January 14, 2010
Potts Camp News
Justin Ash graduates from Great Lakes Naval Base
Last week, Brett and McChelle Whaley and her daughter Jessica Ash drove to the Great Lake Naval Base in Illinois to attend the graduation services of Justin Ash as a sailor. He is the son of McChelle Whaley and twin brother of Jessica Ash. Congratulations to Justin!
Connie Ash spent Monday in Oxford, where she visited two doctors. Her condition has improved, but she still needs our prayers.
Mary Minor stopped at Graceland Home in New Albany on Tuesday to visit G.R. Thompson and two other patients she knew there.
David Fuller was happy that it snowed!
1. We give of ourselves when we give gifts of the heart: love, kindness, sympathy and forgiveness.
2. We give of ourselves when we give gifts of the spirit: prayer, faith, beauty.
3. We give of ourselves when we give the gifts of time: patience, attention, consideration.
Emmerson once said, “Material possessions are not gifts, but mere substitutions for gifts.”
The only true gift is a portion of thyself (Love).
God Bless You
It’s a little prayer, “God bless you,” but it means so much today. It means “May angels guard you, and His sunshine light your way.” “God’s love surrounds you.” Peace unfolds, never to depart. It’s a little prayer, “God bless you,” but it comes right from the heart.
If any little love of mine may make a life the sweeter, if any little care of mine may make a friend the fleeter, if any little lift may ease the burden of another, God give me love and care and strength to help my toiling brother.
Prayer of Faith
Believe in God’s world and its wonders. Believe that the birds will sing. Believe there’s sunshine behind each cloud, that winter is followed by spring. Believe that each prayer is answered by the grace of Heaven above. Believe that a miracle happens each day. Believe in the gift of God’s love.
Birthdays for January
1. A late happy birthday to Colton Muraco on Jan. 6. He is the son of Holley (Stone) and Mike Muraco and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mitch Stone. 2. Happy birthday to Sarah Lambert Hollingsworth, my great-granddaughter, on Jan. 8. 3. To Suzette Hollingsworth, sister of Sarah Lambert, on Jan. 12. 4. Happy birthday to Audrey Poole on Jan. 11. 5. To Elizabeth Hollingsworth, Danny’s wife, on Jan. 17. 6. Happy birthday to David Greer Sr., Betty’s husband, my son-in-law, on Jan. 20. 7. To Mitch Stone on Jan. 22; to Jeanette Stone on Jan. 30. To Olivia Blond, Liesa’s daughter, my great-great-granddaughter, on Jan. 16.
Prayer list: Sandy Byrd, Linda Thieson, Charles Henderson, G.R. Thompson, Mary Lois Gurley, Connie Work, Lina Mae Rhea, Lena Faye Work, Mary Jarrett, Henry Tutor, Betty Fincher, Diane and Thurman Clayton.
Memories and History
In the spring of 1989, the Burlington Northern Railroad bought out the Frisco Railroad. They made a goodwill trip from Memphis to Amory. The train was “service by design” with five cars. They hosted 40 special passengers on a three-hour trip (free). A special dinner was served in a large dining area. Harry Jones from Potts Camp, who owned a business here for 60 years, was invited on the trip. He was a grandson of Dr. Vaughan, the first Potts Camp doctor and among the first town settlers. He was a former Frisco Railroad brakesman. Harry had always had a fascination for trains.
He and Hayes Henderson attended the railroad festival in Amory every year.
When a train stopped at the crossing in Potts Camp, Harry was always there. People would say, “Here comes Harry.” When he passed through the town on the special train, they said, “There goes Harry!”
Harry married a Potts Camp School teacher, Clara Rose. We called her Rose Jones. She was a tall, pretty, young woman. They lived in Amory a while, then came back to Potts Camp.
Their three lovely daughters, Betty Rose, Frances and Kathryn, are still living. Rose began teaching in Potts Camp School again later. The children all loved her. She had a happy third grade class. Our son, Danny, was one of them.
One day, Rose decided to take her class on a train trip. They had never been on a train before. Other classes and teachers joined them and several parents. Someone drove them to Holly Springs, where they boarded the train. It passed through Potts camp and on to New Albany, where they were met by parents and drove back to Potts Camp School. It was a happy day.
I was working at the school, so I watched them pass through our town. Rose also taught a Sunday school class at Potts Camp Methodist Church, and received a 50-year service pin, along with Ruth Powell. They taught all our children.
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