March 3, 2011
Potts Camp News
Brooke Hale returns from mission trip to Africa
Saturday, a special nephew, Alan Potts, a radio announcer from Tupelo, and his wife, Carol, stopped to visit me. They were returning from a visit with his mother, JoAnn Potts of Olive Branch, who had back surgery twice. She was married to my late brother, Rev. Charles Lindy Potts. Please pray for her.
Brook Hale has returned from her 10-day mission trip to Sierra Leone, Africa. Family members who greeted her at the airport were Kerry, Lela and Alana Hale and Betty Shaw.
Thanks to Lela Hale for the delicious food she brought me.
On Wednesday, Betty and Knowlton Shaw and Bobbie and Katie Smithwick visited their sister, Barbara and Tom Wasson in Kosciusko.
Congratulations to Jackson Tyler Jenkins (Jac-Tyler), a fourth grade student at Marshall Academy, who won the district spelling bee contest at Oxford, and now will go to Jackson to the State spelling bee in April. He is the son of Heather Pipkin and Jamie Jenkins and grandson of David and Janis Alderson of Potts Camp.
For better or worse, you and I are the ones Jesus depends on to tell the world how He lived and died on the cross to save us from our sins! Can He depend on us to strengthen the kingdom of God as He depended on those first disciples? Today’s Christians are all He has. Can He depend on us?
I wish you knew my Jesus and loved Him as I do, for if you knew my Jesus, then you would love Him too. He gave His life at Calvary, the sacrifice for you. If you receive my Jesus, then you will love Him too.
Oh, God, when I have food, help me to remember those who are hungry. When I have a warm house, help me to remember the homeless. When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer and remembering, Lord, help me to have compassion and concern enough to help, by word or deed, those who cry out for what we take for granted. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Matthew 25:35 says, “I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and ye welcomed me.”
We are thankful for all the missionaries who travel throughout the world telling people how Jesus died for us and arose again.
One missionary in Africa was reading to the people about Jesus when a woman said, “Do you know the man in the book?” The missionary said, “Thank God, I know the man in the book! He is my Lord and Savior!”
God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow or sun without rain. But God did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and a light for the way and for all who believe in His kingdom above, he answers their faith with everlasting love.
I have no hands but your hands to do my work today. I have no feet but your feet to lead men on the way. I have no tongue but your tongue to tell men how I died. I have no help but your help to bring men to God’s side.
Prayer list: JoAnn Potts of Olive Branch (my sister-in-law); Henry Tutor in Ripley nursing home; Mary and Henry Jarrett, Jimmie Hart, who had leg surgery; Diane Clayton, a special friend; Charles Henderson, a friend; Sank Owen of Amory, a relative; Betty Rose Jones of Memphis, a friend; Mary Frances Clayton and Betty Fincher.
Early Days of Potts Camp
During the early days in our town, there were many stores. Greer and Greer bought out the two-story store on Front Street of Douglas Laws and his wife, Birdie, who had a stylish hat shop upstairs. She and her sister, Myrtle, made the lovely hats with wide brims and bows and flowers on them. Greer and Greer sold everything! They even had warehouses for seed, fertilizer, coal to burn, etc.
B.A. Edwards sold everything, also, even furniture.
Salesmen came in on the train and would stay in a hotel for a few days so they could sell to the merchants.
During World War II, one of the warehouses on Front Street was used to sew Army clothes. About 1945, it became the “Dixie Theater.” On weekends, a man from Memphis brought out a large colored picture and showed it on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. People from miles around and nearby towns came to enjoy it. One day, I went to see “Gone With the Wind.” While looking for a seat in the dark, they called out my name. I had won $10, the door prize. That made me happy! Willa Floyd sold the tickets and Charles Burris, a teenager, worked the projector. He bought a motorcycle with some of his money.
One day, he passed our house really fast on his motorcycle. My late husband said, “That boy is going to get killed. He died that very evening. It was a sad funeral. He was the age of Ann and Lindy (my family). It was so sad. Mr. and Mrs. Burris had one more son, Edward.
She lived to be 107 years old. We loved her.
Did you know?
Courage with grit – Sam Houston
This day is the birthday of one of America’s greatest heroes.
He was born in the area of Lexington, Virginia, on March 2, 1793. His family moved to Tennessee when he was 13 years of age. It wasn’t long before he struck out on his own – not an unusual thing for young men in those days.
He lived for a time with the Cherokee Indians. He became a school teacher and taught in a one-room schoolhouse. This hero served under Andrew Jackson fighting the Creek Indians. He later studied law and was elected to Congress – became the governor of Tennessee.
