Thursday, December 12, 2013
Potts Camp News
Birthday party honors Brantlee Duke in Potts Camp
“Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.” Proverbs 12:25.
Paula McAlexander Smith and husband Hank of Wesson arrived on Friday after Thanksgiving to spend the weekend with her sister Carol Lynn Gurley. On Saturday they met at the home of their mother, Jean King and husband Robert, for a late Thanksgiving meal. Also attending were John and Sue McAlexander of Rockwall, Texas, several nieces, nephews, and grandchildren, for a total of 25 family members enjoying the holiday weekend together.
David Cook was ordained as a deacon in an impressive service at First Baptist Church in Potts Camp on Sunday night. Rev. Chuck Fowler gave the charge to the church in relationship to the deacon, and Rev. Paul Hicks gave the charge to the candidate. Special music was provided by Renee Edlin, daughter of Mike Edlin and granddaughter of Billy and Ann Edlin.
A birthday party for two-year-old Brantlee Duke, son of Keith and Rebekah Duke of Snow Lake, and grandson of Debbie Gurley, was held in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church of Potts Camp Sunday afternoon. The John Deere theme was used and Brantlee’s uncle, Joey Gurley, helped open gifts. Approximately 25-30 family members and friends attended the celebration, including Randy Martin of Collierville, Tenn., the child’s grandfather. The Dukes have just moved back from Virginia where he served in the U.S. Navy for six years.
Visitors of Marion and Betty Askew for Thanksgiving were their grandson Jamie Askew of Florida and his two children from Southaven.
Faye Turpen and children, Pam, Tim and Jean Sparks, were all together for Thanksgiving dinner. Other family members attending were Jamie Askew of Florida and his two children from Southaven. Mrs. Turpen said she had a big surprise last Thursday night when one of her former classsmates, Jean McAfee of Alabama, called her. They have not seen each other in years and attended school together at Red Bay, Ala.
Linda Jones of The South Reporter was guest speaker at the Marshall County Friends of the Library program on Tuesday, Dec. 3. She presented a wonderful program on quilting and talked about how she got started making quilts. Everyone enjoyed her program and seeing some of her talent. She said she has always loved sewing and learned from her mother.
Congratulations to Emily Stone. A game she has been working on has finally released its Christmas update (that’s the part she has been working on). The name of the game is SpongeBob Moves In, and she designed the elf characters, Santa, and a robotic SpongeBob character, among other things. The game can be played on iPhone, iPad, or Android. This is a major accomplishment and we do hope it does well. She is a very talented artist and has done lots of work for a number of companies.
Brett and Michelle Whaley traveled to the Smoky Mountains during the Thanksgiving holidays. Some of the highlights of their trip were Cade’s Cove, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg.
Dorothy M. Rose and husband, Paul, hosted a Thanksgiving Day meal for about 30 of her family members. She said everyone contributed portions of the meal and they had a wonderful time getting together, eating and visiting.
Congratulations to Neil Whaley who bagged an eight-point deer on Tuesday of last week.
Coming home from a doctor’s appointment late the other evening, I enjoyed the Christmas display of lights at the home of Earl “Wild Bill” Lawson. He is the first resident in town to get his lights up and turned on. Also, the town sign has been decorated for Christmas as well and looks very nice.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Trudy Byard of Holly Springs in the loss of her father on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Services were held earlier this week in Memphis, Tenn.
Sympathy is also extended to the families of Marshall Doug Smith and Billy Jamieson in their deaths last week and to Randall Pratt in the loss of his aunt in Jonesboro, Ark.
The adult choir of First Baptist Church in Potts Camp will present their Christmas musical, “Bethlehem Morning” on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 10:30 a.m. under the direction of Andy Roe. The children’s Christmas musical program will be Sunday, Dec. 22, also at 10:30 a.m.
Those from this community attending the annual Marshall County Forestry Association meeting at The Flame in Byhalia last Thursday evening were Bobby and Katie Smithwick, Paul and Dorothy Rose, Margaret Hart and I. At the meeting, officers and directors for 2014 were elected, a program on Catch-A-Dream (CAD) was presented by CEO Marty Brunson of Starkville, and George Hopper, dean of college and forestry resources at Mississippi State University, brought a message on the importance of agriculture and forestry in the state of Mississippi. There was a live auction as well as a silent auction to fund CAD. The delicious meal was prepared by members of Byhalia United Methodist Church.
Congratulations to John P. and Mattie Bumpas who will be celebrating their golden wedding anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 14, with a reception at First Baptist Church fellowship hall in Hickory Flat from 2 to 4 p.m. Family and friends are invited. No gifts, please. This is an exciting milestone for this lovely couple.
Congratulations also to Dustin Minor and Hanna Goolsby, who will be married at 2 p.m. on December 21 at First Baptist Church in Potts Camp.
Happy birthday to the following: Betty Rose Jones (Dec. 12), Karen Ferguson (Dec. 14), Faye Turpen (Dec. 15), Dana Holtzlander (Dec. 17), and Carol Lynn Gurley (Dec. 18).
Prayer list: Gayle Ash, Adam Burge, 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, Elizabeth Morris, Wade Murphy, Tricia Newton, Junior Overall, Gladys Rhynes, David Rooker, Mike Shaw, Pam Sparks, and Cooper Vaughn.
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