02 2012



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 61st Edition ~ 2/13/2012


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







 Guess why this class is having another reunion?


Albany High School

Class of 1960


Because we just couldn't wait!


Classmates get out your calendars

and mark May 5, 2012 on it right now!

Class of 1960 (website) for more information


 *** Class of 1952 ***

60th Reunion

April 13-15, 2012


*** For complete plans and costs, plus a printable reservation sheet: Click here: '52 60th Reunion Reservation Form


Other classes are welcome by paid reservation


Merry Acres Motel & Conference Center

* Friday night fellowship @ poolside

* Saturday evening Dinner-Dance in Ballroom


Planning Committee: Don Bravaldo, Reba Willis Stewart, Margaret Landford Rowe, Jesse Way, Mary Ann Blackshear Oakes, and B.B. Rhodes



When we mailed our reunion info to our classmates, the following were returned.   Could anyone help us?

Last known address of -- Helen Glover Coley 13854 Lawther R. Hunterville, N.C. 28078, Donald Putnam 1271 Westover Trace NW, Acworth, Ga. 30102, Mariam Horne Moss, 121 Ga. Hy 95. N. Plaing, Ga., Vivian Jones Swaragin 2151 Rosier Rd, Augusta, Ga. 30906,  Celia Davis Rogers R3, Box 799 Georgetown, Ga. 31705, Barbara Moore 515 Pinebluff Rd. Albany, Ga. 31705,  Helen Darley Harrell 410 Holly Dr. Albany, Ga. 31705, Ann Adams Shiver 2210 W Doublegate Dr. Albany, Ga. 31701, Geneva Wright Jesup Ga. 31545, Nona Denan Hasting 8494 Philrose Dr. W, Jacksonville, Fl 32217,  Eudine Alice Howard Teele, 225 Enterprise St. Brunswick, Ga. 31525.


We have no address for the next group: Jean Allen, Henry Dougherty, Joanne Duke, Robert Frank, Robert Kalach, Elva Lewis, Karl Schilling

 *** Class of 1962 ***

2012 50th Reunion


Information is available on our web at



Friday, April 20

@ Shackleford House on Dawson Rd

Saturday, April 21

@ Doublegate Country Club

7:00 PM for both events


The Planning Committee is working! Monthly meetings will be held through April 2012. The meetings are open to all classmates and are held the second Thursday of each month.


The next reunion planning meeting will be Thursday, March 8, 2012, 6:00 PM at Sunset Grill We plan on dinner afterwards about 7:00 PM


Jonnie Holley-Douglas and Eleanor Simpson Banks are guiding us and keeping us organized.

Girls Luncheon

The Girls Luncheons are held quarterly

11:30 a.m. at the Sunset Grill.

Thursday Feb. 16, 2012

For reservations contact: Joann Roark Arneson or Carol Pate Stark at cpstark@att.net


*** Classes of 1972 ***


Albany High & Westover High

 Combined 40th Reunion

April 28, 2012


Please contact Susan Griffin at: griffin6999@bellsouth.net


*** Class of 1967 ***


45th Class Reunion

May 4th & 5th, 2012


Contact people are:

Mike Patterson (229) 420-8654 and

Ginger Myers (229) 432-2947


*** Class of 1957 ***


Our 55th Reunion

... is being re-scheduled for a later tentative date with up-dated information to be posted when available...it will NOT be held during the Memorial Day weekend.

Contact Jerry Brimberry:  jwbrim@bellsouth.net


*** Class of 1982 ***

(more info at Class of 1982 Website Link)


It’s here…. It’s time for

AHS Class of 82 30th Reunion


When: July 20-21st, 2012

Where: Merry Acres Event Center 1500 Dawson Rd, Albany GA

Time: 7:00pm each night

Cost: $55.00 per person for 2 nights


** Friday night is for AHS Class of 82 and guests

Snacks and beverages (sodas, beer, and wine) will be provided

**Saturday night is open to other AHS classes and our friends from other high schools. We will have a DJ, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar. Feel free to pass along information to friends you want to see again.

