December 16, 2010
Potts Camp News
Potts Camp parade rescheduled for Saturday
Lynn and Martha Goolsby honored his mother, Joyce Clayton, with an early birthday dinner on Sunday, Dec. 5 at Taylor’s. Her granddaughter, Tammie Cobb and baby Colton of New Albany, spent Monday, Dec. 6, her birthday, with her. Joyce is my neighbor and special friend.
Betty Fincher’s son Tony Fincher and wife Tammie of Memphis, were her dinner guests on Sunday, also her daughter, Connie and Andy Work. We are thankful that Connie’s feet have finally healed so she can walk. Their young granddaughter, Anna Rose Work, spends many weekends with them. She attends school this year.
Rev. Don Newton, pastor of Potts Camp Methodist Church and two other churches on the Potts Camp charge, came to visit several people on Wednesday. I am always happy to see him. He always prays for me.
Congratulations to the new editor of the Marshall County Genealogical Society, my friend, Sylvia A. Akin. Her late mother was one of the Alvis twins, Margaret and sister Mary, my playmates long ago. We were sorry about the death of Ann Babin, former editor of the Genealogical Society.
May Wren Wynn and Elizabeth Gholston Hunsucker of Memphis were recent visitors of Annie Ruth Stone and Pat Goode.
The Potts Camp Parade has been rescheduled for Saturday morning, Dec. 18. For more information contact the Potts Camp Town Hall.
Mitch and Jeanette Stone visited their daughter and family in California recently. While there they attended a school production of Peter Pan. Jordan played the role of Captain Hook in the play.
My niece, Pam Qualls came by to see me Wednesday. She had been staying with her mother, Jo Ann Potts, my late brother Lindy’s wife, while she was sick. Get well wishes and prayers for her.
Bobbie and Katie Smithwick delivered Christmas bags of fruits and goodies from the Potts Camp United Methodist Church on Wednesday. I was glad to see them.
Every Christmas the world rejoices; we spend weeks praying for that special day. Sometimes people forget to seek the One whose birthday we celebrate. Christ is willing to live in us and bring peace and love into our lives every day.
Dear God, forgive us when we forget the most important gift of all, love. We thank you for the gift of Jesus Christ on Christmas many years ago. He set the perfect example for us while on earth, and died to save us from our sins. Help us to live and love like him. Amen.
Christmas is a caring hand that reaches out across the land. Christmas is all things in part when Jesus is born in our heart.
The Little Drummer Boy
When the Christ Child was born, many beautiful gifts were brought to the manger, gifts of great beauty and splendor. But one small boy, who was very poor, had nothing to offer the Lord, and he was very sad. Then he thought, “I can play my drum for him,” and so he did. He played with all his heart, and as he played, the Baby Jesus smiled, showing that at Christmas, the gift of love is the best gift of all.
If my people which are called by my name shall humble themselves and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14.
1. If any little love of mine may make a life the sweeter, if any care of mine can make a friend’s woe the fleeter, if any little lift may ease the burden of another, God give me love and care and strength to help my toiling brothers.
2. Prayer doesn’t always change things for you, but it changes you for things.
3. My Prayer
Dear Lord, I pray at the end of each day you’ll find that I’ve helped someone, some how, some way, that I’ve not failed in word or deed to lighten the heart of someone in need. Though my talents may be few, I pray that you will find me a credit to you. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Happy birthday to my daughter, Betty Greer, on Dec. 11. My birthday is Dec. 16. God has blessed me. Happy birthday to David Fuller Dec. 20.
Thanks for the Christmas Cards I have received. Bobby Smithwick and others delivered Christmas baskets from Potts Camp Methodist Church. I enjoyed his visit when he brought mine. I am a member of the Methodist Church.
Pray for: Joann Potts, who will have back surgery; she is my sister-in-law and widow of Lindy Potts from Olive Branch. Also pray for friends Charles Henderson, Lena Fay Work, Henry Tutor, Doris Goode, Mary Jarrett, Henry Jarrett, Betty Rose Jones of Memphis, Sank Owen of Amory, Diane Clayton, a special friend. Pray for those who have lost their loved ones recently.
In 1988, Potts Camp celebrated its 100th birthday. We celebrated for three months. The Potts Camp Civic Club decorated the town and we had a parade. Dallas King was the grand marshal and rode in the big limousine with his wife, Louise, beside him. They are both deceased. They owned the Potts Camp Memorial Museum.
My granddad, J.A. Potts, had built a Potts Camp Methodist Church in 1904, with a tall steeple, stained glass windows, kneeling rail, pipe organ and coat room. My brother and I joined the church then. In 1926, it was demolished and a two-story brick church was built. It burned two years later and was rebuilt with insurance money Robert Greer and others had on it. Some of the women held programs at the church. My baby brother, Charles Lindy Potts, was 8 months old at Christmastime. They asked Mother if Lindy could be Baby Jesus. She said, “Yes, if Dale can be his mother, Mary.” I was 13 years old and did not realize what an honor that was at the time.
