Thursday, November 1, 2012
Potts Camp News
Childers home setting for family gathering
Happy birthday to Tess Hill, daughter of Don and Susie Hill of the Bethany community, who will turn 21 on November 5. Tess is a student at Ole Miss and has a dual major – classics and speech therapy. Best wishes are being sent to her.
Homecoming was held at First Baptist Church this past Sunday. Former Mrs. Mississippi, Shirley Berry of Water Valley, was guest singer and presented a concert with testimony, followed by the morning message by former pastor, Rev. Chuck Fowler. Another former pastor, Rev. Joe Epting and wife, Christine, also attended. Rev. Paul Hicks is the pastor.
Last Friday night was a very exciting time at the new Oakley Sportsplex. First, Senior Night was held on the football field with the recognition of the two senior cheerleaders, Abby Farr and Bailey Sanderson; senior cheer manager, Bailey Robertson; the 10 senior football players, Javeon Allen, Alex Beard, Ben Bolden, Wesley Brown, Joseph Folsom, Jamarquis Foster, Brantley Harris, T.J. Scales, Jesse Shaw, and Jason Neal; and Shauna Haney who helped with the football program this year.
It was a very cold and rainy night at the Sportsplex, and a few committed fans stayed as the buzzer sounded to end the last game of the season against the New Site Royals. The Cardinals were victorious with a winning score of 45 to 10. They are to be congratulated for a great season this year. Congratulations also to Coach Shane Stone, asst. coach Markeith Washington, asst. coach Andrew Aldridge, asst. coach Lee Gray and asst. coach Mike Bush for their dedication. Also, to cheer coaches Beverly Farr and Tammie Wilkerson.
Following senior recognition, a very impressive ceremony was held to dedicate and name the Potts Camp Sportsplex in memory of Warrenne Oakley, who was the great-granddaughter of the first settler of Potts Camp, Col. Erasmus Potts. A plaque was presented to the family and received by Rev. Chuck Fowler to be delivered to Mary Louise Merrill, who gave the land in memory of her mother. Superintendent of Education Jerry Moore served as emcee during the night’s activities and dedication.
Rev. and Mrs. Fowler met for lunch with Mr. and Mrs. Jack Merrill on Saturday and delivered the plaque.
On Sunday, Oct. 21, Karen Green, Sandy Smith and David Fuller joined other family members for the annual Fuller reunion to celebrate 100 years of Fullers at Riverside, near Abbeville. David reported that they all had a great time of fun and fellowship and that the food was plentiful and delicious.
Guests of Lamar and Mable Day on Saturday, Oct. 27, were 14 of their family members consisting of Chuck and Charlotte Underwood and family, Terri and Bill Kitchens, Sam Underwood and family, and the Roger Day family. They had a very enjoyable time together.
A group of ladies called “The Mississippi Southern Belles” enjoyed a five-day cruise last week on the Carnival ship “Elation.” They drove to New Orleans where they boarded their ship with stops at Progresso and Cozumel. Attending from this area were Barbara Pipkin, Sandra Beaver, Betty Duncan, and Barbara Gilliam. There are 17 in their group and this was their fifth cruise. Barbara said they had a real good time and are planning another trip next year.
Our annual Nelson family reunion was held at the home of Pat (Nelson) and Pete Nozinich and family near Independence on Saturday, Oct. 20. They were joined in hosting the event by Ron and Pam (Nelson) Shirley of Munford, Tenn. There were several activities for the children as well as a wagon ride and feeding of the family’s horses which delighted the youngsters. Everyone had a great time and, as usual, there was plenty of food, fun and fellowship throughout the afternoon. The weather was also great for an outside reunion.
A very large crowd attended the annual Hickory Flat fall get-together at the home of the late Earl and Thelma (Nelson) Childers on Saturday, Oct. 27, with members of both sides in attendance. The weather was not as warm, but it was a beautiful day with lots of sunshine. Kathy (Childers) Arnold and Rhonda (Rowland) Smothers were in charge of the crafts for the younger attendees who had loads of fun with the finger paints, making hand prints. There were other games for the children, as well as a ride to the pumpkin patch to gather pumpkins, a night hayride, followed by a bonfire with a wiener and marshmallow roast. The adults also enjoyed an evening hayride. There was plenty of food consisting of soups, chili, sandwiches, desserts, etc. ,throughout the afternoon and evening.
