01 2015



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The Albany High Times' "NEWS & CLUES"!!!

We look back....we look forward!!!

 96th Edition ~ 1/16/2015

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. . .  just a small town in South Georgia that grew the best kids ever raised!!













** Class of 1955 **





60th Year Reunion!!

Main Event

Saturday, May 23, 2015

at the

Thronateeska Heritage Center

Plans are coming together, but are not finalized at this time. '55ers Please mark this weekend date on your calendar ... AND be on the lookout for a friendly call from one of your classmates on the '55 Telephone Blitz Committee with additional information!!


Harriet Ort Cornelius, 60th Reunion Chair


Phone: 205 274 7981





*** Class of 1962 ***




Girls Luncheon

Watch for next date!



Joann Roark Arneson (jprarneson@aol.com) or

Carol Pate Stark (cpstark@att.net)


Check it out!

*** See other luncheons and pics at: Click here: '62 Girls' Luncheons


*** See our 70th Birthday Pictures @








DID YOU KNOW? You can check out suggestions from other class reunions for your venues, caterers and great bands and DJs!!

Click here: Reunion Ideas ... take a look!


*** PLEASE SHARE YOUR reunion ideas ...  i.e., successful venues, food/caterers and bands/music ...


Email info to albanyhightimes@aol.com with ALL CONTACT INFO!



This page might be of help ...

Click here: Lost Classmates? How to Find 






   ~ CLUES!!! ~ 




Ever wonder who "Sloopy" was in the popular 1964 hit song, "Hang On Sloopy"?  I did, and Martha LeSueur Nicholson (crack reporter) sent a great link that told the story.  And from that link I found the information to be more than interesting!


"Sloopy" was, indeed, real!


As legend has it, the song’s namesake is tied to Steubenville native Dorothy Sloop, a popular young songstress, who — depending on the story you hear — either struck up a conversation about her name with young men at Dixie’s Bar of Music in New Orleans or, during a difficult moment there onstage, was cheered from the crowd with a kindly “Hang on, Sloopy!”


In 1964, her name was cemented in history by songwriters Wes Farrell and Bert Russell Berns — the latter a co-author of the Beatles hit Twist and Shout.


Contrary to the song’s depiction, “She didn’t live on the wrong side of the tracks,” said her Westerville nephew Fred Ruland, 72. “Steubenville was a pretty nice place at the time.”


After but a year at Ohio University in Athens, Sloop decamped to New York, where she played piano for a fiery foursome, the Southland Rhythm Girls.


The women landed gigs in cities such as Miami and Houston. They performed in the Manhattan apartment of William Randolph Hearst. They danced, dined out and acquired fine clothes.


Sloopy let her hair down!!


As popular as the song became, no one ever heard a word from Sloop asking for royalties, etc.  Her family says she was amused by the whole thing!


The song quickly caught on. Beginning with its debut by the Ohio State band in 1965 — with a performance that almost didn’t happen because then-director Charles Spohn opposed the rock ’n’ roll track — BUT crowds were enamored and still are!


Now IF you are interested in finding out why ... I found another link!  I'm a musician - and if music is exceptional I will give the credit due.  And credit is due here!  So if you want to hear a great marching band play "Sloopy Hang On", and give you chills ... open this link!





50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ... 




  The Will's: This past December 27th, 2014, Harvey ('58) and Twila Mason ('59) Willis will have been married 50 years! Harvey writes, "It has been A GREAT time. On January 1, 2015, we leave for Australia for three weeks!

The Lesue's: Carlos and Annette (Ann) Hancock ('55) Lesue will be celebrating their 54th Anniversary, February 17th.


Send your 50th anniversaries and beyond

to albanyhightimes@aol.com






From Left to Right

Larry Shook ('69), Russell Medlin ('54)

Ted Cahill ('55), and Whitfield Gunnels ('48)


The picture above is a group of AHS grads who occasionally got together for a cookout, and this picture was taken on such an occasion. 


With Whit Gunnell's ('48) passing, I thought his wife, Imogene, might like to have them.  Then I thought, why not print them in Albany High Times' "News & Clues", and add Imogene to the newsletter distribution list.  I contacted her and she said she would like that very much.  She is an Albany history buff and has a PhD.  On top of that, she used to teach at AHS!

