October 28, 2010
Potts Camp News
Birthday party honors Hannah Grace Greer
Friends of Mary Reid School are anxiously awaiting the addition of a new multi-purpose building and the arrival of fourth grade students to the campus.
In anticipation of this and in conjunction with the Potts Camp Fall Festival, faculty, staff, and friends are coming together in an ongoing project to build a memorial on the campus of Mary Reid School.
The memorial will consist of three different sizes of bricks that are each engraved with the name of former students, staff members, or friends of Mary Reid School.
Past, present, and future students are leaving their mark on the school by buying a brick. If you would like to become involved or seek more information, contact Mary Reid School at 662-333-7774.
A birthday party and cookout was held October 23 for Hannah Grace Greer, two-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Greer Jr. at their home in Cornersville. Dave and Mary Elizabeth are her older brother and sister. Betty and David Greer Sr. and other relatives attended.
Kate Black New has returned home from the hospital after falling recently and breaking her hip. Get well wishes to her.
Get well wishes to Nellie Dawson, a friend who is in the hospital in Tupelo. She was injured in a fall.
A large crowd attended the Children’s Beauty Revue at Potts Camp on Friday night. Congratu-lations to the winners.
Congratulations to Blair Moore of Potts Camp and Cole Childers of Ripley, who will be married November 6 at First Baptist Church in Holly Springs.
We are thankful to hear that Mark Armstrong, son of Ann Boren Armstrong, and grandson of the late Wilfred and Inez Boren of Potts Camp, was able to go home to recuperate following his recent surgery.
We are also thankful for the much needed rainfall that was received this weekend.
Get well wishes are also sent to Rev. Don Newton, pastor of Potts Camp United Methodist Church Charge. He was unable to preach last weekend in the three Potts Camp Methodist Churches on the charge, Potts Camp, Bethlehem and Cornersville. Pray for him!
Joyce Clayton’s daughter, Merion Hunsucker of Ashland, and Betty Smith of Southaven, sister-in-law of Joyce, spent Monday visiting her in her home.
Connie Work and many others are on a Caribbean cruise this week. We hope they have a happy, safe trip.
Henry Tutor from Ripley Nursing Home came home this weekend. We were glad to see him. Relatives took him to church services at Open Door Baptist Church in Winborn on Sunday.
Congratulations to coach Karen Green and the Potts Camp girls, who ran their way to first place at the cross country meet in Corinth last Saturday. The Potts Camp boys were second place in the run. Good luck to them on future runs.
I was glad to hear from Bob and Tula Hollingsworth, who live in Monroe County; he is my late husband, L.D.’s younger brother. A cousin, Bill Gwynn, had visited them and they took him to see my son, Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth of Tupelo, and a special cousin, Sank Owen in Amory. They all enjoy The South Reporter every week. Sank taught English at Potts Camp School many years ago. Later, he was principal at Amory and Aberdeen High Schools.
Prayer of St. Francis
1. Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; there there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
2. Try to make each day better than the day before, as we trust in the Lord Jesus Christ!
Thoughts of Living
1. We give of ourselves when we give gifts of the heart, love, kindness, joy, sympathy, forgiveness and understanding.
2. We give of ourselves when we give gifts of the spirit, prayer, faith, beauty, aspiration.
3. We give of ourselves when we give gifts of time, patience, attention, consideration. Emmerson once said, “Material possessions are only substitutes for gifts, the only real gift is a portion of thyself. Love.”
Happy wedding anniversary to Betty and David Greer Sr., my daughter and her husband, on Oct. 27.
Happy birthday to Joey Hart on Oct. 28 and to Caleb Knight on Oct. 29.
Prayer list: Pray for all of those who have lost loved ones. Others, pastor and Don Newton, Doris Goode, Diane Clayton, Mary Jarrett, Rev. Charles Fowler, Joann Potts, Charles Henderson, Betty Fincher, Henry Tutor, G.R. Thompson, Edith (Jackson) Armstrong, Gussie Davis, Sank Owen, Betty Rose Jones.
“Don’t Blame the Children” (Lindy’s Newsletter)
We read in the paper and hear on the air of the killings and stealing and crime everywhere. This generation! Where will it end? But can we be sure it is their fault alone? That maybe a part of it isn’t our own? Are we less guilty that place in their way, too many things that lead them astray? Too much to spend, too much idle time, too many movies of passion and crime? Too many books not fit to be read, and too much crime in what they hear said. Too many jukeboxes, too many bars, too many hot rods and rattletrap cars. Kids don’t make the movies, they don’t write the books that paint a gay picture of gangsters and crooks. They don’t make the liquor or run the bars, they don’t own the juke joints or sell the cars. That’s done by older folks, greedy for gain. Delinquent teen-agers, oh how we condemn, we cry in rage and criticize them.
