September 17, 2009
Potts Camp News
Stones and Randolphs celebrate anniversaries this month
Get well wishes to Robert Hugh King who has just returned from the hospital after having surgery and treatments.
Get well wishes to Ernestine Gravett from Nesbit, who had recent surgery.
Service for June Cooper Haynes, age 84, were held Saturday, at Salem Baptist Church. Love and sympathy extended to the family. A three-day revival was held last week at Open Door Baptist Church in Winborn with many people attending.
We congratulate Brenda Luther of Holly Springs for receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award! I have always admired the work Brenda and her husband, Ronnie, have been doing every year, organizing the Clydesdale Christmas Store for Marshall County.
Henry Tutor and grandsons, William and Alan, attended a family reunion and fish fry in Pontotoc last Sunday. Two of his sisters and three brothers attended, also young relatives he had never seen before.
David Greer Jr. and wife, Amy, of Cornersville brought their children (my grandchildren) to see me Sunday. They attended West Union School. Baby Hannah is about 10 months old and her pretty sister is 6 years old. David is a handsome 8 years old. I was glad to see them.
A wedding shower honoring Tara Jo Gilbreath and Alex Todd was held Aug. 23 at Hickory Flat United Methodist Church.
Tara is the daughter of Sherri Bready Gilbreath and Rocky Gilbreath of Covington, Tenn. She is the granddaughter of Tom and Shirley Bready, also of Covington, and the great-granddaughter of Lucille Kimery of Ashland and the late Evelyn Bready of Hickory Flat. Aunts of Tara, Joy Young of Tupelo and Joann Potts of Olive Branch, served as hostesses for the occasion. Ann Busby of Olive Branch, a friend of the family, also assisted with the shower. A host of well-wishing family members were in attendance.
Tara and Alex will be married on Oct. 3 in New Orleans, La.
Jo Ann Potts is the wife of my late brother, Rev. Charles Lindy Potts. They have three children and grandchildren.
Weekend guests of Betty Fincher and daughter, Connie and Andy Work (special friends), were Lillie Mae Greer and her daughter, Kay Wilson from El Dorado, Ark. Connie is continuing to have trouble with her legs and feet. Get well wishes to her.
As a child of God, we are called to be alert to the needs of others, the sick and disabled, the lonely, homeless, grieving and sad.
The wonderful gift of God’s love was never intended to be a secret. Jesus died on the cross to save us all from our sins. Thank Him every day!
Lord, help us show compassion to a world that’s lost in sin, so when we share the gospel, hungry souls for Christ we’ll win.
When the world falls down around you and a prayer can see you through, say an extra prayer for someone who may need it more than you.
“Living for Jesus” is probably the wisest decision anyone will ever make!
It will completely change your life love. He fills your heart with love, peace, joy and thanksgiving.
“Blessed are they who do 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. Faith and prayers are the keys to open the doors to knowing God and loving others.
Prayer: Dear Father, help us not discriminate, but to accept and love those who are different from us. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Workers on the school grounds across the road found a large slab of concrete where there had been no recent building. They asked me about it, and I told them it was probably where the first Potts Camp School was built on that lot in 1917. It burned in 1924, the year I started to school there.
Congratulations to Mitch and Jeannette Stone on their wedding anniversary Sept. 13, also to Dene and Don Randolph on their wedding anniversary on Sept. 15.
Happy birthday to Billie Baum on Sept. 18 and to Mable Day on Sept. 13.
Prayer list: Mary Jo McCallum, Inez Jarrett, Connie Work, Henry Tutor, Diane Clayton, Lina Mae Rhea, Lena Faye Work, Mary Lois Gurley, Charles Henderson, Mona Dickey. Pray for all who have lost loved ones and all who suffer.
Memories of Potts Camp
Many people don’t remember the old Dixie Theater in the ’50s! During the war, the building was used for a sewing room to make Army clothes. The building was the first Greer and Greer Store for many years, until they purchased the two-story brick building from Douglas Laws and wife, Birdie Laws, who had a stylish hat shop upstairs. She made the lovely hats with flowers, ribbons and veils. I visited there with my mother as a child.
The latest, large color movies were brought here from Memphis, Tenn., every weekend and shown on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at the Dixie Theater. Willa Floyd sold the tickets, and a young teenage boy ran the projector, Charles Burris.
One Sunday afternoon, L.D. kept our two younger children so I could see “Gone with the Wind.”
I was late getting there, so while looking for a seat in the dark, they called out my name. I had won the door prize, $10. I was happy.
Charles spent his money on a motorcycle and was killed about a mile from town on the highway one Sunday afternoon. It was a sad funeral. He had many friends his age who attended; two of them were Ann and Lindy, my younger sister and brother. He had only one brother, Edward Burris of Memphis.
Mr. and Mrs. Burris were a wonderful couple. I used to visit them. He owned a business in town.
One day, he told me about coming to town with his dad as a child in his wagon; they lived at Bethlehem, a few miles from town. Mr. Burris wore a new suit of clothes; he got wet when it started to rain. He could never get in the suit again. It drew up too small for him.
Have a good week.
North Marshall News
On the morning of September 11, 2001, when America was so cowardly and brutally attacked by Islamic terrorists, I remember not turning on the television before leaving for work. When I arrived at work the first person I saw said, “it’s horrible what they did.”
In a few brief moments I was shocked into the reality of what had taken place and watched in horror as the day’s events unfolded. Not much work got done on that day as we all watched the TV and took time to pray for those trapped in the buildings and others at the Pentagon and in the plane that went down in Pennsylvania. We also prayed for our president and other leaders who would have to make hurried and wise decisions. I do not personally know anyone who lost their life in any of that day’s tragic events, but I remember feeling that I had personally been slapped in the face and the country and flag that I love had been desecrated. Now to fast forward to today, I am disappointed in my elected leaders, my fellow countrymen and myself. On this day of remembering, as I drove to work and during the work day, I observed hundreds, if not thousands, of autos and trucks and not one American flag did I see flying proudly from any vehicles. I passed through three cities and did not see one extra American flag flying from any government buildings. I did see two coves that had their curbs lined with American flags. When I got home I noticed that I had not put my American flag at half mast to honor and remember. Would it not be great if all city government buildings and streets were lined with and proudly flying the American flag? We need to remember this country and its sacrifice on this day of 9/11. We need to pray for this great country. It is my opinion that it is the greatest country on earth. How did you remember today? Where is your flag?
Did You Know On
Sept. 17, 1787 – The Constitutional Convention approved the final draft of the U.S. Constitution.
Sept. 18, 1793 – George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capital.
Sept. 19, 1960 – Chubby Checker’s recording of “The Twist,” hit the top of the music charts.
Sept. 20, 1881 – Chester A. Arthur became the twenty-first president after James Garfield’s death from gunshot wounds received on July 2, 1881.
Sept. 21, 1970 – Monday Night Football debuts on ABC, (Browns defeated the Jets, 31-21).
Sept. 22, 1776 – Nathan Hale was hanged by the British in New York City.
This Week’s Quiz
What was the name of the first lighthouse in America and when was it kindled?
When was the U.S. Air Force established?
How many consecutive baseball games did Cal Ripken Jr. play and for how many seasons?
When Benedict Arnold betrayed his country what information did he give to the British Major John Andre?
On September 16, 1620 how many passengers were on the Mayflower when it left Plymouth, England, and sailed for the New World?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
• 20 Years
• September 17, 1920, at Canton, OH and it was called The American Professional Football Association.
• Alexander Hamilton
• Abraham Lincoln
• Mexico City, Mexico
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