Potts Camp News
Lela Hale to teach at Blue Mountain
We hope everyone had a happy Fourth of July! The fireworks nearby kept me awake. I enjoyed special programs all the weekend.
We were saddened on Tuesday by the death of L.D. Ford after a heart attack. We send our deepest sympathy to his family, his wife Thelma and seven daughters.
Lela Hale of Potts Camp, a special friend and a teacher at Potts Camp High School, will be teaching at Blue Mountain College this year.
The family of Joyce Clayton were her fourth of July dinner guests. They are Mirion and David Hunsucker of Ashland and their daughter, Kensey of Myrtle, and Lynn and Martha Goolsby and children Hanna and Jamie.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Charles Howell, age 78, of Potts Camp, in his death on Monday. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Kneel with Your Master
Weary and tired of life’s full day, silently down I kneel to pray, and after a moment of peace, I arise, ready to meet life’s onrushing tides; I face the world bravely as from a tall spire. So friend, when you, too, are tired at heart, kneel with your Master and get a new start.
Jesus asks us today to follow Him, love Him and obey Him, and tell others about Him, like He did the 12 apostles one day on the mountainside near Galilee.
O, God, help us to resist the temptations of the world and to become more Christlike in our daily living. For Christ’s sake, amen.
I had a burden in my heart. It weighed so much right from the start. The Spirit’s peace made it depart. I left my burden there. I breathed a prayer to still a fear of present day and yesteryear. His tender love I felt so near, I left my fears right there. I worried about a business deal another man might claim or steal. To love my brother was revealed. I left my doubting there. I felt while kneeling down in prayer His holy presence bright and fair. My fears, my doubts, my great despair, I left them all right there.
Prayer list: Henry Tutor in Ripley nursing home; he came home for the Fourth of July; Charles Henderson; Diane Clayton; Lena Faye Work; Doris Goode; Mary Jarrett; Doris Goode; Pauline Hutchens; Connie Work; Betty Fincher; Sandy Byrd; Louise Pruitt; all service men and women away from home; all who are suffering and hospitalized; all who have lost loved ones.
The Potts Camp PTA presented a program back in April 16, 1954 that I’ll never forget.
It was a Tom Thumb wedding. The bride was Kathy Shaw (now David Pannell’s wife) and groom was Jeff King. Mary Kay Swofford was maid of honor and Johnny Floyd, the ring bearer; Scott Etheridge, the train bearer. Bridesmaids were Paulette Whaley, Margaret Anderson, Sandra McCauley, Linda Crouch, Leverne Lemons and Lucretia Manning. Mitch Stone was the best man. Groomsmen were Arthur Poole, Robert Thompson, Glenn Allen Evans, Carey Mayer, J.R. Boren and James Clyde Pipkin. Father of the bride, Lucius Churchill and the mother of the bride, Betty Hollingsworth. Father of the groom, David Barber; mother of the groom, Kathy Williams; sister of the groom, Stanley King (his real sister); minister, Gary (Butch) Morris. Flower girls, Chris Williams, Peggy Kimery, Nancy Barber and Ann Babb.
Chorus: Rodney Hale, Betty Westmoreland, Janice Gurley, Norma Kirk, Ruth Ann Turnipseed, Frances Austin and Butone Connell.
Guests: Nina Kirk, grandmother of the bride; Donald Ash, grandfather of the bride; and Linda Dunn, sister of the bride.
Grandfather of the groom, Troy Lindsey; grandmother of groom, Mary Deloris Watson; brother of the groom, Bobby Green.
Cousins of the groom, Judy Hutchens and Sharon Seymore. Aunt and uncle of the groom, Myra Cupp and Carol Shaw.
Mrs. T.M. Stone, Patricia Phillips, Mrs. S.G. Holley, June Ash (mother of Annie Ruth Stone).
