Thursday, June 2, 2011
Potts Camp News
Potts Camp’s big reunion only days away!
Mary Reid called. The message is the bricks they are selling for the new Mary Reid School will no longer be accepted after June 1.
Potts Camp School is a busy place; many classes from Mary Reid and Potts Camp Schools are accepting awards there during this time.
Don’t forget the school reunion on June 4.
The last weeks of school are an exciting time for the children and teachers. Several award programs were held at Potts Camp School these last weeks with large crowds attending. It is a happy time!
We send our love and sympathy to Betty Lee Maxey in the death of her brother (the second one). He is Robert V. May of Greenville, Ga. His son and daughter are still living; his wife had died earlier. Relatives drove Betty Maxey to the funeral and burial.
On Wednesday, Teresa Hollingsworth of Tupelo, wife of my grandson, David, and their daughter, Sarah Lambert, age 14, visited me. They had been to Memphis where Sarah played soccer.
1. The wonderful gift of the love of Jesus was never intended to be kept to ourselves!
2. People everywhere are hungry for the reality of a personal touch with God!
3. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me. John 14:16.
4. As a child of God, we are called to be alert to the lonely, disabled, homeless, grieving or those who need a helping hand.
When the world falls down around you and a prayer will see you through, say an extra prayer for someone who may need it more than you.
Sick and prayer list: friends Mary and Henry Jarrett, Charles Henderson, Henry Tutor, Mary Jo Whaley, Betty Rose Jones, Sank Owen, Lena Faye Work, those who have lost loved ones.
Prayer of St. Francis (my favorite)
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. Where there is darkness, light. 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 we pardon and it is in dying we are born to eternal life.
Take time to pray. It is the greatest power on earth. Lord, help me show compassion to a world that is lost in sin. So when we share the gospel, hungry souls for Christ we’ll win.
Potts Camp’s 100th Birthday
The last three months of 1988, the Town of Potts Camp celebrated its 100th birthday. It was very exciting! Rev. Jim Smith, pastor of Potts Camp United Methodist Church, and the women of the Potts Camp Civic Club planned many happy events as we looked forward to another century for our town.
Letters of congratulations came from Gov. Ray Mabus, U.S. senators and U.S. representatives, state legislators and a special one from President Ronald Reagan.
The history of the oldest church in town, Potts Camp Methodist, organized in 1889, was celebrated with a special revival. I have a picture of a large yellow cake with candles on it, and Rev. Jim Smith and my brother, the late Rev. Charles L. Potts, on it.
On Halloween night, the Potts Camp children and their parents were invited to a costume contest downtown with plenty of candy for everyone.
On Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, the Potts Camp veterans were honored. Among World War II veterans were Dallas King, John Hugh King, T.M. Stone, Harvey J. Gurley, Jeff Overton, George Dickey and G.R. Thompson. Jeff Overton and George Dickey received Purple Hearts.
One day, a group of us met early at the flag pole in front of Potts Camp School. They were Donal Ash, Potts Camp School principal; Dallas and Louise King; T.M. and Annie Ruth Stone; David Fuller; Dale Hollingsworth and Rev. Jim Smith. The mayor, Cary Mayer, was unable to come. He sent a board member to take his place.
David Fuller has raised the flag over Potts Camp Schools for many years.
On the town’s birthday, Oct. 16, a platform was set up on Front Street with several speakers on it. At 11 a.m., Cary Mayer welcomed the huge crowd and said the Proclamation.
A train stopped on the tracks and the train crew came to the platform where the train master spoke to the crowd. He said that Potts Camp had always been a railroad town since the first depot, named Potts Camp, was built, and the town grew around it. An antique car show was in town that day and Mitch Stone sang to the crowd.
That night, Bro. Smith had the main highway closed so the parade could come through town. Dallas King was the grand marshal. Louise sat beside him. They threw candy to us. I watched as they passed my home.
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