Thursday, November 10, 2011
Potts Camp News
Community welcomes new family from Mexico
A large crowd attended dinner at Potts Camp United Methodist Church on Sunday after services. Rev. Don Newton is the pastor of the Potts Camp charge – three churches. Mitch Stone Jr is the song leader at Potts Camp.
The oldest son of Bobby Smithwick, Walter, and his wife Shelia of New Market, Ala., visited Bobby and his wife Katie last week.
Dinner guests of Betty Fincher on Saturday were her son, Tony and his wife, Tammie Fincher of Memphis, Tenn.; and Connie and Andy Work and their granddaughter, Anna Rose Work.
A family has moved back to Potts Camp after seven or eight years from Mexico. I knew her when she came here with a teenage friend, Coletta Young, a long time ago. She came to visit me recently. Now she has a husband and also a son in Mary Reid School. Her name is Martha Elana Nauez Miranda. I enjoyed meeting her again and she enjoys my news. They attend church in New Albany.
Happy birthday to Jake Hollingsworth on Nov. 1; son of my son, Danny and Elizabeth Hollingsworth; to Rodney Whaley on Nov. 5; our banker and friend; Liesa (Greer) Bland, my granddaughter in Texas, Nov. 8; Amanda Leigh Walls, a niece, Nov. 10; and to a special friend Virgie Kelly on Nov. 13; she lives in Potts Camp.
Prayer list includes Janis Alderson who is improving after a long illness; Charles Henderson, and Mary Jarrett. Also pray for those who have lost loved ones; or in the hospital or nursing homes. Thank God for all His blessings.
God Bless You
You don’t have to tell how you live every day. You don’t have to tell if you work or play, a true barometer serves in its place. However you live shows in your face.
I said a prayer for you today, and know God must have heard.
Although He spoke not a word.
I didn’t ask for wealth or fame.
I knew you wouldn’t mind.
I asked Him to send you treasures of a far more lasting.
I ask that He be near you.
At the start of each day.
To grant you health and blessings,
And friends to share your way.
I grew up during the Great Depression. The stock market broke in 1929; and people who lost all their money began to kill themselves. Some of them jumped off high buildings. People had no jobs. Hobos rode the trains and would come to our house asking for food. When Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president of the U.S.A. we were blessed. He started programs to help the people. The WPA and CCC Camps were two of them. I remember the CCC Camp most of all. It became part of the DeSoto National Forest. They built towers. One was on Hwy. 349 about a mile from town. I remember as a girl running up the tower and looking at our town and homes. They stopped that. Only the workers could go to check for forest fires.
The P.C. (CCC) Camp was about a mile from our home and schools. They played ball in our ballfields and attended our churches. As we were going to school, truckloads of them passed and waved at us. They couldn’t own cars. They came to our churches and plays at schools. Many of us married the CCC boys later and lived long happy years together.
I continue to miss my late husband who was a CCC worker.
We have three children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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