Thursday, March 14, 2013
Potts Camp News
Samaritan House will open Saturday for the needy
Saturday afternoon I received a call from former neighbors Randal and Gail Burford, who now live in Tennessee. They were on their way to Mississippi to celebrate his father’s birthday and asked if I would meet them at Clancy’s in Red Banks for supper. Joan went with me and we met Randal and Gail and their son Steven, also, his father and mother, Joe and Claire Burford of Senatobia and Debbie Burford of Collierville, Tenn. We enjoyed our meal and then sang “Happy Birthday” to Mr. Burford, after which the honoree’s wife brought out a wonderful homemade lemon icebox pie (his favorite) for dessert. It was good to see the Burfords. They were my neighbors in Holly Springs when their oldest son was born.
Schools are out for spring break this week and there does not seem to be much news to report. As I was looking back over notes from last March, the redbud trees along Highway 78 were in full bloom on the 15th and were a wonderful sight to behold. The jonquils have put on a show the past month and a half and hyacinths are blooming, as well as are the forsythia bushes. Flowering quince bushes are also in bloom. As I began writing this week’s column on Saturday, we were experiencing some beautiful weather with mild temperatures. Some lawns were mowed last week, which seems early to me.
The churches on the Potts Camp United Methodist Charge will have their Samaritan House open on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. The food and clothing ministry will be open for those in need at the Potts Camp UM Church.
The first day of spring is almost here (March 20) and now is the time to start thinking about the annual Potts Camp school reunion. The date is Saturday, June 1, which is less than three months away. Make plans with your classmates to attend as a group. It is always great to see new faces, as well as those who faithfully attend from year to year.
Sue Rowland and her son Jon spent a few days last week with her daughter Deanna and family in Florida. They went especially to attend a program involving one of the grandsons.
Congratulations to Barry Burleson, editor and publisher of The South Reporter, and his staff for their wonderful Profile edition. I enjoyed reading each story written by Barry, as well as those of staff writers Sue Watson, Linda Jones, and Beth Breithaupt. Contributing writer Ravenico Stephens had some great stories as well. It was a pleasure to be a part of this edition of the paper. One never knows a person’s story until an effort is made to tell it and we need to be more appreciative of those who are dedicated to their jobs.
David Fuller came by the house today and he is still waiting for a good snowfall - at least one so he will be able to make a snowman this year! As for me, I am eager for spring to arrive and warmer temperatures to stay around for a while.
This week’s article is dedicated to the memory of our mother, Mary Lois Gurley, who passed away three years ago this past Sunday (March 10). Mama enjoyed reading and writing and kept journals for many years. It was amazing what she could look up and tell about on a specific day. She also enjoyed reading her Bible and one of her favorite passages was Psalm 23, which begins with “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Mama was very encouraging to her children and grandchildren and always stressed “do your best.” She also taught several family members how to make biscuits – no store bought ones for her! We miss her very much.
The psalmist wrote, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 (NRSV).
Happy Birthday to the following: Stone Goode (March 16) and Heather Joyner (March 17).
Prayer requests: Gayle Ash, Sandra (Gilliam) Beaver, Rev. Leon Burton, Ann Callicutt, Johnny Cardwell, Sue Colella, William Cook, Sarah Day, Carol Jean Davis, Tom Dickey, Talmadge and Marie Edwards, Larry and Rita Elliott, Tiffany Erwin, Mary Ann (Todd) Fleckinger, Rev. Chuck and Mary Fowler, W.R. Gandy, Edward Gurley, Pam Hall, Betty Hearn, Ruby Helton, Louise Hutchens, Pauline Hutchens, Joan Kelly, Robert H. and Jean King, Mildred Marbury, Orville Rhynes, Mike Shaw, Shirley Smith, Katie Smithwick, Sylvia (Clark) Smithwick, Pam Sparks, Lawrence White and Beverly Woods.
This list could be much longer; however, space does not permit, so remember to add to your prayer list all those who have special needs. There is so much sickness, etc., all around us.
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