Thursday, August 4, 2011
Potts Camp News
Birthday celebration honors Andy Work Saturday
It was wonderful to hear the Country Gospel Jubilee on TV last weekend. One of the featured singers was our own, Potts Camp United Methodist Church song leader, Mitch Stone Jr. We love him and his family.
Mitch Stone was also one of the singers at the political rally held at the town park and sponsored by the Potts Camp Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday. I understand that a large crowd attended the event. Lots of candidates were on hand to speak to the crowd.
Happy birthday to the following: Georgia Gurley Cobbs on Aug. 1, Sandler Syms on Aug. 3, Bill Rowland on Aug. 6, and Jayne Rowland on Aug. 9.
Many family members of Andy Work met on July 27 at the home of Connie and Andy Work to celebrate his birthday with a delicious dinner and red velvet cake, baked by Connie. Their 5-year-old granddaughter, pretty little Anna Rose Work, attended, also his sons, Timothy and Lindsey Work.
We send our love and sympathy to Joyce Clayton and Faye Smith in the recent death of their aunt, Von Smith of West Memphis, Ark. David Hunsucker, the grandson of Joyce Clayton, drove them there for the funeral on Friday.
Others may not like the way you look, but God looks on the heart! Sometimes people think you are a bother because you are getting old, but God loves us to the end!
Take time to think; it is the source of power! Take time to play; it is the secret of perpetual youth! Take time to read; it is the fountain of wisdom! Take time to pray; it is the greatest power on earth! Take time to love and be loved; it is God’s given privilege! Take time to be friendly; it is the road to happiness! Take time to laugh; it is music of the soul! Take time to give; life is too short to be selfish! Take time to work; it is the price of success! Take time to save; it is the foundation of your future! (Taken from Lindy’s newsletter, my deceased brother, many years ago.)
“Behold let us love one another, because love is from God!” I John 4:7.
God loves every one of us as if we were the only person in the world!
Lord, help us love the way you love the humble lowly and help us to care as you care for the sinners, the outcast and weak.
When we step out in faith, God is there to guide us if we follow His directions. He wants us to love others as He loves them. We praise His holy name!
Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so you may be the children of your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:44.
Prayer changes things!
Pray for those who are ill and those who have lost loved ones.
The World Is Mine
Prayers: Henry Tutor, who is in a nursing home at Ripley, was badly hurt in an accident. Get well wishes to him. Joann Potts of Olive Branch, my sister-in-law, is having back trouble after surgery. Pray for Charles Henderson and others in nursing homes.
Potts Camp Methodist Church
In 1929, our three-year-old, two-story brick church burned. Thanks to Robert Greer, banker, and others, it was fully insured, but was empty. Rev. Lester James was the new pastor of the church in 1935. Those were depression years so they let him teach school also. He was our seventh grade forestry teacher. He took us to Eagle Springs on field trips and to the cotton gin to see it operate.
A concert was held and a new Hammond organ was given by the Greers in memory of Cordelia Greer, their mother. Faye V. Peel, organist, and E. Eason, music teacher, played for the concert.
Every family bought a pew; they have been renovated and are still used. Later the Day family gave a piano.
Bro. James planned a play for the young people and we showed it in Potts Camp auditorium and Ashland, Waterford and other places to make money for the church. We had fun that year!
Rev. James had five children. They were Rosalie, Geneva, Les, Ann and Bobby. Rosalie was my friend.
A true story
One day, Les James, 12-year-old son of the James family, was waiting for his newspaper to arrive in front of the Baptist church (across the street). My grandfather, J.A. Potts, had a store next door to it. A truck was parked in front of his store with a dog in the front seat. Les went over to see the dog and saw a machine gun on the front seat. About that time, a man and woman came running out of my granddad’s store. The woman yelled, “I’m going to kill you!” They had food and drinks in their hands. The man said, “No, don’t kill him. They will know where we are.” As they drove off at a high speed, my grandfather yelled, “You forgot your change!”
Later we heard that the famous crooks Bonnie and Clyde had been arrested and put in prison.
We enjoyed the wonderful family of Rev. and Mrs. James for four years and missed them when they moved to Myrtle.
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