Potts Camp News
Potts Camp School annual reunion to be held June 6 in the school cafeteria
Congratulations to Potts Camp’s senior class of 2009! The valedictorian of the class is Sidney Nicole Clayton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Clayton of Potts Camp. The salutatorian is Robert Loftin, son of Joe and Tricia Loftin. Commencement exercises were held on Saturday, May 23 at 10 a.m. in the Carl White Memorial Gymnasium. The building was filled with relatives and friends!
Congratulations to the Potts Camp Lady Cardinals, who won the Region 1-1A track team championship.
We were all saddened by the recent death of Lynda McAlexander in her tragic death when her home burned. A large crowd attended her funeral Sunday at First Baptist Church in Potts Camp. We send our love and sympathy to her mother and her family. Her grandmother, Ethel Simmons (deceased), was my special friend.
Monday night was “Academic Awards Night” at Potts Camp School. Congratulations to the large number of students who won the awards. Many people attended the event.
We are thankful that Jamie Smith is doing well after recent surgery.
1. We give of ourselves when we give gifts of the heart; love, kindness, joy, understanding, sympathy and forgiveness.
2. We give of ourselves when we give gifts of the spirit: prayer, faith, beauty, aspiration.
3. We give of ourselves when give gifts of time: patience, attention, consideration.
4. We give of ourselves when we give gifts of work: guidance and encouragement.
The art of giving encompasses many areas of endeavor. Emerson said, “Material possessions are not gifts, but mere substitutes for gifts.” The only true gift is a portion of thyself, love.
Praying In a Well
One day while strolling through valley and dell, I happened to slip down in an old open well. I hollered and screamed, but no one heard; no one was aware such a thing had occurred. I tried to climb out by scaling the side, but always slid back in an incoming tide. When all efforts failed, I resorted to prayer, hoping the Lord would hear me from way down there. There’s nothing too hard for the Lord I’ve heard tell, and I hoped that He knew I was down in that well. Then the prayingest prayers that I ever did pray, came from the bottom of that well that day. And the Lord He did answer, and I wasn’t there long, till friends had me out and up where I belong. Things just don’t happen by accident I am sure. Jesus is the way out, whatever you endure.
Don’t forget the Potts Camp School reunion to be held on June 6 in the Potts Camp Cafeteria. Contact Annie Ruth Stone.
Prayers: Lina Mae Rhea, Diane Clayton, Jamie Smith, Mary Jarrett, Billie Margaret Benefield, Betty Fincher, Mary Jo Whaley, Donna Marett, Mary Jo McCallum, Connie Work, Henry Tutor, Madalynne Ash.
Pray for all who have lost loved ones, those who suffer in hospitals and nursing homes and the sad and lonely.
Pray for the leaders of our country that they will make the right decisions.
Pray for all the U.S. service men and women everywhere.
Memories and History
It was very exciting to read about Potts Camp having a football coach, Shane Stone. Back in the early ’30s when I was in about the seventh and eighth grades, we did have four years of football. Coach Lloyd Thomas coached then. They were the Potts Camp Cardinals. We all attended the games. There was a little song we all sang, “There’s no team like our team, no captain like Marett, no center like Steele is. He is just the best yet.” They crowned a football queen. Her name was Aileen Jones. She was beautiful! One day the football boys were on the field after school when someone yelled, “The depot is on fire!” We all rushed to town. My dad, Benton Potts, was the depot agent. The football team got out the old hose on wheels and hooked it up in front of Greer and Greer Store. We had no fire department.
They sprayed water to keep the flames from spreading to the stores nearby, but the depot was too far gone. I ran there as fast as I could and couldn’t see my dad anywhere. Suddenly, he came out of the burning building with two or three football players helping him save his desk with all the money and records in them.
Two box cars with explosives in them nearby made a loud noise and flames shot in the air. Soon the fire was under control. The football team saved the stores nearby; they were our football heroes!
My dad had two box cars set up between the tracks when he worked until a new depot could be built. I remember going there to visit him. He was Potts Camp depot agent for 40 years.
That’s one time our football team really helped us!
North Marshall News
It takes commitment to be a volunteer
Jerry “Buck” Culver has been a volunteer firefighter for the past seven years. Buck volunteers at the Barton Volunteer Fire Department.
Knowing this is hard work and that it takes a lot of time, I asked Buck what makes you want to do this? The answer “it’s in my blood” came back as quickly as I finished the question. My family has been involved with firefighting as long as I can remember. My biological family and my in-laws are or have been firefighters. Buck served as a fireman for three years, then as assistant fire chief for three years, and now serves as the fire chief. He has held this responsibility for the past year.
The fire department has 11 firefighters who serve in different areas of responsibility. I must also mention that the spouses of the firefighters are very much involved with the department. The fire equipment consists of a fire engine, pumper tanker, rescue vehicle, hazmat truck and brush truck.
I asked Buck what is the greatest need for the department? Manpower is the most urgent need. Our goal is to have twenty volunteers fully trained and ready to go when needed. We have 11 volunteers now so we need at least nine more. Reaching this goal would also help get the fire insurance rating changed for the Barton area. This would save some money on fire homeowners’ insurance rates.
The Barton Volunteer Fire Department handles about 20 calls monthly. I personally had need of their service a few weeks ago. The service was timely, compassionate and efficient.
The Barton Volunteer Department meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Barton Fire Department on Goodman Road. They have need of truck drivers, fund-raisers and medically trained help. If you are interested come by and see Buck. You can call the department at 662-895-7565.
The next fund-raiser for the department will be the October Halloween Carnival. Buck told me that the department has many needs and is always in need of financial support. The department has applied for a grant to purchase 10 new Air Packs for the firefighters.
Buck Culver grew up in Somerville and graduated from Rossville Christian Academy. He has lived in Marshall County for the past seven years and moved to the Barton community in 2004. He is employed full-time at Memphis Light Gas and Water Division. Buck is married to Stacy McNatt Culver. They have a daughter Kayla, age 7, and a son Beau, age 2. A big thank you to Buck and all the volunteers at all the fire departments.
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