Potts Camp News
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Hooper vacation in Texas
The recent, sudden death of George Campbell, age 42, of Potts Camp was very sad for all of us. We send our deepest sympathy and love to all his loved ones.
We are thankful that Henry Tutor, my neighbor, is improving! He has been moved from the VA Hospital to Oxford Rehab for a few weeks, before returning home.
Connie and Andy Work have returned home from a recent trip with friends to the Northwestern states. Rains and a tornado in that area caused them to return home early, before seeing Mt. Rushmore.
Mary Frances Clayton entered Oxford hospital on Wednesday to have kidney stones removed. Pray for her!
My son, Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth of Tupelo, came recently to see me; Betty came on Sunday. Danny called from Morristown, Tenn. His son, Jake, has returned from a senior trip to France, recently. He and Elizabeth will have three sons in college this fall. They are Luke, who graduated at MS State this year; Clark in college at Jefferson City (second year); and Jake.
Congratulations to a special couple, Sonya Russom and Cody Brook, who will be married July 3 in First Baptist Church of Potts Camp.
We usually never have much crime in Potts Camp, so it was a shock when I read about our Potts Camp Dollar Store, where I trade several times every week, was robbed. I was shocked.
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Hooper spent their vacation visiting his brother, Scott, and family in Murphy, TX, recently.
Joann Potts of Olive Branch stopped to see me after visiting her aunt, Doris Goode, in the Union County Hospital on Friday. While in town, she also placed flowers on the grave of her husband, Lindy.
Joan Gurley and Mary Minor recently visited with their sister, Pam Gurley, in Memphis. While there they had a very nice visit with Bettye Rose Jones at Trezevant Terrace.
Birthday wishes are sent to Mrs. Annie Ruth Stone who was honored for her 90th birthday with a party at the school cafeteria on Sunday afternoon. Hosts were her children and their families. A large crowd attended to help her celebrate. She is a very special friend.
Happy 54th wedding anniversary to Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth of Tupelo on June 24.
Friends from here visited Betty Rose Jones, who grew up in Potts Camp. She is in the Allen Morgan Health and Rehab Center, 117 North Highland St., Memphis, TN 38111. Her parents were the late Rose and Harry Jones. Her sisters are Frances Fitts and Kathryn Scarbrough of Tupelo. Their great-grandparents were among the first Potts Camp settlers, Dr. and Mrs. Vaughn, the first doctor. We love that family!
Children Learn What They Live
If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn. If he lives with hostility, he learns to fight. If he lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy. If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate. If he lives with approval, he learns to like himself. If he lives with acceptance and friendship, he learns to find love in the world.
The greatest gift cannot be bought in a store or ordered from a catalog, all wrapped in pretty paper. It can be seen in the eyes of a child, heard in the words of kindness, and felt by the embrace of a friend. It is the precious gift of love. Some of the ways to make your light shine are pray with love, work with joy, share what you have, live simply, love deeply, dream from your heart and thank God always.
Dear Lord, I pray that at the close of each day you’ll find I’ve helped someone, somehow, some way. That I’ve not failed in word or deed to lighten the heart of someone in need. Though my talents be few I pray that you will find me a credit to you.
O give us homes built upon the Savior, where Christ is counselor, head and guide, where every child is taught His love and favor and gives his heart to Christ, the crucified.
Lord, help us show compassion to a world that’s lost in sin, so when we share the gospel, hungry souls for Christ we’ll win.
When everything seems hopeless, and life is hard to bear, just find a little corner and say a little prayer. Ask God to give you strength to see you through the day. He alone can help you; He can pave the way.
Prayer list: Charles Henderson, Diane Clayton, Connie Work, Betty Fincher, Pauline Hutchens, Jean King, Lena Faye Work, Gussie Davis, Davis Goode, Mary Jarett.
Memories and History
During the early years of my late brother and sister, they were both very ill with scarlet fever; Lindy was a baby and Ann was a few years older. At one time, five doctors came to our home to doctor Lindy; he almost died. (We three older children didn’t take the disease.) Mother was a great believer in prayer; we spent hours praying for them! Finally they began to improve, but Lindy had a bad ear infection; he lost the hearing in one ear. As a child growing up, he had a deep voice. God had plans for him, even then.
Daddy always wanted his boys to work for the railroad; he had been a depot agent since age 18.