One year later, we celebrated the 100th birthday of Potts Camp United Methodist Church (now three churches on the charge, Cornersville, Bethlehem and Potts Camp). Bishop Robert Morgan (the uncle of Flick Ash) preached that day, also D.S. Bob Whiteside. Rev. Jim Smith was our pastor. My late brother, Rev. Lindy Potts, gave the history of the church. Over 300 people attended.
The Greer family donated a Hammond organ to the church in memory of their mother, Cordelia Greer. They have renovated it and it is still in use. The Day family donated a piano later.Every family bought a pew.
The next pastor of the Potts Camp charge was Rev. Lester James. They had five children, so they let him teach school. Those were depression years. He was my forestry teacher. He took us on field trips to Eagle Springs to study trees and to the cotton gin to see it operate. Rosalie James was my best friend.
Those were happy days for us all.
Did you know?
The real Charles Dickens
He wrote many great works. Among them were Pickwick Papers, 1837; Oliver Twist, 1838; David Copperfield, 1849-50; Great Expectations, 1860-61; Tale of Two Cities, 1859; and the favorite, A Christmas Carol, 1843.
Most of us have watched the Christmas Carol on TV or some other venue. We all admire little Tiny Tim and his famous line, “God bless us every one.” In the “Bless Your Heart Series II” (Eden Prairie, MN: Heartland Sampler, Inc.), Charles Dickens remarked, “I love little children, and it is not a slight thing when they, who are fresh from God, love us.”
In 1849, 21 years before his death, Charles Dickens wrote a work expressly for his children, of which he and his wife Catherine had 10. Entitled “The Life of Our Lord,” the work included the miraculous events surrounding Jesus’ birth, His miracle ministry, His death on the cross and his resurrection.
The work, written without thought of publication, was left in the possession of his sister-in-law, Georgia Hogarth. At her death in 1917, it came into the possession of his son, Sir Henry Fielding Dickens, who made provision in his will for it to be published.
In March of 1934, Marie Dickens proceeded to have it published, in serial from, by the Associated Newspapers, Ltd., of London. In this work Dickens wrote, “My dear children, I am very anxious that you should know something about the history of Jesus Christ. For everybody ought to know about Him.
No one ever lived, who was so good, so kind, so gentle”…Dickens goes on telling his children the story of Christ. In a letter to his youngest son, Edward, Dickens wrote: “Try to do to others as you would have them do to you…I have put a New Testament among your books…it is the best book that will ever be known in the world…it teaches you to be truthful and faithful.”
To his daughter he wrote: “You will, therefore, understand the better that I now most solemnly impress upon you the truth and beauty of the Christian religion as it came from Jesus Christ Himself, and the impossibility of your going far wrong if you humbly and heartily respect it.”
According to Mamie Dickens, (What My Father Taught Us, Ladies Home Journal, Feb. 1892) Charles Dickens’ eldest daughter, her father went further in his will exhorting his children to follow the teachings of the New Testament.
I hope that you will find these writings by Charles Dickens an encouragement. I find it helpful to myself and will think of them when I will soon watch “The Christmas Carol.”
Did You Know On
Dec. 15, 1939 – “Gone With the Wind” premiered in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dec. 16, 1773 – Massachusetts colonists staged the Boston Tea Party.
Dec. 17, 1903 – Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful motor-powered airplane flights at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Dec. 18, 1932 – The Chicago Bears defeated the Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 in the first ever NFL playoff game which was played indoors due to a blizzard.
Dec. 19, 1777 – George Washington’s army entered winter camp at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
Dec. 20, 1891 – James Naismith worked out the basics of the game of basketball.
Dec. 21, 1620 – The Pilgrims began coming ashore at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
This Week’s Quiz
Who was the first NFL football team to go unbeaten and untied in a regular 14 game season and also win the Super Bowl?
Where was the first successful American cotton mill?
In 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge, the Germans demanded that the Americans surrender. What was the reply made by the American General Anthony McAuliffe?”
What was the program of the first entertainment radio broadcast?
When Apollo 8 astronauts orbited the moon, from what book did they read?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
John Phillip Sousa wrote and conducted the official march song of America, the “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
“The Motel Inn” was the name of the first motel in the United States.
Mark Twain received the first three patents for improved suspenders.
Clement C. Moore wrote the short story “Twas The Night Before Christmas.”
“The Best Friend of Charleston” was the locomotive giving regular scheduled passenger service.
Ref: The American Almanac, by W. Bennett and J. Cribb, America God and Country, by W. Federer.
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