Potts Camp News
Birthday party honors Candy Bridges
Joyce Clayton and her family members spent last week in Gatlinburg. She is my neighbor and special friend.
Vacation Bible School is being held at First Baptist Church this week at night, with a large group of children and others attending.
Jean Sparks fell and broke her ankle recently; she had surgery on it at New Albany hospital. Get well wishes are extended to her. Pam Sparks fell also recently and broke some ribs. Get well to her also.
Lena Fay Work, who is in Graceland Nursing Home in New Albany, was sent to the hospital with pneumonia. Her son, Andy Work, and Connie visited her in the hospital. Get well wishes to her.
Nadine Vest is on the sick list. She has been hospitalized for treatment. Pray for her.
Congratulations to Kaylee Hall of New Albany and Gary Stanton of Potts Camp, who were married May 30. He is employed as a state trooper.
Sympathy is extended to the family of J.C. Pruitt Jr., 38. Services were held on Friday at Calvary Baptist with burial in Temperance Hill Cemetery.
David and Teresa Hollingsworth (my grandson) of Palmetto visited me on Sunday. Their young daughter, Sarah Lambert, was with them.
Congratulations to Haven Hale and Ken Daniels, who will be married June 27 at Temperance Hill Baptist Church. Also, congratulations to Ricky Clayton and Krystle Duncan, who will be married on June 4 at Como.
A birthday party was held last week for Candy Bridges in the Potts Camp School cafeteria. Many friends attended the event.
God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow or sun without rain. But God did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and a light for the way. And all who believe in His kingdom above, He answers their faith with everlasting love.
Dear God, give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Prayer of Renewal
Free me this day, O Lord, from all fears of the future, all anxiety about tomorrow, all bitterness toward anyone, all cowardice in the face of danger, all laziness in the face of work, all failure before opportunity, all weakness when they power is at hand. But fill me with love that knows no barrier, sympathy that reaches to all, courage that cannot be shaken, faith strong enough for the darkness, strength sufficient for my tasks, loyalty to thy kingdom’s good, wisdom to meet life’s complexities, power to lift me to thee. Be thou with me for another day and use me as thy will. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Prayer list: Diane Clayton, Henry Tutor, Charles Henderson, Mary Jo McCallum, Jamie Smith, Mary Jo Whaley, Donna Marett, Sandy Byrd, Lina Mae Rhea, Betty Lee Maxey, Betty Fincher, Billie Margaret, Benefield, Connie Work. Pray for all who suffer.
Potts Camp’s 100th birthday
The last three months of 1988 was an exciting time for our town! We celebrated our 100th birthday.
Rev. Jim Smith, pastor of Potts Camp United Methodist Church, and the Potts Camp Civic Club planned the events. I was a member.
Letters of congratulations came from Gov. Ray Mabus, U.S. Senators and Representatives, state legislators and a special one from President Ronald Regan.
On Sunday, the town celebrated the oldest church in town, Potts Camp Methodist. It was organized in 1889, and was the only church in town for many years. Bishop Robert Morgan, a relative of Flick Ash, was the guest preacher that day; the church was filled with relatives and friends. Among others who took part was my brother, the late Rev. Charles (Lindy) Potts, who gave the history of the church.
Many other former pastors took part with their prayers. Members of the Wilfred Boren family, Ann Armstrong, Billy and Norris Boren, gave new red-back hymnals for the church. Their grandmother was one of my special Sunday school teachers. My late sister, Ann and husband Herman Hill, were there also.
On Halloween, free candy was given to the children in town. On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, the veterans were honored. They were Dallas King, John Hugh King, T.M. Stone, Harvey J. Gurley, Jeff Overton, J.R. Thompson and George Dickey. (George Dickey and Jeff Overton received Purple Hearts.)
A group of us met at the flag pole at Potts Camp School early one morning. Others there were school principal Donnal Ash, Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone, Mr. and Mrs. Dallas King, Rev. Jim Smith and David Fuller. The town mayor, Cary Mayer, was unable to attend, so he sent a board member.
On the town’s birthday, Oct. 16, a platform was set up downtown with several speakers. At 11 a.m., the mayor, Cary Mayer, welcomed the crowd of people and said the proclamation. A train stopped on the nearby tracks and several of the crew came to the platform. The crewmaster made a talk, telling how Potts Camp had always been a railroad town. An antique car show came to town that day and we had many singers, including Mitch Stone Jr. The Potts Camp Museum was open all day. That night, Rev. Smith got the highway closed so the parade could come down Hwy. 78.
Dallas King, grand marshal, and wife, Louise, rode in the large limousine in the parade following bands and go-carts. They threw candy to me when they passed my home.
We love our hometown. My great-grandfather, Col. E.F. Potts, was the first settler of this entire area.
North Marshall News
Service is behind his badge
When you are driving down the road and you look in the rearview mirror to see blue flashing lights it can make you a bit nervous. But if you are obeying the rules of the road there is no need to fear.
The man behind those blue lights just might be Marshall County Sheriff Department Uniform Captain Robert “Tim” Redmon. If the lights are flashing and you are in the clear Officer Redmon is on the way to assist one or more Marshall County citizens. Tim has been serving us for the past 13 years.
Captain Redmon began his law enforcement with the Southaven Police Dept. 1987-89, DeSoto County Sheriff Dept. 1989-90, Shelby County Sheriff Dept. 1990-95 and began serving with the Marshall County Sheriff Dept. in 1996. Tim graduated with honors from the MS Law Enforcement Academy. He is FBI trained in hostage situations and domestic violence.
I asked Tim why he chose law enforcement as a career. I was a bit surprised with his answer. Tim was encouraged through his father’s relationship with a sheriff known for “Walking Tall.” You’ve heard of Sheriff Buford Pusser. Tim’s father, Robert Ford Redmon, and Pusser were close friends and this relationship had a positive effect on Tim becoming a law enforcement officer.
I questioned Tim about his job-related experiences. He said his immediate supervisor was slain while on duty and that is probably the most difficult. Tim said the best part of the job is knowing you have been of help to someone in need.
Captain Redmon grew up in Selmer, Tenn., and graduated from McNairy County High School. Tim joined the U.S. Marines in 1983-86 and extended his service in the Reserves from 1986-89. Tim served as an air traffic controller. Tim is married to Nickol Hazelton Redmon. He and Nickol have seven children, Sally Redmon Gray, Michelle, Sarah, Lane, Lauren, Gabriel, and Amber. The Redmons reside in the Barton Heights Community.
The sheriff’s department covers 710 square miles within Marshall County. The department consists of administration, school resource officers, dispatch, detectives and uniformed officers. It is a large operation that is under the experienced and watchful eye of Sheriff Kenny Dickerson. Sheriff Dickerson is serving his fourth term as sheriff of Marshall County. When you see one of these men or ladies, show your appreciation for their service. Say thanks.
Did You Know On
June 3, 1965 – Edward White of Gemini 4 becomes the first American to take a space walk.
June 4, 1942 – The Battle of Midway, a turning point in the Pacific in World War II, begins.
June 5, 1956 – A hip-shaking Elvis Presley sings his latest single, “Hound Dog,” on The Milton Berle Show.
June 6, 1944 – The Allies assault the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.
June 7, 1776 – Richard Henry Lee of Virginia proposes to the Continental Congress that “these united colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states.”
June 8, 1789 – In the House of Representatives, James Madison introduces proposed amendments to the Constitution that eventually become the Bill of Rights.
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