Thursday, October 30, 2014
Potts Camp News
Fall is in the air; locals travel to see beautiful trees
“O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.” Psalm 95: 1-3.
Tuesday, November 4, is Election Day. Everyone needs to exercise their right to vote for their favorite candidate. Go to the polls and cast your vote!
Condolences are extended to the family of Kathryn (McElroy) Shaw who passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, at her home in Ashland. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Holly Springs Funeral Home with burial in Hill Crest Cemetery. She leaves three sons, five daughters, one brother, one sister, 24 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren, and was preceded in death by her husband, G.I. Shaw; two sons, George Richard Shaw and Frankie Dale Shaw; and parents Otis and Ailene Mills McLeroy.
Fall is in the air, trees are turning colors in our area, and several locals have taken trips to the mountains and other locations to see the beautiful colors.
Tommy and Susan Howell took a trip to follow the changing of the leaves, using a website tracker to tell them where the colors were. In Ashville, North Carolina, they got onto the Blue Ridge Parkway and traveled as far as the tip of West Virginia before turning back. “We had not been in three or four years. This year the colors were as pretty as we have ever seen. The weather was perfect during the day; however, it was 36 degrees one morning. It was a wonderful trip; we met very nice people from several states and Canada; and talked to someone from Hattiesburg. All in all, we traveled around 1,600 miles in six days,” they said.
Traveling to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tenn., were Billy Joe Jarrett, Linda Gibson, and Cleve and Jenny Feathers. Linda said this was her first time in the Smoky Mountains. “We left on Oct. 17 and returned on Oct. 21. It was absolutely beautiful and very exciting for me, as it was my first time there. The leaves were changing, and that made the trip more enjoyable,” she said.
John Nelson reports that he just returned from a trip to the Smoky Mountains with Barney and Martha Wallace and Betty Rodgers, all of Byhalia. They traveled by RV and met up with Denver and Linda Woods upon their arrival. He said they attended one show in Pigeon Forge that they very much enjoyed, which kept them laughing the entire time.
Friday night, Oct. 24, was Elementary Appreciation Night at the Potts Camp Cardinals football game against Coahoma County. All K-6th graders were admitted free of charge and given access to the “player run-out” prior to kickoff, and again after half-time. It was a very nice night to be at a football game, and it was even better when the Cardinals won with a score of 20-12.
There will be a Veterans Day program presented by the first graders at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Nov. 11, at Mary Reid School. Everyone is invited to attend this program, where our veterans will be honored. I attended last year and it was very special. Several veterans were in attendance, and maybe more will be there this year. The teachers are to be commended for working with the students to present such a patriotic program.
Congratulations to Mary Reid Elementary School teachers Wendy Moore and Heather Joyner for passing their National Board Certification last week. It takes a year to complete the requirements. They are to be commended.
Visitors of Joyce Clayton for the day on Friday, Oct. 25, were her daughter, Merion Hunsucker of Ashland, and granddaughter, Tammie Cobb of Myrtle.
“Customer Appreciation Day” was held at This and That last Saturday. Ken Harrison and Martha Cook provided hot dogs, chips, and drinks for all who stopped by. Radio Station WKRA was on hand to broadcast the event; local singers performed; many came to shop; and everyone enjoyed the time to browse, visit, and enjoy the great singing.
Bobby Joe Mitchell presented a very interesting program at the Marshall County Genealogy meeting at the Marshall County Library in Holly Springs last Saturday. He showed a 2001 taped segment of “Mississippi Roads” filmed in Holly Springs. Graceland Too, Kate Freeman Clark Art Gallery, the old Depot, Phillips Grocery, Rust College, Ida B. Wells Museum, Walter Place and other locations around town were featured by Walt Grayson.
Some of our adventures this week: Jeanette Stone and I attended the Tippah County genealogy meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 21. The speaker talked about what it was like growing up in Blue Mountain years ago and what the town was like at that time. We also visited the Tippah County Historical Museum while in town.
Our uncle, John Nelson of Byhalia, came for a visit last Saturday, and he and I attended a Fall Fest at the home of the late Earl and Thelma (Nelson) Childers in Hickory Flat. Children in attendance enjoyed hay rides, finding pumpkins and decorating them, other crafts, etc. while the adults visited and enjoyed the abundance of food. Some adults also enjoyed the hay rides as well. The evening ended with a marshmallow roast. This is an annual event with lots of fun.
Sunday afternoon, Joan Gurley, Margaret Hart, Nancy Lane and I visited with Ira and Lois Shipp, Estelle Bennett, Dorothy and George Dickey, and Claudine Stevens, in Oxford.
The King twins of Oxford will be guest speakers at the Friends of the Library meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at the Marshall County Library in Holly Springs. They will be speaking on their latest book, “Our Josephine.” The business meeting will convene at 11:30 a.m. with the program starting at noon. Refreshments will be served.
The Lovelace Family will be in concert at Winborn United Methodist Church for their Second Saturday Night Singing on November 8 starting at 5 p.m. An open mike session will also be held. A meal will be served afterwards.
A benefit for the Samaritan House will be held at Potts Camp United Methodist Church, Saturday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be an empty bowl lunch and art sale. For the luncheon, participants will purchase a pottery bowl for a fee and then be able to sample several types of soups made by church members and anyone else who would like to contribute to this fund-raiser for the needy of the community and surrounding areas.
Happy Birthday to Marion Askew (Oct. 30), Lela R. Stevens (Oct. 31), Wade Murphy (Nov. 2), Neva C. Wilder and Bill R. Wilson (Nov. 4), Tess Hill and Rodney Whaley (Nov. 5), Billy Clark III, Jack Provost, and Brandon Wilson (Nov. 6).
Those on the prayer list include: Gayle Ash, Sandra Beaver, John Bowen, Linda Bumpas, Madeline Clifton, Joann G. Cox, Phil Cox, Talmadge and Marie Edwards, Tim Gholston, Jim Gilliam, Marlin Gilliam, Gale Goode, Pauline Hutchens, Terri Kitchens, Troy and Lucille Leopard, Robert Luther, Jean King, Mary Mills, Elizabeth Morris, Junior Overall, Irene Pipkin, Scotty Rhea, Orville Rhynes, Larry Robbins, Billy Smith, Velma Wilkerson, James and Della Rose Williams.
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