August 6, 2009
Potts Camp News
Mary Elizabeth Greer celebrates 6th birthday at Chuck E. Cheese
Bro. Steve and Pat Wilson, along with their two daughters and families, Jon and Stephanie McDonald, Sydney and Symon, and Johnathan and Carla Dean and Klein, spent a week vacationing together in San Antonio, Tx. recently. The three grandchildren returned home with the Wilsons and spent three weeks with their grandparents. Bro. Steve and Pat flew back with them to Eureka, Calif., and spent a week visiting.
I was glad to hear from Bro. Steve and Pat Wilson. They are special friends.
There will be a meeting in August of the Marshall County Genealogy Society at the library.
Congratulations to Laken Cook and B.J. Thomas, who will be married at 4 p.m. on Aug. 8 at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Hickory Flat. The couple will spend their honeymoon in Hawaii and reside in Holly Springs.
Hannah Goolsby and a group of friends left Thursday on a cruise from Mobile to Cozumel, Mexico, a six-day trip. Her parents, Lynn and Martha Goolsby and her grandmother, Joyce Clayton, were happy she returned.
Mary Elizabeth Greer recently celebrated her 6th birthday at Chuck E. Cheese in Tupelo with family and friends. Her birthday was July 30. Her parents are David and Amy Greer of Cornersville; grandparents are David and Betty Greer and Troy and Jamie Williams. Her brother and sister are Davie Greer, age 9, and Hannah Grace Greer, 9 months old. Mary Elizabeth is my great-granddaughter.
On Monday, Joann Potts of Olive Branch and her aunt, Doris Goode of Hickory Flat, came to visit me. I was glad to see them. Joann is the wife of my late brother, Lindy Potts. She had her cute little dog.
Taken from “The Heritage News”
On June 2, 1955 “The Mills Reunion” was held in Old Macedonia Church, located several miles from Potts Camp. Rev. Charles Lindy Potts, my late brother, preached there at 10 o’clock that day. The Old Macedonia Church is gone, but the cemetery is filled with friends and Potts ancestors who lived in that area and died. I’ve visited there with my dad many times. My uncle, Rev. Sal Potts, preached his first sermon there.
Kneel with your Master
Weary and tired of life’s full day, silently down I kneel to pray, and after a moment of peace, I arise, ready to meet life’s on-rushing tides. I face the world bravely as from a tall spire. So friend, when you, too, are tired at heart, kneel with your Master, and get a new start.
Prayer: O, Lord, help us to resist the temptations in the world, and help us to become more Christ-like in our daily living. For Christ’s sake, amen.
1. Have faith. God is always with you, though it may not seem so.
2. Have hope. God’s love surrounds you much more than you know.
3. Have peace. God has a special plan for you.
4. Have joy, for always, come what may, God will help to see you through.
Believe in God’s world and its wonders. Believe that the birds will sing. Believe there is sunshine behind each cloud. That winter is followed by spring. Believe that every prayer is answered by the grace of heaven. Believe that a miracle happens each day. Believe in the gift of God’s love
Prayer list: G.R. Thompson, Mary Jo McCallum, Sandy Byrd, Diane Clayton, Connie Work, Charles Henderson, Mary Jo Whaley, Betty Fincher, Mark Jones, Lina Mae Rhea, Lena Fay Work, Jamie Smith, Ralph and Jeanette Dunnings, Virgie Kelly. Pray for all who suffer, all who have lost loved ones.
History and Memories
During the Depression years, many people lost their farms and homes because they couldn’t pay the taxes. My dad had purchased two farms in the Winborn area by paying the taxes on them. I remember going there to pick blackberries as a child.
My late brother, Lindy, spent a lot of time at the depot, where Dad was the agent. He told about how the man who farmed the land for my dad would come to him for supplies during those years. He would make out an order and send to “Greer and Greer” store across the street. Records of the purchases were kept in a big book on a shelf. When the crops were gathered in the fall, my dad would get down the big book and settle up with them, sometimes giving them some part of it. Lindy, who later became a Methodist pastor for 42 years, said that it reminded him of the Big Book the Lord keeps on each of us during our lifetime. At our death He will get out the big book. If we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior and asked for forgiveness for our sins, He will show us grace and forgive our sins, and take us to Heaven with Him. We should thank God every day for His wonderful plans for our lives!
God has blessed all of us!
North Marshall News
Born free from all that stuff
I get a lot of email that frankly I just don’t have time, or I’m unwilling to take the time, to read through them.
However, I did receive one this week who came from a friend that doesn’t usually send me the junk. So I took a few minutes to read through it. Following is the email I received. You may have seen it but just in case there are some out there who have not, here it is. There is a quote by Jay Leno at the end that is worth your time.
To Those of Us Born Between 1930-1979
We are awesome. Our lives are living proof. No matter what the new generation thinks.
First we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn’t get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps, not helmets, on our heads.
As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes. Riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a warm day was always a special treat. We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this. We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar, and we weren’t overweight….Why? Because we were always outside playing…that’s why!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were OK. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem. We did not have Play-Stations, Nintendo’s and X-Boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVDs, no surround-sound or CDs, no cell phones, no personal computers, no internet and no chat rooms. We had friends and we went outside and found them.
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping pong paddles, or just a bare hand or belt and no one would call child services to report abuse. We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes. We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them. Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!
These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever. The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all. If you are one of these people, congratulations. Author unknown.
“With hurricanes, tornados, and fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?”
– Jay Leno
Did You Know On
August 5, 1914 – The first electric traffic lights were installed in Cleveland, Ohio.
August 6, 1787 – The Constitutional Convention began to debate a draft of the proposed U.S. Constitution.
August 7, 1998 – Al-Qaeda exploded bombs at U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania killing 224 people, including 12 Americans.
August 8, 1974 – President Nixon announced he would resign due to the Watergate scandal.
August 9, 1936 – Jessie Owens won his fourth gold medal at the Berlin Olympics.
August 10, 1821 – Missouri became the 24th state and the first state west of the Mississippi River.
August 11, 1992 – The largest shopping mall, The Mall of America, opened in Bloomington, Minnesota.
This Week’s Quiz
1. Thomas Jefferson’s image is on the obverse side of the $2 bill. What is on the reverse side?
2. In a shooting match between Annie Oakley and Frank Butler what did they shoot at?
3. On July 27, 1909 Orville Wright made a record flight of one hour, 12 minutes, and 40 seconds. What plane was he flying?
4. What company introduced the first electronic pocket calculator?
5. Where was the Pledge of Allegiance first published?
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