Potts Camp News
Annie Stone shares birthday goodies
My son, Danny, called from Lake Junaluska, NC, this weekend, where he and his wife, Elizabeth, and three sons were camping over the Fourth of July holidays. Lake Junaluska is a Conference and Retreat Center of the United Methodist Church.
We were saddened by the recent death of Troy Rayburn McCraw, age 61, in his tragic death.
Joan Gurley and Mary Minor spent the weekend in Hendersonville, TN, visiting Henry and Jimmie Ballard and attending the Fourth of July program and fireworks at the Hendersonville Park. While there they also visited with Frances Dunn Daws. On the return trip home Sunday afternoon they stopped for a visit with Ron and Edna Butterfield in Henderson, TN.
Jordan and Coltan Muraco of Vacaville, CA, are visiting their grandparents Mitch and Jeanette Stone and aunt Emily Stone, along with their great-grandmother, Mrs. Annie Ruth Stone and other relatives. Their parents, Mike and Holley Muraco, recently returned from a visit to The National Aquarium in Havana, Cuba, where Holley was invited to speak at the First Marine Animal Training Conference ever held in Havana, Cuba. She presented information about dolphin management.
We were all saddened by the recent death of Bettie Wilson Ash, age 69. We send our love and sympathy to her husband, J.M. (Flick) Ash, and to all her large family. We love all of them! Services were held on Wednesday at the Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Potts Camp, with her brother, Bishop Steve Wilson, Bro. Chuck Fowler and church pastor Jon Vazquez officiating. Burial was in the Bethlehem Cemetery.
Joyce Clayton’s sister-in-law, Betty Smith of Southaven, came to Potts Camp to visit her on Friday.
Betty Greer visited a friend, Dora Tidwell, in a New Albany nursing home on Wednesday. She had a fall and hurt her hip. Pray for her.
Thanks to Annie Ruth Stone for the delicious birthday cake and lovely rose decoration she sent me after her 90th birthday celebration in the Potts Camp School lunch room.
Lela Jean Smith visited in my home on Wednesday.
Correction — Sisters of Betty Rose Jones, Frances Fitts and Kathryn and Terry Scarbrough live in Texas (not Tupelo).
Happy birthday to my niece, Erica Ann Potts of Tupelo, on her birthday, July 1; also my grandson, David Greer Jr., on July 9.
It Shows in Your Face
You don’t have to tell how you live each day; You don’t have to say if you work or you play; A tried, true barometer serves in the place — However you live, it will show in your face.
The faults, the deceit that you bear in your heart, Will not stay inside where it first got a start; For sinew and blood are a thin veil of lace — What you wear in your heart, you wear in your face.
If your life is selfless, if for others you live, For not what you get, but how much you can give; If you live close to God in His infinite grace — You don’t have to tell it, it shows in your face.
When everything seems hopeless and life is hard to bear, just find a quiet corner, and say a special prayer. Ask God to give you strength to see you through the day. He alone can help you; He can pave the way. Believe in Him and trust Him. Let Him be your guide. Miraculous things can happen when He is by your side. Once your cross is lifted and you can find that you can hope, be sure to thank almighty God for giving you new hope.
Prayer list: Diane Clayton, Sandy Byrd, Betty Fincher, Louise Pruitt, Connie Work, Henry Tutor, Charles Henderson, Mary Jarrett, Mary Frances Clayton.
Memories and History
Country school teachers in this area before 1930 had to have a 12th grade education. After 1930, the schools were all consolidated and the country schools closed. Until 1925, Potts Camp School only had 11 grades, so the country teachers had to go to Slayden Agri School for one year. It was hard work there; they had to raise truck patches, milk cows and clean the barns and cook the food. My friend, Addie Hollida, told me about it. Some of the country school teachers I knew were Susie Henderson, who went on to Blue Mountain College later and taught in Potts Camp School for 50 years. She taught our entire family, even my dad. Other county teachers were Ruth Clayton; Rosa Cox; Irene Stone, who rode a horse across Tippah River bridge to the Gurley farm to teach their country school; Vida Mae Whaley; sisters Susie and Nadge Overton; Lorene Gurley Boren; Rhetta Lou Alvis; Link Alvis; Grace Potts (my aunt); Mrs. Hollida and her sister, Sarah Matthews; Dot Marrett and many others. Susie Henderson was honored with a “Miss Susie Day” after she retired. Around 500 people attended at Potts Camp School. Miss Susie and Mrs. Laws were cited by the Lions Club and civics clubs as the most outstanding teachers in Potts Camp children’s education.
We all loved them.
Did you know?
Love your liberty...
Taking some time for Independence Day Parade and family celebrations, this week I am using a couple of things George Washington said regarding liberty.
“The cause we are engaged in is so just and righteous that we must try to rise superior to every obstacle in its support.” (In a letter to Phillip Schuyler, 1775.)
“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth” (To James Madison, 1788.)
“That no man should scruple or hesitate a moment to use arms in defense of so valuable a blessing [as liberty], on which all the good and evil of life depends, is clearly my opinion, yet arms, I would beg leave to add, should be the last resource, the dernier resort.” (To George Mason, 1769.)
“Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment.” (Farewell Address, 1796)
Did You Know On
July 7, 1865 – Four people were hanged in Washington, D.C., for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate Abraham Lincoln.
July 8, 1776 – The Liberty Bell rang for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.
July 9, 1868 – The Fourteenth Amendment, guaranteeing to protect the civil liberties of freed slaves, was ratified.
July 10, 1778 – France declared war on Britain supporting the American Resolution.
July 11, 1960 – “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee was published.
July 12, 2003 – The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier was commissioned, the first for a living president.
July 13, 1865 – In a New York Tribune article, Horace Greeley advises, “Go west, young man, and grow up with the country.”
This Week’s Quiz
Who was Henry Knox?
What kind of horse is Caesar Rodney riding on the Delaware quarter?
On what date did the Continental Congress vote for independence?
Who led the British Army at Bunker Hill?
Which state was the last to ratify the U.S. Constitution?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
Caesar Rodney was a delegate from Delaware that voted for the Declaration of Independence.
The Black Robe Brigade was ministers that supported the fight for independence from Great Britain.
James Madison said; “religion is the basis and foundation of government.
Martin Luther said – “The Bible is written for men with a head upon their shoulders.”
In his first recording session in Memphis Elvis Presley sang, “That’s Alright Ma Ma,” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky.”
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