March 18, 2010
Potts Camp News
Prayers extended to Pauline Hutchins
Recent guests of Walter Theison and his wife, Linda (who is ill), were their daughter, Karen Jones of Grand Junction, Co., and her daughters, Amber and Heather, and a granddaughter, Haleigh. We ask for special prayers for Linda; she was a former member of the Watson family.
We extend our love and sympathy to the family of Virgil Clayton, age 70, who died recently. Graveside services were held at Clayton’s Cemetery on Monday with many friends and relatives attending.
Joyce Clayton’s daughter, Merion and David Hunsucker of Ashland, drove her to Fulton to a gospel singing on Saturday night; four different groups sang for them. They enjoyed it. On Monday, Joyce Clayton drove to Southaven to visit her sister-in-law, Betty Smith.
The Lord gives us all unique gifts! We should use them to honor and love Him and Jesus, our Savior, and others.
The sounds of music and singing are among God’s gifts. When we hear hymns of praise, our thoughts are of God and His son, Jesus, our Savior. When we hear patriotic songs we think of our wonderful country. I learned the power of music as a child, playing our tall Victrola long ago in the hall. I felt like I was standing beside Jimmy Rodgers “just waiting for a train.”
Two brothers had lived on farms side by side for many years; they were happy. One day they had an argument and one brothers dug a lake between them.
A man looking for work came to his brother’s door looking for work. He asked him to build a huge dam between the other brother who built the lake.
Returning home, instead of a dam, the man had built a wonderful bridge. Before he could speak, he saw his brother coming to meet him on the bride with open arms. He said, “After the way I treated you by building a dam, you have had this wonderful bridge built,” and threw his arms around him. They asked the man to stay and work for them, but he said, “No, I have other bridges to build!”
We were saddened by the recent death of my friends George and Dorothy Dickey’s daughter-in-law, Mona Kay Dickey, age 45, wife of Tom Dickey. They lived at Belden. Services were held on Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo, where she was a member, with burial in Gore Springs. She leaves her husband, Tom Dickey; two daughters, Olivia Grace Dickey and Lauren Alexander Dickey; also her mother, Romona Rogers James and two brothers. We send our love and sympathy to the family.
We were also saddened by the death of Mary Lois Gurley of Potts Camp, a lifelong friend. She has a wonderful family. We send love and sympathy to all of them.
Pray for Pauline Hutchens, who had recent emergency surgery to have a pacemaker put in her heart. Her daughter, Sue Erwin, and sister, Hazel Foote, are caring for her at her home.
Congratulations to Deanna Alderson and Rodney Waugh, who will be married March 13 at First Baptist Church in Potts Camp. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Alderson of Potts Camp, and he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Waugh of Duck Hill.
Happy belated birthday to Sherry Hart Colhoun (March 3), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Hart, and to Denise G. White (Feb. 28), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Gurley. They are both granddaughters of Mrs. Mary L. Gurley
Happy Birthday to Melanie DeBerry Poole on March 13, to Megan Elizabeth Wilson on March 24, and to Cindy Hart Passons on March 25.
Happy birthday to Dave Greer, son of my grandson, David Greer Jr, on his 9th birthday March 20. Also to another great-grandson, Nathan Carl Blond on his 11th birthday, son of my granddaughter, Liesa and Carl Blond of Austin, Tx. Betty and David Greer of Cornersville are the grandparents of both of these boys.
Prayer list: Diane Clayton, Linda Theison, Charles Henderson, Mary Jarrett, Sandy Byrd, Charles Henderson, Lina Mae Rhea, Ben West, Henry Tutor, James Foreman, Gussie Davis, Lena Faye Work, Connie Work, Betty Fincher; those who have lost loved ones.
Memories and History
Dr. J.W. Vaughan was the first Potts Camp doctor! When Dr. and Mrs. Vaughan arrived by train one stormy night at the new Potts Camp Depot built in 1886, Mrs. Vaughan thought they had come to the jumping-off place. A revival was being held by the Methodists in an old school house. They started shouting and the floor fell in. Dr. Vaughan was called to help the injured; they liked the new doctor.
