Potts Camp News
Kathryn Scarborough visits
Homecoming was held at Temperance Hill Baptist Church on Sunday, June 7 with a large crowd attending.
Joyce Clayton’s sister-in-law, Betty Smith of Southaven, drove here on Tuesday to visit her. While here, they drove to the cemetery at Pine Grove, where Wayne Smith, Bettye’s late husband, and Joyce’s brother are buried. He died about two years ago. They also visited other interesting places.
I was glad to see Emily Stone, daughter of Mitch and Jeanette Stone, when she came to my home Tuesday with Mary Minor, her aunt. Emily is a talented artist; she has drawn for comic books. I enjoyed her staying with me as a small child when she didn’t enjoy going to ball games with her parents and sister.
We extend our love and sympathy to Billy Garrison’s family in his recent death.
We extend our love and sympathy to the family of Phylis Hardy in her recent death.
The Potts Camp School reunion was a big success, with about 90 people attending. The class of 1959 was honored on their 50th reunion. Mary Minor brought one of the nice books she made with pictures of class members and teachers over the years, also the school buildings over the years. She made one for every class member. We appreciate her!
I had a special visitor who had attended the Potts Camp School reunion that day. Kathryn (Jones) Scarbrough, who lives in Houston, Tx., and had grown up here. Her great-grandfather, the late Dr. Vaughan, was the first Potts Camp doctor; her parents were the late Harry and Rose Jones, who were active in our town and church for a lifetime. Kathryn was an airline stewardess for many years before her marriage. Sisters of Kathryn are Betty Rose Jones of Memphis and Frances Fitts of Dallas, Tx., an artist. I enjoyed her visit. I love that family.
It Shows in Your Face
don’t have to tell how you live each day
“The righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did you see me hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The Lord will reply, ‘Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did to me.’” Matthew 25:37-40
A young girl had lost her way home in a large city. A policeman was driving her around the streets to help her. When she saw her church, she said, “There’s my church. I can always find my way home from there.” We can all find our way home to God by attending a good church.
Our family was saddened by the recent death of one of my late husband L.D.’s sisters in Shreveport, La. She was Catherine Snare, about 85 years old. We send our love and sympathy to her children.
Prayer list: Sandy Byrd, Ralph Dunning, Henry Tutor, Diane Clayton, Charles Henderson, Lina Mae Rhea, Mary Jo McCallum, Donna Marett, Connie Work, Betty Fincher, Mary Jarrett, Mary Jo Whaley, Lloyd and Virgie Kelly.
Memories and History
The house across the road built in 1960 was once a teacher’s home; now it is used for special classes. It is being renovated. I remember another large house located there once, owned by Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Alvis Sr. I would play there with their grandchildren, Geraldine and Mary and Margaret (twins) Alvis, on the concrete porches; also Winnie Sue Morgan, her mother, taught school.
After the older Alvis couple died, it was bought by the school for a principal’s home. Mr. and Mrs. Burrow were the first people who lived there; then a very special principal and family we all loved came to town; Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Butler and three children, two girls and one boy. Bobbie, the second girl, was a tomboy. She played with my younger brother, Lindy, and sister, Ann. When Lindy and Bobbie got out their BB guns, they always got in trouble. Mr. Butler was a wonderful and caring person; he was our math teacher and helped me many times.
At that time, the children from Winborn (a mile and a half from Potts Camp) in Benton County came to our school.
For many years a R.A. Butler Scholarship was given to an outstanding Potts Camp senior who needed it. It was given by Dr. Worth Dunn of Tampa, Fla., an outstanding eye, nose and ear specialist. When Worth was a 3-year-old child, his mother died; all his older brothers and one sister, Willie Thomas Dunn (later Wicker) were attending Potts Camp School, so Mrs. Butler felt sorry for the child and let him start school at age 4 years old. Dr. Dunn never forgot what Mr. Butler did for him; many Potts Camp seniors have enjoyed receiving the scholarship.
I remember a special pastor of our church, Rev. Curtis Petry, saying “When a child is born it is a miracle; only God knows what a child will become!” I thought of Dr. Worth Dunn when I heard him say those words.
Have a good week.
North Marshall News
Honoring our fathers
In the year of 1909 a woman by the name of Sonora Louise Smart Dodd wanted to honor her father for his special sacrifices for his children.
She came up with the idea while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon. Her own father William Smart was a Civil War veteran whose wife had died in childbirth. Dodd thought about the difficulties her father faced as he struggled to raise his six motherless children on a farm in Washington. She set her mind to honoring all fathers.
Dodd’s father was born in June so she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration on June 19. Dodd worked through local churches and on Sunday, June 19, 1910, Spokane ministers celebrated the first Father’s Day by reminding their congregations of the appreciation fathers deserve and the duties fathers owe to their families.
In 1924, Calvin Coolidge recommended the widespread observance of the holiday to honor dads. In 1926, a National Father’s Day Committee was formed in New York City. Father’s Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956. President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June.
Bernie Ray (deceased) was the father of Ron Ray and the husband of Nelle Holland Ray. Bernie and Nelle lived in Memphis, Tenn., where he served his community as a Memphis city policeman for 25 years. The Rays moved to the Barton community about 1994 and a few years later Ron, his wife Paula and daughter Rebecca built their home next door to their parents.
This writer knew Bernie as a good neighbor and friend. A WWII war veteran, Bernie was in the first wave attacking the beaches of Normandy. He was involved in the Battle of the Bulge where he was wounded. Bernie came home after the war ended and began his service as a police officer and with his wife, raised a son.
Knowing that Ron and his father were very close, I wanted to know what it was that developed that relationship. Ron was quick with his answer. “Time with my Dad was the key. I knew I was the apple of his eye. Dad gave me many things but always came with the gift the responsibility of ownership.
He taught me good work ethics, how to work with my hands and to use tools. We hunted and fished, water skied, and scuba dived, and had many pets that any child would dream about.” This writer could tell that Ron looked right through the things with love and appreciation for his dad.
The last question I asked Ron was, “what about your father do you rate the most important?” Without hesitation came, “unconditional love.” I believe the following poem is timely.
Did you know on:
June 17, 1885 – The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York City in sections aboard a French ship.
June 18, 1873 – Suffragist Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for trying to vote in the 1872 presidential election (a fine she refuses to pay).
June 19, 1846 – The first recorded baseball game between two organized teams takes place in Hoboken, New Jersey (New York Knickerbockers beat the New York Nine, 23-1).
June 20, 1948 – The Ed Sullivan Show (originally called Toast of the Town) debuts.
June 21, 1788 – The U. S. Constitution becomes the law of the land when New Hampshire becomes the ninth state needed to ratify it.
June 22, 1970 – President Nixon signs a bill lowering the voting age to eighteen.
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