01 2014



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 84th Edition ~ 01/19/2014

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




Hereafter, the monthly Albany High Times' "News & Clues" will appear with archived issues section.  At this time ... ONLY the 2013 year has been posted.  But 2010, 2011, and 2012 will be added as soon as possible.  Each year will have 12 archived of issues, as usual!







*** Classes of the 60's ***


AHS Classes of the 60's

"Birthday Bash"

May 30 - 31, 2014

“Living in the 60’s…..Then and Now”

Are you an Albany High graduate of the '60's?  If you are, you’re invited to the AHS Classes of the 60’s Birthday Bash to be held on May 30-31, 2014

The theme of the party is “Living in the 60’s…..Then and Now”.  This is not a Reunion … it is a Birthday Party for everyone that attended Albany High during the decade of 1960-1969

This is an opportunity to re-connect with classmates from those special High School years that you may not see at your Reunion because they graduated in a different year than you.  We are planning a “Meet & Greet” on Friday evening, May 30, and a party featuring the Grapevine Band on Saturday evening, May 31

Also check out our Facebook posts at AHS Classes of the 60’s Birthday Bash.  

For more details, you can contact Mike Patterson at (229) 420-8654 or email to rmikepatt@aol.com


*** Class of 1962 ***

70th Birthday Party!




The planning committee for the Class of 1962’s 70th Birthday Party is at work!  We have sent out “Save the Date” cards.  The Party will be held May 3, 2014, at Paul and Debbie Wallace's home.  Let us know if you do not receive a card.


We will start at 1:00 PM and there will be no cost. An invitation, along with a response information will be sent in February. We hope many of the '62 Indians will be able to join us for this celebration!


~ Girl’s Luncheon

To be announced …


Joann Roark Arneson (jprarneson@aol.com) or

Carol Pate Stark (cpstark@att.net)


*** Check out our other luncheons and pics at: Click here: 1962 Girl's Luncheons


*** Class of 1969 ***

45th AHS & Deerfield

June 20-21, 2014


Plans are underway for our 45th AHS/ Deerfield Class of 1969 class reunion. We are still in the infancy of planning BUT save the date of June 20-21, 2014.


Event will be at Merry Acres and we have a block of rooms set aside at Merry Acres motel for $89 per night plus tax.


Friday night will be a "Meet and Greet" and Saturday night will be a dance with The Grapevine Band out of Macon GA. If you have never heard The Grapevine Band you are in for a real treat! One of the members is our own Robin Hughes ... AHS Class of 66. 

It will be an awesome weekend so please put this on your calendar!

Also in preparation for upcoming communications, please send your address and email address to 
erhinman@mchsi.com or send a FaceBook inbox message. 

Looking forward to a great reunion!!!!!”

~ Elaine Rabun Hinman



** Classes of 1964-65 **

A Combined 50th Reunion

November 7th and 8th, 2014



Planning meetings have started!  Once again, there will be a combined 50th Reunion celebration for the classes of 1964-65, once again at Merry Acres.

~ Glenda Shelby Cannon (’64) glendashelbyc@gmail.com




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!


*** IF YOUR CLASS has reunion ideas and info you would like to share ... i.e., successful venues, food/caterers and bands/music, send info to albanyhightimes@aol.com with ALL CONTACT INFO!


*** Also ... looking for LOST CLASSMATES?  This page will give you help ...

Click here: Lost Classmates? How to Find






*** In December, I received a 2014 calendar published and created by Ed Faber (’62) … Ed is one talented man!  His calendar is astounding!!! With my penchant for butterflies, you can imagine my wonder at TWO butterflies in a flower!!!  He finds the most beautiful scenes of nature at just the right moment .... amazing!


I am so sorry that I have had my FIRST publishing "close down" since I started the website, in 2002, but I will get caught up with the ones he has have sent for Fabor Features: Ed Faber, Photographer - Class of 1962.  Notice a change needs to be made in Ed's name!  Will be made as soon as I can get into Albany High Times.


Here is a sample ...


  click to expand!


I emailed Ed to ask if folks are able to purchase the calendars .... here is his response!


