August 5, 2010
Potts Camp News
Birthday celebration honors Andy Work
A group of young people from Temperance Hill Baptist Church enjoyed a trip over the weekend to enjoy the large water slides, etc. in Decatur, Ala. Among the group were Lynn and Martha Goolsby and children Hanna and Jamie.
A birthday celebration was held for Andy Work on his birthday on Tuesday with family and friends attending.
On Wednesday, Connie Work had surgery to remove a bone from her foot in Grenada. Get well wishes to her.
A Hollingsworth reunion was held on Saturday at Beeker Community Center. Many of the family and friends of our family attended the event.
Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles. Isaiah 40:31.
The greatest gifts cannot be bought in a store or ordered in 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!
Prayer - O God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry when I have a warm home, help me to remember the homeless; when I am well, help me to remember the sick; when I am happy, help me to remember the sad; and remembering, show compassion and love enough to help by word or deed those things we take for granted.
Birthdays — Aug. 1: Georgia G. Cobbs; Aug. 6: Bill Rowland; Aug. 9: Cristy Rene Taylor; Aug. 13: Dorothy Dickey, a special friend; Aug. 15: Carol Jean Potts (my niece from Tupelo); Aug. 18: Cherrie Shaw (daughter of Annie R. Stone).
Prayer list: Henry Tutor in nursing home in Ripley; Charles Henderson; Diane Clayton; Betty Fincher, Connie Work; Mary and Henry Jarrett; G.R. Thompson and Ruby. Pray for all who have lost loved ones.
History and Memories
In 1929, the Potts Camp Methodist two-story church burned during the Christmas season. Robert Greer, banker and insurance man, had it fully rebuilt with the help of the businessmen in town. In 1930, the new Methodist pastor was Rev. Lester James; he and his wife had five children. Times were hard back then, so they let him teach school to help support them. He was my seventh grade forestry teacher. We enjoyed field trips, especially to Eagle Springs, a famous health resort near town. He also took us to the cotton gin to see them bale cotton. The new church was empty, so every family bought a lovely new pew; they have been renovated and are still in use. Many people donated items for the church, but we needed chairs and tables, so Bro. James planned a play for the young people. We showed it twice at our school, Waterford School and Ashland School later that year. It was fun.
The Greer family held a concert with Faye E. Peel and Miss Eugenia Eason and others playing. The Greers dedicated the new organ in memory of their mother, Cordelia Greer, and gave it to the new church. Later, the Day family donated a new piano.
A True Story
Les James, young son of the pastor, had a paper route. One day, he was waiting on the Baptist church steps for his papers to arrive. My granddad, J.A. Potts, had a grocery store next to the church. Les saw a truck in front of the store, so he decided to look at the dog on the front seat. About that time, a man and woman came running out of Grandpa’s store. The woman yelled, “I’m going to kill you.” A machine gun was on the front seat of the truck. The man said, “No, if you do, they will find us!” So, they jumped in the truck and drove off at a high speed. The couple were the famous gangsters known as Bonnie and Clyde. Grandpa came out on the porch and was waving some dollar bills in his hand. He said, “You forgot your change.” They were caught and sent to prison for their crimes. My grandfather was the mayor of Potts Camp for over 20 years when I was growing up. He also built houses and a special Methodist church with a steeple, stained glass windows, pipe organ and kneeling rail.
My grandfather, James Alexander Potts, was the grandson of the first Potts Camp settler, Col. E.F. Potts. I loved my grandparents very much.
The lovely white, wooden church Grandpa built in 1904 lasted until 1926. My brother, James, and I accepted Christ as our Savior in the wonderful church.
Did you know?
Looking back in August
Did You Know On
Aug. 4, 1790 – Congress established the Revenue Cutter Service, later to become the U.S. Coast Guard.
Aug. 5, 1914 – The first electric traffic lights were installed in Cleveland, Ohio.
Aug. 6, 1787 – The Constitution Convention in Philadelphia began debating a draft of the proposed U.S. Constitution.
Aug. 7, 1782 – George Washington created the Purple Heart.
Aug. 8, 1974 – President Richard Nixon announced his resignation due to the Watergate scandal.
Aug. 9, 1936 – Jessie Owens won his fourth gold medal at the Berlin Olympics.
Aug. 10, 1869 – O.B. Brown of Malden, Massachusetts received the first patent for a movie camera.
This Week’s Quiz
Which U.S. president signed legislation establishing the Smithsonian Institute?
How many atomic bombs did the United States drop during WW II?
Who was the first Hispanic to serve in a president’s cabinet?
Thomas Jefferson is on the face of the $2 bill; what is on the reverse side?
Which is the longest river in the United States? The Missouri or the Mississippi?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
False. Henry Knox traveled to Fort Ticonderoga to retrieve 120,000 lbs. of cannon.
The USS Constitution is the oldest floating commissioned warship in the world.
The word “doodle” meant “Nitwit” in the song Yankee Doodle Dandy.
The USS Submarine Finbank rescued George H.W. Bush after his plane was shot down during WW II.
Albert Einstein wrote to President Franklin D. Roosevelt urging him to develop the atomic bomb.
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