We are shocked at their morals, amazed at their crimes and grieve that we live in such perilous times. By the rule of the blameless the Savior made known, “Who is there among us to cast the first stone?” Remember the saying, for it is, oh, so true, delinquent fits older ones too.
History and Memories
The Burlington Nor-thern Railroad bought out the Frisco Railroad several years ago. Later it made a good-will trip from Memphis to Amory. The train was called the “Glacier View.” It had five cars and hosted 40 special passengers on the three-hour trip with dinner served in a special dining room. The late Harry Jones, a former brakesman, was invited on the trip. He had always had a fascination for trains! Like my dad, James Benton Potts, a depot agent for over 40 years, railroading seemed to get in their blood. Harry would always meet the trains in Potts Camp when they stopped at a crossing there. People would say, “There goes Harry!” The day the “Glacier View” passed through they said, “There goes Harry!”
Harry Jones was the grandson of the first Potts Camp doctor, Dr. Vaughn. He married Clara Rose; she was a special Potts Camp School teacher. She taught our youngest child, Danny.
One day, Rose Jones, as we called her, decided to take her class and others on a train trip. Many of them had never been on a train before. Someone drove them to Holly Springs, where they boarded the fast train; several parents and other classes and teachers went along. Someone met them in New Albany and brought them back to Potts Camp in a bus. I was working at the Potts Camp School, so I watched them through the window. It did not stop in Potts Camp.
Rose and Harry had three wonderful children, all girls, Betty Rose Jones, Frances (Jones) Fitts and Kathryn (Jones) Scarbrough.
They were active in Potts Camp United Methodist Church. Rose and a friend, Ruth Powell, received service pins for teaching Sunday school for 50 years. They taught all three of our children. They were wonderful.
The Burlington Northern Railroad has no passenger trains and no depots now. We had a pass and rose the trains all the time. The roads were too bad and the old T-model cars wouldn’t run in cold weather.
Did you know?
For the good of the country...
It’s the season of “I gotcha” advertising by each of the political opponents.
It seems that one can (in politics) say anything accusing one of anything. I see ads that say this one is a thief, evaded paying their taxes or they may even be a felon. This one attended a certain event when he or she was in high school. How much time and money do they spend investigating the background of their opponents? After all the accusations toward one or the other, when the voting is over the candidates will (no matter what he or she said or what was said about them) then congratulate their opposition for a well run campaign and promise to work with them for the good of the country.
Are these politicians really willing to work for the “good of the country?” Why do they spend millions to be elected? Why are there so many career politicians? Our forefathers begged George Washington to continue on as president, but he was wise enough to know he had served long enough and that long term “career” politicians are roads to corruption.
Here is a suggestion for all those who desire to go to Washington as a representative or senator. The first act of the new Congress should be that all of the elected Congress must take a course (and pass a test) on the U.S. Constitution and be required to read the Declaration of Independence and write a report on it. The time required to do this would be well spent for the “good of the country.”
They may consider following Ben Franklin’s lead, when at 81 years of age, rose from his seat in Congress, and made a simple but profound suggestion – they should pray for guidance. He then reminded the others attending, that the Continental Congress had asked for divine aid at the start of the Revolutionary War. “Our prayers, sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered,” he said. “And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance? I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of the truth; that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?”
Did You Know On
Oct. 27, 1873 – Joseph Glidden, an Illinois farmer, applied for a patent for barbed wire.
Oct. 28, 1886 – The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor.
Oct. 29, 1858 – The first store selling goods to miners opened in the frontier town of Denver.
Oct. 30, 1768 – The Wesley Chapel, the first American Methodist meeting house, was dedicated in New York.
Oct. 31, 1941 – The work on Mt. Rushmore came to an end.
Nov. 1, 1913 – Notre Dame used the forward pass to beat Army, popularizing the play among football teams.
Nov. 2, 1947 – Harry Truman pulled off the biggest political upset ever by defeating Thomas Dewey.
My computer crashed last week, so there were no questions, so there are no answers. From now on I will back up the computer off site. Lesson learned.
A friend recently sent me some factual information about how some “sayings” came about. Here are some of those “facts.”
As you know, England is very old, and many years ago the local folks began to run out of space to bury the dead. So they began to dig up old graves and remove the bones to a bone house. The grave site would then be used for a new burial. They noticed in about one out of 25 of the coffins dug up, there were scratch marks on the inside of the coffin.
Figuring that some had been buried alive and desiring to put an end to this horror, the folks began to tie a string around the deceased’s wrist and run it out of the coffin to a spot above the ground tied to a bell. Someone would then sit up all night, (the graveyard shift) to listen for the bell. Thus someone could be “saved by the bell” or would be considered “a dead ringer”.
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