*** Class of 1956 ***


The Class of 1956 Planning Committee

met January 11, 2012

to discuss a "mini-reunion"

in the Spring of 2013!


We are thinking about a one night casual gathering at the pool area of Merry Acres similar to Friday night of the 55th Reunion.


*** We really hope to get more response from class members who aren’t able to attend the meetings.  All class members please send your thoughts on this plan, any suggestions you have, and your interest in attending to:

Leon Perrett, k4gcr@bellsouth.net


*** Class of 1983 ***


30th Reunion


Saturday, June 22, 2013

6:00 pm

Location: TBD



*** Are there additional upcoming reunions? Submit your information to:




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***  Several of our “earthlink” subscribers are bouncing.  Please remember to include Albany High Times in notifications of your new email address!


*** Betty Rehberg productions:

The Broad Avenue Memorial Bridge - Albany, GA and

Albany, Georgia Tornado of February 10 1940 - YouTube


*** Senior Jitterbug!  This is pure enjoyment while remembering " back when" ... and will put a smile on your face!!!

Click here for the senior Jitterbug


*** Fantastic.... gotta love it for the memories!!!
If you were alive in 1957, and old enough to enjoy Rock and Roll, you will probably remember the group, "The Diamonds" who had just launched their super hit "Little Darlin'. "  This should bring back a few memories. Ahhh yes, the good old days. I remember them well! 

In 1957, The Diamonds had a hit with "Little Darlin". 47 years later, they were requested to perform at Atlantic City . This link leads to both performances.

Watch the first one, then be sure to scroll down to second performance.

Two Performances - 47 Years Apart - The Diamonds

~ Tommy Herrington (’56)



Teachers Who Made a Difference



Hugh M. Mills, Jr.

AHS Teacher Extraordinaire and MORE!


by Jim/James Calhoun, Class of 1950


The Mills family has had a profound influence on the City of Albany, especially in the area of Education.  The stadium is named for Hugh M. Mills, Sr. for his dedication to the public schools in Albany, but also for years of contributions to the growth and culture of the city at large.


Those of us in the Class of 1950, and for a few years earlier, remember with great appreciation and affection, Hugh Mills, Jr.  He taught us History, but more importantly, he was an example for us in many ways. 


My father died when I was young, and Hugh Mills and Jack O’Brien were powerful male role models during those formative years at A.H.S.


Hugh went back to University of Georgia after our sophomore year to earn a doctorate and to pursue a distinguished career in the Georgia Dept. of Education.  His last assignment before retirement was to establish Gainesville College.  Like his father in Albany, the athletic field there was named after Hugh, Jr. 


I reconnected with Hugh over these last few years, and in one letter he wrote, “I am having a happy new year.  Most folks would not believe that I am a happy old 90 year old; but, thank the LORD.  I laugh far more than I cry.  Most people do not know what a blessing it is to have a LORD when you are old and live alone.  I am blessed!  Old teacher, Hugh.”


His method of discipline (which he stated would no longer be acceptable) was to call a “strike” on students for various infractions of the class room code.  “Mr. Calhoun you have struck out”, he would announce.   I then went forward to exchange swats with the next 3-strike culprit.  Ken Malone (a neighbor and “former” friend) and I arrived at the desk together.  I gave Ken a little swat, expecting the same in response.  Instead he lifted me into Lee County!  I never struck out again.


I believe that Hugh would love to hear from you if you knew him or if he was your teacher at AHS.  He has difficulty hearing so if you call, be prepared for that. 

Hugh M. Mills, Jr.


Gainesville College

3000 Moore-Mills Road

Gainesville GA  30507



Our gratitude is great for the Mills family, and especially for a teacher of such amazing character and ability!





I have found that most people who ever attended school in the Albany system, in the early years, are forever connected.  I have also believed that anyone who ever attended school with us, whether they made it across the stage to receive a diploma or not ... they are Indians forever - they belong to the Greater Tribe!


Elsie Jay Dunham last attended school in Albany at Palmyra Elementary School with the eventual Class of 1958!  She wrote some time ago wanting to connect with her friends from that special time in her life.  Much to her delight, she has made connections!  Recently she wrote to share about a very special project in which she and her husband are involved.  I wanted to share with you!


