September 30, 2010
Potts Camp News
David Dawson returns from Afghanistan
Jeanette and Emily Stone, Nancy Green, and Mary Minor attended the 5th anniversary of the Faulkner Gardens at the Union County Heritage Museum last Thursday. The featured speaker was Felder Rushing, “The Gestalt Gardener.”
On Saturday, Annie Ruth Stone, Katherine Sundstrom and Mary Minor visited with Estelle Bennett at Azalea Gardens in Oxford. They were also luncheon guests of Mrs. Bennett while there. Mrs. Bennett was Katherine and Mary’s third grade teacher. They enjoyed visiting and plan to make a return trip soon.
Nellie Dawson of the Cornersville area is looking forward to the return of her son, David Dawson, after being in Afghanistan since April. His wife will meet him this week at the Memphis Airport. They live in Olive Branch.
Recent guests in my home include Pastor Don Newton, who preaches on the Potts Camp charge (three churches). He always says a special prayer for me! Other special people who came last week to see me and were dinner guests of my daughter, Betty Greer in New Albany, were Bob and Tula Hollingsworth of Monroe County. He is the younger brother of my late husband, L.D. I enjoyed their visit also. They are special to me.
Joann Potts of Olive Branch, the wife of my late brother, Rev. Charles L. Potts, came to visit her aunt, Doris Goode, at the home of her children in New Albany, after Doris fell at her home in Hickory Flat and spending a week in New Albany Hospital. Doris is also my special friend. Pray for her recovery.
On Sunday, Joann came to see me, and also put flowers on her late husband’s grave in Potts Camp Cemetery. I love Joann and her family (who are my family, too).
Another special friend, Billie Margaret Benefield from the Cornersville area, visited me on Tuesday. I really enjoyed her visit.
Tony and Tammie Fincher of Memphis visited his mother, Betty Fincher, on Sunday, also his sister, Connie and Andy Work. They enjoyed Betty’s delicious dinner.
Every Saturday night, an auction is held in Potts Camp, and large crowds attend.
A singing and dinner were held at Open Door Baptist Church in Winborn (two miles from Potts Camp) last weekend. A large crowd attended.
Being a Christian should never be a secret! The Lord wants us, as His followers, to live for Him openly, and confess Him boldly before others, so there is no question about our allegiance.
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. For Christ’s sake, amen.
O, give us homes built firm upon the Savior, where Christ is counselor, head and guide, where every child is taught His love and favor and gives His love to Christ, the crucified.
Reasons People Forget God
In Chapter 8 in Deuteronomy, God warned the children of Israel, “Beware lest thy forget God.” But they forgot Him anyway.
Here are four reasons people forget God: (1) “Some people forget God so they can sin and not feel guilty.” (2) Others are so busy with worldly things there is no room for God. (3) Intellectual achievements cause people to think they don’t need God. (4) Some people have too many material blessings to fill their lives; it makes them think that they don’t need God.
1. People everywhere are hungry for the reality of a personal touch with God! The wonderful gift of the love of Christ as our Savior was never intended to be kept to ourselves. It should be seen in acts of love and kindness, help and healing wherever we go.
2. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father, except through me.” John 14:6.
3. Put God first in your life and He will bless you!
4. Music is one of God’s special blessings, and the hymns lead us closer to the Lord.
An artist was asked to paint the most beautiful picture in the world. He asked a soldier the question, “What is the most beautiful thing in the world?” “Peace” was his answer. “War is ugly.” Next, he asked a young bride the same question. She said, “Love” is the answer. Later he asked a clergy the question. He said, “Faith is the most beautiful.” When the artist entered his home, he saw faith and peace in his children’s eyes and love in his wife’s face. He painted the most beautiful picture in the world and called it “Home.”
Pray for Henry Tutor in Ripley Hospital, who is very ill. He was my neighbor for many years.
Others to pray for are Charles Henderson, Diane Clayton, Mary Jarrett, Doris Goode, Sank Owen, Betty Rose Jones, G.R. Thompson and Ruby, also others who are ill and have problems and those who have lost loved ones.
Memories and History
In the late 1970s, Carl White, the new Potts Camp Cardinal basketball coach, and his wife, Sandra, and two sons moved to town. Later they built their own house and two girls were added to the family. After serving 23 years, Coach White had a heart attack and died at a ball game in Blue Mountain. Alan Rowland took over his duties as a substitute coach. They tried hard that year to win first place to honor Coach White but came in second place.
In October 1996, T.M. Stone was the master of ceremonies at the Potts Camp gym for the unveiling of a plaque by Irene White, mother of Coach White. It read “The Carl Houston White Memorial Gymnasium.” It was placed in the lobby of the gym.
During the early years, our coach, T.M. Stone, took the Potts Camp Cardinals to state three times. The third time was the charm; they won “Overall State Championship” in 1961. I’ll never forget how excited we were.
Players on Coach T.M. Stone’s winning team were Gale Goode, James Lee Spencer, Billy Cupp, Jimmie Siddall, Myron Cupp, Quinton Day, Jimmy Bennett, Ralph Clayton, Roger Clayton, Charles Shaw and Robert Phillips. Managers were James Carl Pipkin and Gary (Butch) Morris. They had reunions for many years.
Coach Stone is deceased. He was my 1936 classmate in high school at Potts Camp.
Did you know?
No greater gift is given...
I had just sat down in my favorite chair when I heard the call from the kitchen, “supper is ready.” I was watching the local news and just as I responded to the call to supper, I noticed the TV showing a young man in military uniform.
Having a grandson in the Navy, my family always gives attention when we see military servicemen and women. What I saw on TV was heartbreaking. The local news was announcing the loss of one of our soldiers. His name is Josh Ose. Josh was only 20 years young.
I don’t know the family nor did I know Josh Ose. I do want the family to know that their fellow Americans are thinking of them and their ultimate sacrifice. No greater gift is given than one willing to give his life for another.
I am including the last verse of “The Star Spangled Banner” as a memorial to Josh Ose.
“Oh, thus be it ever when free men shall stand
“Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
“Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
“Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
“Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
“And this be our motto: ‘In God We Trust.’
“And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
“O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”
Did You Know On
Sept. 29, 1892 – The first nighttime football game was played at Mansfield, Pennsylvania, when Mansfield Teachers College faced Wyoming Seminary beneath 20 electric lights.
Sept. 30, 1868 – Louisa May Alcott published “Little Women.”
Oct. 1, 1908 – Henry Ford introduced the Model T automobile, priced at $850.
Oct. 2, 1780 – British spy John Andre’ was hanged after being caught carrying papers for traitor Benedict Arnold.
Oct. 3, 1899 – John S. Thurman of St. Louis patented the “pneumatic carpet renovator” or the first motor-driven vacuum cleaner.
Oct. 4, 1927 – Carving began on Mt. Rushmore National Memorial.
Oct. 5, 1877 – Nez Perce leader Chief Joseph surrendered to the U.S. Army in the Bear Paw Mountains of Montana.
This Week’s Quiz
Who invented the mechanical reaper?
Who invented the rocket engine?
Who invented the cell phone?
Who invented the incandescent lamp?
Who invented the internet?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
Unalienable rights are based on natural law.
James Madison wrote the Bill of Rights.
The Constitutional Convention was held in Independence Hall.
George Washington was president of the Constitutional Convention.
Twelve states were present at the Constitutional Convention.
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