"The butterfly picture in the calendar has two butterflies on the flower.  The butterfly print and the picture before it (Egret taken by daughter, Julie) was presented to Queen Elizabeth in honor of her diamond Jubilee on the throne of England.  Some of the pictures were taken by our youngest daughter, Julie. 


We do sell the calendars for $20.00 each at today's cost.  If anyone wants one for 2015, all I will need is their name, address, telephone number and a check for each calendar ordered.  Normally I take the prints to the printer about October 20th and pick up after Thanksgiving.  We may print the 2015 calendars earlier in the year, so as not to mail them so close to Christmas


Ed Faber's Contact Info:

Email: 225NA@planttel.net

Mailing Address:

Post Office Box 70162,

Albany GA 31708

Office Phone: 229-883-0398




Paula Hiers Deen ('65)


Better Than Ever!



Anyone out there who can interest our AHS Indian, Paula, in our Albany High Times?



Ray Ragsdale Stevens'  ('57) sends his "stash" for your perusal!!!








The Albany High Times website is composed of:


1.  Main Section of Albany High Times -

206 pages at the present time, and growing.


2.  New Section: News & Clues sub-section -

16 pages; however, 138 more pages are set to be added to complete the section, with all archived pages previously on the "Archives" section, now being replaced with News & Clues/Archives - for a total of 154 pages for this section.  Each new month there is a new News & Clues, and the old issue is added to this website UNDER THE YEAR - so one new "month page" page is added each month ... If I didn't do the math correctly on this one ... blame Miss Randitt.


3.  The Radium Springs Section has 37 pages


So Indian friends, that’s a total of 397 pages for your reading and viewing pleasure .... and growing each month!  


Perhaps you can understand why I've been under such pressure the past 3 months to find a way to re-create and publish 397 website pages without starting from scratch!!!  Oh I do hope and pray that has been accomplished!


Thanks for your patience!!!!





? ~  Have been interested in trying to find Neil Bullock (Charles Cornelius Bullock), Class of 1964 if anyone knows his whereabouts. His former address was Alpharetta, GA Appreciate all you do!

~ Hugh Mitchell (’64)


? ~ Would you have a new address ad phone # for Sina Kay Bass in Alabama- know she got married not long ago. Thanks.

~ Hugh Mitchell (’64)

A ~ Hugh, I only keep email addresses, but no home addresses or phone numbers.  The classes are supposed to have that information.  But your question has been asked ... maybe there will be a response.  I will send on to you.


? ~ I can't remember exactly where,  but know I can find past issues from your web site. Can you direct me? Thanks.

A ~ I am working on re-creating that part of the website.  It is now called "News & Clues"; however, archived newsletters back to 2010 will be available again.  Right now you can go to Click here: Albany High Times' Latest "News & Clues" PLUS Archives!  I will be working on 2012, 2011, 2010, but all issues for 2013 are posted.


? ~ Does anyone know if Donald Pye, age 54, was an Indian?  An obituary was sent because he was born in the 50's, so we are just checking ... wanted to notify his class if he is an Indian.

~ Beverly Smith Herrington ('55)


? ~ Does anyone know if Jerry Robert James, born in 1950, went to AHS?


? ~ I really would like to know how to get in touch with Linda Goolsby Eckhart, Class of 1960. She and I were close friends in high school but I have not heard from her since our 45th class reunion in 2007 and when I tried to contact her for the 50th, I was not successful.  A search on FB for his daughters was not successful either.

~ Patti Bishop Savelle (’60)



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Betty Rehberg posted in Vintage Albany Georgia:


Yearbooks from 60's & 70's from ALL high schools for sale ...


Currently there are several yearbooks from the 60s & 70s & more from all the high schools here for sale on Ebay:


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*** Glenda Shelby Cannon posted on Albany High Times Website's timeline ... "Please save the date, November 7th and 8th, for the 50th Reunion for the classes of 1964 and 1965!"


*** Wanda Olivent Proctor, Class of 1961

We had a wonderful time at the luncheon yesterday and we took a couple of pictures but we just have to find someone to help us post them. Thanks to Joan Cato Pollard for inviting us to her home and being the perfect hostess!!! It's amazing that as many luncheons as we have had we can still find so much to talk about!!!


