September 3, 2009
Potts Camp News
Bobby and Katie Smithwick return from two-weeks vacation in Maine
Fifth Sunday services were held at Bethlehem Methodist Church with all three churches on the Potts Camp charge attending; Rev. Don Newton is pastor.
We were saddened by the recent death of Mary Kay Garrison, age 68, of Southaven, on Aug. 19. She grew up in Potts Camp and was the daughter of a dear friend, Ella Rea Cook and Ware Whaley. We called her Kathleen. Graveside services were held Saturday at Bethlehem Methodist Cemetery. We send our love and sympathy to her brother, Robert Whaley and family of Collierville.
We are enjoying watching the Potts Camp boys learning how to play football late every afternoon across the road. In the ’30s, we had a good football team for four years; I have their pictures. One afternoon, the football team saved the town stores from fire, when the depot burned. All we had to fight fires was two big wheels with a big fire hose wrapped around it. I’ll never forget it!
Bobby and Katie Smithwick have returned from a two-week visit with his son, Sam and family, in Kennebunk, Maine.
We send our sympathy to the James Smith family.
A special friend who grew up in our town, Sylvia Akin of Memphis, visited me on Monday. She has been sick. I’m so glad she is better. Her family (the Alvis family) were all my friends; her mother was one of the twins, Margaret Alvis Seymour; Mary Alvis Fowler was her twin sister. (We miss them.)
David Hollingsworth, a special grandson and his daughter, Sarah Lambert, stopped to see me Sunday; they had been to Collierville, Tenn., where Sarah Lambert had played on the Tupelo soccer team and won the championship. We were happy for her.
Her older sister, Suzette, had fallen and hurt her back, so she and their mother, Teresa Hollingsworth, were unable to attend the soccer game in Collierville. Get well wishes to Suzette.
We send our deepest love and sympathy to the family of Jamie Smith of Byhalia in his recent death last week. My neighbor, Joyce Clayton, is his sister.
Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
Love was so important to Jesus that He told his disciples before His arrest, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another,” and, “By this all will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35
Poem: If any love of ours can make one life the brighter, if any song of ours can make one heart the lighter, God help me speak that little word and take our bit of singing, and drop it in some lovely vale, and set the echoes ringing.
The Cross in my Pocket
I carry a cross in my pocket, a simple reminder to me of the fact that I am a Christian, no matter where I may be. The little cross is not magic, nor a good luck charm. It isn’t there to protect me from any physical harm. It’s not identification for all the world to see. It’s simply an understanding between my Savior and me. When I put my hand in my pocket, to bring out a coin or key, the cross is there to remind me of the price He paid for me. It reminds me to be thankful for my blessings day by day and to strive to serve Him better in all I do and say. It’s also a daily reminder of the peace and comfort I share with all who know my Master, and give themselves to His care. So I carry the cross in my pocket, reminding no one but me. “That Jesus Christ is Lord of my life, if only I’ll let Him be.”
Get well wishes to all who are sick and deepest sympathy to all who have lost loved ones. Pray for peace on earth and good will to all men. God has blessed us! Thank Him every day!
History and Memories
Miss America came to Potts Camp!
Eleven years after the doctors told Cheryl Pruitt that she would never walk again, she walked down the ramp as Miss America 1980! She was the third Mississippi woman to take the walk; Mary Ann Mobley in 1959 from Brandon, and Linda Lee Mead of Natchez was crowned in 1960.
“It was a miracle,” said the 22-year-old born-again Christian, the morning after she took her tearful walk down the runway of Convention Hall.
After a car accident at age 11, which crushed one leg and left it two inches shorter than the other one; doctors said she would never walk again.
At age 17, Cheryl attended a faith healing Bible meeting in Jackson. She told how she prayed and then watched as the shorter leg grew back to normal in a few seconds.
Miss Pruitt was reared in Ackerman. The pastor of Potts Camp United Methodist Church, Rev. Glenn Ray and wife, Susan, knew Miss Pruitt; he also grew up there, and they were friends.
Cheryl had a double talent in the Miss America contest; she played and sang, “I’ll Cry Out Loud!”
The new “Carl White Memorial Gym” had just been built in 1980. It was an ideal place to hold a concert in our town.
The building was filled with people that night. Later Rev. and Mrs. Glenn Ray honored Cheryl with a reception and a book signing at the parsonage.
We will never forget Cheryl Pruitt, the only Miss America who ever visited our town!
North Marshall News
Labor Day, the end of summer
Well, I am not sure it’s the end of summer just yet. It was a hot and humid 92 at my place Friday.
I always look forward to fall when the leaves turn (except the falling and raking part) to many different colors and God once again paints a beautiful scene for his children to enjoy.
Labor Day is the weekend that most folks will take that last short trip and settle down for the school year. We will go to the home stores and buy mulch, fall flowers and some other back-breaking landscape materials. I am not sure if Labor Day is celebrated for the American worker or somehow we men got snookered into a hard labor weekend. OK, before I get some calls, I realize you ladies carry your load, too. So enjoy the work and maybe a short trip but save some time for cooking out. There is nothing like topping off a hard day’s work with a good juicy steak.
We all can be thankful to the labor movement at the turn of the century. Men worked 14-hour days and children tended dangerous machines. It took some struggle and bloodshed but collective bargaining, capitalism and democratic government managed to make better lives for millions. For decades American workers have enjoyed one of the world’s highest standards of living. Labor Day BBQs are a restful testament to the great American worker.
Did You Know On
Sept. 2, 1944 – Navy pilot George H.W. Bush, later the 41st U.S. president, was shot down and rescued in the Pacific.
Sept. 3, 1777 – The Stars and Stripes was reportedly flown in battle for the first time at Cooch’s Bridge, Delaware.
Sept. 4, 1886 – After years of fighting white settlement, the Apache leader Geronimo surrendered to the U.S. troops in Arizona.
Sept. 5, 1774 – The First Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia to draw up a declaration of rights and grievances against Britain.
Sept. 6, 2002 – Congress convened in New York City to pay homage to the victims and heroes of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Sept. 7, 1927 – Philo T. Farnsworth transmitted the first image sent by electronic television.
Sept. 8, 1636 – The General Court of Massachusetts appropriated 400 British pounds to start Harvard College.
This Week’s Quiz
When and where did the first representative legislative assembly meet?
When and where did the first Jewish synagogue meet?
Where is the oldest standing Protestant church building today?
Where is the oldest Catholic parish in the United States?
What former president said, when anyone wishes to worship God in his own way, “there shall be none to make him afraid.”
Last Week’s Answers
• Baltimore, Maryland, by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Co.
• James Madison during the war of 1812
• Penn’s woods, William Penn
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