Potts Camp News
Hill Country Picnic, a two-day festival with food and music, set for June 26-27
Congratulations to the winners of the town election!
The new football field, across the railroad tracks from the Potts Camp School, is wonderful. School buildings and the gym cover most of the Potts Camp School lot. thanks to a special friend of our town, who donated the land for the new football field. It is very exciting to have a football team once more!
The special fish fry benefit for Sandy Byrd on Saturday was a big success! Kenny Dickerson cooked the fish. We send special prayers for Sandy Byrd and his family. His daughter, Michelle, is my friend.
A large crowd enjoyed the Bible school last week every night at First Baptist Church in Potts Camp.
The Hill Country Picnic will be held June 26-27. It takes place on an 1,100-acre site in the rolling hills of Potts Camp. It is a two-day festival with local vendors offering barbecue, catfish and watermelon. Camping will be offered Friday and Saturday nights. Some of the sponsors are Flick’s Country Restaurant, One Day Signs and Holly Springs Tourism, and others.
Last year, we could hear the music from our homes in Potts Camp all during the night.
1. When we pray, God listens to more than our words; He listens to our hearts. As Christians grow close to Christ, they grew closer to each other.
2. If our minds are filled with love, there is no room for hate. A loving person is a happy person! “And now abideth hope, joy, love these three, but the greatest of these is love.” I Corinthians 13:13
Poem: My life was dark until the light shone in; that light was Christ who saved me from sin. His light I received I want to share and let it shine to people everywhere.
Prayer: May the mind of Christ my Savior live in me from day to day. By His love and power controlling all I do and say. Amen.
II Chronicles 7:14 speaks for itself: “If my people which are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.
Poem: God is always near. I feel His spirit around me at the dawning of the day. His smile is in the sunshine when night shadows melt away. I see Him in the noontime, in the blue sky’s sparkling glow. In every tree or flower or winter’s gentle snow. I sense His presence near me as the light of day grows dim, and all through the midnight hours I rest safely, trusting Him.
Prayers: Josh Darnell, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. George Dickey. Laverne Westmoreland, who broke her ankle. Nadine Vest, Charles Henderson, Diane Clayton, Mary Jo McCallum, Lina Mae Rhea, Connie Work, Henry Tutor. Pray for the leaders of our great country and help them make the right decisions. Pray for those who suffer and have lost loved ones. We are thankful that Joyce Clayton’s brother, James Smith, is doing well in Byhalia.
Many people don’t remember when we had a box factory in our town. I remember it because my late husband was employed there several years before he started working on the country roads. My late brother, Lindy Potts, also worked there as a boy in the eighth grade (summer job). It burned in 1954.
Martha Fant sent me a picture and article from The South Reporter about it. The article says “Fire of undetermined origin destroyed the Judd Box Manufacturing Company at Potts Camp Tuesday morning. The blaze started at about 8 o’clock in the corner next to the gin and railroad. The loss was estimated between $75,000 and $100,000, partly covered by insurance. The building was owned by W.H. Shaw of Magnolia. About 30 people were employed there. We know that the box factory burned, but didn’t realize what a big loss it was to Mr. Shaw, who grew up here.
Memories and History
During my childhood years, we had a tall Victrola in the hall; we played the records over and over. When my dad went to St. Louis every year to the railroad hospital for a checkup, we looked forward to his return. He would bring us Jimmie Rodgers’ gold records; he was a special singer.
As a child, he hung around his uncle’s barber shop. His mother died when he was young and his dad was a railroad man, so Jimmie purchased an old guitar. He followed the circus and side shows, playing for anyone who would listen. Finally, he got a big break when RCA recorded him; he followed them to New York City and called the company. They agreed to record him again. The song was called “T For Texas.” It sold a million copies.
We did not know that while he was recording records and singing songs throughout the country that he had the dreaded disease TB, but he wouldn’t quit singing and rest. For several years he was very famous.
We played his records over and over. My favorite was “Waiting for a Train.” I heard it so much I felt that I was there with him singing in the rain.
All around the water tank, just waiting for a train
Jimmy Rodgers died of TB because he wouldn’t quit singing and rest. He was buried in Meridian.
Harry Jones and Hayes Henderson attended Jimmie Rodgers Day at Meridian every year; both are deceased.
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