*** Jean Wills Satterfield: Hello Everyone.  Bill (Satterfield, Class of 1962) - doesn't check FaceBook often these days. He spent 5 nights at Hospice for respite care. We've completed a week at home with hospital bed and other equipment. He is not able to stand because of weakness in legs and sleeps quite a bit during the day. He doesn't have use of his left arm so you can understand that caring for him is a great challenge. He still eats 3 meals a day, keeping up his 200 lb weight. His life is confined to our den. Chemo has been suspended so I'm not sure what the next few months will bring. Keep us in your prayers please. Life is kinda difficult at this time.


*** Stevie Knight, Class of 1983

Not sure if anyone else has heard, But we have lost a classmate.  Dennis Nobles (Class of '83) passed. I don't know any details ... just happened to see the obituary in the Albany Herald. Please remember to keep his family in your thoughts & prayers.


*** Dennis Nobles ('83) obituary: Click here: Dennis E. Nobles | Albany Herald

~ David Golden ('83)



In Memoriam ...
Not where I breathe, but where I loved, I live ... 
*** Helen Pafford Bennett, Class of 1962
*** Bobby Joe Erkhart, Class of 1958
*** Eve Adams, Class of 1953; brother of David (56), Carolyn and Jane Adams
*** Barbara Hill Bell, born March 1, 1929; sister of Gene McCall ('56)
*** Carolyn Floyd Jewell, Class of 1956; wife of Luther Willard, also a 1956 classmate.
*** Lavonia Elizabeth King Cook, died December 26, 2013
*** Joyce Hendricks Kennedy, wife of Wayne Kennedy ('55 deceased)
***  Cliff Campbell, husband of AHS teacher Frances Sinback Campbell
*** Otto Fulton Beckham Jr, 72, Albany Junior High Band and Choral Direct, died Sept. 3, 2000 at home
*** James H. "Jimbo" Smith, Class of 1934
*** William Jacocks Rivers, Sr., Class of 1937
*** Dennis E. Nobles, Class of 1983
*** Harold Holiman, husband of Carolyn Vaughan Holiman, Class of 1957, passed away in July, 2013.
Note: Thanks to all those who send notices and/or obituaries of AHS Indians inside and outside of Albany.  We would otherwise not be aware of our losses.
FYI: Email notices and/or obituaries are first sent to the deceased’s class, and if Indians, to the classes of the spouse, child, or parents, as soon as possible.
Each is then listed on the "In Memoriam" webpage  Click here: In Memoriam - Our Deceased Classmates and also in the next issue of the Albany High Times "News & Clues". Because the website has been down ... none of our fallen Indians have been entered since October 2013.  As soon as the Albany High Times can be published again, they will be added to "In Memoriam"
Please send corrections or additions to albanyhightimes@aol.com





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*** Special Sales ***


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I have made the decision to leave ALL of my Albany themed art on my website on sale, and permanently reduced by 50%.  I would much rather get this art into the hands of those who enjoy these memorable places than store it on my shelves in Iowa!


*** Radium Springs Lithograph; $42.50 (was $85):

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*** Arctic Bear Lithograph; $20.00 (was $40):

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Additionally, if a patron buys 2 prints on sale, they may choose a 3rd print of equal or lower price for free:


* Buy at least 1 Radium Springs and 1 additional Albany print and receive 1 Radium Springs print FREE!


* Buy a total of 2 Albany prints each priced at $20 (i.e., Arctic Bear/"The Pig") and receive an additional $20 print FREE!


I did receive an email from a patron yesterday, after my newsletter went out, asking if the sale pricing on Radium Springs was still in effect so I thought I should clarify this. I have updated my website!

~ Jean




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*** Please include me in THE AHS Times Newsletter. Thanks,

~ Johnny Holland, Valdosta, Georgia


*** Please add me to Albany High Times

~ Steve Penland ('68)


*** How does one join Albany High Times? I am a graduate of AHS and would like to get the monthly emails.  My name is Angie Mann (maiden name) Hall and I graduated in 1963. My name in the annual is Angeline, but please put Angie. Thanks...

