January 20, 2011
Potts Camp News
Brook Hale to join mission trip to Africa in February
Brook Hale, daughter of Kerry and Lela Hale, will journey to Africa in February on a 10-day mission trip. While there, she will train the women, through the “Women Hope Ministries,” to use photography to spread the message of God’s love and forgiveness.
Mary Minor and Lela Hale, two special friends, came to see me on Tuesday while the snow was on the ground. I was happy to see them.
We were saddened by the recent death of Ben West, age 56. We send our love and sympathy to his family.
The children enjoyed being out of school during the snow days.
David Fuller was very busy last week building snowmen. He built four in his yard, two on a vacant lot, one at the Baptist Church, and assisted children with another one in town. On Saturday, we still had snow left, but it was beginning to melt away. David took advantage while it was still here, to build more snowmen. This is his favorite time of the year.
Nancy Lane of Wichita Falls, Texas, visited Mildred Marbury, Mary Minor and Annie Ruth Stone and Patrick on Saturday.
Love and sympathy is extended to the family of Polly Churchill who passed away on Saturday and was buried on Monday.
Dorothy Wayne Nolan of the Macedonia community, sister of the late Mattie Gurley, passed away recently. We extend love and sympathy to her family. Janice Morris is her niece.
Birthday greetings to Elizabeth Hollingsworth, Dec. 17; David Greer Sr., Jan. 20; Mitch Stone, Jan. 22; Jimmie A. Hart, Jan. 26; Christopher Rowland, Jan. 28; Jeanette Stone, Jan. 30; and Tommy Howell, Jan. 30.
Ten Steps to Happiness
1. Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and make Him Lord of your life!
2. God has a purpose for your life. (No one is exactly like you.) Try to find the gift He has for you.
3. Look for the beauty in others, and overlook their flaws. No one is perfect.
4. Study God’s word and pray.
5. Show people you love them wherever you go.
6. Smile, laugh; a good sense of humor goes a long way in making friends.
7. Help those in need.
8. Visit the sick.
9. Don’t think about money all the time.
10. Have hope for tomorrow; faith in God and trust Him and your fellow man.
I had a burden in my heart. It weighed so much right from the start. The Spirit’s peace made it depart. I left my burden there. I felt while kneeling down in prayer His Holy presence, bright and fair. My fears, my doubt, my great despair, I left them all right there.
I have no hands but your hands to do my work today. I have no feet but your feet to lead men on the way. I have no tongue but your tongue to tell men how I died. I have no help but your help to bring men to God’s side.
Pray for Mary Frances Clayton, who had surgery recently; she has returned home.
Others on the prayer list: Jimmie Hart, Pauline Hutchens, Diane Clayton, Charles Henderson, Henry Tutor, Mary and Henry Jarrett, Betty Rose Jones, Sank Owen, Jo Ann Potts, Lena Faye Work, Betty Fincher and Hazel Foote. Pray for all the sick and sad people who have lost loved ones.
History and Memories of the Past
Did you ever wait at a railroad station for the sounds of an approaching train? What an exciting time this was, especially back in the early days of our town, when almost every item, large and small, was shipped by rail, and people rode the trains. In retrospect, I can almost see the friendly faces and hear the laughter of the crowd as they gathered around the pot-bellied stove in the waiting room.
Large boxes stood on the platform, and a loaded baggage car was waiting by the railroad tracks. Cars and wagons filled the parking spot near the depot.
Sometimes, we children would watch down the long tracks, and when we saw the lights, we would yell “The train is coming!”
People would rush out to meet it. As the train pulled in, you could hear the chuff, chuff, chuff chuff of the air pumps against the tracks, as the steam leaked out. My little brother would cover his face until the train stopped.
Many sad farewells and happy reunions took place at the old railroad station, where my dad, Benton James Potts, worked as depot agent for more than 40 years.
Mary Reid Potts, only daughter of Colonel E.F. Potts, first settler of this entire area, gave land for a right-of-way so the Frisco Railroad would come through this area. She also gave land for churches and schools in Potts Camp. Mary Reid was my great-aunt. Mary Reid School and Reid’s Gift Church are named for her. She also gave the land for the Potts Camp Cemetery.
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