September 10, 2009
Potts Camp News
Members of class of ’59 spend week in Florida
Cheryl Campbell and family traveled to San Antonio, Tx., last week for Colonel Earl McCallum’s retirement ceremony held at Randolph Air Force Base. Earl served in the military for 34 years with more than 30 years in the Air Force. Earl Jr. and Claudia McCallum visited his mother, Mary Jo McCallum, in Potts Camp this week.
The family of Betty Fincher honored her on her birthday, Sunday, Aug. 30, at the lake with a party and fish fry. She received many gifts.
Connie Work had surgery in Oxford on her legs on Tuesday. Pray for her recovery.
Katherine Sundstrom, Carol Hurdle, Wilma Rhea, Barbara Shepard, Frances Daws and Mary Minor spent a week recently at Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. They were guests in the home of Mrs. Daws. They are all members of the Potts Camp Class of ’59 and enjoyed spending some time visiting, shopping and just spending time relaxing in the sun on the beach.
Members of the Class of ’59 who attended the funeral of classmate James Smith were James Gray, Edgar and Sue Wilkinson, David Bumpas, Wilma Rhea, Katherine Sundstrom and Mary Minor. James was a very special classmate and will be greatly missed. Sympathy is extended to his family.
Mary Lois Gurley has returned home from New Albany hospital. She needs our prayers.
Amanda and Kent Smith of Holly Springs hosted a special supper on Sunday night in their large cabin near town. They have two small children. Others attending were Fred and Mary Jo Whaley, Rodney and Betty Whaley, Johnston and Stacy Morrison and John Gray, also his mother, Sue Morrison; Grace Bonds of Holly Springs and son, and Ruby Churchill.
Then the righteous will answer Him, “Lord when did we see you 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 visit you?” The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of these brothers of mine, you did it for me.” Matthew 25:37-40
Jesus shared love and compassion to each of these; He healed the leper. How do we show them the same love as Jesus did? We begin with prayer, asking God to direct us to these hurting people. Jesus loves everybody, and we should, too.
Praying In a WellOne day while strolling through the valley and dell
I happened to fall in an old hidden well
I cried and screamed and yelled and yelled
No one even knew I had fallen in the well.
I tried to climb out by climbing up the side
But would always fall back to the oncoming tide.
Then when that failed I turned to prayer
“There’s nothing God cannot do,” I’ve heard tell
I hoped He knew I was in the well.
Then the prayingest prayer I ever did pray
Came from the bottom of the well that day
The Lord did answer and before very long
My friends had me out where I belonged
Things don’t just happen by accident for sure
Jesus is the way out, whatever you endure.
Happy birthday to Charles Alan Potts, my nephew from Tupelo, on Sept. 12. He is a radio announcer.
Happy wedding anniversary to Mitch and Jeanette Stone on Sept. 13, and to Don and Dean Randolph on Sept. 15. Happy birthday to Mable Day on Sept. 19.
Prayer list: Mary Jo McCallum, Diane Clayton, Mary Lois Gurley, Connie Work, Henry Tutor, Bobbie Price.
History & Memories
One day a second grade teacher asked, “Do you know the governor of Mississippi?” One small boy held up his hand and said, “I know, it’s Harry Jones.” He knew that Mr. Jones was the one his mother called if the lights or water were off, and also where she paid her bills. He had a business in town for 60 years. Clara Rose, a tall, lovely young woman, taught her first year in Potts Camp. Harry Jones’ father, Bernard Jones, met her at the depot and took her to a boarding house; but she later moved back to Amory. Harry was a railroad man for several years and he and Rose (as we called her) got married. They had three daughters, Betty Rose, Frances and Kathryn. When they came back to Potts Camp, he built his business, a garage, filling station and office. Rose Jones taught school again. She was a third grade teacher.
She kept her class laughing all the time - we all loved her. Danny, our youngest son, was in her class. One day, Miss Rose and other teachers decided to take their children on a train trip; many of them had never been on a train. When I grew up, we rode trains all the time. The roads were bad and the old T Model cars wouldn’t crank. Someone drove them to Holly Springs, where they boarded the train, and then they met them in New Albany and brought them back to Potts Camp School. Many of the mothers went along.
When Burlington Northern bought out the Frisco Railroad many years ago, a specially designed train called the “Glacier View” hosted 40 special passengers for a ride from Memphis to Amory. Harry Jones was one of the guests. They had a special dinner for them. As he passed through town people said, “There goes Harry!”
Harry and Rose Jones were active in Potts Camp United Methodist Church; she and a friend, Ruth Panell, received service pins for teaching Sunday school for 50 years. They taught all our children.
Dr. Vaughn, the first Potts Camp doctor, was Harry Jones’ grandfather.
North Marshall News
Go south young hummers, go south
The hummingbird event at Strawberry Plains (this Friday, Saturday and Sunday) is a good thing to do if you enjoy good fellowship and food, plus seeing so many hummingbirds. The experience is nice, informative and educational.
Our house had so many hummingbirds last year that I considered starting my own hummingbird show. Honestly we were having upwards of a hundred hummers during the last two weeks of August and the first couple of weeks in September.
However, this year is a different story. At best we topped out at about 40-50 hummingbirds. Our family enjoys watching the aggressive little males and females trying to take control of all the feeders. The mid air antics are entertaining.
But by the first of October we have usually been entertained enough and are ready for them to go home. Then next March my children will say it is time to put up the feeders.
My grandson and his wife, Trey and Casey Crouch, were here for the weekend. Trey is presently stationed in Athens, Ga., attending school. He is an ensign with the U.S. Navy. Trey and Casey also had Logan Parker Crouch with them. Casey is due to give birth to Logan in late December of 2009. Also visiting us was Pam Simmons of Memphis, Laura Simmons of Horn Lake and Betty and Trinity Crouch of Collierville. Also attending were Bandit, Flash and BG. We stuffed ourselves with good food from the grill and watched the hummingbirds enjoy sweet water. We also got in a little football. I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend.
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