~ Angie Mann Hall (’63)


*** Could you add this EM to your list? You may know who this is.  His first name is Sunny, unsure of his last name, but he is a classmate of Daddy's who retired from the Navy as an oral surgeon.  Thanks.

~ Teri Mansfield


~ Teri Mansfield, is the daughter of Tommy ('53) and Linda Plummer ('56) Mansfield, and she’s a great daughter!


Note:  His name is Sunny Rackley – one of those hunky guys who made the girls swoon ... Class of 1953!  Welcome Sunny!













AHS Class of 1967


Newest Albany High Times

Staff Member


Back in June 2013, I received an email from a name I didn't recognize ... Brenda Darbyshire.  She began sending obituary notices to Albany High Times on a regular basis.  Found out she was one of us ... a 1967 Indian!  And the notices kept coming in.  One notice was her mother, Sara Sauls, Class of 1942.  She also sent a lengthy list she had found for 1967 deceased ... but on OUR In Memoriam list - we only had 5 published names.  It was obvious Brenda had the capacity to "reach back" ... and she did so without anyone asking ... she just volunteered!


So in October, it occurred to me to ask the Albany High Times Staff if we should offer an invitation to Brenda to join our Staff.


Martha LeSueur Nicholson responded, "I think it's a wonderful idea! She seems to have resources the rest of us don't know about and an interest in doing that kind of work. She would be a big help especially with those deaths that don't appear in the local paper or funeral home websites."


Tommy Pattison responded: I think it would be a great idea to ask the lady to come aboard. With her knowledge and access to needed info, it would be very advantageous to everyone.


Joann Roark Arneson responded: I think it would be great. This is a service we all reluctantly want to know about ( hate to think of losing more Indians). But it is wonderful that this is a task she enjoys. If she is a part of us, perhaps it will benefit us all.


Tom Herrington responded: It would give the readers either new information about their classmates. But, she would have to furnish her own "staff picture", 'cause I don't know her... Click here: Incredible Staff Credits


Brenda Kay Arnett Darbyshire writes: 

"I was born in Albany, GA on Jan. 19, 1949. I graduated from Albany High School in 1967. I went to Dougherty County Schools my entire life. I graduated from Darton College and attended Georgia Southwestern majoring in Math education.


I am married to James Darbyshire from Moultrie, GA, who is a consulting forester. We have been married 37 years and have one son Andrew. Andrew lives in Albany nearby us. I do not have any grandchildren yet. Keep hoping though!


Researching Family Roots


In my middle thirties I started researching my family roots. Everyone should do it, for you learn a lot you do not expect to learn. I thought I asked my grandparents a lot of things, but boy was I wrong. All my life I went with my mother and grandmother to take flowers for holidays to relatives' graves. I use to go to visit all the graves in each cemetery. Hence I started surveying cemeteries back in the mid-1980's, way before digital cameras and the Internet.  Just myself and my pen and paper! I had two cocker spaniels who always went with me. We traipsed through the back woods of Southwest Georgia for years. Learned a lot about family names and history. Some places were scary to go into, but God watched over us and we never saw a snake. Wasps are worse than snakes anyway. I did this for about 15 years and the Genealogical Society published two books about my surveys ... Randolph County and Calhoun County, GA. The price of gas went too high to continue my hobby, so I stopped for about 15 years.


Then I discovered Find A Grave, which is a free web site where you can place a memorial of your family and a photo of your loved ones. Then I started keeping track of "my cemeteries" that I had taken surveys of, because many had never been published into a book. Being on the Internet has made them available to people free of charge. This is a valuable tool in research. People are seeing graves of loved ones that they will never travel to.


I have made a virtual cemetery of several classes of Albany High School's classmates that have passed away. They are on the RSS feeds on Google. You can see them by searching. Click and see photos of their graves. I know that there are many others that I have missed. Just let me know and I will add them to my cemetery.


This has been a wonderful hobby that I do, not for money, but for posterity.  To remember the ones who have gone on before us. This is my legacy."


Welcome Brenda Arnett Darbyshire and Happy Birthday!



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*** ISIS! 


