Thursday, February 2, 2012
Xavien Allen gets limo ride for birthday
By Mary R. Minor
Continue to be in prayer for Dale Hollingsworth as she recuperates from a broken ankle. Her recent visitors were her son, Jimmy and wife Martha Hollingsworth; daughter Betty Greer; and Rev. Don Newton, pastor of the Potts Camp Methodist Charge. She appreciates all visits, calls and cards.
Also, G.R. Thompson needs our prayers. He is a patient in Graceland in New Albany. His son, Robert (Buster), says that he is not doing any better and not getting any worse. He will begin therapy next week to strengthen his legs.
Members of the Potts Camp Methodist Charge met for fifth Sunday worship at Cornersville Methodist last Sunday with a meal following the services. Rev. Newton is continuing his study of Galatians and used Chapter 2, verses 11-21 as his message text.
Sunday afternoon visitors of Joyce Clayton were Miriam and David Hunsucker of Ashland.
We want to thank those who have recently donated Potts Camp School yearbooks for the bookcase in the school library. Please contact Mary Minor or Annie Ruth Stone if you have one that you would like to have placed in the library.
Also, don’t forget to make plans for the annual school reunion. This year it will be held on Saturday, June 2, beginning around 10 a.m. More information will follow at a later date.
Happy birthday to Xavien Allen, ninth grade student at Potts Camp, who celebrated his birthday with a limousine ride to Chili’s in Olive Branch last Friday night. He also invited members of the high school boys’ basketball team to be his guests. Parents, teachers and coaches served as chaperones.
Happy ninth birthday to Christopher Rowland who celebrated last Saturday with his family, Jay, Roxanne, Jayne and Brendan; his grandmother, Sue Rowland, cousin Ben Rowland, and aunts Mary Minor and Joan Gurley at the Mexican restaurant in Potts Camp.
Also, happy belated birthday to Colton Muraco, grandson of Mitch and Jeanette Stone, who celebrated with family and friends last Saturday at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif. He is the son of Mike and Holley Muraco and has one brother, Jordan. He was happy to have his grandparents attending his party and spending several days in California. While there they visited with their other daughter, Emily, in San Francisco where they rode the trolley car up and down the steep streets, saw Alcatraz from a distance and took in other sites.
We welcome Lisa Clayton to town. She recently moved into the former Imogene Paton house on Front Avenue.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Dorothy Chumney of Red Banks in her recent death. A memorial service was held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Holly Springs Funeral Home.
Estelle Bennett, a former Potts Camp School teacher, spent several days in the Baptist Hospital, Oxford. She has been a resident of Azalea Gardens in Oxford for several years. Please add her to your prayer list.
Other prayer requests include Craig Gurley, Ann Miller, Joan Cox (broken ankle), Ann Allen (sister of Joan Cox), Talmadge and Marie Edwards, Denise King (broken ankle), Shirley Dillard, Jean Clayton, Sandra Beaver, Daphne Foster, George Martin, Eric Foster, Patricia Newton, Lorette Overall, Nicole Hill, Polly Poole Pratt, Mary Jarrett, Faye Turpen, Emma Grace Beasley, Carmen Simmons, Lena Faye Work, Spider Cook, and Ellis Cheatwood.
Sometimes we dream of having a high position, far above our ordinary life. Dreams are wonderful, if you don’t let them ruin the life you must live.
Success is doing the best we possibly can do, with the help of God. Give Him first place in your life!
The Bible tells us to be thankful at all times and in all circumstances, and especially for God’s greatest blessing, Jesus Christ and His amazing grace.
Let us resolve daily to use words of praise, encouragement, forgiveness and love.
God has a purpose for each of our lives. What are His plans for you?
Lord, help us to focus on helping and loving others, and leave the judging to you.
He that loveth not, knoweth not God, for God is love! I John 1:8.
Memories by Dale Hollingsworth
In the early years of our town, a three-room school with a stage was located on Church St., near the lovely, old, white frame Methodist church with a steeple, built in 1904 by my grandfather, J.A. Potts. Land for the school and church was donated by Mary A. Reid, only daughter of Colonel Potts, the town’s first settler.
By 1913 over 130 students were attending the school, some of them boarded in town, walked or came in wagons. Faye Vaughan was the music teacher; she was the daughter of the first Potts Camp doctor, J.W. Vaughan. She presented many interesting programs.
The businessmen in town had a vision for a larger school. Across the road from my home now was a larger lot, with only a saw mill on it; so the board of trustees, Will Potter, L.W. Brown and Dr. Boatner, worked with the other men to purchase the larger lot. In 1917 a two-story brick school was built there; many of my aunts and uncles attended the new school.
In 1918, an airplane landed across the railroad tracks near the school. At that time, many people had never seen an airplane. Children started jumping out the windows and doors of the school; the teachers were unable to stop them as they went running to see the plane. Merchants closed their doors to join them, and people left the cemetery where a child was being buried.
When my family moved to Potts Camp, about 1920-21, my brother, James, was old enough to start school and my dad became depot agent. I would sit on the steps waiting for him to come home. In 1924 I started to primary there, but that spring the building burned. I remember the smoke blowing over our house and others; some of them caught fire. Mother and I ran out to bring in the white sheets and Daddy’s white shirts off the clothesline. We had no fire department then.
In 1925 a new school was built (part of the present school) on the lot. Before then, our school only had 11 grades.
Now we have 12. The first two graduates in 1926 were Dallas King and Willie Mae Potter. We are proud of our Potts Camp Schools!
Mary Reid Elementary School was named for Aunt Molly, also. That’s what we called Mary Reid.
Prayer breakfast great success
If the world hates you, just remember that it has hated me first. If you belonged to the world, then the world would love you as its own. But I chose you from this world, and you do not belong to it; that is why the world hates you. John 15:18-19.
The prayer breakfast held at Greenfield Presbyterian Church Jan. 28 was wonderful. Theme: Watch and pray always, Luke 21:36.
Guest speaker, Dr. John W. Crittle II; mistress of ceremony, evangelist Dorothy Palmer.
Devotion, Rev. Andrew Fluker. Welcome, deacon Robert Curry.
Breakfast was served.
First watch, Sis. Martha Ayers from New Hope MB Church. Second watch, Sis. Queen Dean, McIntyre MB Church. Introduction of speaker, Rev. W. James Lyons. Speaker, Dr. Crittle II. Third watch, Sis. Dorothy Turnage. Hamilton Chapel CME Church. Four, Rev. Evelyn C. Elliott, Greenfield/Trinity Presbyterian Church, West Point.
Along with the word of thanks, the Rev. also thanked everyone who participated and gave gifts as a token of appreciation.
Hostesses, attorney Ahsaki Baptist, attorney Yasmine Gabriel, Aisha Lyons, Ashley Saulsberry, Alexandria Blake, Joshua Blake, Ashleigh Johnson, Kardon Glover.
Benediction, Dr. John Crittle II.
The pastor and wife and all the members of Greenfield would like to thank everyone for their participation in making the prayer breakfast a great success. Whatever part you played, we say thank you.
Rev. Lyons delivered an inspiring message at Greenfield Church on Sunday, Jan. 29. He used for a subject “An Appraisal Worship,” Isaiah 29: 9-12, 14.
Solo, Sis. Ahsaki Baptist.
Remarks, Yasmine Gabriel (guest).
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