October 29, 2009
Potts Camp News
Locals attend Riverfest festivities
A prayer breakfast was held recently at the Potts Camp United Methodist Church. Bobby Smithwick is the cook. Rev. Don Newton is pastor of the church.
Joyce Clayton and her sister, Verla Mae Stanton, drove to Macedonia on Sunday to visit the daughter of Verla Mae, Mary Ann Wilson.
Recent visitors of Mary Lois Gurley and family were her sister, Birtie Sue Seitz of Arkansas, John, Debbie and Trey Smith of Byhalia, John and Susan Nelson, also of Byhalia. Mrs. Gurley is very sick. Please add her to your prayer list.
Nancy Germany Lane, of Wichita Falls, Tx, Katherine Greer Sundstrom of Holly Springs, and Mary Minor, recently attended the Riverfest activities in New Albany. They enjoyed music by Braden Gray (grandson of James and Thomas Ann Gray) and his band. They also attended a Tallahatchie River Productions play, Smoke Over the Mountain, at the theatre in New Albany.
On Saturday, Nancy Lane, Katherine Sundstrom and Mary Minor visited with Mrs. Annie Ruth Stone and Tommye Ann Goode. They spent the afternoon touring the southern part of the county with Tommye Ann driving and Mrs. Stone serving as tour guide. One stop was at the beautiful new home of Gale and Tommye Ann. It was a wonderful day to be outside and enjoy the fall colors. They ended their day with dinner together.
Betty Fincher’s son, Tony and wife, Tammie Fincher of Memphis, visited her on Monday. They also visited his sister, Connie and Andy Work, that day also.
Thanks to Lela Hale for the delicious food she brought me.
From “The Heritage News”
On Oct. 24, a nominating committee was named at the meeting of the Marshall County Genealogical Society for 2010. It is held in the Marshall County room at the library. In the September meeting, Martha Fant presided in the absence of president Becky Trafford. I appreciate the Heritage News for using some of my “Memories” from The South Reporter.
Zachary Winter, my great-grandson from Nashville, Tenn., brought his new bride, Katie, to visit me recently. They were in Tupelo visiting his grandparents, Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth, and other relatives a few days. His parents are Vickie and Earl Winter of Nashville. Vickie and his sister, Lindsey, are both nurses.
We send our love and sympathy to Rev. Tommy Clayton and family in the sudden death of his wife, Belinda Clayton. We were all saddened by her sudden death. We loved her! Funeral services were held on Thursday.
I said a prayer for you today, and I know God must have heard. I felt the answer in my heart, although He spoke not a word. I didn’t ask for wealth or fame. I knew you wouldn’t mind. I asked Him to send treasures for more lasting time. I asked that He be near you at the start of each new day, to grant you health and blessings and friends to share your way. I asked for happiness for you in all things great and small, but it was for His loving care I prayed for most of all.
Only one of the 10 lepers came back to thank Jesus for healing them! Jesus asks, “Were all the 10 healed? Where are the other nine?” Luke 17:17. Christ wants us to be thankful for His many blessings, and He wants us to tell Him so! A person can be God’s angel (messenger) by bringing words of comfort to others at the time they are needed. God’s angels are all around us!
If we do not build our lives on the foundation of Christ, like a bridge, it will come crashing down. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the truth and the life.” There is no other foundation; Jesus is our link to eternity!
Happy birthday to Tonya Brown on Oct. 26. Happy wedding anniversary to Betty and David Greer on Oct. 27. Happy birthday to a special friend, Molly Byers, on Oct. 27. God’s blessings to our town!
Prayer: O, God thank you for those who taught us to pray. Help us to do the same for others. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Prayer changes things! Pray for all the sick.
Prayer list: Pray for the family of Belinda Clayton, who died recently. Also, Diane Clayton, Connie Work, Mary Jarrett, Henry Tutor, Robert Hugh King, G.R. Thompson, Mary Lois Gurley, Adell Hudson, Charles Henderson.
History and Memories
I Remember Eagle Springs
While sitting on my front porch, I can look out in the distance and see the lights of cars as they reach the top of Sand Hill. My dad used to tell us many years ago, as we sat on the same porch, about a large hotel named Eagle Springs that was once located on that hill. Eagles nested in the nearby trees, so that’s how it got that name.
Scientists of the early days lectured throughout the country about the medicinal qualities of the water from the springs, causing it to become famous. People came from everywhere, even as far as New Orleans, by train to bathe in and drink from the magic water. They came on horseback, buggies and stage coaches to stay for weeks.
The Hills, who purchased the hotel, because of his failing health, never dreamed the hotel would become so famous. Mrs. Hill was a very good cook, and fed the guests delicious meals.
The late Wright Greer told me about a special train that came from Memphis every Sunday to bring people to Potts Camp. They walked an elevated plank walkway about a mile and a half to the springs, or some of them rented a horse and buggy to take them there.
About 1900, the Greer families bought the hotel, but after a few years, it burned, and cabins were built nearby.
I remember political speakings held at Eagle Springs when I was a child. We liked Wall Doxey. The food was delicious. Some of the springs are still there.
Frank Greer, our friend, was one of the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Greer of Potts Camp.
He served jury duty with my late husband, L.D., and he visited us after moving to Holly Springs. He was a retired banker in Arkansas. Frank loved the town of Potts Camp. He was one of the first Potts Camp Cardinal ball players. His grandfather, Dr. Boatner (his mother’s dad), and A.Q. Greer (his dad’s dad), were instrumental in getting the village of Potts Camp changed into a town so money could be borrowed to put down the first deep well.
In earlier days, before the deep well was put down, late every afternoon, there would be a line of wagons with barrels for water waiting in line at a well near the railroad track. They even had a wood trough for the horses to drink from.
Water was piped to all the homes, and also concrete sidewalks were built in our town before other towns this size.
Before we had a fire department, only a large water pipe was wrapped round two big wheels. We are proud of our home town.
North Marshall News
A platform for running for Congress?
After watching several news programs this past few days and weeks I told my wife that what we need is good honest men and women to run for the U S Congress. Joking, I told her that I might just run for the House of Representatives. That got a good, laugh and with that thought we turned out the light and said goodnight.
I was almost asleep when she asked me what I was going to write about this week. I mumbled ‘I’m not sure’ and drifted off. I get up pretty early and leave for work while my wife is still in bed. So when I was leaving for work she again asked me about the article for this week. I told her I would use the article to announce my candidacy for Congress. That kept her awake for the remainder of the morning.
Seriously, I would like to see a candidate who would make the following words the platform for his or her candidacy. He or she would have a real understanding of what is happening to our country and what is needed to turn it around. Paul Harvey aired this prayer by the Rev. Billy Graham on his radio program “The Rest of the Story” and received the greatest response to this program than to any other he has ever aired. With the Lord’s help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called “One nation under God.” Here are the words spoken in prayer by the Rev. Billy Graham.
Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, “Woe to those who call evil good, but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it Welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!
I believe Dr. Graham has a good view of what is happening to our country and what is needed. Are there any candidates out there who would stand on these convictions and principles?
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