Potts Camp News
Cary Mayer placed first in driving championship
The town was decorated with large American flags hanging from light poles.
A huge crowd attended the Potts Camp graduation class of 2010 on Saturday morning, May 22, at the Carl White Memorial Gym.
Shelby Sanderson was the valedictorian, and the salutatorian was Tess Hill. Congratulations to them. Other honor students were Hanna Goolsby, Tyler Mayer, Jeremy Dillard, Alexander Cheatwood and Branicus Campbell.
After the graduation, the parents of Hanna Goolsby, Lynn and Martha Goolsby, honored her with a reception at Temperance Hill Church fellowship hall. Many friends attended.
After Jean McAlexander King fell recently and was rushed by ambulance to a Memphis hospital, her hip was not broken, as first reported; it was only badly bruised. We are thankful. Jean is my friend and neighbor.
The large Clayton family held a reunion at the Clayton Cemetery and church on Sunday.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Nobert Lawry in his recent death.
Mother’s Day weekend guests of Bro. Steve and Pat Wilson were their two daughters and grandchildren, Stephanie McDonald, Sydney and Symon and Carla and Klein Dean.
Bro. Steve and Pat Wilson were in Rochester, N.Y., this past week, where he ministered. They traveled to New York City for two days and celebrated their wedding anniversary on May 15. Later they were in Buffalo, N.Y., to teach a marriage retreat for New Life Assembly of Rochester. It was such an enjoyable trip!
Congratulations to our friend and neighbor, Cary Mayer, who placed first in the 2010 Mississippi State Truck Driving Championship, held May 7-8. This is the 10th time he won first place. (Pictured in The South Reporter.)
Just as a canoe cannot take us across the ocean, our good works cannot take us to Heaven! We are saved by grace, through faith. When we become Christians, we want to be Christ-like and desire to love each other.
Happy and safe Memorial Day weekend to all!
1. The Bible tells us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23.
2. The good news is “God demonstrated His love for us, that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8.
3. Others may not like the way we look, but God looks on our hearts, also they may think we are a bother, because we are getting old, but God loves us until the end.
It is only when we have the “loving spirit of Christ” that we have a true inner witness that we are a “child of God.”
We just love everybody.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for sending people into our lives who need our love, and by telling us that our purpose in life is serving you, by helping others. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Prayer list: family of Elaine Jarrett, who died recently; and others who have lost loved ones; Henry Tutor, my neighbor, who is in the VA Hospital for treatment; Mary Frances Clayton; Diane Clayton; Gussie Davis; Connie Work; Louise Pruitt; Lena Faye Work; Betty Fincher; Marjorie Clifton; Charles Henderson; Mrs. Rogers.
Memories and History
One day, Dave Hamilton was plowing his field near town, when he dug up a box of money. He drove his wagon to town to the Potts Camp Bank. A.Q. Greer, banker, sold him his first Potts Camp home; he had built a more expensive, larger one on Mulberry Street for his large family. Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton and daughter, Nellie, lived there a long time. Nellie was always collecting things.
In 1950, natural gas was piped to our towns. Mr. Hamilton died, leaving only Nellie to care for her sick mother. One night, she turned on a gas heater, but when she struck the match, it went out.
She left the gas on, while hunting for another match. When she struck it, the entire house exploded.
Both Nellie and her mother died because of the fire and gas. It was a sad day for our town.
Did you know?
Tribute to Harold Tolbert
He was born and raised on a farm in Sturdivant, Missouri. Harold attended school in Sturdivant and in Puxico, Missouri. He began his occupational years in the retail grocery business. He managed Big Star and National Tea Co. grocery stores. Harold later worked as a sales supervisor for The Sale Marketing Co. His business was in the retail and wholesale grocery trade. During these years he and his family moved to Memphis, Tenn., were he continued his work until he retired in 1995. Harold and his wife Mary moved to Marshall County in 1987 where they purchased their home in Sweetwater Farms.
Harold Tolbert had a passion for music, especially gospel. He began playing the mandolin at age 6 and picked up the guitar when he was about 8 years of age. He taught himself to play the piano, organ and the harmonica. Playing music and singing was always a desire of Harold’s and the love of music was in his soul.
Harold once shared with me that when he was still on the farm he and his sister Loleda would entertain the family and other guests that would gather on the weekends and evenings. Harold helped with the music at the Fellowship Baptist Church on Hwy. 309 where he was a member. I once asked Harold if he had ever written any music or lyrics and found that he had indeed. For a documentary about the famous Memphis Belle, Harold wrote the music and lyrics to the song “Ballad of Memphis Belle.”
Harold went home to glory this past week. In my human imagination I can see Harold and Mary (Mary passed in 2008) holding hands and Harold humming a love song. I and others that knew him were blessed by his sweet and gentle spirit. I will miss his music but most of all I will miss the man. See you on the other side, Harold.
Did You Know On
June 2, 1835 – P.T. Barnum and his circus began their first U.S. tour.
June 3, 1965 – Edward White, of Gemini 4, became the first American to walk in space.
June 4, 1781 – Riding his horse for 40 miles through the back woods, Jack Jouett arrived at Monticello to warn Thomas Jefferson the British were coming.
June 5, 1956 – Hip-shaking Elvis Presley sang his latest single, “Hound Dog” on the Milton Berle Show.
June 6, 1944 – The Allies assaulted the beaches at Normandy on D-Day.
June 7, 1769 – Daniel Boone arrived in Kentucky opening the Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap.
June 8, 1789 – James Madison introduced proposed amendments to the Constitution that became the Bill of Rights.
This Week’s Quiz
What two American islands did the Japanese invade and occupy during World War II?
Which president signed the first act of Congress?
Charles Dickinson killed Andrew Jackson in a duel. True or False?
Who founded the American Red Cross?
Clyde Barrow of Bonnie and Clyde fame was captured in Las Angeles and was executed in the L.A. gas chamber. True or False?
Answers toLast Week’s Quiz
It is appropriate to hoist the American flag briskly in the morning after sunrise and to lower the flag slowly before sundown.
When flown in a group of similar flags the U.S. flag is to be at the center and at the highest point of the group.
When the U.S. flag is worn in such a way that it is not fit for display, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.
During a parade it is appropriate to salute the first U.S. flag that passes by.
Citizens may fly the U.S. flag at any time, usually from sunrise to sunset. If an all- weather flag is used and illuminated at night it may be flown 24/7.
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