Thursday, May 10, 2012
Potts Camp News
Annual school reunion set for June 2
Sympathy is extended to the family of George Martin (cousin of Annie Ruth Stone and family) who passed away last Wednesday in Memphis. Mitch and Jeanette Stone attended the funeral services on Sunday afternoon.
Sympathy is also extended to the family of Martha (Hurdle) McAlexander of Holly Springs who passed away on Tuesday of last week. Her mother, Mrs. Joe Hurdle, was the home economics teacher at Potts Camp in the early ’50s. I was in the third grade and her sister, Joann, was a classmate that year.
We were saddened last Saturday to learn that Jimmy Hankins of Oxford, one of our high school classmates, passed away on Saturday morning. Several classmates attended the funeral at Shiloh Baptist Church in Oxford on Tuesday afternoon. Our love and sympathy goes out to the family. His sisters are Sue Gilliam, Pat Shields, and the late Dolly Shaw and Ann Hankins. He also leaves one brother, Evan Hankins.
Graduation time is upon us! Mary Reid kindergarten graduation is scheduled for May 14 and fourth grade will graduate on May 21. Both will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Fuller Building. High school graduation will be held Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. in the Carl White Memorial Gymnasium.
Those from Potts Camp attending the recent Marshall County Cattleman’s Association meeting in Holly Springs were Bobby and Katie Smithwick, Edgar and Sue Wilkinson, Margaret Hart and Mary Minor. Speaker was Dr. Rocky Lemus, MSU-ES Forage Specialist, whose topic was “Summer Forages.” Edgar is a board member of MCCA. Joe Keith Cooper, son of Keith and Beverly Cooper, was the recipient of the 2011 MCCA Scholarship and Braxton Jones of Byhalia received the 2012 scholarship.
Edward Gurley is home from the hospital following his second hip replacement surgery and is doing well. He appreciates all of the prayers, calls, food and get-well wishes from family and friends.
Annie Ruth Stone has a special guest speaker lined up for the annual school reunion on Saturday, June 2. Also, books on the History of Potts Camp will be for sale at the reunion.
Bobby and Katie Smithwick attended Music at the Tracks in Myrtle on Saturday and then the Music Fest at Liberty Schoolhouse Saturday evening.
Get well wishes to Coach Tana Miller who underwent surgery recently, and to Nancy Lane who fell recently, injuring her wrist.
Happy birthday to Gale Goode, Wilma (Spencer) Rhea, Ben Rowland, Amanda Murphy, Leah Paige Goolsby, Susan Howell, Sawyer Goode, Perry Pipkin, Kevin Poole, April Stacks, Mike Muraco, Beverly Farr, Fred Whaley, and Madison Grace Stacks who have or will be celebrating birthdays this month.
Prayer list: Viola Hawkins Lollar, John Eckols, George and Dorothy Dickey, Philip Cox, Robert Hugh King, Kathy Ritts, Brenda (Cox) Vick, Lorette Overall, Jean Whaley, W.R. Gandy, Ophelia Thompson, Patricia Newton, Wayne Greer, Daphne Foster, Mary Jarrett, Talmadge and Marie Edwards.
Thanks to Martha Fant of Holly Springs for submitting the following “Memories.”
Potts Camp School News, The South Reporter, Feb. 27, 1936. Typing Awards Presented. Seventeen typing pupils out of the 44 who enrolled in typing this year at Potts Camp were presented awards by the typing instructor, Mrs. C.H. Curd, in chapel Wednesday. These awards were for unusual speed and accuracy on typing tests during the past month. All tests were for 15 minutes on unfamiliar material, and with a limit of one error for each 100 words. Pins were presented to Juanita Umbarger, Lurline Cook, Mary Elizabeth Collier and Bennie Potts for having made a net of 40 words or more per minute. Progress cards with silver seals indicating the rate of speed made on tests were awarded to Mary Alvis, Andy Lamar, Winnie Watts, Margaret Alvis, Frances Jones, Glenna Fae Stacks, Harl White, Geraldine Alvis, Inez Smith, Lucille Wilson, Quinn Holley, Mattie Eleanor Goolsby and Pauline Brownlee.
Youth conference well attended
Wisdom for all people. Prov. 10-1-24. These short couplets are what we commonly recognize as proverbs. They cover a wide range of topics. The first section was written by Solomon. The next two sections were written by others but collected by Solomon. These sayings give people practical wisdom for Godly living at every stage of life.
Intended for last week.
Greenfield Presbyterian Church youth conference held Saturday, April 28, was a great success. We had 26 youth, ages 2-19 years old, to attend with their parents and church youth advisors from various churches in Marshall, Benton and DeSoto Counties.
The conference was opened with prayer by Evangelist Dorothy Palmer of Springhill M.B. Church. Welcoming our guests was Pastor W. James Lyons.
The conference featured multiple sessions. The first session focused on the appropriate use of social media and the impact that abuse of social media and other misdeeds can have on an adolescent’s future. This session was facilitated by attorney Gwen Hewlett, of the Baptist-Hewlett Law Firm. She was assisted by Marshall County Justice Court Judge Ernest Cunningham and Allen Stafford, a mentor.
The second session focused on improving adolescent’s self-image and learning to respect the boundaries of others. This session was facilitated by Reverend Evelyn C. Elliott of Trinity Presbyterian Church located in West Point. Ashley Saulsberry of New Fellowship Christian Church and Sarah Smith of Mt. Teamer CME Church honored us by providing beautiful music for the conference.
Another segment of the conference was provided by Reverend Darrell Pettis who spoke about the value of living a free life versus a life of incarceration. After lunch was served, the honorable mayor of Coldwater, Dr. Jesse Edwards, informed the youth about their responsibilities to their communities and families, advising them of those things that were disappointing and disadvantageous to them and others in the community.
Finally, attorney John Perry, of the Perry Law Firm, introduced our keynote speaker. Giving the keynote address was the Honorable Bernice B. Donald, who serves as a United States Circuit Court judge for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Donald actively mentors students, lawyers, and new judges. She also founded and funded the “4-Life Program” to teach at-risk youth life skills to prevent them from entering the correctional system. Judge Donald’s address was inspiring and gave the youth valuable information. This timely and well-received conference ended with a closing prayer given by Minister Lexine Glover Smith.
Many helped support this conference. We especially want to acknowledge the support of the following three attorneys: Devarieste Curry, Ahsaki Baptist, and Yasmine Gabriell. They helped with the planning of this conference. We appreciate all of our sponsors. Your contributions were priceless, which helped to make the conference a success; thank you. We give thanks to God for His blessings and pray that He will continue to bless each one for their presence, service, and contributions.
Greenfield Presbyterian Church Youth Conference was followed by our Youth Day Program held April 29. The theme was “Inspiring Youth of Today.” Ke’Dabren Davis was master of ceremonies. He was introduced by Ashleigh Johnson. The welcome was given by Alexandria Blake. This was followed by Marquis Johnson providing the occasion. Minister Caleb Armour, a youth, was the guest speaker. His message was powerful and provided the youth with tips for living a godly and productive life. He is under the leadership of Reverend Dwight Saulsberry of New Fellowship Christian Church, located in Olive Branch. This program was chaired by one of our youth, Ashleigh Johnson. She did a wonderful job and we thank her. Deacon Catina J. Newsom serves as the youth director.
Greenfield Church is under the leadership of Reverend W. James Lyons. Reverend Lyons and his wife Gail have been a great addition to the church, and Gail is a strong supporter of the church and the development of church programs.
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