February 11, 2010
Potts Camp News
Congratulations to Fords on their anniversary
Happy Valentine! Valentine boxes were fun during early childhood days.
We are looking forward to spring; the cold weather has been rough.
Doris Goode, a friend, of Hickory Flat, has returned home from New Albany hospital after a sick spell. We are glad she is better. Pray for her.
Berniece Beaird, a former resident of our town most of her life, called Annie Ruth Stone from Mobile, Ala., where she lives with her daughter, Cherrie. They plan to move soon to Tampa, Fla. Her late husband, Mack Beaird, is deceased. We miss them. She is a lifetime friend of ours.
Congratulations to Karen Green of Potts Camp, who was recently voted the state’s athletic director of the year!
My oldest son, Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth from Tupelo, visited me on Wednesday. I was glad to see them.
Congratulations to Thelma and L.D. Ford on their 20th wedding anniversary on Feb. 3.
Love and sympathy is extended to the family of Laverne Taylor who was buried on Sunday afternoon at Temperance Hill.
Halley Holtzlander and her great-aunt, Mary Minor, drove to New Albany High School on Sunday afternoon for the amateur production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” There were 90 students in the musical and it was a wonderful production. The lyrics were by Tim Rice and music was by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
We are always glad when our Marshall County Schools are improved! So, according to Don Randolph, superintendent of education, additions have been approved to many schools, including Mary Reid School in Potts Camp; there will be four classrooms and a multipurpose building for physical education added.
That is wonderful! Mary Reid School was named for Mary Potts Reid, only daughter of the first settler of this area, Colonel E.F. Potts. The depot at Potts Camp was named for him. Reid’s Gift CME Church was also named for Mary Reid.
Before the town of Potts Camp was built in 1886, Mary Reid gave land for a right-of-way so the Frisco Railroad would come this way. She also gave land for churches and schools for both races, and Potts Camp Cemetery. The first board meeting was held in October 1888.
“If my people which are called by my name shall humble themselves and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
1. Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot help bring some into their own lives as well.
2. Faith makes all things possible, hope makes all things bright. Love makes all things easy!
“O give thanks unto God, for He is good; His love and kindness go on forever.” I Chronicles 11:14 Love is God’s gift to you. How you live it is your gift to Him! Make it special!
The Cross In My Pocket
I carry a cross in my pocket, a simple reminder to me of the fact that I am a Christian, no matter where I may be. The little cross is not magic, nor a good luck charm. It isn’t there to protect me from any physical harm. It’s not identification for all the world to see. It’s simply an understanding between my Savior and me. When I put my hand in my pocket, to bring out a coin or key, the cross is there to remind me of the price He paid for me. It reminds me to be thankful for my blessings day by day and to strive to serve Him better in all I do and say. It’s also a daily reminder of the peace and comfort I share with all who know my Master, and give themselves to His care. So I carry the cross in my pocket, reminding no one but me. “That Jesus Christ is Lord of my life, if only I’ll let Him be.”
Hannah Goolsby, teenage granddaughter of Joyce Clayton, visited me on Sunday. She is a senior at Potts Camp High School this year and works part- time at Potts Camp Bank. She is a lovely girl. They were our neighbors when she was a little girl. I was happy to see her!
Happy birthday to Lamar Day on Feb. 9; to Lauren Brook Potts, a relative, on Feb. 10; to Sank Owen of Aberdeen, a relative, on Feb. 12. Happy birthday to Sonya Kidd, David and Teresa Hollingsworth, my grandchildren. Also happy birthday to a friend, Terri Kitchen on Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day).
Pray for all the sick and those who have lost loved ones.
Prayer list: Diane Clayton, Sandy Byrd, Henry Tutor, G.R. Thompson, Connie Work, Lina Mae Rhea, Lena Faye Work, Betty Fincher, Mary Jarrett, Evelyn Byers, Lucille Isom in a nursing home in New Albany, Linda Theison, Gussie Davis, Charles Henderson. We were saddened by the recent deaths of David Eugene Bowlen and Clyde Earl Gandy and we send sympathy and love to their families.
History and Memories
Many years ago, we had a terrible ice storm. Trees had fallen near my home and knocked down the light wires. I was in the dark. One day, our Methodist pastor, Rev. Ray Daniel, drove his pickup into my yard and started cutting up the trees with his power saw. Others saw the pastor working here, so they joined him. Before long, I had my lights on. He refused any pay, but took the wood in his pickup to people who used wood fireplaces and heaters.
We were having a revival in our Methodist Church one week later. The evangelist was at Flick’s Place at noon; he saw a group of women there who had been stranded on the road and someone drove them there for lunch. The evangelist noticed the name tags; they read “North Alabama Conference, United Methodist Women.” He called Bro. Daniel and told him about them.
He drove the church van to pick up the women; he made two trips. Some of them went up into the sanctuary and started playing the organ and singing hymns, others followed. Bro. Daniel spoke to them and helped them every way he could. They almost had a revival started.
At 5 o’clock a bus from Birmingham came to pick up the women. People from our church were arriving with dinners before our services started that night.
One of the women wrote a message to the Mississippi Methodist Advocate. It said:
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