each meal, also say your prayers at night. 6) Learn the history of your family. While sitting on the porch at night, my dad told us about growing up in the Potts Camp area. We rode in an old T Model for many years. Sometimes we had to push it up a hill, then run and jump in and away we would go. It had fabric curtains if it rained. I was afraid of Tippah River bridge; it was made of wood and would pop and shake as we crossed it.
Prayer list: pray for Sandy Byrd, who had recent surgery. Others, Diane Clayton, Connie Work, Henry Tutor, Lina Mae Rhea, Betty Lee Maxey, Jamie Smith, Mary Jo McCallum, Lena Faye Work, Billie Margaret Benefield, who had surgery. Pray for those who suffer, also for our leaders in churches, schools and public offices. Help us to be kind and loving to everyone and help those who are in need when we can. Pray for those in service, and bring them home safely.
Memories and History
Many of us remember the old Dixie Theater located in the first Greer and Greer Store on Front Street. During World War II, it was used as a sewing room. It was the first movie in our town since 1920 when a silent movie was located on the same street.
James, my older brother, would take me with him to attend an old silent movie with cartoons when someone placed a large tent on the town square about 1930. It cost only 5 cents each.
The Dixie Movie soon became famous! A man from Memphis would bring large colored films to Potts Camp on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. People came from nearby towns and communities to see it.
Willa Floyd sold the tickets and a teenage boy, Charles Burris, ran the projector room. One time a fire in the projector room sent both Charles and Mrs. Floyd to the hospital, but they were open the next week for business.
One Sunday afternoon, L.D. kept the younger children, Betty and Danny, so I could see “Gone with the Wind,” a famous movie. I was late getting there and had bought my ticket and some popcorn. While looking for a seat in the dark, they called my name. I had won $10, the door prize. That made me happy!
Charles bought a motorcycle with some of his money. One Sunday afternoon he passed our home on his new motorcycle, going fast. He ran into a car about a mile from town and was killed. He was the age of my brother, Lindy, and sister, Ann. We all attended his funeral at Potts Camp Methodist Church. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Burris and had one brother, Edward Burris. It was a sad day for our town.
North Marshall News
Christy Elkins - very helpful postal employee
Recent visitors with Dewey and Mabel Robbins were their son Michael and daughter-in-law Tina along with the grandchildren Amy, Kaylee, Matthew, Anthony and Luke. The Robbins family enjoyed the visit and the fun time with all. Michael and his family make their home in Minneapolis, MN.
Have your hummingbirds arrived? We have about three to four birds that began feeding on April 4. This is three days later than usual. I called Don Downing over at Oak Grove to see if he had any hummers. Don is retired from the IRS and serves the community through volunteering as a board member for the Marshall County Water Association. Don serves as vice president and is the finance officer for the MCWA board of directors. Don loves to feed the hummers and we always see who can get the most birds. He reported he has about the same amount. Don thinks the cooler weather is holding them back. I believe I have discovered the real reason our count is down. I checked the feeders at Marie Souder’s home and discovered the food in her feeders was a little extra sweet and she had a lot of birds. You’ve got to watch Marie. I think I will be buying some extra sugar this week. Before the summer is over I will have the most hummers.
I stopped in at Penske Mini Storage near Goodman and Byhalia Roads to check out the services of the U.S. Post Office. Christy Elkins was very helpful in explaining the full services provided. Christy works full time for the Penske Company and the Post Office service is via contract with the Penske Co. The hours of operation are 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Christy was willing to share a few more things so I began to ask some tough questions. Christy is single but is engaged to Jason Rose. Jason is employed at Cargill Company in Byhalia. Christy is a life-long resident of Marshall County and attended school in Byhalia and was also home-schooled. She is the daughter of David and Tammy Elkins of Byhalia. Christy also told me some of her favorite things. First was pizza and then it is Grandma’s fresh coconut cake. She doesn’t have a favorite TV show explaining that she watches a lot of news. She couldn’t think of a favorite male actor but did share her like of Kate Hudson as the best female actress. Her favorite movie is “A Walk to Remember”. Be sure and take advantage of the local mail service and when you do you will know the person in charge.
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