Thursday, September 1, 2011
Potts Camp News
Bethany Baptist celebrates anniversary
We are looking forward to fall days. God’s blessings to all of you!
On Aug. 27, “Back to School Day” was held at Potts Camp Park at 9 a.m. for children to 12 years old. They enjoyed snow cones, games and a contest. It was sponsored by the Marshall County Baptist Association.
We were saddened by the recent deaths of friends Minnie Taylor Lindsey of Hickory Flat and Linda Tate of Potts Camp.
Bethany Baptist Church of Potts Camp celebrated its 75th anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 28, with a large crowd attending.
The former pastors spoke first. Later, they had lunch and singing. Pastor Donald Worsham and the members of the church thank all the visitors who attended.
Happy birthday to friends and relatives: Don Randolph on Aug. 26; teenage friend Hannah Goolsby, Aug. 27; Betty Fincher, Aug. 30; Inez Jarrett on Sept. 1; and to my wonderful granddaughter, Vickie Winter of Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 3.
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 large and small, I’ll trust the God of miracles and give to Him my all.
Two young brothers and their families had lived on farms side by side in peace for many years.
One day, one of the boys dug a lake between them. The other one was angry.
A man came along looking for work, so the other brother told him to build a dam between them and left for the day.
Returning home later, he saw a wonderful bridge instead of a dam. Before he could speak, the other brother came with his arms wide open and said, “I’m sorry I built the dam and here you built a wonderful bridge.” They hugged. They offered the man other work. I’ve got some more bridges to build.
History and Memories
Roger Clayton, mayor of Potts Camp, showed his bicentennial spirit by growing a handsome beard for the town’s celebration on July 3. He also served as one of the escorts for the style show that day.
The grounds near the Potts Camp were the setting for the Potts Camp Bicentennial. It began at 11 with A.L. Sanders, school principal, as master of ceremonies. He introduced Rev. Marlin Raines, the new minister of Potts Camp Methodist Church, who gave the invocation. Dallas King led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, and mayor Roger Clayton gave the welcoming address, followed by a brief history of Potts Camp by King. Irene Wilson (now Strickland) led the crowd in the national anthem, accompanied by Jerry Sparks at the piano and Keith Watkins on the drums.
Mitch Stone Jr. demonstrated the shooting of a muzzle load gun, a replica of the one used in 1776.
Following the opening ceremony, fund-raising games and exhibits were opened.
Arts and crafts were on display throughout the day. Paintings were exhibited by Marsha Shaw, Mrs. Bobby Mitchell of Holly Springs, Mrs. Larry Crockett of Oxford and Charlie Brown of Potts Camp. Other arts and crafts were on display by Mrs. Noel Akins, Marshall County Extension Service and others.
Prizes were given throughout the day, donated by several organizations: (1) Potts Camp Lions Club, a radio won by Corbett Marlar Jr.; (2) Potts Camp Jr. Civic Club, cookware set, won by Jimbo Gilliam; (3) Potts Camp Fire Department, an afghan, handmade by Mrs. D.W. Fuller, won by Emma Mayer; (4) In the fiddlers’ contest, both Frank Bennet and H.W. Henson were awarded prizes.
Perhaps the most eye-catching event was the fashion show by Irene Wilson. About 25 women modeled their bicentennial costumes. The seven escorts were mayor Roger Clayton, James Carl Pipkin, Cary Mayer, Robert Luther, Don Randolph and J.C. Pruitt, all of the Potts Camp Fire Department, and A.L. Sanders of the Potts Camp Lions Club. A barbecue supper, prepared by chief Pruitt of the Potts Camp Volunteer Fire Department, was enjoyed by all. Entertainment throughout the day was provided by Avid Dee of Memphis and Dennis Henderson’s band of Holly Springs.
The day was climaxed with an old-fashioned square dance by Pop Berryhill of the Bethlehem community.
Thanks to the four local organizations of Potts Camp who made it all possible, and a special thanks to everyone who participated in the games, exhibits and entertainment throughout the day.
I enjoyed attending the Bicentennial Celebration. I stayed there all day.
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