Elsie and Robert Carr


Elsie writes: "We have resided in St Augustine, Florida, the "Nation's Oldest City" for many years. Founded in 1565, the city was ready for urban renewal when the Pilgrims settled Plymouth Colony 55 years later in 1620.


The city's 450th Birthday Commemoration Celebrations will be held between 2013 through 2015. We have recently published a very quality, perfect-bound guidebook entitled


to Lodgings of St Augustine"

The guidebook features information on over 95% of all lodgings in the city and surrounding county. Each lodging has one-half page plus photo, and is written in an easy-to-read format. It is available either in printed form or by PDF through the web site at

www.lodgingsofstaugustine.com.  The information can be invaluable to those who are planning to visit St Augustine for the birthday festivities, or anytime.

~ Elsie Jay Dunham Carr






In an email from Andrea Cantrell Jones ('63), she shared news that she recently joined the Galloway Law Group, LLC in Atlanta GA!



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 AHS Class of 82 Homepage


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* AHS Class of 1969

* Albany High School Class of 1970

* Albany GA. Kids' of the 70's....

* (22) "FlING BACK TO SPRING" 70'S kIDS!

(check out beach party for the 70's Kids)

* Albany High School Class of 1974 Albany, GA

* Albany High School Grads 1976-1983

* Email for '71 FaceBook: ahsclass71.40th@groups.facebook.com


* AHS Class of 1983


ANY OTHER CLASSES to be listed?



Messages from FaceBook!!



submitted by Joanne Fitzgerald Gauntt

Class of 1949



 Jo's Kitchen - Food/Grocery - Albany, GA | Facebook


Most of us Albanians first became acquainted with the pungent taste of freshly grated horseradish back in the 1950’s. A half pint jar of horseradish, club crackers and pats of butter were the centerpiece of every table at the Victory Club, a plain, unadorned, undecorated place that attracted folks from far and wide with their delicious foods, specialties being steaks and broiled lobster tails. On a Saturday night you may find yourself sitting next to a neighbor, a stranger or the governor; no matter, the atmosphere was relaxed and the food good. We were all saddened when the building burned down in 1981 and never reopened. Soon after, Merry Acres Restaurant opened and lo and behold there was the famous pint jar of horseradish and cracker on every table. If you get a hankering to taste it again, you can find some freshly grated horseradish at Tommy Mac’s, in Albany's Lancaster Village.


Now, this has absolutely nothing to do with horseradish ... just remember God Loves You!

~ Joanne


Ben Swilley ('60):

Mrs. Ruby (Homer) Cain was 95 when she passed away December 19. She and her husband Homer owned and operated one of the great mom and pop grocery stores we grew up with in the 40's and 50's. Cain's Grocery was down on Highland (now Mitchell) in the Four Points area. They had two sons, Clayton and Jimmy. Clayton was married to Delora Leming, who was Mr. and Mrs. Dan Leming's daughter. They owned and operated Lemings' restaurant at Four Points for years and years.


Pat Shays (’56): I have already enjoyed reading News and Clues this morning! (a month ago)!


Ben Swilley (’60): Enjoyed latest issue of News and Clues. Thanks to the indefatigable Beverly Smith Herrington. Thanks for all you do.


Faye McFee Cook ('55): Just reporting the death of Irene Stripling Hubble Davis in Perry, GA yesterday. She was the mother of Iris Hubble Tedders (AHS class of 1957), who is married to Louis Tedders (AHS class of 1953). Irene Davis was 100 yrs. old.





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thanks –

~ Claire Leavy, Westover High, Class of 1970.


Note: Indians, Patriots and Trojans are having great reunions together.  We welcome them to the Albany High Times!


*** Hi, I graduated in the Class of 1963. I would like to receive the newsletter. TX.

~ Andrea Cantrell Jones


*** Please add Barbra Baxley Mebane to Albany High Times.  She is Class of 1965.

~  James Rigsby (’61)


***  Terri Trogdon Morey, Class of 1984


*** Please add Gary M. (Mickey) Kato to the list of the Class of 1974. Thanks!!!

~ LaVerne Kato Croft (Mother) Class of '54


*** In communicating with Frances Weathers Hartis ('57) she has shared her e-mail address.  She recently treated herself to an I-Pad and has been enjoying sending and receiving e-mails ever since!