~ Ted Cahill, Class of 1955


NOTE:  Imogene has been added to the Times' e-AddressBook, and the pictures will be on the way to her as soon as I publish this issue!   Thanks Ted, for your efforts.








? ~ I am interested to find out if there is a 50 year 1966 reunion planned? Living in Columbia, S.C. now.  Thanks.

~ Ferrell Williams, Class of 1966


A ~ Ferrell: I am sure there will be one!! Your best point of contact would be Susan Powell Arnold at sparnold3569@gmail.com.   She keeps all the girls (Chix of 66) in the “know”.


You are on the email list I see, so you won’t be forgotten!!!

~ Margaret Greene Brannan


? ~ Amy Watkins Blakeman ('46), a year behind me in the Albany Public Schools, was reared in Albany and lived in 400 block of Tift St. in block near the Elementary School adjacent to McIntosh. She lived in block on Tift St. (or Ave.) where my Tyler grandparents lived and she and her family lived next door to Mr. McIntosh, too. Her family later lived in subdivision near Radium Springs. She had an older sister, Jean, who married a McRay and lived in Gainesville, GA. Amy married a CA guy and they lived in a historic San Francisco townhouse overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.


Recently she moved to Vermont to a retirement home near Wendy, one of their children. Wendy wrote me on 1/12/15 about the move and asked me to write Amy so she can print it for her to read, since she doesn't use a computer. Amy called me tonight and I told her about the Albany High Times and that I'd ask you to send it to Wendy to print out for her. And, I hope it is okay for me to send to Wendy your AHS Times issue with all the AHS Buildings and Mills Stadium. I played football for Coach Paul Robinson and unrelated to that I was in the Mills Stadium when on the public address system they announced that Pearl Harbor had been bombed by Japanese.


We lived in 900 block of Second Ave. at end of paved street at Cleveland Drive. Amy may have been in AHS with Mildred Huie, Goodloe Yancey, Jean Snelling, Joanne Logan, and Christine Clifton. Make it a good day.

~ Ed. Martin, Class of 1945


A ~ Yes Ed, you may send anything you wish to Amy from the Albany High Times! I have been in touch with her daughter, Wendy, and have added her email with those in the 1940's who receive the "News & Clues" announcement.


Thanks for doing this, Ed! You are a gentleman and an "Ambassador for Gardens"!!!


? ~  I know Peggy Schmidt Singletary, Class of 1968. Is there an email or contact for her?

~ Would the person who sent this email, contact me?  I have misplaced your name, and have egg on my face!


A ~  I have received two responses about Peggy - one from Amy Robertson and one from Peggy! 






Class Websites






  http://www.albanyhighschool64-65.org/ http://www.65.org/sellfolio.html




*** If your class has a website - please email your link to: albanyhightimes@aol.com





  Check out FaceBook for

AHS FaceBook Links



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Make sure you "like" the page!


* Albany High Times Website @ Facebook

* Ahs ClassofFiftyfive

* Ahs ClassofSixty

* Albany High Class of 1961 (4) 

* (1) Albany High School Classes of 1964-65 Reunion

* AHS Class of 1969

* Albany High School Class of 1970

* Albany GA. Kids' of the 70's....

* Albany High School Class of 1974 Albany, GA

* Albany High School Grads 1976-1983

* AHS/WHS Class of 1978

*** Email address for Class of '71 FaceBook:



* AHS Class of 1983

* RIP Classmates of DHS AND AHS

* Click here: (60) Friends of Tift Park


ANY OTHER CLASSES to be listed?





 Messages from FaceBook!!


*** Donald Bearry, December 25 at 4:50pm

I want all my friends around Albany to know that I am still around and kicking, Living in Florida and loving it!! I lost my wife of 24 years recently and now forging ahead on my own. I may be up for our 55th class reunion,

Thank you for your time. 


*** Theresa Duke Valentine likes Albany High Times Website.


*** Those of you who only access Vintage Albany with mobile devices are missing out on a LOT of content. We have a huge photo section, videos and many files and links that cannot be accessed without a PC.

