Thursday, June 14, 2012
Potts Camp News
Mitch Stone performs at NW graduation
Thanks to May Wynn Wren for donating “The Campers 1953” for the school bookcase. We are slowly but surely getting all the yearbooks. It will be exciting to see a complete set.
Mitch Stone was guest singer for the NWCC GED graduation on June 4 and has been the featured singer at this graduation for several years.
First United Methodist Church in Potts Camp will host a barbecue fundraiser for the windows in the sanctuary on Saturday, June 23 starting at 10 a.m. at the church. There will be singing and lots of barbecue. Make plans to attend.
If you want to see a beautiful sight, drive to Red Banks and visit Richard Williamson’s Daylily Farm located on Turner Cove. Doris Poole, Margaret Hart, Patrick Gurley and I went last Saturday and enjoyed the beauty of God’s creations. There were also blueberry bushes and fresh blueberries for sale.
Of course, once you get there, you can’t resist bringing a few of the daylilies home with you to be enjoyed from year to year. The lilies were at their peak blooming season and he has numerous varieties for sale. The blueberries are also delicious. What a great way to spend a Saturday!
While there it was good to visit with friends Wilma Bolden, Mary Hester Skelton and her sister, as well as the ladies helping with the annual sale.
The 23rd annual Potts Camp School reunion held June 2 was a very good day. The honored class of 1962 had 10 members of the 16 remaining classmates in attendance. There were lots of new faces this year and it was fun to see them all.
Judge Fred Wicker (father of Sen. Roger Wicker) entertained us with his talk following the delicious lunch.
Congratulations to Gary and Casey Poole on the birth of a son, Garrett Michael, born June 7 in Tupelo. Paternal grandparents are Malcolm and Cuca Poole of Potts Camp.
Area Bible schools were held this past week. Christopher, Jayne and Brendan Rowland attended Bethany Baptist Church and participated in the commencement on Friday evening. They are the children of Jay and Roxanne Rowland. First Baptist Church also held Bible school during the evening last week. The theme was: Amazing Wonders Aviation. Their final program was held Saturday afternoon. Cornersville Methodist Church will have VBS July 16-20 and Salem Baptist Church will have VBS in July as well. Dates will be announced later.
A benefit fish fry for the Vick Family will be held Saturday, June 16, at the First Baptist Church in Potts Camp. The event will start at 5:30 p.m.
Happy birthday to Jean Cox (June 17), Steven Edward Gurley (June 18), Michael Green (June 20), Matthew Green (June 24).
Prayer List: David Pannell, Sidney Turnipseed, Ann Callicutt, John Eckols, Philip Cox, Lorette Overall, George and Dorothy Dickey, Wayne Greer, Betty Fincher, W.R. (Bill) Gandy, Daphne Foster, Mary Jarrett, Talmadge and Marie Edwards, Katie Smithwick, Shirley Dillard, Polly (Poole) Pratt, and Mike Shaw.
Following the school reunion, I received this note from Walter Wicker:
“It sure was good to visit with you at the reunion and to connect with a lot of people whom I haven’t seen in a long time. I have read the “History of Potts Camp” and thoroughly enjoyed the book. It brought back a lot of memories even though I never lived in Potts Camp. The picture of the coal chute on the railroad reminded me of the troop trains that used to stop there to take on coal and water. While stopped, the troops would get out on the school ground to exercise and all of the girls in high school wanted to go down and meet the young men. However, the teachers would not let them, so they would stand in the classroom windows and watch until the troops loaded back on the train. Of course, this totally disrupted classes until the train was gone.
“The first year I was in high school, basketball was disbanded because of the war, however, it was started back my sophomore year with George Greer as coach. Since most of the older boys were in service, the team was very young but we still had a winning year. The hardest part was getting to the game. Due to gas rationing, cars could only be used for work vital to the military, therefore, we would go home, do our chores, then walk back three miles to school, play a game, then walk three miles home.
“My senior year, the war was over and James Edward Nichols would drive to the game from Winborn so I would ride back to Winborn with him. However, he was dating Jean Simmons and he always took her home after the game, so I would go down to the train depot where Bolivar Lindsey always kept a fire going in the stove in the waiting room. He was the night watchman and if he wasn’t on his rounds, he and I would sit and talk until James Edward came back.
“Again thanks for reminding me of the reunion and I truly appreciate all of your work.”
Writer’s Note: Thanks, Mr. Wicker, for sharing your memories with us. Also, thanks to those who have been sending their memories as well.
Hamilton Chapel hosts annual Bible program on Sunday
I know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. Jeremiah 29:11.
The pastor and members of Greenfield Presbyterian Church would like to thank the following churches: Christ Temple COGIC, Hamilton Chapel CME, New Hope MB, Springhill MB, St. Luke COGIC, Olive Branch, Walton Chapel CME, Wilkins Chapel CME, Elder Raymond Hamilton and COGIC members, Hernando; and our speaker, Elder Robert L. Hamilton Sr., and Golden Gate COGIC, New Albany; as well as individuals from various churches here and in Memphis for supporting us in our 25th Annual Calendar Drive on June 3. We had a glorius time praising the Lord.
The drive is open for anyone who did not have an opportunity to make their contribution. If it’s convenient you may make your check or money order payable to Greenfield Presbyterian Church, and mail to P.O. Box 72, Waterford, MS 38685. All proceeds will be applied to our mortgage and it is tax deductible.
Remember, we have worship service at Greenfield Church every Sunday at 11 a.m. and you are invited on Sunday. Pastor Lyons preached from II Timothy 3:5 along with other Scripture to support his title.
Hamilton Chapel CME Church will sponsor their first annual 66 Books of the Bible program on Sunday, June 17, at 2:30 p.m. Everyone is cordially invited.
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