~ Mariellen Johnson Bateman (’57)


*** Please include me on your list.  Thanks,

~ Jimmy Bence, Class of 1964





50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ...


 Walter and Sue Burnett, AHS '55, celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary Feb.11th 2012!


  John ('47) and Nettawyl ('52) Oliver Davis will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 16, 2012.


Send your 50th anniversaries and over, to albanyhightimes@aol.com




YOU ASKED … ? ? ?


? ~ Have you heard anything about Edgar Prichett?  I heard he has passed away.

~ James Rigsby (’61)



New Additions to our Website



*** David Sherman, Class of 1961, forwarded some wonderful pictures that have been added to the “Landmarks” section of Albany High Times.  I loved his comment, and I think you’ll agree, “… Aren't our memories of those times growing up down there great!”  David has shared pictures of Washington Street and Iris Court.  They can be found at Click here: Landmarks.


Other pics have been added to:  Misc Sports Pics football pictures of Bobby Russ ('52) and Mack Garrett ('53).







William ‘Bill” Creech 

wins Chamber Award


Class of 1957


Personally and professionally, William “Bill” Creech teaches how to live graciously and in harmony through leading by his own example.

Creech, retired agent with Allstate Insurance, received the Robert W. Varnell, Jr. Leadership Award during awards presentations at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce.

Named for the late Robert W. Varnell Jr., the award recognizes outstanding community leadership and is one of the top honors presented annually by the Chamber of Commerce.

Creech has played an active leadership role in the community since he and his family moved here more than 40 years ago.

You will want to read more about this amazing Indian at:
Cleveland Daily Banner - Wright Creech win Chamber awards


NOTE: Two classmates of “Billy” submitted this story: Harold Carter and Henry Duggan!



Mary Alice Connell King

Class of 1960


In Naples she is known by her married name, Lacey King. Her classmates will remember her as Mary Alice Connell.



In 2010 she was named one of the 10 outstanding Women of Initiative for philanthropy for Naples, Florida and was profiled on the cover of eBella Magazine in an article entitled Witness to History!


That article begins with these words "Diplomat, Author, Volunteer … Lacey King has been a witness to history.  The attractive and petite blonde with a Southern lilt, made a career in the U.S. Diplomatic Corps, where she was assigned to postings in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, getting a front row view of events such as Cold War negotiations between East and West Germany and the Sinai Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel.


Growing up in the small town of Albany, Georgia – the ninth of eleven children ...

Connell Sisters!

Helen Connell Cutchens, Dot Connell Tomberlin (Class of 56), Barbara Connell Sims, Lacey Connell King (Class of 60), Vera Connell Johnston, Judith Connell Pless (Class of 63), and LaVerne Connell Pope (Class of 59)

... young Lacey dreamed of traveling the world after hearing the stories of an older cousin who was a member of the Foreign Service and lived in the Philippines …"


Trust me, you will want to read the rest of her story, which reads like a novel!  (Read the full article at Click here: Mary Alice Connell, Class of 1960)


And there's more .... recently Lacy, using her married name Mary King, has written another important chapter in her life!  In a February 8, 2012, press release, the headline reads:


Freedom Crosses Starts Movement to Restore America’s Christian Values…One Cross at a Time

Naples, FL — February 8, 2012Freedom Crosses Founder and President Mary King, a former member of the United States Diplomatic Corps, is a woman on a mission. Her mission is to inspire Christians throughout the United States to join together in proclaiming a return to the principles of the founding fathers and the Christian values that have made this country great for more than 200 years…one cross at a time.


“I am a Christian and a patriot, and I have become increasingly alarmed at the disappearance of Christian symbols in today’s culture,” notes King. “I believe patriots and Christians must join together in taking a stand for America.” 


