Thursday, July 21, 2011
Potts Camp News
Joan Gurley surprised with birthday celebration
Joan Gurley was surprised by her children with a birthday party on Saturday, July 16. Guests included Robby and Cindy Goolsby, Wade, Lisa, Mark Murphy and grandson Logan Beasley, Brad, Beverly, Abby, Hunter and Rylee Farr, Margaret Hart, Cindy Passons, Kym White, Mary Minor, Arthur and Doris Poole, Kyle and Audrey Poole, Sue Rowland, Jean Gurley, Mitch, Jeanette and Emily Stone, Holley, Jordan and Colton Muraco and Harold and Nancy Green. Cupcakes and homemade ice cream were served. She received several cards, phone calls and gifts to make this a very special day.
Birthday wishes go to Ashley Forester on July 25, Nicole Syms on July 28, Jon and Jay Rowland on July 28, Greg Smothers on July 29, Mitchell Gurley on July 31 and Leland Passons on July 31.
Also, happy birthday to Frank Hutchins Jr. son of a former Potts Camp principal, on July 21.
A large group of young people and teachers from Temperance Hill Baptist Church enjoyed last weekend on a trip to the Mississippi coast.
Many people in Potts Camp are enjoying “camping out.” Andy and Connie Work and granddaughter Anna spent a week in a park near Oxford.
Molly Byers of Big Sandy, Tenn., visited me on Saturday. She, along with her husband William and children, were in Cornersville visiting her brother, David Greer and wife, Betty. They attended the Cornersville Baptist Church on Sunday and are moving back to the area soon.
Get well to Betty Smith, who had recent heart surgery.
Correction in last week’s Potts Camp School History. Addie Holida was the teacher of many country schools, after attending a boarding school in Slayden. She was the mother of Mary Jo Whaley and grandmother of Potts Camp banker Rodney Whaley. (Also, Grace Watts was my aunt who was a country school teacher, not Irene Stone. Mrs. Holida told me about the bad years in Slayden.)
Dear Lord, I pray at the close of the day, you’ll find I’ve helped someone, somehow, someway. That I’ve not failed in word or deed to lighten the heart of someone in need. Though my talents be few, I pray that you will find me a credit to you.
In Chronicles 7:14, it says, “If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Prayer of Renewal
Free me this day, O Lord, from fear 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 knows no barrier, sympathy that reaches all; courage that cannot be shaken, faith strong enough for the darkness, loyality to thy kingdom’s good, wisdom to meet life’s complexities, and power to lift me to thee. Be there with me another day and use me as you will. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Pray for Charles Henderson, Henry Tutor, Joann Potts, Jimmie Hart, Diane Clayton and others.
We will never forget the year 1961, when the Potts Camp high-flying Cardinals, under coach T.M. Stone, won overall state championship for the first and only time. Players were Jimmy Siddall, Robert Phillips, Jimmy Bennett, Billy Cupp, Myra Cupp, Dewitt Stroud, Gale Goode, James Lee Spencer, Ralph Clayton, Charles Shaw, Jimmy Beckworth and Quinton Day. Managers were James Carl Pipkin and Gary (Butch) Morris.
For many years, the team met with Coach Stone and wife Annie Ruth Stone.
A year later, in 1962, a special Potts Camp School principal, Frank Hutchens, died on July 4 after having surgery in Memphis.
Many of us traveled to Calhoun City and Big Creek for his funeral and burial. They had one son, Frank Hutchins Jr.
We loved that family!
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