Thursday, July 17, 2014
Potts Camp News
Frank and Mable Konya celebrate 50th anniversary
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Bernard “Poodlum” Porter who passed away Sunday morning, July 13. Poodlum was a fixture around town as long as I can remember -- that’s how some residents referred to him. He was a self-appointed railroad crossing guard, and had his own official reflector vest that was given to him by someone from the railroad. He told me that he had held this title for around 40 years.
Sympathy is also extended to the family of Fran Childers, who died early last Saturday morning at her home in Memphis, Tenn. She was a lovely, remarkable person and was always in a happy frame of mind. She loved everyone and had fun wherever she happened to be. She was married to the late Robert “Bud” Childers, whom our family referred to as “Sonny.” He was the son of the late Earl and Thelma (Nelson) Childers of Hickory Flat. Her bubbly personality will be missed by her family and also at the Childers family gatherings in Hickory Flat.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Nichols of Huntsville, Ala., on the arrival of their first child, a son, Axl Rail, who was born Monday, July 7, weighing seven pounds and eight ounces. His paternal grandparents are Mike and Jean Nichols of Austin, Texas, and paternal great-grandparents are James Edward and Jean (Simmons) Nichols of Oxford. Madalynne Ash is a proud great-aunt of the new arrival.
Congratulations also to Frank and Mable (Luther) Konya of Cordova, Tenn., on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. Their sons, Ronald and David, honored them with a surprise family dinner on Saturday evening, July 5, at the Butcher Shop Steak House at the Agri-Center in Memphis.
Among the guests who surprised the couple were her siblings, John and Carmen Luther of Woodbridge, Va; Robert and Jackie Luther of this community; and Tony and Rita (Luther) Tope of Cordova, Tenn. They were joined in the celebration by the couple’s two grandchildren, several cousins, nieces, and nephews. Everyone enjoyed the wonderful evening and family reunion.
Visitors of Robert and Jean King over the weekend were her four children, Johnny McAlexander, of Texas; Carey McAlexander of Hattiesburg; Paula Smith of Wesson, and Carol Gurley of this community. Other visitors were her brother Lloyd Hearn and his wife, Nancy, of Memphis; Erin and Jana (McAlexander) Leeper of Texas; Kyle Brownlee of Wesson; Scott Brownlee and family of New Albany; Kevin, Lori and Addie Shaw; Heather, Brooks and Madelyn Hodges of Germantown, Tenn.; Kym and Jennah Morris and other family members and friends.
Kylie Gurley, daughter of Jason and Nikki Gurley, celebrated her 11th birthday on Tuesday, July 8, at the home of her grandparents, Arthur and Doris Poole. Chocolate pie and homemade ice cream (at the request of the honoree) were enjoyed by everyone. Her aunt, Sue Rowland, was on hand to instruct guests in making T-shirts that look tie-dyed. Those enjoying this craft were her brother, Patrick Gurley; Caleb and Tyler Knight of Florida; Christopher, Jayne and Brendan Rowland. Also, on hand for the party was the honoree’s sister, Alea Gurley. Her parents joined the family for the night meal to further celebrate the birthday.
Rylee Farr of the Macedonia community visited with Jordan and Colton Muraco at the home of their grandparents, Mitch and Jeanette Stone, one day last week. On another day, Jeanette and Emily Stone drove the boys to the Elvis birthplace in Tupelo and later ate lunch at Johnnie’s Drive-In (the oldest restaurant in the city). Jordan and Colton also visited and went swimming with Madisyn and Landon Cobbs in Oxford on Wednesday of last week.
Newlyweds Shaun and Heather (Gray) Holtz have returned home following an amazing honeymoon at Tamarindo, Costa Rica; followed by an extended visit to the bride’s grandparents and other relatives in Calgary, Canada. They also took a trip to British Columbia where they saw bears, elk and moose and had a great time, they said. Welcome home, Shaun and Heather!
David Fuller spent the weekend in Bruce with his sister Sandy Smith and her husband, Charles. He also attended the annual Sawmill Festival and enjoyed the musical performances, vendor booths, etc. “The Bouffants” were the entertainment on Friday night. There were arts and crafts all day Friday and Saturday, a car show, a 5K run, live local music, and a golf tournament.
The summer reading program at the Potts Camp Library has been enjoyed by a large number of children, according to librarian Cheryl Gresham. There are only two sessions left, July 17 and 24. Each week, the children listen to a story, and enjoy presentations, crafts and refreshments. Don’t miss out on the last two weeks of the summer reading fun!
Jeanette and Emily Stone, Joan Gurley, Margaret Hart and I attended a book signing at Off Square Books in Oxford on Tuesday, July 1. Katherine and Margaret King (“Y’all Twins?”) were launching their third book of memoirs, “Our Josephine.” The book cover in watercolor is by Emily Stone, and the King twins dedicated a page to her. Here is an excerpt from the book:
“They’re at it again! Enjoy more of the King twins’ rib-tickling shenanigans as they spend a week during the summer of 1957 in Vicksburg, visiting their grandmother and great-grandmother. The nine-year-old twins meet African-American 16-year-old Josephine, caregiver for their elderly bedridden great-grandmother. They try to pull Josephine into some of their misdeeds, but she resists and teaches them some of life’s most valuable lessons instead.
“Our Josephine” is a poignant and wonderful story about the gentle side of race relations between the three generations.”
The King twins live in Oxford. They are also the authors of two previous memoirs, “Y’all Twins?” and “Which is Which?” Also, on hand for the signing was the delightful Josephine Harris Sanders of Vicksburg, of whom the book is about. She was joined by several family members. She and Emily joined the twins in signing books for the large crowd of attendees.
Ronnie and Grace Jones of Holly Springs and I attended the Extension Centennial Family Reunion in the Bost Extension Building at Mississippi State University in Starkville on Friday, July 11. We enjoyed the day visiting with former co-workers and friends.
Congratulations to Wade and Lisa Murphy who will celebrate their wedding anniversary on July 22.
Happy birthday to the following: Keri M. Beasley (July 17), Jim Jolley (July 18), Taylor Poole (July 19), Frank Hutchins (July 21), Lee Presley and Emily Stone (July 22), and Maria Teel (July 23).
Prayer list: Gayle Ash, Tom and Shirley Bready, Linda Bumpas, Madeline Clifton, Joann G. Cox, Coy DeBerry, Jody Edwards, Talmadge and Marie Edwards, Randy Gresham, Jennifer Harris, Linda Jones, Terri Kitchens, Troy and Lucille Leopard, Robert Luther, Jean King, Elizabeth Morris, Junior Overall, Joe and Irene Pipkin, Joann Potts, Gladys Rhynes, Larry Robbins, Margie Simmons, Billy Smith, Richard Smothers, Faye and Pam Sparks, James and Della Rose Williams.
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Greenfield Presbyterian Church to host mortgage burning service
For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God; Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith? I Thes. 3:9-10.
Greenfield Presbyterian Church will host their Mortgage Burning Worship Service Sunday, July 20, at 3 p.m. Everyone is invited. Rev. James Lyons is pastor.
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