Potts Camp News
Joyce Clayton entertains Sunday dinner guests
Many of us enjoyed Mother’s Day weekend!
Guests of Betty Fincher who enjoyed visiting on Sunday in her home were family members Connie and Andy Work, Tony and Tammie Fincher and Anthony and Felecia Fincher.
Billie Margaret Benefield’s two daughters called her on Mother’s Day. They are Regenia Cooper of Springfield, Mo., and Susan Hurst of Plain Field, Idaho.
Joyce Clayton’s dinner guests on Sunday were her family, David and Merion Hunsucker of Ashland and their daughter Tammie Cobb and children of Myrtle, also Joyce son, Lynn and Martha Goolsby and Hanna and Jamie from here. Hanna is a senior this year; she is a special girl.
Many family members of mine visited last weekend and brought and sent gifts. I was happy to see them and and to hear from others. God has blessed all of us. We thank Him!
Congratulations to Lori Whaley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Whaley, who graduated from law school in Oxford on Saturday. Many family members attended her graduation.
Also, congratulations to all of the seniors of Potts Camp High School!
Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Matthew 28:20.
Dear child of God, be not afraid when shadows dark appear and fearful you must press on, remember God is near.
Although His face you cannot see, for day has turned to night, look up and trust, for you may walk by faith and not by sight.
He will not let you walk alone the darkest valley through. So while you journey, hear His voice, “Come I will walk with you.”
Just take His hand and let Him lead Be not afraid, I pray. For long ago on the cross He opened the way.
1. If my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14.
2. Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot help but bring some into their lives as well!
3. Faith makes all things possible, hope makes all things bright, love makes all things easy.
4. O, give thanks to God, for He is good; His love and kindness go on forever. I Chronicles 16:14.
5. Life is God’s gift to us; the way we live it is our gift to God. Make it special.
(The many things I have learned over the years)
1. If you depend on others to make you happy, you will always be disappointed.
2. If you want to do something for your children, improve yourself.
3. Love is a great investment; no matter who you give it to, it returns great dividends.
4. It is OK to be content with what you have, but never what you are.
5. You can always find time to do what you really want to do.
6. Regardless of what little you have, you can always give love and encouragement.
7. If you like yourself and who you are, you will probably like everyone you meet.
8. Being a good mother is the best occupation you can find.
9. If love is not taught in the home, it is difficult to learn anywhere else.
The magic key to open the door of happiness is love. If we learn to give of ourselves, to forgive others and live with thanksgiving, we will never have to search for happiness.
Happy birthday to Fred Whaley on May 24. Happy wedding anniversary to Pebble and Jack Gadd on May 27. Happy birthday to Jean Thompson on May 28 and to my niece, Belinda Ann Russell of New Albany on May 29.
Prayer list: Diane Clayton, Charles Henderson, Elaine Jarrett, Pauline Hutchens, Henry Tutor, Gussie Davis of Hickory Flat, Lena Faye Work, Betty Fincher, Connie Work, Betty Rose Jones, Sandy Byrd, Mary Jarrett, Mary Frances Clayton, Louise Pruitt, L.D. Ford, Bobbie Price, Willie Flemon and others who need our prayers.
Memories and History
Many years have passed since the Potts Camp Class of 1936 met for their 50th anniversary at Linda’s Country Kitchen in the Lake Center. Attending were: Lurline Cook, Jeff Willard Overton, T.M. Stone, Dale Potts Hollingsworth, Fred Boren, Eugenia Gray, Juanita U. Jones and C.B. Bennett. Others who attended were Effie Boren, Annie R. Stone, C.B. Bennett’s wife and Lurline Cook’s husband. Classmates not attending were Harl and Carl White (twins), Fielder Forester, Dooley Stone, Russell (Speck) Boren and Mary Elizabeth Collier. T.M. Stone, vice president of the class, welcomed the class. The colors were red and white.
