Thursday, January 17, 2013
Potts Camp News
Get well wishes to Caleb Cole
Mildred Marbury called to report that Caleb Cole, one-year-old son of David and Robin (King) Cole is very sick with dengue fever. His family is serving in Southeast Asia. Dengue fever, also known as breakbone fever, is an infectious tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash that is similar to measles. The virus has four different types; infection with one type usually gives lifelong immunity to that type, but only short-term immunity to the others. Subsequent infection with a different type increases the risk of severe complications. As there is no commercially available vaccine, prevention is sought by reducing the habitat and the number of mosquitoes and limiting exposure to bites. Caleb is the grandson of Charles and Kitty King of Slayden, and the great-nephew of Mildred Marbury.
The family of Lonnie and Wilma Bolden held their Christmas celebration with a supper at Potts Camp Baptist Church on December 22 with 51 family members and friends in attendance.
Condolences are extended to the family of Glen Hudspeth of Walnut who lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday, Jan. 9. He was the brother of Alan Hudspeth and brother-in-law of Deborah (Epting) Hudspeth. Deborah’s parents are Rev. Joe and Christine Epting and her dad served as pastor for several years at First Baptist Church in Potts Camp.
I failed to add Daniel Bolden to last week’s birthday list. His special day was January 11. So, Happy late Birthday, Daniel! Also, “Happy Birthday” to Kathy Theisen (Jan. 19), Leah Green (Jan. 21), and Mitch Stone (Jan. 22).
I received a call from Dr. Gene Stevens of Portageville, Mo., last week. Gene was an agronomist when I worked at the North MS Branch Experiment Station. He went on to receive his Ph.D. in agronomy from Mississippi State University, and now is Extension professor, Division of Plant Sciences, at the University of Missouri. He will be having surgery for a mass in his kidney on January 23 in Ohio. Please place Gene on your prayer list. His wife, Leeta, also had kidney surgery a couple of years ago and is doing well. They are special friends.
Also, Add Rev. Joe Epting to your prayer list as he will be having elbow surgery on Jan. 21.
Other prayer requests are: Martha Cook, Carol Jean Davis, Charles Thomas, Lois Swaney-Shipp, Martha Prothro, Ann Callicutt, Larry and Rita Elliott, Rev. and Mrs. Chuck Fowler, Mitchell Gurley, Edward Gurley, Sandra Beaver, Pam Hall, Polly Poole Pratt, Jody Edwards, Katie Smithwick, W.R. Gandy, Robert H. and Jean King, Lawrence White, Sylvia (Clark) Smithwick, Gladys Rhynes, Sue Colella, Shirley Smith, Pam Sparks, Louise Hutchens, Pauline Hutchens, Mary Ann Todd Fleckinger, Mike Shaw, Betty Hearn, Sarah Day, John Eckols, Talmadge and Marie Edwards.
An interesting story was received by email last week from Mary Daniel, daughter of Edith Mathis of Savannah, Ga., who now resides in a retirement - assisted living home near Savannah. She is the sister of the late Myrtle Ray who lived in the Temperance Hill area for many years and was a florist in Holly Springs.
Mathis writes that her mother received a surprise visit on Christmas morning by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Clarence Thomas, his wife and mother. Mr. Thomas was born in the Pin Point community near Savannah.
Mary Daniel writes: “Mother found Clarence Thomas’s biography in the tiny Magnolia Manor library several years ago, took it out and has been reading it for several years. It has actually been “loved to death.” I have been told that she “loses” it several times a year and everyone in the retirement - assisted living home looks for it, and that Mother has cried at times thinking that it was lost. Someone there has taped the book together for her (book is literally on its last legs).
“One of her friends gave her a framed picture of Clarence two or three Christmases ago that they cut out of the Savannah newspaper and it is prominently displayed.
“Then - a friend sent Clarence a letter telling him all about Mother and how much she talked about him and admired him and “the book” and asked if he could send her a picture for her 95th birthday (Sept. 2012). Never heard back.
“Then! He just showed up Christmas morning with his wife and mother and letter in hand! They had a very nice visit. Mother received a proper picture framed and a promise of a new book!
“Rather neat and so very nice of him to go out of his way to Richmond Hill to visit an elderly woman!”
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