Thursday, December 1, 2011
Potts Camp News
Thanksgiving enjoyed with family and friends
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Potts Camp. Outside lights and other decorations have been put up and turned on. The blue lights on the lawn of Mr. and Mrs. Beaver are just beautiful. The Earl Lawson family started early getting their lights up and their corner is all lit up for the season. It really puts you in the mood to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Several families reported having a wonderful Thanks-giving with their family and friends. Most had the traditional meal with turkey and dressing, cranberry sauce, lots of side dishes, salads, and desserts. The family of Annie Ruth Stone met at her home for the noon meal with most everyone in attendance.
The Etoyle Ash family met for Thanksgiving dinner at Lovely View in Tupelo, the home of Sue and Henry Burchette, with 44 people there.
Kyle and Melanie Poole hosted the annual Thanksgiv-ing meal for the Gurley and Poole families. There were 62 in attendance this year.
This past Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent in the Methodist churches. During Advent, we are invited to open ourselves to God. Let us prepare our hearts, minds, and bodies to receive the seed of the Holy Spirit and to nurture God’s Word this season.
Jeanette Stone, Pam Gurley, Nancy Green and Mary Minor visited their elderly aunt in the Veterans Home in Humboldt, Tenn., last week. Remember to visit the elderly during the holidays. Some of the residents in nursing homes, etc., do not get very much company and it means a lot to them.
Andy Work and wife Connie invited two men who worked at a Memphis hotel with him every day to come to Potts Camp and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with them, also Timothy Work.
Betty Kirk and sons, a relative of Betty Fincher and Connie Work visited the Cornersville Cemetery. Later, they visited Betty Fincher. They could not find the graves they were looking for.
Dinner guests of Joyce Clayton on Thanksgiving Day were her daughter Mirion and David Hunsucker of Ashland and their daughter Tammie Cobb and two younger daughters of Myrtle.
Betty Fincher’s son Tony visited her from Memphis. His wife was sick and not able to come.
Alan Griffen, grandson of the late Henry Tutor, has moved into his former home. He came to visit me. I was happy he could live in his grandfather’s home.
Get well to Travis Leopard, who had a sudden heart attack!
Betty and David Greer drove to Etta on Thanksgiv-ing night to enjoy supper with David Greer Jr. and Amy Greer and three children, two girls and one older boy. I enjoyed the delicious dinner she brought me.
I said a special prayer for you today, and knew God must have heard, although He spoke no 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 kind. I asked that He be near you at the start of each new day, to grant you health and blessings and friends to share your way.
In 1929, the Potts Camp Methodist Church burned and was rebuilt with insurance money.
In 1930, the new pastor of the church was Rev. Lester James. They had five children. Rosalie was my age, we were good friends. The church needed many things inside after it burned.
The Greer family donated a new Hammond organ and had a concert. It was donated to the memory of their mother, Cornelia Greer.
Faye Peel, pianist, and the music teacher, Miss Eugenia Eason, played for it.
Every family bought a nice pew. They have been renovated and are still in use.
Those were depression years, so they let Rev. Lester James teach school to help him provide for his family.
He was my seventh grade forestry teacher. Two days a week, he took us on field trips to Eagle Springs to study the trees and leaves, also to the cotton gin across the railroad tracks to see how it worked.
Bro. James planned a play for the teenagers that year while school was out.
We made money at our school and Waterford and Ashland schools. We bought chairs, tables and an old piano. Later the Day family donated a new piano.
A True Story
Lee James, 12-year-old son of our pastor, was waiting for his newspaper to arrive in front of the Baptist Church, when he saw a truck in front of my grandfather J.A. Potts’s store nearby. He went over to see the dog on the front seat. He saw a machine gun beside it.
About that time, a man and a woman came running out of Grandpa’s store. She yelled, “I am going to kill you.” He said, “No, if you kill him, they will find us.” They jumped in the car and drove away. Grandpa came out on the porch of the store waving money. He said, “You forgot your change.”
Later we heard they were captured. They were crooks called Bonnie and Clyde.
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