Thursday, November 28, 2013
Potts Camp News
Memories of Annie Ruth Stone
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14.
Kenneth and Sandra Edwards attended the christening of their grandson, Andrew Yancey on Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Collierville, Tenn., United Methodist Church. Andrew is the son of Charlie and Lindsey E. Yancey. Other local family members in attendance were great-grandmother Sue Kirk, Jody and Deanna Edwards and children, Jase and Cooper, and Floyd and Elinor Edwards. More family members joined the above group at the church and everyone returned to the Yanceys’ home for lunch following the ceremony.
Rev. Don Carver of Millington, Tenn., former pastor of the Potts Camp United Methodist Charge, recently visited friends in town.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Sylvia Phillips who passed away early last week. She and her late husband, Richard, were former members of the Potts Camp United Methodist Church. Graveside services were held Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Sympathy is also extended to Billy Edlin and family in the loss of his sister, Bernice Edlin Roy of Abbeville who passed away Sunday, Nov. 17. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford with burial in Abbeville Cemetery.
Get well wishes to Terri Kitchens. She arrived home Friday, Nov. 15, from a rehab facility in Jackson and is still undergoing therapy in New Albany. According to her mother, Mable Day, “She is a miracle – God has worked wonders in her life, and we are so proud of the progress she has made so far.” The family also wants to thank everyone for their prayers as she continues to improve.
Nancy Green and I had a very pleasant visit with Rev. and Mrs. Bill Wallace in New Albany last Tuesday. Although, Bro. Bill is not in good health, he was very alert and a joy to visit. They are very special to us. As members of the Marshall County Forestry Association, they said how much they miss attending meetings and visiting with members. They want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.
The Marshall County Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers (MHV) held their annual Holiday Fair last Friday at the Marshall County Extension office in Holly Springs. Program participants and their topics were: Reba Bland, “Beaded Christmas Angels;” Pamela Redwine, “Burlap Wreaths;” Erika Cooksey, “Terry-cloth Reindeer;” Mary Minor and Jeanette Stone, “Miniature Hats;” and Janet Jolley, “Snowmen Ornaments.” A delicious lunch followed the program.
I am sorry to report that I did not have any birthdays for this week. Call in to have your birthday listed!
Prayer list: Gayle Ash, Adam Burge, Joe Cooper, Matthew Cooper, Steve Culver, George and Dorothy Dickey, Taylor and Tucker Goode, Pam Brower Hammond and her son, David Louis Hammond, Robert and Jean King, Terri Kitchens, Troy Leopard, Mildred Marbury, Elizabeth Morris, Gracie McCallum, Wade Murphy, Rev. Don and Tricia Newton, Junior Overall, Gladys Rhynes, David Rooker, Allen Sexton, Mike Shaw, Pam Sparks, Cooper Vaughn, Jean S. Whaley, Bill Witt, and J.B. Work.
Thought for today: There is no peace without forgiveness and no happiness without peace.
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Memories of Annie Ruth Stone
Annie Ruth Stone has been an inspiration to me over the years, as a friend, writer, collector of family and town history, etc. She was the one who said that we needed to put together a book about the history of the Town of Potts Camp, featuring the older homes. Since a lot of the homes are no longer standing, it was she who wanted to preserve our town’s history with pictures, stories, etc.
Just recently one of her daughters, Pebble Gadd, put together a booklet from her collection of pictures, called Annie’s Hats, featuring her parents, grandparents, their friends and other relatives and the vast assortment of hats they were wearing. It is a very nostalgic booklet and one she was so very proud of.
After our book was printed, Mrs. Stone was delighted at the many requests we received to present a program and show slides of some of the contents. Since the book was her idea, she was the one who narrated the slides and told so much about the town, its people, the buildings, businesses, and events. She was one of the last of the older generation to have lived through so many changes. And, she enjoyed being able to tell what she knew.
She also loved sports, as she and her late husband, T.M. (Coach) Stone, played basketball and he coached for many years. Later, there were many family members who also played various sports. She enjoyed watching games on TV and was able to attend at least one home football game at PCHS, in which a great-grandson was one of the players.
I will miss her calls to catch up on the news or when she had something in the way of pictures, news clippings, and other items of interest to share. She would also call when her beautiful amaryllis and other flowering plants and shrubs were in bloom and I would visit and take pictures. If I came across something of interest, she would also receive a copy. We shared and shared alike.
Mrs. Stone started the annual school reunions. These came about following her 50th class reunion. It was then decided to open the reunions to all who attended PCHS. Next year will be the 25th annual school reunion, all because of her love of people. She was also the one responsible for the bookcase in the Potts Camp School Library where yearbooks are stored.
Mrs. Stone was a Christian and was kind to everyone. She will be missed!
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