August 13, 2009
Potts Camp News
Marshall County Museum has special room for Town of Potts Camp
Many of us were saddened by the recent death of a special friend, Clyde Thompson Wilson, age 78, of Aberdeen. He was editor of the famous “Tombigbee Country Magazine.” I’ve known him since he was a child.
Reopening the famous three-story Marshall County Historical Museum in Holly Springs is very exciting! There will be a special room for Potts Camp. We hope people from our town will fill it with many interesting things and memories.
Happy school days to all the students at Potts Camp and Mary Reid Schools.
I enjoy sitting on my front porch across the street from Potts Camp School and watching them come and go. We wish them a happy, safe year!
The school teachers for Marshall County met at Byhalia on Monday, Aug. 3 for their first teacher’s meeting and dinner.
Thanks to Lela Hale for the delicious dinner she brought to me on Monday. She is a special friend.
I received a wedding invitation from a great-grandson, Zachariah A. Winter of Nashville, Tenn., to Kathryn A. Saway on Oct. 4. He is the son of my oldest granddaughter, Vickie and Earl Winter of Nashville, Tenn. Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth are Vickie’s parents. The wedding will be held in Resaca, Ga.
Danny and Elizabeth Hollingsworth and two sons, Clark and Jake of Morristown, Tenn., met his sister, Betty Greer, at my home on Friday, July 31. I was happy to see them! They stayed in Tupelo overnight with Jimmy and Martha (his brother). On Saturday, Aug. 1, they met other relatives in the family at the home of Bob and Tula Hollingsworth in Aberdeen. I’m sorry I could not attend.
A benefit was held recently for Susie Ash, who is very ill. Get well prayers for her.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Joe Rhew of Holly Springs, in his death on Sunday, Aug. 2. His late wife, Nancy Rhew, was a special friend of mine who grew up in Potts Camp. She was Nancy Lewis, our neighbor. They are both buried at Butler Cemetery, near Potts Camp.
Ten Steps to Happiness
1) Accept Christ as your Saviour and make Him Lord of your life.
2) God has a purpose for our lives; there is only one person like you; if you do not do what God wants you to do, it won’t be done.
3) Look for the beauty in others, and love them as they are.
4) Take time to read God’s word and pray.
5) Don’t make money the most important thing in your life.
6) Smile and laugh; a good sense of humor goes a long way.
7) Never think you are better than others. God made us all.
8) Visit the sick and help them if you can.
9) Never criticize others; love them as they are.
10) Have hope for tomorrow, trust God and have faith in Him.
1. “Living for Jesus” is probably the most important decision anyone can ever make. It completely changes our lives! He fills our lives with peace, love and thanksgiving. “Blessed are they which hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matthew 8:6
Remember the old hymn, “The Old Time Religion.” It just makes you love everybody. With enough love we could close the jails and throw away the key.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us not to discriminate, but to love, accept and pray for everyone. For Christ’s sake, amen.
3. Faith and prayers are the keys that open doors of knowing God. Make Him important to you today and you will never regret it.
Prayer list: Mona Dickey, Lina Mae Rhea, Henry Tutor, Donna Marett, Diane Clayton, Connie Work, Mary Jo McCallum, G.R. Thompson, Betty Fincher, Mary Jarrett, Ralph and Jeanette Dunning, Charles Henderson, Susie Ash, Marie Jean Sparks and Pam Sparks. Pray for our schools and churches and that laws will be passed to put God back in everything. Pray for our soldiers and officers all over the world. Pray for all who suffer!
Memories and History
I remember many special pastors and churches in the Potts Camp area; I loved them all. When a bad ice storm hit here in the early ’90s, our lights were out for a week. One day, our Methodist pastor, Rev. Ray Daniel, drove up in his pickup, got out his power saw and started to work cutting up trees. Others saw him and came to help, also. Rev. Daniel would not take any money from me; he took the wood to people who burned it. I soon had my lights back on. Thanks to Bro. Ray Daniel.
That summer we were having a revival at our Methodist Church. The visiting evangelist was at Flick’s Place one day at noon, when he saw a group of women who had been stranded on the road and were brought there to eat lunch. He noticed their name tags were “United Methodist Women from Alabama.” He called Bro. Ray Daniel to tell him about the women. Bro. David turned on the air conditioner at the church and made several trips in the church van to take them there.
They enjoyed playing the organ and singing. Bro. Daniel spoke to them and helped them with their needs. A bus from Birmingham, Ala., arrived to pick them up about 5 p.m. People were arriving from our church with supper before church services that night.
Later one of the Alabama women wrote to the MS Advocate. She said, “I just want the bishop and others to know that there is a ‘man of God’ in Potts Camp, MS. He found strangers on the road, took them in and cared for them. He sent them on their way with the clear knowledge that through God’s grace all’s right with the world. She told of his love for God and people. She said, “None of us will ever forget Rev. Ray Daniel and the Potts Camp United Methodist Church.”
The last time I saw Bro. Daniel was at my late brother, Rev. Lindy Potts’ funeral. He came with his arms wide open.
Dreams are rewound memories
I’ve been told when you get older you should eat early so you can sleep better and not get up so much during the night.
Who am I to listen to such common sense? Well, you know the results of not listening. You pay a bigger price or suffer more than necessary. I won’t bore you with the meal but I did indulge more and later than I should have. I was up a couple of times and then the dream. When the dream began I could see shoes, some old and some new. Then I was conscious of a discussion with my mother about me being able to wear my brother’s hand-me-down shoes for the coming school year. I rarely ever had to take the old shoes because my brother was a good deal larger than I and even my mother could not stand to see me walking out of the too-big-for-me shoes.
This dream was short but triggered some memories. That is what most of my dreams are, replaying old memories. I immediately thought about the times when I would wear a hole in the sole of my shoe(s) and would put some cardboard in the shoe for relief. If the opportunity came I could wiggle my big toe into the hole and push it through to amuse my school classmates. Now this was not because we were poor, it was just one of those things kids did for no real reason except for fun.
You see, the shoe repair shop was next door to our house. Mr. Warren operated the shoe repair shop. It was a building full of massive and amazing machines. It had a sewing machine with a needle so large a kid could get his head sewn to new leather sole. There were buffing wheels with brushes and others for burnishing the edge of new soles. I would watch him cut out the old sole and stitch in the inner sole and then with some glue applied, the outer or half sole would be stitched on. Mr. Warren would take his very sharp knife and trim the excess leather from the new sole to a fine professional finish.
Then came the heel and if you were cool, some steel taps for show. Mr. Warren would allow me to watch him work for awhile until I got the signal it was time for me to leave him to his work.
He never told me to get out, he just gave me a look and I knew to scoot. Mr. Warren never said much but I had a friend that understood a young boy and his curiosity. I don’t remember ever saying thanks but he knew how I felt. Happy dreams and what’s for supper?
Did You Know On
August 12, 1658 – The first police force in the United States was established in New Amsterdam (now New York)?
August 13, 1918 – Opha Mae Johnson became the first woman to enlist in the Marine Corps Reserves?
August 14, 1945 – Japan surrendered unconditionally ending World War II?
August 15, 1914 – The Panama Canal officially opened to traffic?
August 16, 1977 – Elvis Presley, age 42, died at Graceland in Memphis, TN?
August 17, 1969 – Hurricane Camille slammed into the Gulf Coast, killing approximately 250 people.
August 18, 1587 – Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born on American soil, on Roanoke Island, North Carolina?
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