Thursday, November 3, 2011
Potts Camp News
Hannah Greer celebrates 3rd birthday
Many people from here attended the Holiday Street held in the New Albany area, sponsored by the Homemaker Clubs in that area. My daughter Betty Greer and a friend, Patsy Bogg, attended, and my neighbor, Joyce Clayton, also attended. They had many lovely decorated Christmas trees and sold items like cookbooks, decorations, candy and other nice items.
We are saddened by the death of Ruby Thompson on Thursday. We send deepest sympathy to her family.
A happy birthday party was held on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 23, for 3-year-old Hannah Grace Greer, daughter of my grandson David and Amy Greer. Her brother Dave and sister Mary Elizabeth, who are in school, attended. They live in Etta. Amy’s family attended, also my daughter and her husband David and Betty Greer, also her grandparents. She received many special gifts.
Get well to Jean Clayton, who is in Jackson in the hospital. She needs our prayers. Her condition is serious.
Bethlehem and Cornersville Church are on the Potts Camp United Methodist charge. Rev. Don Newton is the pastor.
I’m sorry I was unable to attend the Fall Festival they held in the Cornersville Church on Oct. 22. Mitch Stone is our song leader in Potts Camp. He and his family are special friends. He sang for them.
When everything seems hopeless and life is hard to bear, just find a quiet corner and say a special prayer. Ask God to give you strength to see you through the day. For He alone can help you; He alone can pave the way. Believe in Him and trust Him; Let Him be your guide. Miraculous things will happen when He is by your side. Once your cross is lifted and you find that you can cope. Be sure to thank Almighty God for giving you new hope.
Sick list: Betty Fincher damaged her shoulder in a fall. She goes to her doctor for therapy on it. Cathy McCallum full and broke her arm in three places. Charles Henderson is unable to drive and help people like he did for many years. Diane Clayton, a friend, is also on the list.
Records show that Mary Potts, the youngest child of the first settlers of Potts Camp, Colonel E.F. Potts, was his favorite child and the youngest; he sent her to college in Memphis and gave her the town that is now Potts Camp. She married Charlie Reid.
Mary Reid gave a right-of-way for the Frisco Railroad so the trains would pass this way, and a depot named Potts Camp was built. She also gave land for churches and schools for both races. Reid’s Gift Church and Mary Reid School are both named for her. My dad, J.B. Potts, was the depot agent here over 40 years. She also gave land for the Potts Camp Cemetery. She was buried there in 1908.
Mary Potts Reid wrote the following poem for her son Cornelious in a Bible as a gift.
To My Dear Boy
When tempted, Son, to go astray, pause, pause, my dear child, and turn away, from sin’s alluring form. Go to thy chamber and when there, check in thy mother’s gift, a prayer, a refuge from the storm.
Read my dear boy, believe and live, then not in vain this book I give, to my own darling boy, ‘Twill smooth for thee life’s stormy path, teach thee to shun thy Master’s wrath, and wear His crown of joy.
When grief shall check thy young son’s mirth, to weep that she who gave you birth, has passed into the skies. Then ponder o’er thy mother’s gift. It will thy drooping spirit lift and dry those weeping eyes.
And, as your hands the pages turn, resolve, dear boy, of Christ to learn; Be lowly, meek and mild; Remember she who gave this book may unseen, upon you look, rejoicing in her child.
Records also show the late Mrs. (Warrine) Fred Oakley and her daughter Mary Louise Merrill and son Mark Merrill are descendants of Mary Potts Reid.
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