Click here: Vintage Albany Georgia

~ Betty Rehberg (’74)








“News & Clues”





***  Thanks if you could add me.

~ Jerry Hobbs, Class of ’64  

*** Would you please add me to the email list?

~ Ferrell Williams, Class of 1966  

***  Please add me to your e-mail list for News and Clues.

~ Martha Corley Hall, Class of 1967


*** Please put Julia Christian’s name on the AHS times list. She is a 1973 graduate of AHS.

Thank you,

~ Ponny Manuel ('55)






















Jeff Sinyard, AHS Class of 1973


After 30 Years of Public Service as

Chair of Dougherty County Commission



By Martha LeSueur Nicholson


When Jeff "Bodine" Sinyard ('73) presided over his last Dougherty County Commission meeting in December, a stellar career in public service came to a close.


After spending the last 12 years as chairman of the Commission, the man everyone knows as Bodine is leaving the public eye to devote well deserved time to family and business. His time has not been his own as he gives 100% to the job at hand and has been a dedicated public servant and outstanding representative for Dougherty County for the last 30 years in various capacities.


Speculation is for future service at the state level for which he is well prepared and capable, but right now he plans to spend more time enjoying his family and bringing two of his sons into his business.


Congratulations on a job well done, Bodine! We wish you well on any future endeavor you choose to undertake.


Carlton Fletcher of The Albany Herald has written a 2 part series on Bodine from his early school years, where he got his nickname playing Little League baseball, to the present.


Born in Albany, he moved around the state with his family and attended many different schools, always participating in sports. The family came back to Albany in 1971 where he entered Albany High as a junior and graduated in 1973.


During that time he made All City in both football and baseball. Details of some exciting games and lots of pictures, including one with County Attorney Spencer Lee ('59), are included in this very interesting story of the life and amazing public service career of Jeff "Bodine" Sinyard at the following links. Don't miss it!


PART I: Dougherty Commission Chair Jeff Sinyard set to end 30 years of public service | Albany Herald


PART II: Sinyard has been linchpin of local politics | Albany Herald




An Amazing Life

from the "Greatest Generation"


Ernest "Ernie" Bivans, Class of 1937

October 9, 1921 - October 19, 2014


Ernest Walter Bivans was born in Ojus, Florida. He grew up in Albany, Georgia, the son of George Walter Bivans, and Annie Padgett Bivans, who both had careers with the Salvation Army. Ernie grew up playing music, and was in the AHS Band for 4 years, playing Coronet and French Horn.

He graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in electrical engineering in 1943. He married Nan Triplett in 1943 and was then sent to the Army for basic training, then to OCS for the Signal Corps where he graduated as a second lieutenant. The Army then sent him to Harvard for an advanced training course in electronics, where he earned a Science Master (the equivalent of a PHD). In 1944 he was sent to MIT, instead of overseas, to work on the development of the highly secret radar systems. In early 1945, the army sent him to Osterholz, Bremen Enclave, Germany with the Signal Corps where he became Battalion Commander. Later, promoted to Captain (at age 24), he oversaw 1000 servicemen, and as the war ended, he helped re-establish the German communications systems. His scientific research and discoveries help to move the world forward.

Upon his return home, he went to work at the Air Force Cambridge Research Center. He was awarded a Meritorious Service Award in 1950 for one of his inventions. He moved to the new MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts, formed from Cambridge Research. They worked on developing air defenses against Soviet bomber attacks. Ernie had developed and patented a way to encode radar signals over telephone lines to computers. He was sent to NORAD and Air Force Bases to teach this technology, which later became the basis of the civilian air traffic control system. In 1956, Ernie was sent to The Hague as a consultant to the NATO Air Defense Tech Center to help develop an air defense system for Europe.

For fun, he and six friends started a band for an MIT event.  Ernie played valve trombone and drums.

He was a Master Mason in the Fraternity Lodge of Masons in Newtonville, Massachusetts.

In 1961 Ernie moved the family to Santa Barbara as a founding member of Infrared Industries, in Carpinteria.

In 1967, the Pentagon offered Ernie the job of Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering; however, he declined and started work for General Research, in Goleta. Again In 1967, the Dept. of Defense recruited him for a classified assignment in Vietnam to work directly under Westmoreland as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff (with the civilian equivalent of a three star General). For his work, he was awarded the Patriotic Civilian Service Award.

When General Research closed its door, Ernie work for a while at Dean Witter in Santa Barbara, then was recruited to Computer Sciences in Vandenberg, where he ran a program for the tracking system of missiles at Vandenberg AFB.