"I set about developing Freedom Crosses USA to spread the powerful statement made by the people of Frankenmuth, Michigan, and to provide a way for Christians to put God back into America by placing on their private property a cross engraved with the words IN GOD WE TRUST for the whole world to see.  This would send a profound, peaceful message while promoting unity among Christians. My vision is to see Freedom Crosses sweep across America in a nationwide movement that reinforces the American values and Christian principles on which this great nation was founded.”  


Click here for the rest of her inspiring press release (Freedom Crosses USA)!



You will want to visit her website! www.FreedomCrossesUSA.com


Mary Alice encourages emails at: info@freedomcrossesusa.com



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Please sign the petition below to save our old bridge. ANYONE, regardless of WHERE they live, may sign! You do not have to live in Albany or even in Georgia to sign.  Save Albany's Historic Broad Avenue Memorial Bridge.  The petition reads: "We, the undersigned, believe that a restored and pedestrian-oriented re-use of the Broad Avenue Memorial Bridge is crucial to the successful renewal."

Betty Rehberg, Class of 1974, saw a need and came to the rescue of the historical bridge. She used her popular Vintage Albany Georgia to reach out to her many members for help. Read about the growing movement posted  below and see the growing number who are signing the petition.

Click here: Broad Bridge Facebook group grows - Live, Local, Late Breaking news, weather, and sports


 Albany Herald Articles

From: Martha LeSueur Nicholson


Here are links to articles in the Herald about ....
Albany Herald | Bridge to be decommissioned Saturday
It will also be one of the last performances of the local Marine Corps Band which is being axed after 22 years of outstanding service.
Albany Herald | Cuts force Corps to deactivate MCLB Band
Albany Herald | Albany Marine Band farewell concert set



Nominations Needed for

Albany Sports Hall of Fame

B.B. Rhodes ('52) reports that, "Athletes can nominate themselves or someone else may do it."  Resumés can be turned in to either B.B .Rhodes by calling (229) 436-2305, Albany HOF secretary Sonya Spillers by calling (229) 431-1264 or Dougherty County A.D. Johnny Seabrooks at (229) 431-3308.

Some of the information needed about the person: his/her high school accomplishments, college, professional and info on the person's character and community involvement. The nominee can also be someone who has coached, supported athletics or been involved in athletics as a Doctor, Sports writer, etc.

More information on Albany Sports Hall of Fame or AARC Home Page.



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*** I have a little trivia to share, altho it did mean a lot to me. When we were in Jr High one of our classmates and I got into an altercation in the lunch line one day and he slapped me. My Hero stepped up and took up for me. We never dated and our friendship was just a “hi” in passing in the hallway; but I have never forgotten him. This is a long overdue “Thank You” to My Hero!!

~ Peggy Robinson Placnik (’55)


*** Thank you once again for your interesting and timely issue of the Albany High Times. Great work! 


May I say a good work about Andrew Parker who died not long ago. Andy went into the Methodist Ministry from Avalon Methodist Church and had a great career as a gifted preacher. And, I remember with pleasure his sister, Ann. She tried her best to keep him from doing crazy things. He was a really good comic. Ha!

~ Charles H. Thompson, Class of ‘54


*** Hey Atlanta!  Join "Banks & Shane" as we take the stage at T.J.'s this Saturday, Feb. 18.  Many of you have been a wonderful part of our lives for almost 40 years now... so let's "keep 'er going" ... good times, good friends, and good music!  The show starts at 8:30 pm. 

Call 770-552-7700  to make your reservations ... it's gonna be a blast and we want you to be there!

~ Bank Burgess ('67)

*** Elsie Jay Dunham Carr here. I attended Palmyra Elementary School in the late 1940s. I had contacted you earlier this year (I think it was, maybe even before that time), and you were kind enough to publish my entire e-mail...and lo and behold, I have made several wonderful contacts who were my good friends! Thank you so much for being so helpful.


Today I am contacting you for two reasons: the first is that I have found three items from Maude Murphy's dance studio, in a box of "stuff." There is one photo from two recitals, one August 1949, the other probably earlier than that, however I can't read the entire date: April 194? I also have a printed program from the "Spring Dance Revue," April 21st, but no year on it. If anyone would like copies, I can scan and send on.  Barbara Able - one year older than I - used to play piano at Mrs Murphy's, to substitute, I think

I sure do hope to get up to Albany sometime - would love to attend a get-together of "kids" who had gone to Palmyra the same time I did, and remember me.