Heard a blurb on TV this week concerning a free app ... ISIS ... which claims to protect you from experiences like customers had at Target, Neiman Marcus, and others recently experienced.  So I went to my Verizon store and asked about it.  The young man was very helpful - loaded the ISIS app for me.  Told me one of my credit cards would work - the other wouldn't; but that other cards would not be far behind. This app is for Droids.  I have the app - but have not used my card to make a purchase.  It is going to be a while before places like grocery stores catch up with the latest.  If you are interested in more info ... their website is below:

Click here: Pay with your phone | Isis Mobile Wallet®



 Tribe Notes …



*** I lived at the last house on the end of 7th Avenue. Mayor Taxi Smith lived across the street.  Do you remember that Victoria Principal lived across the street from me on Edgewood?  Vicki, as I knew her then, was about two years old! Her dad was stationed at Turner AFB. His name was Vic. Mother was Ree. I think she was the "Dallas" Victoria you remember. She currently does infomercials for cosmetics on cable tv.  They lived on Edgewood at the intersection with the end of 7th.


Also, Ray Stevens (Ragsdale) was our neighbor too!

~ Tom Robinson (’61)


*** As an answer to Tom Robinson ('61) regarding the whereabouts of Day; She and her son David now live in Apalachicola, FL, and I believe she is in the real estate sales business.  She was a neighbor when we lived on Pineknoll Ave and she later moved over to a home on the other side of Lake Loretta.


My wife and I moved to Jacksonville, FL in 2006, and we get occasional E-mails from her, but I have lost her E-mail address. Sorry.

~  Ernie Fordham (’61)


*** Hi Guys - spent a long time on Tommy Tarpley's ('52) website - (with all his dogs & cats, think he should have been a Vet instead of a famous dentist!!!!!!!!!!!!!).


Anyway, I found this link - just thought you'd enjoy all these great pics of our 50th reunion!!!!!!!!  So many have passed...

Click here: AHS-RENUION-1


Also … was just on AHS Times - checked out classes of  '52 & '53...........everything's still there! ! .......... Fondly,

~ Annelle Stem Griffin (’52)


*** SO happy to read that Charles Johnson ('54) has made such a success of his life. I knew he would, but wasn't sure how until I read the article on his photography, etc. Congrats to a former classmate

~ Peggy Jo Irwin Davis '54


*** Found this recently class picture of Miss Hall's 6th grade at Northside - 1961.


  click to enlarge


I'm holding the plaque in front.  I left Albany in 1967 as a junior at AHS. My family moved to Opelika AL in the summer of 1966 so I would have been in that class. I still keep up with some of my classmates. I was in the AHS marching band as a sophomore in 1965 and 1966.
~ Steve Penland ('68) - Opelika AL.


*** Email to Joe Camp:

Here is a picture, sent by Jay Beck, of COACH B. D. LEE whom you are featuring in your book regarding his WAR SERVICE, with his 1935 Albany GA AHS Basketball Team which finally won the GA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!!  He won 8 or 9 Regionals but only this one State Tournament.  When you publish your book, I am sure Albany High School would be in interested in getting a copy for their collection... If I am available you can bill me as a donor.  


NOTE: Joe Camp, the writer and publisher, is still working on the B. D. LEE book.

~ Chet Green (‘33)


*** Thank you so much for letting me share my homemade decorations with our classmates. I have been doing this for over 20 years and I'm not sure if I will put them up again next year. I have an 8' x 4' Christmas Card that I made and put on the point of the yard and a real Christmas Tree with lights. The whole yard is lit up at night! Has been fun for me. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Love,

~ Aloha Mallard Saye ('47)


*** Jerry Lawson is a member of Albany 1960 Class. His old email address is no longer in business.  Please make this change. Thank you for your future emails about the news and business of reunions.

~ Jerry Lawson ('60)


*** We have not been getting any of the Albany high times since we changed our e-mail address. Please make this change. 


~ Hugh Mitchell (’64)


*** Please include me on your e-mail listing for the monthly Albany High Times newspaper. I have missed it since your November computer crash. My particulars are: Wayne L Gillstrap, Class of 1964, residency: Milan, Italy. Thank-You
~ Wayne L Gillstrap ('64)


*** Did you ever recover the file on your hard drive after the crash? I was going to offer my services if you were still needing to have the HD recovered. Thank you and Have a Bless Day,
~ Michael K. Blewett (’60)


NOTES:  Many thanks to Michael!  I lost my computer but did have backups on my external drive.  My problems now are a new computer who is not fond of my “old” website program!  But I believe I am close to a solution. If this newsletter is published on the Internet this time … then I will have FINALLY reached my goal … getting back to normal!


