October 15, 2009
Potts Camp News
Remembering Potts Camp Bicentennial Celebration
We are glad the dedication services for the steeple at Winborn Methodist Church was a big success. It was given by the family of a dear, late friend, Willie Thomas Wicker, in her memory. I love that old church, where I attended as a child when we lived there (two miles from Potts Camp).
When Kathryn Jones Scarbrough and husband Terry from Houston, Tx., were in our town, they went on from my home to visit a friend, Annie Ruth Stone, and then to Holly Springs to visit another special friend, Katherine (Greer) Sundstrom; they grew up together in Potts Camp.
Pray for G.R. Thompson, who has been sent back to the hospital. We love G.R. and wife Ruby; they are longtime friends.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Clyde Wright Alderson, age 75, in his recent death.
Billy Bowen also died recently. We send our love and sympathy to his wife, Mildred, and other family members.
Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth of Tupelo visited me on Tuesday. I was glad to see them. He is my oldest son. I visited the Williams Clinic in Potts Camp for a check-up and flu shot on Tuesday. Dr. Nancy Boatwright and her nurses are really nice!
We were saddened by the recent death of a special friend, Maxine Phillips Potts, 76. She lived in Potts Camp for a long time. We send our love and sympathy to her two daughters and other relatives.
Prayer of Renewal
Free me this day, O Lord, from fears of the future, and all anxiety about tomorrow, all bitterness from anyone, all cowardice in face of danger, all laziness in the face of work. But fill me with love that knows no barrier, sympathy that reaches all, courage that cannot be shaken, faith strong enough for the darkness, strength sufficient for my tests, loyalty to thy Kingdom’s goal, wisdom to meet life’s complexities, and power to lift me to thee. Be thou with me another day and use me as thy will. For Christ’s sake, amen.
A policeman was driving a small girl through the streets of a city to help her find her way home. Suddenly, she said “Stop, this is my church. I can always find my way home from there!” Yes, we can find our way to God by attending our churches.
In Mark 8:34, Jesus said “Whosoever desires to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” No matter what others do, or what direction they take, we must do what Jesus wants us to do.
As I walk along life’s pathway, though the way I cannot see, I shall follow in His footsteps, for He has a plan for me.
Happy birthday to Doris Good, a friend from Hickory Flat, on Oct. 13; to Beth Potts, my niece, on the 13th also. Happy birthday to Bobby Smithwick on Oct. 15; to Iva B. Smith on Oct. 16; to my younger son, Danny Hollingsworth, on Oct. 18; to Bill Kitchens and Jack Gadd on Oct. 21.
Prayer list: Pray for all who have lost loved ones; Diane Clayton, Connie Work, Mary Lois Gurley, Adell Hudson, Charles Henderson, Mary Jarrett, Henry Tutor, Inez Jarrett, Betty Fincher, Robert Hugh King, Bobbie Price, G.R. Thompson and wife Ruby. Pray for the churches in this area. Pray for peace on earth.
Memories and History
Potts Camp Bicentennial Celebration (I’ll never forget it)–
The grounds surrounding the Potts Camp Bank on Center St. was the setting for the Bicentennial Celebration held on July 3, 1976. Mayor Roger Clayton showed the Bicentennial Spirit by growing a handsome beard. A.L. Sanders was the master of ceremonies. He introduced Rev. Martin Raines, new pastor of Potts Camp United Methodist Church, who gave the invocation. Dallas King led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the mayor Roger Clayton’s welcoming address. Mr. King gave a brief history of Potts Camp. Irene Wilson (now Strickland) led the crowd in the national anthem, accompanied by Gerry Sparks at the piano and Keith Watkins at the drums. Mitch Stone Jr. concluded the opening ceremonies by shooting a muzzle loaded gun, a replica of the ones used in 1776.
Next, the fund-raising games and exhibits were opened with arts and crafts on display.
Paintings by Marsha Shaw and Mrs. Bobby Mitchell of Holly Springs, Mrs. Larry Crockett of Oxford and Charlie Brown of Potts Camp were on exhibit, also Mrs. Noel Akins of Marshall County Extension services showed various arts and displays.
