02 2016



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

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

 109th Edition ~  02/22/2016

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

Just wanted y'all to be aware that the issues you may notice on Albany High Times are caused by a conflict of the outdated Times' web program and today's modern host servers. This is causing problems with placement, spacing, color selections, etc. There will even come a time when the publishing host will no longer be able to publish the Albany High Times. Drives me crazy! Sadly it tells us that the Albany High Times will not last forever as it is now, unless there is another Indian who is adept at taking an old web program housing nearly 500 pages and is willing to convert it into a new web program. Don't even know if that is possible ~ BSH


It All Began Here ...

  Charles "Charlie" Stewart, Class of 1955, was the impetus behind the birth of the Albany High Times!  That fact never leaves my mind; however,  my intention was to create a website for our upcoming 50th Reunion for the Class of 1955.  But when Charlie snail-mailed an article from a magazine telling of the probable demise of Radium Springs' Casino as well as our beloved Pavilion, I quickly typed the article and emailed it to my class as well as to my friend, Tommy "Tap" Pattison ('54)The return feedback was HOT!  Indians began emailing their memories of Radium!  Then Tap sent me the emails of his classmates, and they not only sent memories, but passed on the article to other friends.  Soon I was overwhelmed by emails to answer and forward.  My solution was to create a small website in 2002 within my personal website to post the Radium memories.  I don't even remember how that morphed into the full-fledged website I named Albany High Times, but the amazing thing is ... the addressbook grew, and never stopped ... and now houses classes from 1933 through the 1980's, with a few in the 90's and early 2,000's! 


A couple of weeks ago, I heard from Charlie Stewart again! He had found ANOTHER article about Radium!! This time from an old favorite ... the Reader's Digest ... in the contest, "Extraordinary America"!!! 

The entry was 1st runner-up! E



My family immigrated to Georgia from Germany when I was a teenager. One of the most serene places I’ve found here is the cool-water Radium Springs. It used to be a casino resort before floods destroyed it in 1994. Now you can see where the river runs through it, and it takes your breath away. I’ve spent summer days on the deck here, contemplating how grateful I am to live in Georgia.

—Caroline Milam, 48, Canton, Georgia









*** Class of 1956 ***

 60th Reunion

April 1-2, 2016

@ Merry Acres Poolside and Event Center


We have over 85 classmates and guests coming to the reunion and more expected!


We will gather at the poolside on Friday evening to enjoy catching up on the last 5 years. A cash bar will be available and heavy hors d’oeurves will be served during the evening. Saturday night we will gather in the Event Center’s Plantation Room where, in addition to the cash bar, six food stations will be set up by Lynn Ranew Mertins with delicious varieties for your dining pleasure. 

We are looking forward to seeing you there, but if you will not be able to attend, please send any changes in your contact information for our class directory to Leon Perrett: phone 229-435-9634 or email k4gcr@bellsouth.net 


Print copies of the updated directory will be available at the reunion. Free digital copies can be emailed, or print copies mailed for a small fee.


Class pictures will be made Saturday night by Gordon Kilgore. These can be sent by email for you to send to the printer of your choice, or printed and mailed for a fee. Contact Leon for details on print directories or pictures.



*** Class of 1961 ***

FaceBook: Click here: (88) Albany High Class of 1961 


 *** Class of 1962 ***


Next Girl's Luncheon! 

March 10th, at 11:30 am

@ the home of Joann Roark Arneson

Bring something delicious!

Contact: Joann Roark Arneson (jprarneson@aol.com)

*** See other luncheons and pics at: Click here: '62 Girls' Luncheons http://albanyhightimes.com/'62%20girls'_luncheons.htm

*** See our 70th Birthday Pictures ...





You can check out suggestions from other class reunions for your venues, caterers, 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!

ALSO ... Looking for LOST CLASSMATES? 

This page might be of help ...

Click here: Lost Classmates? How to Find 


*** Indian Interests***

Life lessons learned from a special lady ...

Peggy Forehand Pritchett



Class of 1962



I and hundreds if not thousands of other women who grew up in Albany mourn the recent passing of Mrs. Peggy Forehand Pritchett.


In 1948, I was 4 years old and in Miss Peggy’s very first dancing class. In the beginning, Miss Ivey played the piano, Miss Jo collected the money and Peggy’s mother, Mrs. Forehand, made the brown paper (or were they newsprint?) patterns our mothers followed to sew our costumes. When I was a teenager Dr. Forehand treated me when I pulled a muscle because I didn’t warm up and kicked too high.