*** For some reason I am no longer getting the monthly notices and updates. Have I dropped off the contact list. If so please reinstate me. Thanks.

~ Barbara Gene Murphy Stough (’61)


*** "Miss Albany 1957" picture from Barbara Able Burton (’57):


Click to enlarge

L-R: Barbara Able ('57), Marty McBeth ('56), Dorothy Ward ('56), ?, and ...

Ruth Sasser ('57), Miss Albany 1956!


Barbara writes: In 1957, Maureene Bass ('55) won Miss Macon. She was runner up in the Miss Georgia pageant.


In 1958 the Miss Albany contest was again held in the AHS school auditorium by the Jaycees. Maureene Bass ('55) won Miss Albany, and Barbara Bennett ('57) Pippin was first runner up.  Believe Sally Hutchinson placed third.


Another Winner!


As a young child Maryanna Hazelton was adopted by her uncle and aunt after her concert pianist mother passed. Their daughter, Darlene, and Maryanna were the same age and raised as sisters. They were in my class at Palmyra for the 4th and 5th grades. Both were good friends with Sandra Boger Steadman, Karen Robinson Aycock, and me.  Maryanna could play anything from music or by ear at age nine, maybe sooner. I particularly liked Claire de Lune and Liebestraum. The family moved to Tulsa in the summer before 6th grade. Maryanna was taken out to the University of Tulsa to study piano further but Mr. and Mrs. Hazelton were told there was nothing more anyone could teach the child. She became soloist w/ the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra instead. For either '59 or '60 Maryanna became Miss Oklahoma. She won the talent competition in the Miss America Pageant. What the judges probably didn't know was that she was already that good at least by at least age nine!


All of us were sick over losing Maryanna to Oklahoma, but we had a wonderful surprise moving to Albany, and into our sixth grade. It was a skinny kid with a mouth full of braces and rubber bands, fine brown hair that was always in his eyes, who gifted Palmyra with boogie woogie! Ray Ragsdale was a wonderful gift that has kept on giving to all of us as Ray Stevens!!!


*** You might enjoy these pictures that Bobby Urkhart sent me from the 50th year class reunion. Ray Stevens (Ragsdale) played at the reunion. The second picture is of Ray and Barbara Able (don't know her married name).

~ Jim Richter (’57)

NOTE:  Those pictures are also posted on the 1957 Reunion page! Click here: Class of 1957 The classes of 1956 and 1958 were also invited.


**** We have anew email address. We are no longer using our land line phone.

~ Susan Simmon’s Smith (’58)


*** Please change my email address.

~ Lynne Moore Hudson (60)


*** My husband, Harold Holiman, passed away in July, 2013. We came to all the Class of '57 reunions except the 10th. He always enjoyed the reunions and knew about as many of my classmates as I did. He quickly grew to love Radium as much as I and was just as much unhappy when it was torn down. We just could not believe that happened. He also became a fast fan of Ray Ragsdale Stevens. We made it to Biloxi to see him two years ago.

He said AHS had better reunions than his HS, Greenville High, Greenville, MS, which was also home of Greenville AFB.  GHS could have been designed by the same architect as AHS. Greenville resembled Albany in many ways but was about half the size.

Greenville AFB closed about 1965. I gave myself flying lessons for Christmas in 1975 and had my license before Christmas 1976, learning to fly at GAFB, then the municipal airport. When we moved to La Fayette, GA in 1990, I was chairman of the G'vl Airport Commission, and was the first woman to serve on the commission. That was one of the things that I regretted most about relocating.

Thanks for all that you do, the hard work and the frustrations!

~ Class of '57, Carolyn Vaughan Holiman


*** Just want you to know that my sister, Barbara Hill Bell, died on Sunday. I believe she was AHS Class of 1944 or 1945 (during the time that there were only 11 grades). There will be a service at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Thursday at 3 pm with visitation at 2 pm.