When his country called, he organized an army of Texans and defeated General Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto. He later became the first president of the Republic of Texas and worked tirelessly to have Texas admitted to the United States. He served Texas in the U.S. Senate and later became its governor.
He was near the end of his life when the Civil War approached. When a secession convention voted to take Texas out of the Union he strongly opposed the move. He warned the crowds that secession would bring disaster. Facing one crowd, an armed man threatened him, the 68-year-old statesman stared him down, declaring, “Ladies and gentlemen, keep your seats. It is nothing but a fiest [a small dog] barking at the lion in his den.”
Texas legislators demanded that the governor swear loyalty to the Confederacy. He refused to take this oath, ending his political career. His supporters wanted to fight but he rejected the idea saying he did not wish to spill his fellow Texans’ blood. Brokenhearted, he retired to private life.
For this final act of public service John F. Kennedy would later make Sam Houston a hero in his book “Profiles in Courage.”
Re: American Patriots Almanac
Did You Know On
Mar. 2, 1793 – One of America’s greatest statesman, Sam Houston was born near Lexington, Virginia.
Mar. 3, 1931 – “The Star Spangled Banner” was adopted as the national anthem.
Mar. 4, 1789 – The U.S. Constitution went into effect as the first session of Congress met in New York City.
Mar. 5, 1963 – Country music star Patsy Cline died in a plane crash near Camden, TN.
Mar. 6, 1836 – Over 5,000 Mexican soldiers overwhelmed 189 American defenders at the Alamo. All of the defenders were killed.
Mar. 7, 1933 – Charles Darrow trademarked his board game, Monopoly.
Mar. 8, 1983 – Ronald Reagan, in a speech in Florida, called the Soviet Union an “evil empire.”
This Week’s Quiz
What was the name and type of the first plane to fly non-stop around the world?
In 1820 Congress passed a law called the Missouri Compromise. What was the compromise?
The Ford Motor Co. produced one of its most successful cars in 1964. What was the name of this car?
Who developed and launched the first liquid-fuel rocket?
What was the name of the first submarine to surface at the North Pole?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
“The Wild Hare” was the name of the cartoon that introduced Bugs Bunny.
Miami is called the Magic City because of the extremely fast growth from 1,600 population to over 100,000 in 25 years.
Neal Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon.
Hopalong Cassidy was the name of the first TV western.
Richard Nixon was the first U.S. President to visit Russia.
Greenfield Presbyterian Church hosts 100 Men In Black program March 27
Jesus warns against the religion – our leaders. Matt 23:1-12; Luke 20:45-47.
And He said unto them in His doctrine. Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing and love salutation in market places.
And the chief seats in the synagogues, and uppermost rooms at feasts. Which devour windows, houses, and for a pretense make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation. Mark 12:38-40.
Greenfield Presbyterian Church Black History Program was held Sunday, February 27, along with the morning services. After the call to worship, the program was as follows:
Welcome, Ashleigh Johnson; acceptance, standing ovation, Old Testament reading, Nmelc George; New Testament, Rev. Evelyn Elliott; solo, Bro. Earnest Palmer; selection from youth choir; Bro. Ontario Fitts in charge of services; reading, Ontario Fitts and Marquis Johnson; selection by choir; and reading, Catina Newsom. Deqvan Hall was on the drums and he did a wonderful job. Deacon Robert C. Curry was in charge of finance.
The introduction of the speaker was Sis. Hattie Johnson. Speaker was Evangelist Dorothy Palmer from Spring Hill M.B. Church. Sis. Elmira Curry displayed some items and explained how they were used in yesteryears.
Remarks on black history were given by Bro. Paul Pitts and Bro. Elcue Curry.
Visiting churches were Spring Hill M.B. Church and Walton Chapel CME Church, Pastor Rev. Isaac DeBerry and wife and members.
Vote of thanks was given by Elder Lavora Blake. Closing remarks and benediction by Rev. Evelyn Elliott.
Repass was served in the fellowship hall.
Black History Program was rendered at Hamilton Chapel CME Church on Sunday also. The guest speaker was Rev. Andrew Fluker and members from Greater New Harvest MB Church.
Pastor Charles Doodley and Wife’s Love Day will be held at Hamilton Chapel CME Church on Sunday, March 6, 2:30 p.m.
Special guests will be Pastor Morris Stevenson and Bates Chapel CME Church. The public is invited.
Greenfield Presbyterian Church will sponsor 100 Men in Black program on March 27, 2:30 p.m. Bro. Elcue Curry will be in charge. He is calling all men from every nation.
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