April 8, 2010
Potts Camp News
The story of the jelly beans
The three churches on the Potts Camp Methodist Charge, including Bethlehem Methodist and Cornersville Methodist, met at Potts Camp Church on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. for combined Easter services. Rev. Don Newton is pastor of the entire charge.
Joann Potts, my dear sister-in-law, of Olive Branch, stopped for a visit with me on Tuesday. She had put Easter flowers on graves of loved ones in three different graveyards, two in Hickory Flat, where her parents and grandparents, etc. are buried; then on the grave of her late husband, Rev. Lindy Potts, my younger brother, in Potts Camp. He preached for 42 years in Methodist churches in Mississippi.
Can Jesus depend on us to strengthen the kingdom of God, just as He depended on those first disciples? Today’s Christians are all He has. Can He depend on us?
By feeding on your blessed word, dear Lord, I will no longer weak and childish be; as I listen to your Spirit’s voice, may Christlike love and grace be seen in me.
Do a good deed of simple kindness, though its end you may not see. It may reach like widening ripples down a long eternity.
Have you heard the story of the jelly beans?
The black one is a symbol of our sinful heart, cold and hard, not a good start.
The red ones will be for the blood shed for you and me.
The white ones are for washed white as snow by the blood of Jesus, did you know?
The green ones mean growth for our clean heart so we can tell others of Jesus; that’s a good start.
The yellow ones would be for the streets of gold like the ones in Heaven, as in Revelations is told. The purple ones are for the robe He wore when our sins on the cross He bore.
So the next time you see a bag of jelly beans, you will know what the colors mean. We always see jelly beans at the Easter season, so now you know the reason.
Happy birthday to Judy Forester on April 2.
Happy wedding anniversary to Charles and Jean Gurley on April 5.
Happy birthday to Barbara Pipkin on April 8; to Zack Mayer on April 9.
Happy wedding anniversary to Jimmy and Georgia Cobbs on April 12 and happy birthday to Kym Gurley White on April 15.
Prayers: Adelle Hudson, Mary Frances Clayton, Elaine Jarrett, Diane Clayton, Lina Mae Rhea, Andy and Connie Work, Linda Thieson, Mary and Henry Jarrett, Charles Henderson, Henry Tutor, L.D. Ford, Gussie Davis, Sandy Byrd, G.R. and Ruby Thompson.
Potts Camp History
I’ll never forget the Greer families, who once were an important part of our town! Wright Greer, who lived to be more than 100, used to tell me about the things that happened here before I was born. His dad, A.Q. Greer Sr., was one of the first settlers in our small town and the first banker. The first child born to the A.Q. Greers was Lester Greer in 1887, one year before the first board meeting in 1888. They lived on Pontotoc Street.
Mr. Lester married the daughter of a famous doctor, Dr. Boatner. He was one of the first state senators in the ’20s for two terms and she (Montgomery Greer) organized the first PTA at the school (Potts Camp was the first). They lived near the Potts Camp United Methodist Church, where the first Potts Camp School was located until 1913.
Children of Lester and “Monty” (as she called herself) were Dan, Louise, Frank and Ralph. (I knew them all.) Louise married and moved north and died young. Her son, Eddie Turner, came to Potts Camp and lived with them and attended Potts Camp School.
Curtis Greer operated one of the first stores in town, Greer and Greer. Later, they used the old store for a warehouse and bought the two-story brick store of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Laws nearby. Mrs. Laws (Birdie) had a stylish hat shop for women upstairs. She and her sister, Myrtle, made the lovely hats with wide brims and decorated them with flowers, veils and plumes. I went there with my mother one day.
The Greer and Greer store became famous. They sold everything people needed, shoes, clothes, groceries, coal to burn and seed to plant, everything.
They would furnish a family who farmed food and supplies for a year and collect in the fall when the crops were gathered.
Curtis Greer married a Potts Camp School teacher, Mary Ella Robinson; we all loved her. They had two special children, A.Q. Greer and Katherine; he operated an insurance company but died young.
Katherine Sundstrom lives in Holly Springs. Robert Greer, president of Potts Camp State Bank, died in 1950 and the bank was closed.
Wright Greer kept it for an insurance building. They were all active members of Potts Camp Methodist Church, especially Mary Ellen Greer and Katherine.
Other members of the Greer family were Eva Matthew of Clarksdale and Joyner Eason of Tupelo.
The second home of the famous Greer family on Mulberry Street was large and wonderful. It has been demolished.
We miss the Greers. We loved all of them!
The Greers bought Eagle Springs, but it burned about 1900 and the hotel was never rebuilt.
Did you know?
Law of God and nature
Samuel Adams was known as the “Father of the American Revolution.” He worked for over 20 years as a patriot and leader. He instigated the “Boston Tea Party,” signed the Declaration of Independence, called for the first Continental Congress and served as a member of Congress until 1781. He helped draft the Massachusetts Constitution, served as lieutenant governor and later as governor of Massachusetts.
Samuel Adams formed the Committees of Correspon-dence, which was largely responsible for the unity and cohesion of the Colonists preceding the Revolution. The original committee formed in Boston had three goals – (1) To delineate the rights of Colonists as men, (2) To detail how these rights had been violated, (3) To publicize these rights and the violations thereof throughout the Colonies. His reports were spread like fire through the towns and parishes, many times by an early pony express system. His work, “The Rights of Colonists” was circulated in 1772.
I am going to list a few statements by Samuel Adams and you can decide if this founding father meant for the church and/or God to be separated or removed from the government and for the people to rule not the government.
On October 4, 1790, Samuel Adams wrote to John Adams, then vice president of the United States:
Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age, by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, of inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity and universal philanthropy, and, in subordination to these great principles, the love of their country; of instructing them in the art of self-government without which they never can act a wise part in the government of societies, great or small; in short, of leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system.
Other quotes and statements by Adams:
Did You Know On
April 7, 1970 – John Wayne won his only Oscar for his role in “True Grit.”
April 8, 1974 – Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s record.
April 9, 1865 – Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate Army to Ulysses S. Grant.
April 10, 1942 – The Japanese began the brutal 90-mile Bataan Death March.
April 11, 1945 – The American troops liberated the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany.
April 12, 1861 – The Civil War began at Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina.
April 13, 1861 – After 33 hours of bombardment, the Union-held Fort Sumter surrendered to the Confederate forces.
This Week’s Quiz
Who was the silversmith who made the print of the Boston Massacre used by Samuel Adams as a battle cry for American liberty?
The Pony Express began between what two cities?
In 1972, Congress sent the Equal Rights Amendment to the states to be ratified; which state was the last one to ratify the amendment?
What was the name of the lawyer who defended the British soldiers during the trial following the Boston Massacre?
How many terms did Samuel Adams serve as President of the United States?
Answers To Last Week’s Quiz
Samuel Adams graduated from Harvard University.
Samuel Adams did not at first support the Constitution, but later voted to ratify the Constitution.
Samuel Adams served as governor of Massachusetts.
Samuel Adams’s father was a brewer.
The Colonials protested taxes and restricted trade at the Boston Tea Party.
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