Thursday, December 22, 2011
Potts Camp News
Holley Muraco featured in magazine
Merry Christmas to everyone!
Rev. Don Newton, pastor of the Potts Camp Methodist charge, used a portion of Isaiah 9 as his sermon text on Sunday: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.” Let us all reflect on God’s love during this holiday season.
First United Methodist Church in Potts Camp will host a singing of Christmas music on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 4:30 p.m. Several local musicians will be on hand to play and sing. There will also be congregational singing.
Please say a special prayer for Ann Boren Armstrong of Jackson, who is very sick and in the hospital there. She loves Potts Camp and has called friends often to catch up on the news.
Others to remember in your prayers are Faye Turpen, Keri and Emma Grace Beasley (granddaughter and great-granddaughter of Joan Gurley), Carmen Simmons (wife of Stan Simmons, daughter-in-law of Joe Simmons and niece-in-law of Madalynne Ash). Also, keep me in your prayers.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Billy Askew, of Jackson, who passed away last week. He was the son of Marion and Betty Askew and the nephew of Faye Turpen.
Visitors of Mrs. Annie Ruth Stone on Wednesday were Joann Gholston Cox, Elizabeth G. Hunsucker, and May Wynn Wren. They met for lunch at Flick’s. While there they visited with Jimmy G. Rhea of Memphis and his mother, Mrs. Herbert Rhea of Hickory Flat. They were excited about getting a copy of the book that has been printed about the history of Potts Camp.
I appreciate all of my birthday visitors, cards, and gifts. It was a very good day. Visiting in my home to help me celebrate were my daughter Betty Greer, her daughter, Leisa Blond and a friend from Texas, and my son and his wife, Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth, along with other Potts Camp friends. A large group of children from the First Baptist Church came to sing Christmas carols and wish me a happy birthday. Mrs. Westmoreland was the leader. I really enjoyed the singing. It was so special.
Congratulations to Holley Stone Muraco, who was featured on the cover of the Northwest Community College Alumni Magazine this month. The magazine also includes a very interesting article with photographs about her work studying sea mammal reproduction. She is an Alumna of NWCC. Her parents are Mitch and Jeanette Stone.
The Gurley family celebrated their annual Christmas luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the home of Mary Minor. Mitch Stone entertained the children by playing his guitar and having them sing along to “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” He also played other Christmas carols.
Happy Birthday to the following: Mildred Marbury (Dec. 21), Candy Potts (Dec. 23), Caden Gurley (Dec. 28), Rhonda Rowland Smothers (Dec. 29), Will Forester (Dec. 29), Pam Gurley (Dec. 30), Sarah Grace Knight (Dec. 31).
1. To find true joy at Christmas, look to Jesus. He came to lift our burdens, so we can raise our eyes to welcome Him at Christmas.
2. A small boy had been taught about Jesus; his parents had showed him the manger scene with the baby Jesus. As the child entered a large store at Christmas time, he saw the flashing lights and wonderful toys. He asked the clerk, “Where is Baby Jesus?” Sometimes we all feel that way. Never let other things take the place of our love for Jesus!
3. The story of Baby Jesus, his parents Mary and Joseph, never grows old. My parents read it to me as a child.
4. God made us all with a deep hunger for love; when people love one another there is no fear.
5. God set the example — when we were yet sinners He loved us, and sent Jesus, His only Son, to die in our place. The peace of God only comes when we respond to His love. If God is the Father of us all, we are kin.
By feeding on your blessed word, Dear Lord
Before the Days of TV, written September, 1977.
“I wonder what people did before the days of TV?” is a remark often heard.
I was thinking about this recently when I picked up a newspaper and read of the tragic death of our famous star, Elvis Presley. He had made so many people happy, yet he led a lonely life. I was reading a list of his gold record albums when suddenly I thought of my childhood and our old Victrola. I also thought of Jimmy Rodgers. Oh, how we enjoyed playing his records.
Every year Dr. F.P. Boatner insisted that my father, J.B. Potts, spend a day or two in the railroad hospital in St. Louis, Mo. for tests, as he had pneumonia several times. Daddy always returned home loaded with new brownish gold records. We could hardly wait to wind up the old Victrola and play them. “Casey Jones,” “Waiting for a Train.” “St. Louis Blues” and “Frankie and Johnnie” were among our favorites. I memorized every one of them.
My grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Potts, had a Victrola also, and I enjoyed the religious records at their home. Most of the people in town owned a Victrola.
Another musical instrument my friends and I enjoyed was an old pipe organ with pedals, which was owned by the Claude Brownlee family. The Brownlee girls – Florence, Iva and Dorothy – and I played that old organ to our hearts’ content, never uneasy about breaking it as we would the new modern ones.
Sometimes we would attend a silent movie or revival in a tent on the town square or attend a ball game on an outdoor court.
Years later we enjoyed the soap operas, comedy (Lynn and Abner and Amos and Andy), Hit Parade and the Grand Ole Opry on radio.
The old player piano was also a novelty in those early days.
Mrs. Lester Greer, Dr. Boatner’s daughter, played an important role in the lives of many young girls in town. She invited us to her home, played the piano and taught us to sing many wonderful songs, especially Christmas carols. She played games with us in her back yard twice a week, helped us to act out stories – with costumes, took us riding in her new car and served us delicious refreshments.
Childhood memories like these are never forgotten.
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