Potts Camp News
Congratulations extended to Joe Epting for 50 years of service
A special program was held on Sunday night at Doxey Morehouse Auditorium at Rust College in Holly Springs to honor the outstanding seniors of Marshall County. Among those attending from Potts Camp were Lynn and Martha Goolsby and Jamie and Joyce Clayton, the parents and grandmother of Hanna Goolsby, one of the five honor seniors of our Potts Camp School. Congratulations to all of them!
A birthday celebration and dinner was held at the home of Lela Hale for her on Saturday, with a large group of family and friends attending!
Thanks to Lela for the delicious food she brought to me after her dinner.
Congratulations to Rev. Joe Epting on his 50th year as a pastor (1969-1975 at Potts Camp); Baptist Church, Cornersville now from 1999. A reception and program will be held starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 15. We remember him as a wonderful pastor and his wife, Christine, a Potts Camp School teacher. We love them. Everyone is invited; no gifts. The reception will be held at 103 Cornersville Rd., Potts Camp.
On Tuesday, Angela Dalton Lucius, who lives on Cooks Circle, near Potts Camp, visited me. She enjoys the history of the town and cemeteries of Potts Camp. I really enjoyed her visit.
The Lonely, Old and Forgotten
She sits there awaiting patiently and wipes away a tear, wishing that a visitor would suddenly appear, someone to say “How are you?” and greet her with a smile. Someone to sit beside her and chat a little while. It’s hard for her to understand just what she’s doing there. What happened to her family and friends who used to care? How come she’s been abandoned like some old worn out shoe? What crime has she committed, what bad thing did she do? True she has a bed to sleep on and she’s shelter from the rain. But there is little else to ease her loneliness and pain. She’s only one of many in an oldster’s home today who finds the price of longer life is much too hard to pay. That picture could be quickly changed if all of us would spend some extra time just visiting a relative or friend. Who’s shut away from all the things that once was held so dear and needs to be reminded that at least someone is near. To take her by the hand and say, “How are you?” with a smile and then sit close beside her and just love her for a while. (Lindy’s Newsletter)
1. When the curtain falls at the close of the day, there are no reruns in life’s drama, so we need to live life to its fullest and enjoy every moment.
2. Praise God, and thank Him and put Him first in your life, and He will bless you.
3. It is encouraging to know that every child of God has a good access to the throne of God!
4. Music is one of God’s special gifts; singing praise to God brings us near Him.
5. Make other people happy, and you will be happy, too.
6. Salvation is the first step in the journey of a lifetime.
7. Jesus tells us over and over to love each other and our neighbor as ourselves. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we loved each other as Jesus loves us. We could tear down the jails and never lock a door. “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him in truth.” Psalm 114:18
My Daily Creed
Let me be a little kinder, let me be a little blinder, to the faults of those about me; let me praise a little more. Let me be, when I am weary, just a little bit more cheery. Let me serve a little better, those who I am striving for. Let me be a little braver, when temptation bids me waver. Let me strive a little harder, to be all the things I should be. Let me be a little meeker, with the brother who is weaker. Let me think more of my neighbor and a little less of me.
Prayers - We ask for prayers for all who have lost loved ones and those who have had surgery.
Pray for my friend, Marjorie Clifton, who lost her husband and also her daughter in a short time apart.
Others - Mary Frances Clayton, Mary Jarrett, Diane Clayton, Pauline Hutchens and her son, Stanley Skelton, Connie Work, Betty Fincher, G.R. and Ruby Thompson, Henry Tutor, Richard Erwin, Elaine Jarrett, Louise Pruitt.
Potts Camp’s Famous Landmark - The Old Coal Chute
Many people today don’t remember Potts Camp’s famous landmark, the old coal chute, built in 1915 and demolished in 1977.
In 1950, when the last train with a coal engine passed through our town, it was no longer needed, so it became a landmark. It was the largest one of the Frisco Railroad, and the only one between Memphis and Amory, so every train stopped for coal and water.
The old Potts Camp Depot - where my dad, Benton Potts, was the agent for almost 50 years - and the old coal chute were very important during the years of World War II. They both were open day and night. Soldiers would get off the train and admire the coal chute. Troop trains traveled 24 hours a day.
In 1910, my grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Potts, had built a two-story house on the street near the railroads called The Potts House. They rented rooms. One day, my older brother, James, and I climbed the ladder that took us about half way up the huge structure. We could see all the houses in town. It was fun. Pictures of the old coal chute were painted by an artist and put on display, and others took pictures.
It was sad to see it demolished, but it had become dangerous.
I’ll never forget the old depot and coal chute. I have a huge picture of the coal chute.
Did you know?
He was born on April 13, 1743, and died on July 4, 1826, just a few hours before his friend John Adams. He was the third president of the United States (1801-1809), and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. Some of the events during his presidency include the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the Louisiana Purchase.
Politically he favored states rights and limited federal government. He supported the separation of church and state.
I probably will need to devote an article or two on this subject since so much of history has been re-written by motivated authors. I admit I am not a historian but will try to give you actual words and facts rather than opinion. You can decide for yourself. There is a great deal of information available on the Internet but you must be careful in what is fact and what is someone’s motivated opinion. This introductory article is just that.
Thomas Jefferson was the third of ten children. His mother was Jane Randolph; his father was Peter Jefferson, a planter and surveyor. Thomas Jefferson attended a local school run by a minister named William Douglas. At the age of 9 Jefferson began studying Latin, Greek, and French. At the age of 14, Jefferson’s father died. Jefferson inherited about 5,000 acres of land and dozens of slaves. This is where he built his home that became known as Monticello.
He continued his education and later entered the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg at the age of 16. Jefferson had the reputation as one devoted to his studies. After graduating with highest honors he read law with George Wythe and was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1767.
In the fall of 1765 Jefferson’s oldest sister, Jane, died at the age of 25. His two sisters, Mary and Martha, had married and moved away with their husbands leaving, him with the responsibility of his younger siblings.
Jefferson continued and developed a successful law practice and began the construction of Monticello in 1768. Records show a rich spiritual life at Monticello slave quarters, both Christian and African traditions. Since many of the slaves could read and write it is accepted that Jefferson saw to their education. Nest week we will move on to the Revolution.
Did You Know On
May 12, 1780 – Patriot Gen. Benjamin Lincoln surrendered Charleston, S.C., and 5,000 troops to British Gen. Sir Henry Clinton.
May 13, 1607 – Colonists founded Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in what is now the United States.
May 14, 1787 – Delegates gathered in Philadelphia for the Constitutional Conven-tion.
May 15, 1940 – Crowds of shoppers scrambled to buy nylon stockings the first day they went on sale in selected stores.
May 16, 1842 – One of the first wagon trains set out for the Northwest on the Oregon Trail.
May 17, 1877 – Alexander Graham Bell answered the first interstate phone call made from New Jersey to New York.
May 18, 1908 – Congress required the words “In God We Trust” appear on certain coins.
This Week’s Quiz
How many delegates attended the Constitutional Convention on Feb. 21, 1787?
Which state did not send delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787?
Name three delegates to the Constitutional Convention.
How many days did it take Thomas Jefferson to draft the Declaration of Independence?
Who has the largest signature on the original Declaration of Independence?
Answers To Last Week’s Quiz
There were five men who served on the committee to make the first draft of the Declaration of Independence.
There were 13 Colonies when the Declaration of Independence was drafted.
The value of goods traded for Manhattan Island was $24.
The first Presidential Mansion was located in Franklin, N.Y.
John Adams taught school after graduation from Harvard College.
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