Sarah Swords Rowen

Class of 1990


Sarah Swords Rowen is a Speech Pathologist in Albany, Georgia. A graduate of Valdosta State University, Sarah has a Master in Education. She is married and has two sons, loves reading, writing, and teaching youth girls in Sunday school at her local church.


Authentic Happiness is her first publication and, she writes, "... is a collection of personal journals of one slumbering believer's journey of awakening. While the answers to some of these questions were less than desirable to hear, the truth that was revealed changed a life forever."


Authentic Happiness encourages all believers to look at their own Christian lives a little closer.



Authentic Happiness: Devotions for the Slumbering Believer: Sarah Rowan: 9781490850030: Amazon.com: Books




    Tribe Notes …




*** I think Dad, James Carlton Tyner was on the list of people that your site had lost information on, and I just wanted you to have an updated address for him. My Dad is still alive and lives with me in Canton, GA. Thank you. ~ John Tyner, son


NOTE: James was removed from our "Missing Classmates" list, and an email was sent to his Class of 1953. ~ BSH

*** I just wanted to make sure that you have my correct email address. I retired October 31st and no longer use my work email--of course. I am sure you have the correct one, but I HAD to make sure because I don't want to lose contact with AHS or you. Very Best Regards,
~ Earline Hayslip Reeves, Class of 1961

*** New e-mail address … thanks!

~ Paul Russell ('63)

*** I have had several responses from my (Albany) Cardinal epistle, and each wanted to know more about Vinegar Bend Mizell.

I wrote that when Vinegar Bend was an Albany Cardinal, he rented a room in a boarding house across the street from my home on 3rd avenue.

I recently had lunch with my brother, Tommy, today, and he said he thought VBM made it to the "Bigs". So I did some digging, and this is what I discovered:

Vinegar Bend did indeed go to the "dance" in 1952. Most of his career was with the Cardinals, but he helped the Pirates win a World Series Championship in 1960.

After retirement from baseball he became a NC Congressman. Read the details below:

Wilmer David Mizell: The Buff from Vinegar Bend! | The Pecan Park Eagle


Again, thanks for another great issue, and a Merry Christmas to you and yours.
~ sunny rackley (53)

*** Re: Sunny Rackley's article: Interesting article - skimmed it cause I'm in a rush, but is Red still alive? The whole team loved my dad - most of them ate at Stem's Rest……….he even gave a party for them at our house - my grandad took Gordon & me to all the games - & Gordon had pics of the team framed & it filled up the walls of his bedroom…we lived at 600 7th Ave (just off Rawson Circle) in a gorgeous house that Dad designed & had built……….but that experience w/ the Cardinals….turned Gordon into a Sports Guy!!!!!!!!! He wrote for the Albany Herald, then sports columns in Macon…then in Atlanta with the Atl. Journal…….he even got to be big buddies w/ Lewis Grizzard!!!!!! Same job when they moved to Jax……..where he retired as National News Editor!!!!!!!!!!!! Gordon passed last Oct……..but it was a blessing - for years he had this terrible problem - he couldn't speak - but he could laugh & listen…………..such a smart man!!!!!!!! Gotta go - am being held prisoner in my kitchen!!!!!!! Have a blessed Christmas!!!!!!!!


P.S. And I always had a crush on the shortstops!!!

 ~ Annelle Stem, Class of 1952

*** Sometimes we lose an Indian right as News & Clues is published, when we do not have all the information. Such was the case for Marguerite Green Kinney, Class of 1937; mother of Tommy Kinney, Class of 1962.  Here is additional information: Mrs. Kinney also had a sister, Nell Green Thomas, Class of 1950; and children, Konnya Kinney Bell, Class of 1965; and Dr. Davis L. Kinney, Class of 1976

*** James D. "Jimmy" McDowell was listed on your newsletter as Class of 1968. That is incorrect. He was Class of 1978, and is also the brother of Brenda McDowell, Class of 1975 and Debbie McDowell, Class of 1976. Clifton McDowell went to Dougherty. Thank you,

~ Elizabeth McDowell Howell youngest sister, Class of 1988 DHS

*** James Hornsby was in the Class of 1970. Thanks for asking … another one of ours.

 ~ Vicky Snell Rogers ('70)


Note: In addition to Vicky, many thanks to those who also sent the class year for James Hornsby … Alton Rogers ('70), Pam Panel Woody ('72), Gloria Beecher Edge ('70)

*** It took me a couple days to get around to pulling out the annuals. James Hornsby was in the AHS class of 70. I remember him. I was in the Class of '71.  His father was a Physics teacher at AHS, and I believe became Dean of Boys in my senior year when Mr. Grayden Pierce became principal.