Prizes were given by the Lions Club, a radio, won by Carbett Masion Jr., Potts Camp Civic Club cookware set won by Jimbo Gilliam; Potts Camp Fire Dept., a homemade afghan won by Emma Mayer. In the fiddlers contest, both Frank Bennett and S.W. Henson were awarded electric drills. About 25 women, coordinated by Irene Wilson, modeled their pretty bicentennial costumes. The seven escorts were Roger Clayton, Cary Mayer, James Carl Pipkin, Robert Luther, Donald Randolph and J.C. Pruitt of the fire department, also A.L. Sanders from the Lions Club.
A barbecue supper, prepared by chief Pruitt, was enjoyed by all. David D. of Memphis and Dennis Harris of Holly Springs helped with entertainment.
Pop Berryhill led an old fashioned square dance that night. It was one of the most memorable days Potts Camp has ever had.
Many of the people are deceased today.
North Marshall News
Fried chicken, desserts, and good music
Sweetwater Farms Landowners Association celebrated the changing season with its annual fall picnic.
The event was held at Richard (yours truly) and Marge Simmons’ home. The menu included fried chicken, rolls, potato salad, iced tea, soft drinks and desserts that can only be described with mmm, mmm, mmm, scrumptious. After enjoying the food and fellowship the members and guests were entertained by our own Harold Tolbert. Harold shared by singing some oldies and gospel numbers and was appreciated by all. Since Harold is being mentioned I want to take the opportunity to share with you some history about Harold Tolbert.
Did you know that Harold is from the “Show Me State?” He was born and raised on a farm in Sturdivant, Missouri. Harold attended school in Sturdivant and in Puxico, Missouri. Harold began his occupational years in the retail grocery business. He managed Big Star and National Tea Co. Grocery stores. Harold worked as a sales supervisor for the Sales Marketing Co. His business was in the retail and wholesale grocery trade. During these years he and his family moved to Memphis, Tenn., where he continued his work until he retired in 1995. Harold and his wife Mary moved to Marshall County in 1987 where they purchased their home in Sweetwater Farms. I asked Harold when he took an interest in music. He told me he began playing the mandolin at age 6 and picked up the guitar when he was about 8 years of age. He also taught himself to play the piano, organ and the harmonica. Playing music and singing has always been a desire of Harold’s and the love of music is just in his soul. Harold shared with me that when he was still on the farm he and his sister Loleda would entertain the family and other guests that would gather on weekend evenings. Harold helps with the music at the Fellowship Baptist Church on Hwy. 309 where he is a member. I asked Harold if he had ever written any music and discovered that he had indeed. For a documentary about the famous Memphis Belle, Harold wrote the music and lyrics to the song “Ballad of Memphis Belle.” It is a good thing to get to know your neighbor. You can meet Harold and hear his singing and music at the Sweet Pea Restaurant in Olive Branch on Saturday evenings from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. See you there.
Did You Know On
Oct. 14, 1947 – An Air Force test pilot, Chuck Yeager, became the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound.
Oct. 15, 1951 – The “I Love Lucy” show staring Lucille Ball premiered on TV.
Oct. 16, 1758 – Noah Webster who wrote the American Dictionary of the English Language was born.
Oct. 17, 1933 – Fleeing Nazi Germany, physicist Albert Einstein arrived in the United States.
Oct. 18, 1867 – Alaska officially became part of the United States.
Oct. 19, 1781 – Lord Cornwallis surrendered his British army at Yorktown, Virginia, ending the Revolutionary War.
Oct 20, 1944 – General Douglas MacArthur fulfilled his promise “I shall return” by wading ashore at Leyte Island, in the Philippines.
This Week’s Quiz
Who was the first black justice appointed to the Supreme Court?
Who was president of the Republic of Texas?
Who invented the safety match?
Answer’s to Last Week’s Quiz
• Jonathan Edwards in his famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”
• A religious revival that swept the colonies during the 1730s and 1740s.
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