Teachers, Ika Austin, Martha Dunn, Emily Davidson, Kathleen Day, Mrs. Harry Jones, Vecelia Churchill, her husband Harry Jones, Jimmy Beckworth. Principal, K.C. O’Kelly; Lurline Howell. Mrs. Susie Henderson, Mary Lou Beckworth, Mary L. Cox, Brenda Henderson, Velma Cooper, Rebecca Siddall, Merle Ballard, Judy Bray, Mrs. Curtis Greer, Sylvia Gilmer, Jennie Sue Cothorp, Linda Poe, Sank Owen, Charles Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Spencer, Ralph Shaw and Patricia Gurley.
Banker, Wright Greer, Blane Bates, Dallas King, Dennis Clayton.
Ushers for the grownups, Louis Sanders, James Lee Spencer, Melinda Johnson, Kathleen Whaley and Onita Jarrett.
Announcer, Dewitt Stroud. Music by Mary Lester Cox; lighting by Lee Roy Cox.
Did you know?
Who was Colonel Henry Knox?
One of the past quiz questions was, “who was Henry Knox?” I admit I did not know anything about him until I came across this amazing man in my reading and research about the Founding Fathers and the American Revolution.
David McCullough wrote in his book “1776” that Knox was not hard to be noticed. He was six feet tall and weighed some 250 lbs. He was jovial and quick of mind. He was considered to be fat but very active. He was 25 years of age. He was born in Boston, the seventh of 10 sons of Mary Campbell and William Knox. When his father, a ship master, disappeared in the West Indies, Henry, at the age of 9, went to work to help support the family.
Henry was almost entirely self-educated. He became a book seller and later was able to open a book store. British officers and the Tory ladies were known to be patrons of the store. Others that frequented the store were John Adams and Nathaniel Greene. Knox was an avid reader and his main interest was artillery. Greene joined up with the Rhode Island Kentish Guards and Knox, a supporter of the American cause, with the Boston Grenadier Corps.
About the time of joining the corps, Knox suffered an accident that caused the loss of his third and fourth fingers of his left hand. It happened on a bird hunting excursion, when his fowling piece exploded.
Knox married Lucy Flucker, whose father was the royal secretary of the province. Lucy’s father arranged for Henry to receive a British Army commission but Henry declined. After the bloodshed at Lexington and Concord, Henry and Lucy slipped out of Boston and settled in Worchester. Lucy’s parents left for England and she was to never see them again.
Knox reported to General Artemus Ward and was assigned to the planning and building of fortifications. Knox wrote to Lucy “Long to see you, which nothing would prevent but the flattering hope of being able to do some little service to my distressed and devoted country.”
Next week we will continue with Henry Knox and his meeting up with General George Washington.
Did You Know On
July 14, 1881 – Outlaw William H. Bonney was shot and killed by Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.
July 15, 1912 – Jim Thorpe broke the world record in the decathlon at the Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden.
July 16, 1862 – David Farragut became the first rear admiral in the United States Navy.
July 17, 1997 – After 120 years of business F.W. Woolworth closed the last 400 five-and-dime stores.
July 18, 1853 – Trains began running between Maine and Quebec over North America’s first international railroad route.
July 19, 1848 – The first women’s rights convention in the United States convened at Seneca Falls, New York.
July 20, 1881 – Sioux leader Sitting Bull surrendered to the U.S. Army at Fort Buford, North Dakota.
This Week’s Quiz
Who said, “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men and women are created equal?”
What is the name of the first spacecraft to land on Mars?
What inspired former president Ulysses S. Grant to write his memoirs?
What was the name of the first child born in America of English parents?
Who was the general that commanded the American forces at the battle of New Orleans in the war of 1812?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
Henry Knox was a general in the Revolutionary War.
Caesar Rodney was riding a “quarter” horse.
The Continental Congress voted for independence on July 2, 1776.
General Howe led the British forces at Bunker Hill.
New Hampshire was the last state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
Ref: 1776 by David McCullough, U.S. History.org/Valley Forge, TheAmericanRevolution.org.
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