~ Elsie Jay Dunham Carr ('58)


*** On a recent trip from Lawrenceville to Albany, primarily for the funeral of Marie Moseley-Arnold, my husband, Tommy (Herrington ’56) drove my sister, Sharon Smith Spies (’58), and me, and dropped us off at St. Paul’s.  Tommy then drove to Magistrate’s Court where he was helped by … Susan Griffin, Class of 1972!  When Susan mentioned a combined Albany and Westover reunion, Tommy immediately repaid her kindnesses to him by offering to bring the information back to be placed in the “News & Clues”! 


I  noticed 1972 did not have a webpage … so a page was created for them with the reunion info posted!

~ Beverly Smith Herrington (’55)


*** I just signed the petition "Save Albany's Historic Broad Avenue Memorial Bridge" and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name? Environment Petition: Save Albany's Historic Broad Avenue Memorial Bridge | Change.org

~ Jonnie Holley Douglas (’62)


*** At nearly 63 years of age it makes me feel good to know that my "majority" still has "lots of time". I really enjoy reading your publication. As a kid I went with my sister Sylvia Lewis ('56) nearly everywhere. On dates, to AHS activities, Pig & Whistle, Royal Drug Store ete, etc. Albany High Times brings back lots of memories. Thanks for publishing the reunion notice for the Class of '67. I will follow up with any additional info. I found out yesterday that a web site is "in the works". My generation is in that group that is still not exactly sure what the "World Wide Web' is all about!  Keep up the good work and I still want to be a sponsor!!! Respectfully,

~ Bo Lewis, ret. (’67)


*** Thank you for referring my questions to Ralph Calhoun ('47).  He has been a lot of help - not for finding info about my uncle Lawrence Edward Shular - but for the fact that we have discovered a lot of family connections .... Calhoun, Carter, Clemson, Prestwood just to name a few.

Ralph explained that he is not into genealogy, but he has been kind enough to help me out with a means to connect his family to mine - even if distant.

You were very kind to me and I appreciate you very much. If there is anything I can help you with I would be delighted to give it a try. It is unfortunate that my father has Alzheimer's and is totally unable to assist me with anything.  Best wishes to you,
~ Mary Shular Hopper


***  Susan Powell and the Chix of ’66 Cruise have done it again!  Their second cruise since 2008!  How rich are these girls ... about 25 classmates - not in money - but in such rich friendships!



*** Thank you for all that you do for all of us alums of Albany High. The unity that you have created among us is extraordinary. I know that you put a lot of effort into the newsletter, and I want you to know how much it is appreciated.

~ Mary Alice Connelly King (’60)


*** Dear Beverly, I was finally able to get News & Clues to come up. I panic when I can't get it. It is something I do or don't do!  Do keep up with the wonderful work you do. We all love you for it.

~ Aloha Mallard Saye, Class of 1947


*** Don Braswell (’55) talked to Coach Bernie Reid during Christmas. Coach is still living alone and waiting on his personal trainer to call!  Don said this is just like Coach Reid!

~ Margaret Braswell, wife of Don


*** Please change my e-mail address.

~ Willis R. Ball, Class of '56


*** Got a new e-mail address!

~ Carolyn Schraeder (53) Unruh


*** I want to thank you for your hard work on behalf of our alumni; I will keep the same email for awhile.

~ Ruth Russell-Stern, Ph.D.


*** I have many pictures of my mother’s (Sally May Calhoun) fourth grade classes for many years.  Does Albany have a museum that might be interested in them. I think there are too many to run in the Albany High Times.

~ Ralph Calhoun (’47)

NOTE:  I would love to have them!


*** Regarding the “extra” Smoke Signals email: "Not a bother at all when some items of such important need to be addressed. Thanks for keeping on top of things for us."

~ Cathy Holt Norton (’52)


*** Hi gang!  Called Ray (Ragsdale) Stevens today and wished him happy 73rd birthday. He said to say "hey to all" and to tell them to keep humming e flat!  Whatever that means!

