November 25, 2010
Potts Camp News
Temperance Hill Church members attend singing
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! We have many blessings God has given us to be thankful for every day!
A large group of members from Temperance Hill Baptist Church attended a singing by the Master’s Quartet in Booneville on Nov. 13. Joyce Clayton and her family enjoyed the singing. On Thursday, the daughter of Joyce, Mirian Hunsucker of Ashland, visited her.
We were saddened by the recent death of a friend, Louise Pruitt, who lived here for many years. We send our love and sympathy to her family. She will be missed.
Mary Minor had a nice visit with Estelle Bennett at Azalea Gardens Retirement Home recently. A former third grade teacher at Potts Camp, Mrs. Bennett has been in Oxford for the last five years, moving from Greenville where she and her husband lived for 49 years. She has one son in Texas and a daughter in Oxford. She enjoys hearing from any of her former pupils.
Many of us enjoyed reading and seeing the picture of Lois Swanee Shipp in the Tupelo Daily Journal on Wednesday. She told about how the Marshall County Historical Museum had been restored and about the Christmas celebration they will have there.
Many of us sent pictures and history of our hometown to be viewed at the newly restored museum.
My great-grandfather, Col. E.F. Potts, was the first settler of this area.
1. God made us all with a deep hunger for love; emotions and passion soon pass away, but the love of God never ends. “God is love.”
2. Jesus set a good example for us. Even when we were yet sinners, He died for us.
3. The peace of Christ is based on love. He tells us over and over to love each other, and our neighbors as ourselves. When love rules, there is no fear of wars.
Join hands then brothers of the faith whatever race may be, who serves my Father as a son, is surely kin to me.
Pray without ceasing, God hears what you say from the moment you rise to the close of the day. Don’t think for a moment that He turns a deaf ear, trust and have faith and you’ll never know fear.
One Who Cares
There is one we can lean on in times of great despair. He knows our many heartaches; He sees our every care. There’s one who sees each tear that falls and feels each throbbing pain. He longs to draw us close to Him and revive our soul again.
Free me this day, O Lord, from fears of the future; and all anxiety about tomorrow, all bitterness from anyone, all cowardice in the face of danger, all laziness in the face of work. But fill me with love that has no barrier, sympathy that reaches all, courage that cannot be shaken, wisdom, and power to lift me up. Be with me another day, and use me as thy will.
Wayne Davis of Hickory Flat, who lost his wife, Gussie Davis, recently, called to tell me that my late brother, Rev. Charles Potts, had married him and his wife about 70 years ago, when Lindy was a Methodist pastor at Hickory Flat.
Happy birthday to a grandson, Clark Grayson Hollingsworth, on Nov. 22, a college student. He is the son of Danny and Elizabeth Hollingsworth. Happy birthday to Jason Gurley on Nov. 22 and to Tyler Knight on Nov. 25 and to Charles Gurley on Dec. 4.
Pray for all the sick, Henry Tutor, Charles Henderson, Mary Jarrett, Doris Goode, Joann Potts, Sank Owen, Diane Clayton, Lena Faye Work, Betty Fincher, Edith Jackson Armstrong, Betty Rose Jones, Verla Mae Stanton. We send sympathy to all who have lost loved ones. We send our love and sympathy to Wayne Davis of Hickory Flat and family in the recent death of his wife, Gussie Davis. She has friends in Potts Camp.
Histories and Memories
Potts Camp’s Bicentennial
Roger Clayton, mayor of Potts Camp, showed his bicentennial spirit by growing a handsome beard for the town’s celebration on July 3. He also served as one of the escorts for the style show that day.
The grounds near the Potts Camp Bank (on Center Street then) were the setting for the Potts Camp Bicentennial. It began at 11 a.m. with A.L. Sanders, school principal, as master of ceremonies. He introduced Rev. Martin Raines, the new pastor of Potts Camp Methodist Church charge, who gave the invocation.
Dallas King led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. Then Roger Clayton gave the welcoming address, followed by a brief history of Potts Camp by King. Irene Wilson (now Strickland) led the crowd in the national anthem, accompanied by Jerry Sparks at the piano and Keith Watkins on the drums.
Mitch Stone Jr. demonstrated the shooting of a muzzle loaded gun, a replica of the one used in 1776. Following the opening ceremonies, fund-raising games and exhibits were opened. Arts and crafts were on display. Paintings were exhibited by Marsha Shaw and Bobby Mitchell of Holly Springs, Mrs. Larry Crockett and Charlie Brown of Potts Camp and others. Prizes were given throughout the day. Potts Camp Lions Club, a radio, won by Corbett Marlar Jr. of Potts Camp; Potts Camp Civic Club, a cookware set won by Jimbo Gilliam; Potts Camp Fire Department, a lovely afghan made by Mrs. Fuller, won by Emma Mayer. Both Frank Bennett and H.W. Hanson were awarded prizes in the fiddlers contest. Perhaps the most eye-catching event was the fashion show by Irene Wilson. About 25 women modeled their bicentennial costumes.
The seven escorts were mayor Roger Clayton, James Carl Pipkin, Cary Mayer, Robert Luther, Don Randolph and J.C. Pruitt, all of the fire department, and A.L. Sanders of the Potts Camp Lions Club. A barbecue supper was prepared by chief Pruitt of the fire department was enjoyed by all.
Entertainment by Adaid Dee of Memphis and Dennis Henderson Band of Holly Springs was provided throughout the day. The day was climaxed by an old fashioned square dance by Pop Berryhill of the Bethlehem community. Thanks to everyone who made this special day in our town possible!
Did you know?
Thanksgiving Proclamation 1789
The following is the proclamation, in part, given by George Washington in New York City on the 3rd day of October, 1789.
I will be back with the regular “Did You Know” column and quiz next week.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a blessed and happy Thanksgiving Day.
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