Happy birthday to Neva (Childers) Wilder who will celebrate a “special” birthday with family and friends on Sunday, Nov. 4.
Other birthdays to be celebrated during the next week are the following: Wade Murphy (2nd), Rex Wilson (4th), Rodney Whaley (5th), Brandon Wilson (6th), Craig Gurley (7th), Kyle Poole and Rylee Farr (10th), Nikki Gurley (11th), and Harold Green (12th).
Prayer List: Mamie Whaley, Jean King, Mildred Marbury, Edward Gurley, Nancy Lane, Johnny Cardwell, Mary Fowler, David Fowler, Clyde Holmes Sr. (father of Jan Cooper), James (Spider) Cook, J.R. Ralph, Ashley Forester, Ken Harrison, Christine Epting, Pauline Hutchens, Rita Elliott, Cindy Bradford, Mary Ann Todd, W.R. Gandy, Lorette Overall, Mike Shaw, Sarah Day, Linda Bumpas, Ann Callicutt, John Eckols, Katie Smithwick, and Polly (Poole) Pratt.
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Greenfield Presbyterian honors Pastor Lyons
Living God, thank you for your faithfulness. Teach us to have the faith of our ancestors who trusted in your promises. Remind us that faith is not something we talk about or believe but something that we practice. When storms threaten to undo us, help us to see that you are our refuge and strength. Draw us close to you. Amen.
On this past Sunday, Pastor Lyons delivered a very personal sermon at Greenfield Presbyterian Church, titled: “Out of God’s Will,” subtitled: “Are you running in the wrong direction?” It was taken from Jonah 1:1-4. Our congregation was blessed to have Nmele George back with us, who provided our music for worship services. His school commitments have limited his availability to attend service on a regular basis. We thank God for him and pray that God will continue to guide him as a young Christian man in his daily walk of life. He is the son of Rev. Dr. Coker A. George Sr. and Elder Patience George.
However, our day at Greenfield did not end with just the morning service. It climaxed with an appreciation for Pastor W. James Lyons. While this is not customary in the Presbyterian churches, October is set aside as clergy appreciation month. Our theme was “We’ve Only Just Begun.” Greenfield Presbyterian Church family recognized the work and love of their pastor. Just over a year ago Greenfield found itself without a leader and a pastor because Rev. Dr. Coker George had taken an extended sabbatical. The session and members had only met their present leader once but felt guided by God to seek him out and to see if he would be willing to serve the present congregation and our extended members as our supply pastor. And if you were at Greenfield on Sunday afternoon, you would know that our relationships have grown and Pastor Lyons has only just begun the good works of reaching inactive members and the community at large. He is married to Gail B. Lyons, a lovely person, who plays a major role in our ministry.
Deacon Robert Curry did an awesome job as master of ceremonies. Elder Patience George did the welcome/occasion, and a special tribute was done by Earnestine Hamilton who is one of his faithful members and supporters of his daily ministry. According to her, “this man is spiritually fed and speaks the Word.” In her tribute to him, Sis. Hamilton emphasized how the pastor encourages her and she has rededicated her life to God under his leadership. She stated, “I had short notice to plan my tribute.” But she did a great job and was highly appreciated by Pastor Lyons. Also on the program was Elder Lavora C. Blake, Elder Evelyn Elliott and Elder Mary Mull. Deacon Jasper Mull and Levi Gladney greeted our guests as they entered the vestibule. Other highlights in the program included Elder Bobby G. Wilson, pastor of Hudsonville CME Church, who was our speaker. He was introduced by his wife. His sermon was great and we really enjoyed the choir for rendering so many beautiful selections. There were other members of his congregation with them.
Other guests were pastors, ministers and members from various churches throughout Marshall and DeSoto counties.
Pastor and Mrs. Lyons and Greenfield Church family appreciate each and everyone for a great job to make our celebration a joyous occasion.
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