~ Bob Duggleby (’56)


*** Please change email address for Barbara Bennett Pippen (’57).


*** Thank you once again for your interesting and timely issue of the Albany High Times. Great work! May I say a good work about Andrew Parker ('60)who died not long ago. Andy went into the Methodist Ministry from Avalon Methodist Church and had a great career as a gifted preacher. And, I remember with pleasure his sister, Ann. She tried her best to keep him from doing crazy things. He was a really good comic. Ha!

~ Charles H. Thompson, Class of ‘54


*** It's always so good to get the Albany High Times. You do such a great job.

I've been meaning to give you the known obituaries from the Class of 1983. Here they are:

Ray Belk, Mel Craft, Anthony Daniels, Scotty Hughes, Toby Melvin, Ruby Peterson, Carl Roos, Leroy Solomon, Theon Tanner, Lucious Wilford.

Thank you again for all you do. Take care,

~ David Golden (Class of '83)


*** Just wanted to find a place to make sure those classmates who didn’t stay in the Albany area or keep up with the local music scene would know that our classmate, David Thomas, Class of 1984 passed away this week. Mathews Funeral Home is handling the arrangements and there is a benefit concert being held to help out his family with expenses. David was always in my homeroom.

~ Terri Trogdon Morey, Class of 1984


*** Thank you. I was just about to email Frances Weathers Hartis ('57), but preferred to send a card. You provided just what was needed.

~ Ruth Sasser Garrison ('57)


*** I appreciate your efforts today on behalf of Frances Weathers Hartis ('57) to report the news of her great loss.  Thanks,

 ~ Mariellen Johnson Bateman (’57)



Muriel "Mimi" Bland Newcomb

"Quite a Gal!"

June 24, 1921 - January 22, 2012



Muriel Bland Pace Newcomb, 90, died January 22, 2012 at her residence. She was born in Albany, GA on June 24, 1921 and was known to all as Mimi. She graduated from Albany High School, where she was a cheerleader. Mimi attended Gulf Park College and earned a degree in journalism from the University of Kentucky.

At age 14 Mimi began flying lessons and earned her pilot's license at age 16. She enjoyed being a Barn Storming Pilot and was the first person to ever land an airplane on the runway at Albany's McAfee Air Terminal.

Mimi attended Laurel Falls Camp for Girls in the Mountain, where she became a counselor, and met her mentor author Lillian Smith for whom she proofed books. Mimi was one of the camp participants in the documentary Miss Lil's Camp.

On July 7, 1942 Mimi married Robert D. (Bob) Newcomb from Iowa, who was then stationed at Turner Field. While Bob was on a tour of duty they purchased what became known as Newcomb Mayflower Moving Storage and Antiques. Mimi was the office manager until they sold the business in 1983.

Mimi was a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames in the State of Georgia, The Junior League of Albany and an altar guild member at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, where she was a lifelong member. Mimi was also a founding member of The Mondays. Per Mimi's request may it be known she never held an elected position.


In Memoriam ...

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



*** Patricia (Patsy) Frazier-LaMar, Class of 1962


*** Marie Moseley-Arnold, Class of 1962; sister of Carol Moseley Mock (’58)


*** Jim Hartis, husband of Frances Weathers Hartis, Class of 1957


*** Mary Jo Poulsen McKnight, Class of 1982


*** David Wyatt Thomas, Class of 1984


*** Betty Von Gimmecke McGraw, Class of 1962 died October 6, 2011,


*** Doris Terrell Johnson, Class of 1941


*** Muriel “Mimi” Bland Pace Newcomb, June 24, 1921 - January 22, 2012


*** Irene Stripling Hubble Davis, mother of Iris Hubble Tedders, AHS Class of 1957, who is married to Louis Tedders, AHS Class of 1953.


Note: Notices and/or obituaries are sent to the deceased’s class, plus the classes of the spouse, child, or close relative, as soon as possible. Each is then listed on the “Our Deceased” webpage (if the class has submitted a list) and also in the News & Clues at month’s end.


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