Thursday, September 19, 2013
Potts Camp News
Mayers celebrate 43rd anniversary
“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” Psalm 18:2.
Sunday night, September 15, Potts Camp lost another one of its own. Fred Whaley, a descendent of the first settler of Potts Camp, died earlier tonight. We are saddened by the loss of one who knew so much of the history of the town and county. He was full of knowledge and loved to talk about his historical roots. Mary Jo, Rodney and Brett, our sincere condolences to you and your families.
Make plans to attend revival services at First Baptist Church in Potts Camp on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. and Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 23-25 at 7 p.m. each evening. Guest evangelist will be Rev. Phil Glisson. The pastor is Rev. Paul Hicks.
Jimmy Duncan of Meridian was a recent visitor of his cousin, Jean Gurley. While here, they visited with Shirley Shultz in Memphis and also Wayne and Sheila Lindsey of Olive Branch.
Congratulations to Cary and JoAnn (Clayton) Mayer who celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary on Wednesday, Sept. 18. May you have many more happy years together! Cary and JoAnn are the parents of four children and have eight grandchildren with another one on the way.
Congratulations to Matthew and Anna Cooper on the arrival of their second child, a son, Mason Wade Cooper, who came into this world on Thursday, Sept. 12, weighing eight pounds, 11 ounces and 21 inches long. He is also being welcomed by sister, Emma Kate, and by grandparents Tom and Jan Cooper and Greg and Amy Swain.
The Cooper family lost their precious wife and mother, Audine Cooper on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Sympathy is extended to Joe Cooper and children, Diane, Pam, Kathy, Denise, Keith, and Terry Joe, and to the grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Friday, Sept. 13, at Salem Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Mrs. Cooper was a special lady who loved everyone and always wore a beautiful smile. She was a faithful member of Salem Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for many years.
On Wednesday, Sept. 18, Katherine Sundstrom and I spent part of the day in Oxford and enjoyed a nice visit with our third grade teacher, Estelle Bennett and also with Jerry Hill. Mrs. Hill gave me a copy of the 2013 Football and Fashion edition of “Invitation Oxford” which contains an article with photos of her son, Johnny and his sons, Chad, Jake, Stan and Walt. The title of the two-page article is “Fathers, Sons and Football,” and tells the story of the family’s tradition of playing for and now coaching at Oxford High School.
Also, I want to wish Jerry Hill a belated birthday wish. She enjoyed her Sept. 8 birthday with family and friends.
Visitors of Madalynne Ash on Thursday of last week were her sister Jean Nichols of Oxford, sister-in-law Margie Simmons and niece Marla Simmons of Memphis, Tenn., and nephew Wayne Simmons of Dallas, Texas. She said that Wayne worked for U.S. Air for 27 years and has retired and is now working for the Marriott Hotels. He visited the Potts Camp Library where he began reading their copy of the Potts Camp History and became very much interested in the homes, etc. of the town. He now has a copy of his own, thanks to his Aunt Madalynne. He and his wife will be traveling to Germany to trace her roots in the very near future.
I have a Paralyzed Veterans of America Wall Calendar that is used for this column’s birthday list. Special occasions are listed. Saturday, Sept. 21 is POW/MIA Recognition Day. Remember to fly your flag on these special occasions!
Several local papers featured stories about “Remembering 9/11” in their editions on Sept. 12. Churches and cities around the world observed the day and remembered the victims of this tragedy. In some cities local service members were also honored.
This is the time to reflect on being an American. We need to be thankful for each day we have to live in a free country and to seek God’s guidance in our daily lives. We will never forget the effect this has had on our country!
The Women on Mission of First Baptist Church in Holly Springs held a Ladies’ Prayer Retreat and Luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the beautiful Callicutt lake house near Waterford. “Listen with Both Ears” was the theme for the day and approximately 50 ladies were in attendance. Guest speaker was Beth Fitts of Oxford, a Bible study teacher for 26 years. Others on the program included Carole Jean Taylor, Sherry Howell Jones, Paulette Whaley Teel, Wanda Holbrook and Aaron Smitherman, age 7 and a half, who played “Amazing Grace” on his guitar and also sang. It was a very special day. Those attending from this community were Margaret Hart, Carol Gurley and I.
Winborn United Methodist Church held their monthly singing on Saturday night, Sept. 14. I am sorry that I was unable to attend this month’s program. They have singings on the second Saturday night of each month at 5 p.m.
Jennah Morris celebrated her 13th birthday with family and friends at Mt. Fuji Japanese Restaurant in Tupelo on Sunday evening. She is the daughter of Kym Gurley Morris of Hickory Flat and Jason Morris. She enjoyed the food and watching the cooks prepare the hibachi meal. Her great-aunt Joan Gurley made a beautiful birthday cake for the celebration.
Potts Camp Jr. High and Potts Camp varsity football teams played Benton County last week and came out with victories. Congratulations to players and coaches! Also, Potts Camp has a volleyball team this year. They are playing hard and have won a few games and also lost some. The jr. high football team will play H.W. Byers at home tonight (19th), and the high school game will be held on Friday night at home against Holly Springs.
Happy 84th Birthday to Betty Askew on Monday, Sept. 16.
Happy Birthday to Mable Day and Wanda Holbrook (Sept. 19), Alex and Analisa Smothers (Sept. 20), Jean R. Gurley (Sept. 21), Cary Mayer and Shade White (Sept. 22), Ruth Bowen and Becky Siddall Muse (Sept. 23), Keith Joyner (Sept. 24), Missie Mills, Judy Gurley, Faith Gurley, Alea Gurley and Henry Burchett (Sept. 26).
Prayer list: Sandra Beaver, Adam Burge, Matthew Cooper, Carol Jean Davis, Barbara Gilliam, Taylor Goode, Terri Kitchens, Gracie McCallum, Elizabeth Morris, Tricia Newton, Junior Overall, Cindy Passons, Cooper Vaughn.
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Greenfield hosts Family and Friends’ Day
Israel reminded of the commandment. Those shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. For the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. Keep the Sabbath day to sanctify it as the Lord thy God hath commandeth thee. Deuteronomy 5:11-12.
Pastor W. James Lyons delivered an inspiring message at Greenfield Church on Sunday, Sept. 15, as usual. His massage was taken from Deut. 6 and Ephesians 6:1-3. His subject was “Parenting.” Special music was by Ashley Saulsberry, a student at Ole Miss.
Family and Friends’ Day program was held at Hamilton Chapel CME Church Sunday afternoon. The guest speaker was Rev. Stevie D. McKinney from Memorial CME Church, Chicago, Ill.
Annual Family and Friends’ Day program will be held at Greenfield Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Sept. 22, 3 p.m. Pastor Gwendolyn Nelson from Royston Chapel and choir will be the special guests. The public is invited. Host pastor is W. James Lyons.
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