Thursday, May 29, 2014
Potts Camp News
Bethlehem UMC hosts homecoming June 1
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39.
Condolences are sent to the families of Leslie Tomlinson and Neil Bain in their deaths last Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
The Potts Camp Class of 2014 commencement exercises will be Saturday, May 31, at Northwest Community College in Senatobia, 10:30 a.m. Halley Holtzlander is this year’s valedictorian. Salutatorian is Kelsie Reid. They are both to be commended for a job well done!
Lisa Ash Weaver of Petal visited her parents and other family members in town for several days and attended the commencement exercises of her nephew, Evan Watts (son of the late Donna Ash Watts), from Olive Branch High School on Tuesday. She returned to her home on Wednesday.
Joyce Clayton’s two nieces, Beverly Pipkin of the Salem community, and Brenda Smith of Blue Mountain, visited Wednesday.
Debbie DeBerry of Red Banks and Joan Gurley were among travelers via Barkley Travel Service to Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., from May 19-22. Their tour included lunch at the Pirates’ House Restaurant in Savannah, a guided tour of Savannah aboard the Old Town Trolley Tours, three nights’ lodging at the Inn at Ellis Square downtown Savannah, a live show at the Savannah Theatre, a guided tour of Charleston, SC, and time to shop and explore Savannah. They also enjoyed walking and sightseeing along the riverfront establishments.
Margaret Hart, Earline Simpson, Joan Gurley, Jeanette and Emily Stone and I enjoyed an excursion to Ripley, Dumas, and Pine Grove recently. We went especially to visit an elderly relative, Jim B. “Dib” Ralph. A timber harvester by trade, he says that he still cuts wood every day and is in great shape, physically. He is very interesting and enjoys traveling to singings and has enjoyed trips to Mountain View, Ark., to see the fiddlers, singers, etc. He also travels to several counties in Mississippi to hear good music, and has been known to spend the night in his vehicle if the event is too far away from his home. He has lived a simple life and has lots of stories to tell.
On Sunday, May 18, John Nelson, Jeanette Stone and I attended the annual Taylor Family Reunion in the community of Cockrum on Highway 305. Family members of the late Will and Pearl Mills Taylor meet each year at the fire station for this reunion. There were 10 children in the family, and only one (James Bryant “Buddy” Taylor) remains. Will Taylor was the son of John Lloyd and Benella Thompson Taylor and was the brother of our mother’s mother, Maggie Taylor Nelson. We enjoyed meeting new relatives and gathering and sharing family history. Mama always believed in staying connected to family!
Homecoming will be observed at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Highway 349, on Sunday, June 1, at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served following the worship service. Rev. Don Newton, pastor of the Potts Camp Charge, will be bringing the message.
Reminder: Potts Camp’s 25th annual school reunion, Saturday, June 7, starting at 1 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Time is drawing nigh, so make plans to attend and contact all classmates and invite them to this year’s event.
Civil War enthusiasts may be interested in this upcoming event: Mississippi’s Final Stands, The Last Battlegrounds, at Battle of Brice’s Crossroads Battleground in Baldwyn on June 13-15. This three-day reenactment of the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads and the Battle of Tupelo/Harrisburg will take place on the 1,600 acres of ground where the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads was fought and will feature Union and Confederate re-enactors portraying the events surrounding one of Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest’s (CSA) many tactical victories that established him as one of the great cavalrymen. For more information, go to their website at www.finalstands.com
Happy birthday to Don Hill and Madison Grace Stacks on May 30, Diane Bowen Burton and Joann G. Cox on May 31, Sue Rowland on June 1, and Bo Bear on June 4.
Happy wedding anniversary to Dwain and Elaine Humphreys on June 5.
Those needing prayers: Gayle Ash, Tom and Shirley Bready, Linda Bumpas, Rev. Leon Burton, Madeline Clifton, Coy DeBerry, Kenny Dickerson, Jody Edwards, Talmadge and Marie Edwards, Taylor and Tucker Goode, Randy Gresham, Doyle and Linda Jones, Terri Kitchens, Troy and Lucille Leopard, Elizabeth Morris, Wade Murphy, Junior Overall, Joe and Irene Pipkin, Bernard “Poodlum” Porter, Joann Potts, Gladys Rhynes, Larry Robbins, Faye and Pam Sparks, Matthew Stone, Billy Joe Tomlinson, Pat Westmoreland, James and Della Rose Williams.
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