~ Gene McCall (’56)


*** Barbara Hill Bell  was definitely in the AHS Class of 1946, wasn’t she?

~ Evelyn Butler Clifton ('50)


*** I dislike being the bearer of sad news & have not seen the obits, but I have seen messages indicating that we lost two more Indians this past week...............Helen Pafford Bennett (Class of '62) and Bobby Erkhart (Class of '58).

~ Ernest Sutton (’61)


*** I am so sorry to learn of Bobby Erkhart's death. It seems as if our class has lost an inordinate number of its members in 2013. I am so glad that you posted those photos of y'all at Durward's funeral along with info about Bobby. I really didn't know him well, but he seemed like a really good guy. Thank you for all that you do to keep us all connected.

~ Joanne Simmons Smith (’58)


*** Thank you.  You are so good to keep everyone informed. I don't know how you do it, you need a Personal Asst.! Sincere thanks, you keep a lot of balls in the air with all of these classes.

~ Jeanelle Wiggins (’58)


*** It was my pleasure to meet you and to express my appreciation for all the work you put into the newsletter which I enjoy so much.   It was good to reunite with your husband, Tommy (Herrington - '56). Where did all the years go since we were rolling our (Albany Herald) newspapers behind the Arctic Bear?

~ Ernest  Hall (’58)


 *** I asked several people if they could point you out at Bobby Erkhart’s funeral, as I wanted to say hello, but nobody that I asked knew you.  My niece and her husband came from Albany.


I was in the Class of 57.  Wish I was 10 years younger!  If I remember correctly, you were in the class of '55 and Tom was in the class of '56. I finished grades 11 & 12 in California and went to UCLA graduating in the class of '63.


I hadn't seen Bobby's brother, Ronnie Flowers, for a long time and he was the only person there that I knew, other than my niece and her husband.


Bobby and I were very close until I moved away; but we reconnected 8 years ago when I moved to Peachtree City from Tempe Arizona after I sold my manufacturing company and construction business to be close to my daughter and her family.


Bobby was a special friend and my cousin and he will be sorely missed.

~ Jim Richter (57)


*** Re: Bobby Erkhart … I believe he may have been in the class of 1958 but I am not sure (obituary attached).

NOTE:  My apologies - I have lost the name of the Indian who submitted this.


*** Thank you. Wish we could have met also. Thank you for being there and for your condolences. Best regards,

~ Ronnie Flowers (’76)


*** Frances Sinback Campbell taught me  General Science my sophomore ... 1953-54.  In the '54 annual it also says Mathematics under her name.  She's in the '55 annual as Mrs. Cliff Campbell with on General Science listed.  I don't see her in any annuals after that.

~ Martha LeSueur Nicholson


*** I have been looking for Mr. Otto Beckham (Albany Junior High Band and Choral Director) for a long time. I have talked to people in Moultrie, GA and no one could remember him. I put into the search engine on the Internet: Albany Junior school Otto Beckham. Found his Obit in the Savannah paper. He was our band director in Junior High school.  He was a great person. His wife taught piano when they were in Albany. I took lessons from her for two years. Being left handed my left hand was terrible trying to learn. I did do a piano concert with her students one year. I played “Beautiful Dreamer.”


Thought you will be interested in his Obit: He passed away on 9/4/2000. Click here: Obituaries for Monday September 4, 2000 | savannahnow.com | Savannah Morning News


*** Just learned this morning that Joyce Kennedy, wife of Wayne Kennedy (Class of 55), has passed away. Joyce came with Wayne to our Class Reunions and everyone seemed to love her; so I thought others would want to know. The funeral is Saturday, Jan. 18, 10:30 AM, at Perry Funeral Chapel in Ashburn, GA. The visitation is today, Fri., Jan 17, at Perry Funeral Chapel.
~ Annette Butler Mitchell ('55)



50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ...


 Jim Richter, Class of 1957, and wife, Lois Moen, just celebrated their 51st anniversary! Lois graduated in 1957 from Airdrie High School, Alberta, Canda, and Holly Cross, Class of 1961. Lois graduated in 1957 from Airdrie High School, Alberta, Canada, and Holy Cross Class of 1961



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