Thursday, April 21, 2011
Potts Camp News
Potts Camp annual school reunion June 4
Sylvia Seymour Akin wrote to tell me about the storm in Memphis damaging homes on either side of her house recently. Trees fell on the houses and destroyed both of them. Also one across the street was damaged. She said it was a frightening experience for her.
Congratulations to Tonya Garrett and David Ash Jr., who will be married on April 23 at Salem Baptist Church, Hwy. 349, Potts Camp.
Joyce Clayton and her sister, Faye Stanton, attended a bridal shower at Arlington, Tenn., recently for relatives Jessica and Ricky Smith.
On Sunday, Joyce Clayton attended church services with her daughter, Miriam Hunsucker, at Macedonia Baptist Church.
We are looking forward to Easter services and sunrise services in the three churches on the Potts Camp Methodist charge, Potts Camp, Bethlehem and Cornersville.
Many people are looking forward to the Potts Camp School reunion on Saturday, June 4. The Class of 1951 will meet. We all remember the Class of 1961 when the late coach T.M. Stone carried the Potts Camp Cardinals to overall state basketball championship for the first and only time. It was an exciting time for our town and school. They held reunions for many years – a reunion of that year 1961 and also the Class of 1971. It will be an exciting time. The late coach T.M. Stone was my classmate. He graduated in 1936 at Potts Camp.
And he said unto them, Be not affrighted, ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified. He is risen, he is not here. Behold the place where they laid Him. Mark 16:5-6
This time of year, renew our hope in all God has ahead. For we were blessed eternally when Christ rose from the dead. So may your trust in Him remain constant, strong and true. For He is working out His best as He lives His life in you.
Wishing you all a happy, blessed Easter.
Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. When there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. O, divine master, grant that I may not so much 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.
“Only God Knows”
I do not know what lies ahead, the way I cannot see. But one stands near to be my guide, and I know He holds my hand. With God things don’t just happen. Everything by Him is planned. So as I face tomorrow with its problems good and small, I’ll trust the God of miracles and give Him my all.
Take control of my thoughts today; let my mind be stayed on thee; that I may know the perfect peace, thou O Lord has promised me. Take control of my words today. May they talk of thy great love and the story of thy grace turns someone’s heart.
Have you heard the story of the jelly beans. The black ones are a symbol of our heart, cold and hard, not a good start! The red ones are for the blood shed for you and me. The white ones are for washed white as snow by the blood of Jesus, did you know? The green ones mean growth for our clean heart, so we can tell others of Jesus, that’s a good start. The yellow ones are for the streets of gold as in Heaven, as in Revelations is told. The purple ones are for the robe He wears when our sins on the cross He bore. So the next time you see a bag of jelly beans, you will know what the colors mean. We always see jelly beans at Easter but do we know the reason?
History and Memories
In the early days, my dad bought a battery radio and placed it in the dining room near the window. On Saturday nights, my older brother, James, would bring his friends, Dallas King and Melvin Stone, home with him to listen to the Grand Ole Opry. They became our friends, too. Dallas was one of the first Potts Camp High School graduates of Potts Camp School in 1926 after the new school was built; the first one burned in 1924, the year I started school.
C.C. King, who made us laugh, was my classmate, brother of Dallas. Their dad, Maude King, was mayor of Potts Camp. He fell on the street and died of a heart attack. Dallas became a Potts Camp School teacher after college. He showed our children magic acts, then later was mail carrier. C.C. King was killed during World War II when on a naval mission. His insurance money was sent to his brother, Dallas. Their mother had died, too.
Louise Gooch was a nurse. She had met Dallas when he was in college and visited George Cook in the hospital. When Louise heard about C.C.’s death, she contacted Dallas. They married a year later. Dallas and Louise built the Memorial Museum in Potts Camp in memory of CC and other servicemen who gave their lives for our country.
A light and a picture of his brother C.C. was on the front door. It was wonderful place to visit. Records were kept in two cabinets. Pictures were everywhere. Glass cabinets held wonderful treasures of the past. A large dining area across the back was an ideal place for club meetings and other exciting things. Living quarters were on the other side with a kitchen and bedroom.
When we celebrated our 100th birthday of our town in 1988, Dallas was the grand marshal. Louise rode beside in the big limousine following the bands.
We will never forget Dallas and Louise King and the museum. We loved them.
The Potts Camp Church of Christ bought the museum for their church nearby after Dallas and Louise died.
Did you know?
Celebrating and honoring the King
All the preparation started days and sometimes weeks before.
The ladies began to buy cloth and patterns for making pretty dresses; shopping for white patten leather shoes for the little girls, socks with lace and white buffs for the boys and men; fine linen socks and gloves. A hat to top off the outfit and then the parade began.
On Easter Sunday everyone gathered at the entrance of the church to watch a parade of beautiful ladies and the girls go marching in. Of course, the men and boys were showing off their new stuff too.
It was a long time in my life before I realized why all the fuss. Why do we spend so much and go to all the trouble? Then one day I realized that the people were dressing for a King. The King of Kings had given His all. His subjects were celebrating and honoring Him with their best. It is the least we can do. See you in church Sunday.
Did You Know
Did you know how America got its name? An Italian navigator named Amerigo Vespucci, one of the early explorers of the New World, made several voyages across the Atlantic. His adventures took him to South America along Venezuela and southern Brazil. Christopher Columbus, who originally landed in the Americas, thought he had made landfall in Asia. Vespucci insisted in a report entitled Mundus Novuz (New World) that a giant, unchartered land mass lay between Europe and Asia.
In 1507 a German mapmaker named Martin Waldseemuller used the term America to honor Vespucci. He thought Vespucci had been the first to discover the New World. Waldseemuller also made maps bearing the name America and soon other Europeans began using the term. At first the name applied to only South America but later other mapmakers used America for all of the New World.
This Week’s Question
If you look on any U.S. coin or paper currency you will find the phrase “In God We Trust.” Question: Who originally came up with the suggestion that the United States recognize God on U.S. money?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
The signing of the Declaration of Independence is on the reverse side of the $2 bill.
The 1909 Lincoln penny was the first coin to bear the likeness of a U.S. president.
The president’s coat of arms is on the reverse side of the Kennedy half-dollar.
The bald eagle is on the reverse side of the $1 coin.
The Lincoln Memorial is on the reverse side of the $5 bill.
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