Other first settlers of Potts Camp were A.Q. Greer, banker; Mary (Potts) Reid and her husband, Charlie Reid; and the Jones family. Mary P. Reid, daughter of the first settler in this area, had given land for a right-of-way to get the railroad to come this way and the depot was named “Potts Camp” for her dad.
Dr. Vaughan owned the first drug store in town, owned the first phone and published a newspaper, with help, called “The Illuminator,” for two years.
Dr. Vaughan also served as the first secretary and treasurer on the first town board. His drug store burned in 1917 on Front St. Two special daughters were born to Dr. and Mrs. Vaughan. They were Faye V. Peel and Mattie Jones.
Mrs. Peel’s husband died young. He brought the first car to town, a one-seated “turnabout.” She became postmaster in 1932 and served during World War II, helping many people. She was active in Potts Camp United Methodist Church, playing the organ and was an adult Sunday school teacher.
Mattie married Bernard Jones and they had several special children. Harry was the special one in our town for most of his life, after being a brakesman on the Frisco Railroad at one time. We loved Harry and Rose Jones and now their three daughters, Betty Rose, Frances Fitts and Kathryn Scarbrough.
Did you know?
By the people...
George Washington’s decision not to run for a third term signaled to the people that the United States is to be governed by the people.
Washington’s Farewell Address is really an open letter to the American people appearing in papers across the country on September 19, 1796. He reminded the people that national strength rests on the pillars of private morality, especially religion. The word he used to describe those pillars of American democracy is not “optional” or “desirable” or “helpful”; it is “indispensable.” Here in part is that letter to the people:
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens? The mere politician, equally with the pious, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on the minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail to exclusion of religious principle.
Tis substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule indeed extends to more or less force to every species of free government. Who that is a sincere friend to it can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric.”
It is evident that Washington and the other founders intended for the people to have freedom of religion and that religion was the strength of the fabric that provided each individual the right to private property, pursuit of happiness, freedom of oppression from a government, freedom of speech, to bear arms, to petition the government, no warrants without probable cause, and all powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, not prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
It is my personal opinion that George Washington is the greatest man that ever lived in and served this great country.
Did You Know On
Mar. 17, 1776 – The British evacuated Boston because of the cannons on Dorchester Heights.
Mar. 18, 1925 – The deadliest tornado in American history killed some 700 people in Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana.
Mar. 19, 1831 – Edward Smith stole $245,000 from the City Bank in downtown New York, the first recorded bank robbery in American history.
Mar. 20, 1922 – The USS Langley was commissioned as the first U.S. Navy aircraft carrier.
Mar. 21, 1617 – Pocahontas was buried in Gravesend, England.
Mar. 22, 1972 – Congress sent The Equal Rights Amendment to the states where it failed to be ratified.
Mar. 23, 1806 – The Lewis and Clark expedition departed the Pacific coast for its return journey east.
This Week’s Quiz
Is it against the Constitution for public school children to say “Under God” when saying the Pledge of Allegiance?
Which of the founding Fathers died a violent death and how did he die?
What is the name of the U.S. carrier named for a then living president?
In the Great Seal of The United States the eagle holds thirteen olive branches in its right talon and thirteen arrows in its left talon. Which way does the eagle face and why?
What was the original name of the Ed Sullivan television show?
Answers To Last Week’s Quiz
George Washington was born in Westmoreland County, Va.
Washington proclaimed Nov. 26, 1789 as a National Day of Thanksgiving.
In his farewell address Washington said “let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.”
George Washington, George Ross and Robert Morris called on Betsy Ross, giving her a rough sketch, from which the first official “Stars and Stripes” was produced.
The first ship in Washington’s Navy was named the “Hannah.”
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