*** Thanks for the heads up. I remember Bobby Ethridge fondly.
~ sunny rackley ('53)


*** This is the final info on my friend in Santa Barbara, Ernie Bivans, AHS '37 (approx.).  It was a beautiful memorial service with 100 or so attendees which is exceptional for some 93 years old.


I enclose the program.  Only memorial service I ever attended that had flag rank officers from both US Army and Navy present (Ernie's government civil status was equivalent to a three-star general).  Only memorial I have attended that included a full Masonic Service, the full flag ceremony with an honor guard, and bugler playing taps to end a special set of eulogies.


Ernie is surely one of the most consequential people to graduate from AHS.

~ Adair Mellichamp ('54)


NOTE:  Some time back, Adair discovered he and Ernie lived in the same neighborhood ... all the way from AHS, and Albany GA to California!!



  In Memoriam ...
Not where I breathe,
but where I loved ... I live ...



*** Samuel Austin Law, III, Class of 1961
*** Sarah Christine Harris Sutton, mother of Ernest , Class of 1961 and Betty Sutton, Class of 1971
*** Jim Pete Pollock Jr., Class of 1963
*** Johnnie E. Farr, Sr., Class of 1969
*** James Hornsby, Class of 1970
*** William Bobby Ethredge, Class of 1953
*** Missi Mansfield, daughter of Tommy ('53) and Linda Plummer ('56) Mansfield
*** Barry Franklin Tennison, Class of 1980
*** Carlton Nickie McDaniel, Class of 1961; husband of Jean Smith McDaniel ('61)
*** Jewel Evelyn Pittman Carr, Class of ???




Several of our Albany High School classes have but a few classmates listed on "In Memoriam"Brenda Arnett Arbyshire, our Staff Genealogic Consultant for "In Memoriam" has recently accomplished a huge amount of research finding classmates through the website, Find-A-Grave.  Many of the following Indians have been deceased for some time ... none are recent ... however, ALL will be added to the Albany High Times' "In Memoriam".

*** Bob Bramlett, Class of 1939
*** James R. Dismuke, Class of 1939
*** Baldwin King, Class of 1939
*** Felix Marbury, Class of 1939
*** Lovic Marbury, Class of 1939
*** George Massey, Class of 1939
*** Eugene Mock, Class of 1939
*** Ammonette Porter, Class of 1939
*** Joseph Snider, Class of 1939
*** Norman Shultz, Class of 1939
*** Buck Stern, Class of 1939
*** Max Tatum, Class of 1939
*** Jesse Teasley, Class of 1939
*** Edward Chatman, Class of 1939
*** Carlton Lafayette Courson, Class of 1939
*** Travis Jackson Chatman, Class of 1939
*** James Richard Dill, Class of 1939
*** Walter (Bo) Overby, Class of 1939
*** Hudson Reeves Arthur, Class of 1939
*** Lovick Cannon BoBo, Class of 1939
*** Jack Tyson, Class of 1939
*** Horace Mac Vandiviere, Class of 1939
*** Mercer Wallace, Class of 1939
*** Norman Wingate, Class of 1939
*** James Winslette, Class of 1939
*** Derwood V. Willis, Class of 1940
*** Ernest Crowley, Jr. , Class of 1940
*** Russell Grace, Class of 1940
*** Roland Griner, Class of 1940
*** Jeanett Burnett, Class of 1940
*** Jean Grace, Class of 1943
*** Bobby Vann, Class of 1944
*** Charles William Hill, Class of 1947
*** David Allen "Butchie" Strawder, Class of 1967


Note: Thanks to all who send notices and/or obituaries of AHS Indians inside and outside of Albany. We may not otherwise be aware of our losses.  
FYI: Email notices and/or obituaries are first sent to the deceased’s class, and if they are Indians, to the classes of the spouse, child, or parents, as soon as possible.   Each is then listed in the Albany High Times' "News & Clues", and also on the Albany High Times "In Memoriam" webpage : Click here: In Memoriam - Our Deceased Classmates - AHS Albany GA

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