February 5, 2009
Potts Camp News
Joann Potts home setting for birthday party
We are thankful that Josh Darnell, grandson of George and Dorothy Dickey, is improving slowly in a hospital after he was injured overseas and sent back to the States. Continue to pray for him.
We were saddened by the recent death of a former Potts Camp resident, Troy L. Defer, age 58, of Red Banks, pastor of Red Banks Baptist Church. We send our love and sympathy to his sister, Patty Churchill of Potts Camp, and his other family members.
I was glad to hear from Berniece Beaird of Mobile, Ala., a former Potts Camp resident and a friend. She and her late husband, Mack, lived here during our younger years. She was excited over my 90th birthday celebration. She lives with her daughter, Cheryl, a college teacher.
Joann Potts of Olive Branch (my sister-in-law) hosted a birthday party at her home on Jan. 25 for her aunt, Ann Mann of Memphis. Doris Goode and her family of Hickory Flat, sister to Ann Mann attended the event, also Ann’s twin boys and their families of Memphis. Joann’s children, who are my late brother Lindy’s children, Alan and Carol Potts of Tupelo, Dean and Beth Potts and Pam Qualls of Tupelo attended the party.
Salvation is the first step in a journey of a lifetime. Our relationship with God will grow stagnant if we don’t talk to Him, grow in our knowledge of Him and increase in our love for Him.
In a world that offers preferential treatment to the wealthy, the famous and influential, it’s encouraging to know that every child of God has equal access to the Father in heaven.
The psalmist said, “The Lord is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” Psalm 145:18
“Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified; He is risen, He is not here; behold the place where they laid him.” Mark 16:6
The disciples were hiding behind closed doors. Suddenly Jesus appeared among them and spoke to them. He showed them His hands and side; they were overjoyed to learn that Jesus was alive.
Jesus instructed them to carry on His ministry. It has always been His intention that His followers carry the gospel to all the world.
He breathed on them and commanded them to receive the “Holy Spirit.” Now that He was raised, the Spirit could live in them, and also others who believe.
Let us worship the risen Savior, and give praise for what His burial, resurrection and ascension means to us who put our faith in Him.
Christ lives in the hearts of all His believers.
Miriam and David Hunsucker of Ashland met their daughter, Tammy Cobb of Myrtle, at the home of Miriom’s mother, Joyce Clayton, in our town for a short visit.
Lena Faye Work called me from Graceland recently to thank me for a birthday card. I was glad to hear from her.
Prayer list: Lina Mae Rhea, Martha Hollingsworth, Josh Darnell, Mary Jarrett, Diane Clayton, Henry Tutor, Robert Hugh King, Mary Jo Whaley, Leo and Mary Frances Clayton, Betty Fincher, Connie Work, Mary Jo McCallum, Charles Henderson. Pray for those who have lost loved ones, those who suffer and the leaders of our country. Pray for our new president and his family.
Memories and History
The old landmark in Winborn still stands! In 1913, when Will Allisa came to Potts Camp Post Office to pick up his order, he had to use a horse and wagon. It was a two-story house, shipped in bundles with directions for assembly from Sears Roebuck and Co. The first man who tried to build it walked away. Memphis Mining Company had ordered the house. At that time, iron ore had been discovered in the hills around Winborn, two miles from Potts Camp. After a few years, the mining company had moved away and the two-story house, made of redwood and brick with seven rooms and a bath, was rented.
About 1915, my dad was depot agent at Plantersville, where he met my mother; they moved to Winborn where he was depot agent after they married, and James and I were born there. They rented rooms in the two-story house when James was born, but had moved to a smaller house when I was born.
About 1920, we moved to Potts Camp, where his dad, J.A. Potts, had built a two-story house on Front St. in 1910. They grew up on Potts Creek about two miles from town. Sears Roebuck had offered houses in their catalogue from 1908 - 1937. They priced from $650 to $2,500.
Tony Nichols’ father had rented the house in 1920 and lived there until his death. Then Tony and Eddie Nichols bought the house. It was the first house in this area with a bathtub; it also had lights and running water.
Betty and I enjoyed a visit there a few days ago, and she took my picture there. The renters were not at home, but the owner told us it was all right. We didn’t go inside.
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