October 21, 2010
Potts Camp News
Locals attend homecoming celebration at Northwest
Annie Ruth Stone, Gale and Tommye Ann Goode, Charles Wynn Gadd, Ricky and Claire Pipkin, Rick Pipkin, Lynn Stewart, Tony and Paula Tice, Chuck and Kay Gadd, Pebble Gadd, Jeanie Anne Gadd, Betty Brower, Ruth Bowen, and Barbara Smithwick attended the homecoming celebration and luncheon at Northwest Community College on Saturday where Jack Gadd was named Alumnus of the Year. Cody and Jacob Gadd participated in a cross country meet on Saturday in Corinth.
Correction: Nancy Lane of Wichita Falls, Tx., vacationed in Savannah, Ga., with Mary Minor and Diane Jones.
Several family members of the late Mary Lois Nelson Gurley attended a Nelson Family Reunion on Saturday near Independence.
Please pray for Mark Armstrong, son of Ann Boren Armstrong of Jackson, formerly of Potts Camp. He underwent surgery in Gainesville, Fla., last week to have a kidney/pancreas transplant.
Get well wishes to Rev. Don Newton, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Potts Camp Charge.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Dorothy Russell of Memphis, formerly of Potts Camp and Hickory Flat. Services were held on Monday at the Holly Springs Funeral Home with burial in the Potts Camp Cemetery.
Jack and Laverne (Nelson) Provost of Florida are visiting family members in and around Potts Camp and also attended the Nelson Family Reunion on Saturday.
An exciting event will be held at Potts Camp School on Oct. 23! Mary Reid and Potts Camp Schools will host a fall festival on the Potts Camp School grounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A silent auction will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a fish fry in the school cafeteria from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Congratulations to Megan Cooper of Potts Camp, who won the 2010 Miss Diva contest on Oct. 2 at Link Center in Tupelo, sponsored by Sisters Network of Tupelo. She is the daughter of Brad and Linda Cooper of Potts Camp. It was held in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Little Will Rogers continues to be very ill in New Albany Hospital. Pray for him.
Congratulations to Jack Gadd, Mississippi District 13 Representative for being selected 2010 Alumnus of the Year at Northwest Community College. He is married to the former Merri (Pebble) Stone from Potts Camp. They have three children. Annie Ruth Stone and the late T.M. Stone are Pebble’s parents.
My son Jimmy and wife Martha Hollingsworth of Tupelo came to my house for a visit on Thursday after stopping in New Albany to visit my daughter, Betty and David Greer, at their new business.
Thanks to Lela Hale for the delicious food she brought to me on Thursday. She is teaching at Blue Mountain College this year. I was glad to see her.
Joyce Clayton attended the Thompson reunion in New Albany last Saturday. She enjoyed seeing friends and relatives.
Pray for Lena Faye Work in Oxford Hospital, who is very ill. She had lived here all her life until she was sent to a nursing home in New Albany about two years ago.
The Town of Potts Camp will hold a haunted house four nights in October in the fire department building. The time is 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 22, 23, 29 and 30. Come and enjoy the fun.
Will Rogers once said, I never met a man I didn’t like!” Well, I’ve never met anyone I haven’t learned something from, regardless of age, religion or race.
Jesus set a good example for us. “Love your neighbor as yourself,” and He didn’t mean just next door. Our Sunday school teacher taught us this song when I was a child.
loves the little children
If He loved them, we should, too.
I’ll never forget that little song.
Search me, O God, and know my heart, try me and know my thoughts, and see if there be any wicked ways in me and lead me in the ways everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24.
A Prayer for You
I said a prayer for you today and I know God must have heard. I felt the answer in my heart, although He spoke not a word. I didn’t ask for wealth or fame. I knew you wouldn’t mind. I asked Him to send treasures of a far more lasting kind. I asked that He be near you in the start of each new day, to grant you health and blessings and friends to share your way. I asked for happiness for you in all things great and small, but it was for His loving care I prayed the most of all.
No Time for God
Some day you’ll lay aside this mortal self and make your way to worlds unknown and when you meet Him face to face, will He — should He — have time for you.
—Lindy’s Newsletter 1974
Dear Lord, I pray at the close of the day, you’ll find I’ve helped someone, 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. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Thoughts and Memories
One of God’s greatest blessings is the sounds of music! Who can hear a spiritual hymn without feeling the presence of God, or who can sing a patriotic song or hear music without feeling the love of our country?
My dad played his French horn for us as we sat around the fireplace on cold winter nights. We also had an old Victrola in the hall and we would play records. Daddy would bring us records from St. Louis when he visited the railroad hospital when he went for a checkup every year. One of my favorites was “Waiting for a Train” by Jimmie Rodgers. I played it so much I felt like was standing there beside him waiting for that train.
Just Waiting for a Train
I walked up to the brakesman, to give him a line of talk.
He said if you got money, I’ll see that you don’t walk.
I haven’t got a nickel, not a penny can I show.
Get off, get off, you railroad bum, and he slammed the box car door.
A Jimmie Rodgers Day was held at Meridian for him every year. The late Harry Jones and the late Hayes Henderson used to attend it every year from Potts Camp.
History and Memories
I grew up during the Great Depression when people had very little money. There were no jobs and some people were hungry. People were losing their farms and homes because they couldn’t pay the taxes.
My dad, Benton Potts, was the depot agent in Potts Camp; he bought two farms near Winborn by paying the taxes on them.
The man who worked the farms would come to the depot for supplies to plant the crops in the spring. He would send an order to Greer and Greer Store across the road from the depot; they sold everything, they had warehouses for seeds to plant, coal to burn and fertilizer and other things.
My young brother, Lindy, stayed at the depot with my dad when not in school. He told how the men who worked the farms would return in the fall to settle up with my dad. He would get down the big book with all the information in it. Lindy, who later became a Methodist minister and pastor, said that it reminded him of the large book God would get out on us when we die. If we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior and asked for forgiveness for our sins, He will show us grace and He will say “welcome home.”
Lindy (Rev. Charles L. Potts) always wanted to work for the railroad like my dad. My mother prayed that he would become a pastor. He passed all the tests to work for the railroad but one, his eyes, so they didn’t hire him. He preached in many Methodist churches in Mississippi. Hickory Flat with four churches was his first charge, where he met and married his pianist, Joanne Bready. She lived at Olive Branch; she taught school. He died at age 65. I still miss him. He was good to me.
Family and Friends Day held
Greenfield Presbyterian Church held their annual Family and Friends Day Sunday, Oct. 3. The theme was “The Measure of Family and Friends.” Rev. Evelyn Elliott presented the call to worship. Ruby Gatewood was mistress of ceremonies and Lavora C. Blake was chairperson. The program was wonderful with many participants. Closing remarks and benediction were by Rev. Evelyn Elliott.
The goal for the day was $2,000, so those of you who did not make it to the program, you still have a chance to give a donation. We thank everyone for their donations and special thanks to one of our former members for a $500 donation. Thanks to all the churches for their donations and support.
Revival was held at Greenfield Church Oct. 7-9.
A revival will be held at Bountiful Blessings Ministries, Apostle Mae L. Palmer, 28 Tyro Rd., (Chulahoma) beginning Sat., Nov. 13. Morning service, 10 a.m., evening service, 7 p.m. with several speakers in the morning service and Pastor W.C. Conner in the evening. Revival will continue on Sun., Nov. 14, 10 a.m. with Apostle Mae L. Palmer as speaker. Everyone is invited to attend.
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