Juanita Jones, editor of our school paper, “The Windy Waves,” brought each one of us a copy of it.
After a prayer by Fred Boren, a minister, each member stood and told about something that had happened to them the last 50 years.
Veterans who served in World War II were Jeff Overton, who received two Purple Hearts, and T.M. Stone.
We held hands and sang “God Bless America.”
Fred Boren said the closing prayer. Then we enjoyed a delicious dinner.
One of our classmates, Fieder Forester, was captured during the war. His family did not know if he was dead or alive until the war was over.
On Sunday morning, those who attended church services at Potts Camp Methodist Church were invited to dinner in New Albany by T.M. and Annie R. Stone.
It was a happy weekend.
Did you know?
Moving toward freedom
It was 1610 and Jamestown was struggling, so the Virginia Company, in its effort to attract more settlers, ended the company’s monopoly on land ownership. They believed this would give the colonists more initiative if they had an ownership position in the venture.
The company also adopted English common law as the basis of their system, replacing the governor as final voice on legal matters. In an effort to create a more stable society, the company dispatched a boatload of marriageable women to the colony; the going rate was 120 pounds of tobacco for each bride. Side note, men; convert that to today’s market for the price of tobacco and the effects of its use, she would be an expensive and dangerous bride. No discredit to the ladies intended.
In addition, the company, in its effort to make the local government more responsive to the colonists held a meeting of the House of Burgesses in Jamestown. A burgess was chosen from qualified voters. Voting for a burgess was limited to males over age 17. This was the first such assembly in the Americas. This assembly represented the governor, who was appointed by the company officials in London, the governor’s council, six prominent citizens selected by the governor, the burgesses from various locales, initially the larger plantations and later in the counties. The burgesses were empowered to enact legislation for the colony, but their actions were subject to veto by the governor and ultimately by the company directors in London.
Virginia became a royal colony in 1624. Although its influence was very limited, the House of Burgesses continued to meet. Can you see it coming, with land ownership, voting, and legislative activities? The burgess assembly listed in its later ranks such notables as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry, and would assume a major leadership role in the movement toward independence. Fast forward to 1769 and we find Thomas Jefferson continuing to practice law while serving in the Virginia House of Burgesses.
Man is made with the desire to be free. When the colonists began to taste freedom it would become an event that would change the world. What is it about freedom that causes man to seek it? I’ll quote a great lady, who in her simple words, gives us the answer.
“Any time, any time while I was a slave, if one minute’s freedom had been offered to me, and I had been told I must die at the end of that minute, I would have taken it—just to stand one minute on god’ airth a free woman—I would.”
Did You Know On
May 19, 1749 – King George granted a large expanse of land to promote settlement of the Ohio River Valley.
May 20, 1506 – Christopher Columbus died in Spain, still believing his journey to the Americas was to the east coast of Asia.
May 21, 1881 – Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.
May 22, 1802 – Martha Washington died at age 70, at Mount Vernon.
May 23, 1934 – Police killed bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in Bienville Parish, LA.
May 24, 1883 – The Brooklyn Bridge, connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan, opened to traffic.
May 25, 1935 – Babe Ruth hit the last of his 714 home runs.
This Week’s Quiz
Thomas Jefferson left his younger siblings in the care of his slaves when his older sisters married and left home. True or false?
The words “In God We Trust” appeared first on the one dollar bill. True or false?
In 1787 delegates gathered in New York for the Constitutional Convention. True or false?
Thomas Jefferson was one of 10 children. True or false?
The nylon stocking was a dismal failure when first introduced to women in the United States. True or False?
Answers To Last Week’s Quiz
There were 54 delegates attending the Constitutional Convention on Feb. 21, 1787.
Rhode Island did not send any delegates to the Constitutional Convention.
Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and John Dickinson were three of the 54 delegates who attended the Constitutional Convention.
Thomas Jefferson spent 17 days drafting the Declaration of Independence.
John Hancock was the largest signature on the Declaration of Independence.
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