Decemeber 3, 2009
Potts Camp News
Sylvia Akins receives royalty check for published work
Happy holidays! It’s almost time to sing Christmas carols and go shopping!
Kay Clayton delivered Thanksgiving fruit trays from the Church of Christ for Thanksgiving; others did also. We thank them!
Thanksgiving dinner guests of Joyce Clayton were her family, Lynn and Martha Goolsby and Hanna and Jamie, also her daughter, Miriam and David Hunsucker of Ashland.
On Sunday, Betty Greer and Bobbie Price put Christmas flowers on the family graves at Potts Camp Cemetery.
Andy and Connie Work and family members drove to Memphis, Tenn., on Tuesday night to see the lights at the mall turned on for Christmas.
Congratulations to Sylvia Akins of Memphis, who grew up in Potts Camp, who received a royalty check for a story that she published years ago. It was published in France, Japan and England.
Polly and Edwin Churchill cooked their Thanksgiving dinner and took it to their son David’s house in New Albany.
I want to congratulate two special teachers, Betty Hearn, the chair of the English Department at Blue Mountain College, a former Potts Camp English teacher and a friend who delivered Blue Mountain Humanities lecture. She has taught there since 1968. The other one is Belinda Russell, Northwest teacher who was named Online Instructor of the Year (pictured in New Albany Gazette). Belinda is the daughter of my late sister, Ann Hill, who grew up in Potts Camp. Her dad is Herman Hill of Becken. Belinda was recently named Humanities Teacher of the Year; she received a $500 cash award.
You are only one individual, but you can be a mighty power for good. God can use you if you yield yourself to His will and His spirit.
The story of Jesus’ birth at Christmas never grows old. We never tire of seeing the pictures of the baby in the manger, because there was no room in the inn.
Our churches had wonderful leaders when I was a girl, who would have us act out the Christmas story every year. When my late brother, Charles L. Potts (who later became a preacher), was about 8 months old, some of them asked my mother to let him be baby Jesus in the story. She told them if I could be his mother Mary, it was alright. (I cared for him at home.) At the time, I didn’t realize what an honor that was.
Sometimes people today try to leave Christ out of Christmas. I remember the little boy who had learned all about Jesus’ birthday at Christmas when he attended Sunday school. His mother took him to a large store and presents and toys were everywhere. He looked around, then said, “Where is the baby?” We should never leave Jesus out of Christmas or our life.
Birthdays: Julia Blond, Dec. 2, Miralle Blond, Dec. 4, both young daughters of my granddaughter, Liesa and Carl Blond of Austin, Tx. Ruby Churchill, Dec. 5; her husband, Robert King, Dec. 8; Betty Greer (my daughter), Dec. 11. My birthday is Dec. 16, age 91.
Prayers: Sarah Doxey, Linda Theison, Sandy Byrd, Mary Jo McCallum, Lina Mae Rhea, Betty W. Wilson Ash, Mary Jarrett, Mary Lois Gurley, Charles Henderson, Diane Clayton, Betty Fincher, Connie Work.
We are proud of our Potts Camp Cardinals ball teams. Our town has always had good ball teams, even when we had no gym.
Back in 1932 when I was attending Potts Camp High School, the first gym was built and the players were named the Cardinals. The boys sold chickens to buy the first red suits.
Did you know?
Good times at Sweetwater Farms
There were many of our Sweetwater Farms neighbors who had family and friends at their homes to share in the Thanksgiving tradition, taking time to be thankful for our bountiful blessings and sharing with loved ones.
At our house we shared the traditional meal of turkey and all the trimmings, too much cake and pie and belts that became too tight. Remember those polyester pants that would stretch and the ones that had the comfort waist band? I could use a pair today.
Our neighbors, Rick and Brenda Hensley, continued their 25-year tradition of having family and friends at their home in Sweetwater Farms. It was a time of Thanksgiving celebration and sharing of food and fellowship. Brenda tells me that everyone brings a dish and the bounty is always plentiful and the variety is excellent. Rick and Brenda had one of our family members at their celebration. Our dog B.G. visited the Hensley’s dog Harley during the feast. Other guests attending the Thanksgiving celebration were Rick and Brenda’s son Cody Hensley and daughter-in-law Ashley from Olive Branch, Rick’s mother Marie Hensley and aunt Robbie Suitor from Millington, Tenn., Rick’s brother Mike Hensley and wife Karen Hensley from Rutherford, Tenn., Rick’s nephew Shane Hensley and Shane’s wife Michelle Hensley from Colorado, Brenda’s mother Betty Holcomb, Brenda’s brother Gary Holcomb from Southaven, and friends Carl Danckert from New York, Mitch and Toni Cook from Olive Branch, and Terry Brockwell from Barton. No blessing is better than family and friends. We hope you and yours had a great day.
Did You Know On
Dec. 2, 1823 – President James Monroe outlined his doctrine opposing European interference in the Western Hemisphere, known as the Monroe Doctrine.
Dec. 3, 1805 – Lewis and Clark had reached the Pacific coast, and began looking for a place to set up camp.
Dec. 4, 1783 – After the Revolutionary War ended, George Washington said farewell to his officers at the Fraunces Tavern in New York City.
Dec. 5, 1933 – The Twenty-first amendment was ratified, ending Prohibition.
Dec. 6, 1884 – Construction of the Washington Monument was completed.
Dec. 7, 1941 – Japanese war planes attacked the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor
Dec. 8, 1940 – The Chicago Bears defeated the Washington Redskins 73 – 0 in the most lopsided NFL Championship game ever.
This Week’s Quiz
Who said, “No power over the freedom of religion…[is] delegated to the United States by the Constitution.”
He helped write the Constitution of Virginia, he authored 29 of the 85 Federalist Papers and said, “Religion [is] the basis and Foundation of Government.” Who was he?
What U.S. President said, the United States is no longer a Christian nation?
What U.S. President said, This [United States] is a Christian nation?
He said, “God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.” Who was he? Hint: You have a book of knowledge that carries the same sir name.
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
John Brown was hanged for his part in the raid on Harpers Ferry.
Mt. Elbert in Colorado is the highest peak in the U.S. Rocky Mountains at 14,433’.
The four presidents whose images are carved into Mt. Rushmore are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
“The Great Train Robbery” was the first Western Movie released.
America’s official march song is “Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Phillip Sousa.
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