October 1, 2009
Potts Camp News
Donna Marrett celebrates 96th birthday
Congratulations to the winners of the beauty pageant held on Saturday, Sept. 19 in Potts Camp School auditorium.
Larry Edwards attended the funeral services of his brother, Bobby D. Edwards, age 76, in Illinois last week. Larry grew up in our town. They are nephews of Donna Marett. We send them our love and sympathy.
Pray for Adelle Hudson, who is very ill. She lives with her son, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Hudson.
Connie Work entered the hospital Thursday in Oxford for surgery again on her feet. She needs our prayers.
Tony Fincher of Memphis visited his mother, Betty Fincher, and sister, Connie Work, on Saturday.
James Gray had surgery in Oxford last week. Get well wishes to him. He is the son of Donna Marett.
Congratulations to Jimmie Collins, who is the new Potts Camp fire chief. He is a former Potts Camp mayor.
Donna Marett celebrated her 96th birthday on Thursday, Sept. 24. She has been my special friend for many years. We love her!
Earl McCallum Jr. had recent surgery. Pray for him. Mary Jo McCallum is his mother.
I. Jesus is living today. His spirit is a continuous, living presence, outside of us and inside of us. Despite what we have done, he loves us.
II. Others may not like the way you look, but God looks on our hearts, also they may think we are a bother when we are growing old, but He loves us to the end.
III. Like the song of Bill Gaither, “Because He lives, we can face tomorrow.”
IV. The Bible tells us all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
V. The good news is “God demonstrated His love for us that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
We know that we have passed from death into life, because we love the brethren. I John 3:14
Paul said that a person could give all, including his own body, and if he didn’t have love it profits him nothing.
It is only when we have the “loving Spirit of Christ” that we have a true inner witness that we are a “child of God.” (We just love everybody.)
Prayer: Thank you, God, for sending people in our lives who need our love, and for telling us that our purpose in life is serving you by helping others. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Prayer list: Robert Hugh King, Charles Henderson, Henry Tutor, George Dickey, Billy Bowen, Mary Lois Gurley, James Gray, Connie Work, Adell Hudson, Mona K. Dickey, Inez Jarrett and Earl McCallum Jr.
Memories and History
One of the most exciting events in our town happened in 1961!
The Potts Camp High Flying Cardinals, under coach T.M. Stone, became overall state champions for the first and only time. They had placed first and second in the state, district and county, but never before had they gone this far.
The winning team was Jimmy Siddall, Robert Phillips, Jimmy Bennett, Billy Cupp, Dewitt Stroud, Myra Cupp, James Lee Spencer, Gale Goode, Ralph Clayton, Charles Shaw, Jimmy Beckworth and Quinton Day. Managers were James Carl Pipkin and Gary (Butch) Morris. For many years the coach and team met for reunions. (Some are deceased.)
The 1961 Potts Camp School annual was dedicated to the agriculture teacher, James L. Spencer. His wife, Christine, was a nurse.
In 1962, a favorite Potts Camp School principal, Frank Hutchens, died after having surgery. It was a sad day for us. Many of us traveled to the funeral home in Calhoun City, then to Big Creek for his funeral and burial. Mr. and Mrs. Hutchens had one son, Frank Hutchens Jr.
Linda Howell was chosen most beautiful, and Teddy Howell most handsome in 1961; Gale Goode and Tommie Ann Stone were chosen Mr. and Miss Potts Camp that year. (They married later.)
Carey Hearn, grammar school principal, and Betty Holland, English teacher, married that year; they were two special teachers. They both became teachers at Blue Mountain College. He died several years later. (We loved him.)
I’ll never forget the years 1961-1962.
North Marshall News
The heart of the country
September is a month that has many interesting happenings.
John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was born on September 25, 1774. He was a very interesting character who roamed throughout this country planting apple trees. Maybe I will do more on him in the future.
Also on this 25th day of September in the year of 1918 Eddie Rickenbacker became the “Ace of Aces,” shooting down 26 enemy aircraft by the end of the war. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. On September 17, 1787, thirty-eight delegates signed the United States Constitution. On September 22, 1776, Nathan Hale gave his life for his country. His last words were “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
A lot of very important events took place in the month of September. Of course, one of the things that happens in September is football season gets underway and football season is a good time to remember a man named Pat Tillman. He was quite a player. He led his Arizona State University team to the Rose Bowl in 1997. His teammates nicknamed him “Braveheart.” They said he was too small to play in the NFL. During the NFL season of 2000 Pat Tillman set a team record with 224 tackles during a single season.
When the terrorists attacked the United States on September 11, 2001, Pat Tillman’s thoughts turned to things bigger than football. He shocked the sports world by turning down a $3.6 million football contract and joined the Army with his brother. He enlisted without any fanfare and joined the Army Rangers. While on patrol in a region of Afghanistan that was hot with terrorists a fire fight broke out and Pat Tillman was killed by friendly fire.
Very few of us are willing to walk away from riches and fame to serve as Tillman did. But there are many who quietly and humbly protect American ideals with everything they have to offer, including their lives. It was said by one of Tillman’s coaches – “The spirit of Pat Tillman is the heart of this country.”
Did You Know On
Sept. 30, 1868 – Louisa May Alcott published the novel “Little Women”
Oct. 1, 1908 – Henry Ford introduced the Model T automobile, priced at $850
Oct. 2, 1950 – The comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz was published
Oct. 3, 1955 – Captain Kangaroo and The Mickey Mouse Club debut on TV
Oct. 4, 1927 – Carving began on Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
Oct. 5, 1947 – The first televised White House address was made by President Harry Truman.
Oct. 6, 1866 – In Indiana, brothers John and Simeon Reno staged the first moving train robbery.
Sept. 30 Quiz
Who invented air conditioning?
Who invented the airplane?
Who invented the incandescent lamp?
Who invented the sewing machine?
Who invented the cell phone?
Sept. 23 Quiz Answers
• She’s a Yankee doodle joy
• America the Beautiful
• When Johnny Comes Marching Home
• You’re A Grand Ole Flag
• From the Halls of Montezuma
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