Potts Camp News
Former classmates, friends visit with writer recently
Awards for the Potts Camp junior class were given in a special program at Potts Camp School on Monday night, May 12. On Thursday night, awards were given for the senior class of Potts Camp. Many people attended these special programs.
Betty Rose Jones, oldest daughter of the late Harry and Rose Jones, has been sent to a nursing home in the Memphis area. Pray for her. We love Betty Rose and her sisters, Frances Fitts of Dallas, Tx., and Kathryn Scarbrough and husband Terry of Houston, Tx.
Three wonderful friends, who were all Potts Camp classmates, came to my home for a visit on Monday. They were Nancy Lane of Texas, whose mother, the late Mrs. Germany, a Potts Camp School teacher of the past, was once my friend; Katherine Greer Sundstrom of Holly Springs grew up here; I loved all her family, especially her mother, Mary Ella Greer, who came to Potts Camp as a Potts Camp grammar school teacher; Mary Minor is a special friend who helps me and visits me; she has a wonderful family; I started to school with her late mother, Mary Lois Gurley, who we all loved.
“Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like angels.” Isaiah 40:31.
1. He died upon the cross for me. He bore the awful penalty and now I’m saved eternally. I’m saved! I’m saved!
2. The greatest gift cannot be bought in a store or ordered from a catalog; it can be seen in the eyes of a child, heard in the voice of kindness, or felt in the embrace of a friend. It is the precious gift of love! The way to make your light shine is to work with joy, pray with love, share what you have, live simply, love deeply and thank God always.
Oh, God when I have food, help me to remember the hungry; when I have a warm house, help me to remember the homeless; when I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer; and remembering, dear Lord, help me to have compassion and concern enough to help by word or deed those who cry out for what we take for granted. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Matthew 25:35 says, “For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
For better or worse, you and I are the ones Jesus depends on to tell the world about how He lived and died on the cross to save us from our sins. Can He 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?
Do a deed of simple kindness, though its end you may not see. It may reach like widening ripples down a long eternity! 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 childlike love and grace be seen in me.
Brenda McCallum, Jean McAlexander King, Diane Clayton, Mary Jarrett, Pauline Hutchens, Marjorie Clifton, Charles Henderson, Mary Frances Clayton, Henry Tutor, Connie Work, Sank Owen, G.R. Thompson and Ruby, Betty Fincher.
Pray for Mary Frances Clayton, who fell recently and suffered a stroke. She has returned home. Others to pray for, Louise Pruitt and Sadie Rodgers.
We ask for special prayers for Lena Faye Work, who is in ICU in the Baptist Hospital in New Albany.
Say a prayer for friends who are ill or who have lost loved ones.
Memories and History
In the ’30s, my dad read to us Mr. Copeland’s famous writings in the Commercial Appeal every day called “Memory Lane.”
One day he decided to drive his wife to his native state of Mississippi. As he crossed the imaginary line, he said that the grass seemed a little greener, and the birds sang a little sweeter.
They stopped to visit friends in Byhalia. They enjoyed the historic homes in Holly Springs. When they reached Potts Camp, they were tired, so when they saw the sign “Williams Motel,” they stopped for the night.
Julia Williams and her daughters were wonderful hostesses. They served a delicious supper. A few Potts Camp teachers were there and invited Mr. and Mrs. Copeland to attend a program at the Potts Camp School that night, and for him to speak to the people there. He spoke on God and our country. (Now it is against the law to do that.)
Our music teacher and tap dancing teacher, Miss Eason and Miss Mayers, had a special program.
A beautiful rainbow of all colors was painted on the back of the stage, with a pot of gold at the end. We came dancing out on the stage dressed in lovely pastel colored dresses, singing a special song. It was a special program.
My young brother, Bennie Potts, was dressed in a pullman porter outfit and sang and danced to “The Pullman Porter Blues.” (Before days of TV everyone attended the school program.)
The next morning, we could hardly wait for Daddy to read Mr. Copeland’s “Memory Lane” in the paper to us.
He told about the nice bedroom at the Williams Hotel, the good food and bathrooms nearby (the only one in the hotel).
He also told about visiting Greer and Greer Store in town and how he learned the history of Potts Camp. He told about the talented youth, especially about the boy who was dressed like a pullman porter and sang and danced.
As they rode out of town, Mrs. Copeland said, “Why didn’t you tell me about the special town of Potts Camp and the friendly people there?”
Did you know?
Flags-in – it’s a tradition
Memorial Day is the last Monday in May, and is the day we honor Americans who gave their lives in military service.
This holiday was originally called Decoration Day, honoring soldiers who died in the Civil War. Not long after that war people began to decorate soldiers’ graves with flowers and flags. Those earliest memorials began in one of the cities not far from us, Columbus, Miss.
The first widespread observance of Decoration Day came on May 30, 1868, which Maj. Gen. John A. Logan proclaimed as a day to honor the dead. General James Garfield (our 20th president) spoke at Arlington National Cemetery saying, “for love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.” That day 5,000 people helped decorate more than 20,000 gravesites for Union and Confederate soldiers.
Today, now officially Memorial Day is set aside to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in all American wars. On Thursday before Memorial Day the soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry place small flags before more that a quarter million gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. This tradition is known as “Flags-in.” After the flags are in place the soldiers then patrol 24 hours a day to make sure each flag remains standing throughout the weekend. On Memorial Day the president or vice president lays a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the cemetery.
According to the U.S. flag code, American flags should be flown at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day, and then raised to the top of the pole. At 3 p.m. local time, all Americans are asked to pause for a moment of remembrance. I hope everyone will remember those who gave so much for our freedom. Have a great Memorial Day.
Did You Know On
May 26, 1830 – Congress passed the Indian Removal Act, removing all Indians from east to the west of the Mississippi.
May 27, 1937 – The San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge opened.
May 28, 1929 – The first movie with color and sound, “On with the Show” debuted in New York.
May 29, 2004 – America dedicated the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
May 30, 1806 – Andrew Jackson killed lawyer Charles Dickinson in a duel for insulting Jackson’s wife.
May 31, 1927 – The Ford Motor Company produced the last Model T.
June 1, 1789 – President George Washington signed the first act of Congress, which dealt with the oaths of office for public officials.
This Week’s Quiz
What are the appropriate methods for raising and lowering the U.S. flag?
When the U.S. flag is flown in a group how should it be positioned?
When is it appropriate to burn the U.S. flag?
In a parade that has many different flags of other countries which flag(s) should be saluted?
When is it appropriate to fly the U.S. flag?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
Thomas Jefferson cared for his younger siblings after his older sisters left home.
The words “In God We Trust “ first appeared on U.S. coins.
The 1787 delegates gathered in Philadelphia for the Constitutional Convention.
Thomas Jefferson was one of 10 children.
The nylon stocking was a big success when introduced to American women.
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