Others learned many things from my dad, and had good jobs. My mother became very ill. She prayed that Lindy would become a preacher, but he stayed at the depot many days. He wanted to be a railroad man.
One day, Lindy wrote an article about the great depression years; he told about my dad buying two farms by paying the taxes on them. The men who worked my dad’s farms would come to him at the depot for supplies in the spring. He would write an account for them and send them across the street to Greer and Greer Store.
In the fall they would return to the depot. My dad, Benton Potts, would get down the big book to settle up with them. Lindy said it reminded him of the big book God keeps on us during our lives, the good and the bad. When we die, He will get out our big book; if we have accepted Christ as our Savior and asked for forgiveness for our sins, God will show grace and make the book clean.
Lindy took the tests to work for the railroad. He passed all but one; he failed the eye test. The next year, he preached his first sermon. His first church was Hickory Flat Methodist, where he met and married Joann Bready, his pianist.
Lindy (Charles Lindy Potts) preached 42 years all over Mississippi. He died at age 65. Jo and Lindy have three wonderful children (Alan, Dean and Pam).
God had answered my dear mother’s prayers. Lindy was a wonderful preacher and a special brother to me. I miss him.
Did you know?
Caesar Rodney’s ride for freedom
My wife started collecting quarters for our grandchildren when the U.S. Mint began the series honoring the 50 states.
I know she had everyone checking for each state when it was issued. I looked but really only checked for a particular state and did not pay a lot of attention to the design of each quarter.
Well, in my research of American history I ran across the name of Caesar Rodney and his contributions to our freedom. In reading about Rodney I found that the back of the Delaware quarter, the first in the series, features a man in a tri-corner hat on a galloping horse. This rider is Caesar Rodney, one of Delaware’s three signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Rodney served in Delaware’s legislature, protested against the Stamp Tax and organized Patriot militia. He was elected to the Continental Congress and despite this activity, he was a man of poor health. He suffered from asthma and skin cancer. He wore a silk scarf to hide one side of his face because it was so disfigured. He must have been an exceptional man, as John Adams noted there was “fire, spirit, wit, and humor in his countenance.”
On July 1, 1776, Rodney received word that Congress was ready to vote on the issue of independence. There was only one problem. Caesar Rodney was in Delaware and Congress was in Philadelphia. Delaware’s delegates were split, one favored and one opposed a break with England. Rodney’s vote would be the tiebreaker for the Delaware colony. He rode horseback through the night, in thunder and rain, to cover the 80 miles to Philadelphia. The next day, just as Congress prepared to vote, the delegates heard hoof beats on the cobblestones. A mud-splattered Caesar Rodney stepped into the hall still wearing his spurs. Exhausted, he cast his vote to break the tie in Delaware’s vote for independence.
On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress made the decision to break from England – “Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.” On July 4, 1776, it adopted the Declaration of Independence.
I wish for all a safe and happy celebration of freedom.
Did You Know On
June 30, 1950 – President Truman ordered U.S. ground troops into Korea.
July 1, 1776 – Caesar Rodney made his overnight ride from Dover, Delaware, to Philadelphia.
July 2, 1776 – The Continental Congress voted for independence, passing a resolution that “these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent States.”
July 3, 1986 ≠- President Reagan presided over the rededication of the 100-year-old, newly renovated Statue of Liberty.
July 4, 1776 – The Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence.
July 5, 1776 – The Continental Congress had the Declaration of Independence printed.
July 6, 1785 – Congress adopted a currency system with a basic unit called the dollar.
This Week’s Quiz
Who was Caesar Rodney?
The Black Robe Brigade was a vigilante group of Confederate rebels. T or F?
Who said – Religion is the basis and foundation of government.?
Who said – the Bible is written for men with a head upon their shoulders?
What songs did Elvis Presley sing in his first recording session in Memphis?
Answers To Last Week’s Quiz
The Gadsden Purchase was when the U.S. paid Mexico $10 million for parts of Arizona and New Mexico.
The first American roller coaster opened at Coney Island.
“With a firm reliance on the protection of Devine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor” is from the Declaration of Independence.
The inscription on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier is “Here Rests, In Honored Glory, An American Soldier, Known Only To God.”
The motto of the U.S. Navy is “Not for Self, But for Country.”
Ref: American Patriot by W.J. Bennett and John Cribb, 1776 by David McCollough
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