How much richer my life has been because Miss Peggy was my mentor, my role model, my idol, and my friend. Here are some of the life lessons I learned from 14 years under her spell:

1. If you’re on the first row, you have to know the steps.

2. If you’re on the second row, you don’t have to think to keep in step with everybody else.

3. Smile and act like you’re having fun, and the audience will think you’re great and have fun, too.

4. Smile and look like you know what you’re doing and if you forget the steps or stumble, most people won’t notice.

5. Dancing solo means you don’t have to share the stage, audience or applause (or responsibility or blame).

6. You don’t learn anything staring at yourself in the mirrors.

7. Some people just weren’t made to bend over backwards.

8. Some people just weren’t meant to be on their toes.

9. Sometimes the best view of the stage is from the wings.

10. Some people get shiny red and white Chevy convertibles in high school, but you probably won’t be one of them.

11. If you really want to help out in a pinch, just look around and see what needs to be done and do it. Don’t whine or ask questions.

12. If you plan to have an interesting, creative life, you’d better marry someone who never sees a mess. (Peggy’s living room and dining room were a confusion of costumes, props, tapes and notes. She told me, “Jimmy never sees a mess.”)

13. When someone who loves you makes your costumes they fit better.

14. If it sounds like an interesting challenge, say yes and worry about how to do it later.

15. The worst thing that can happen to you if you ask someone to do something is that they might say no. Often, they will be so stunned by the request that they will say yes. (Over the years I have organized a lot of projects for non-profits, and sometimes I’ve seen a look on the face of someone I enlisted that said, “Why am I doing this? Why am I here?” Questions I asked myself when Peggy recruited me one summer to teach water ballet at Tift Park Pool — when rehearsals ran late and I found myself cutting up salad for a dinner party with her 5-year-old daughter, Paige, standing on a stool next to me at the kitchen sink; when I danced at the Municipal Auditorium with little girls that hardly came up to my arm pits, in a costume that wouldn’t zip, because somebody in their class threw up backstage and there was a gap on the front row.)

16. Always give more than you ask for: Peggy devoted many after-hours to coaching and polishing — helping me prepare a dance for this civic club program or that pageant or … For example, she taught me a stop-time number for eighth-grade assembly that so wowed my fellow Albany Junior High students they voted me both March of Dimes Queen and May Day Queen that year.


I love Miss Peggy and forever hold her close in my heart.


***Jeanie Cross Allen, of Augusta, has been employed with Georgia Public Broadcasting for 30 years. A former Albany resident, she was Miss Albany and Miss Georgia in 1962, and a finalist in the Miss America Pageant. A University of Georgia graduate, she has served in numerous arts, cultural, and social services boards and has organized a number of events, including her favorite — chairing the 1994 World Canals Conference. She and her husband, Richard, have six children and nine grandchildren.



~ CLUES!!! ~ 


***  Sent by Catherine Holt Norton, Class of 1952!

 Lost Words from our childhood: Words gone as fast as the buggy whip! Sad really!

The other day a not so elderly (65) lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy and he looked at her quizzically and said, "what the heck is a Jalopy?"

OMG (new phrase!) he never heard of the word "jalopy"!! So they went to the computer and pulled up a picture from the movie "The Grapes of Wrath." 

Now that was a Jalopy!  She knew she was old but not that old ...

I hope you are "Hunky Dory" after you read the article below and chuckle...

by Richard Lederer






50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ... 



  None submitted this month


Send your 50th Anniversaries and beyond

to albanyhightimes@aol.com





? ~ Does anyone know if Lou Williams is still alive ? I believe she graduated around 1960 or 1961. If alive, where does she live? Thank you!

~ Dan McIntyre © 770-310-5774

1677 Terrell Ridge Drive Marietta, Ga. 30067

? ~ I wonder if you might know of someone in Albany that might want to acquire an AHS annual from  1917.  It was my grandfather's and I treasure it but would like to see it preserved for Albany history in a better manner than in my basement in a box.  I'm not interested in selling it but would like to donate it. Thanks,

~  Connie Cannon Flowers, Class of 1964



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


*** James Russell Medlin, Sr., Class of 1954; husband of Toby Turner ('59), father of Stephanie Medlin Franks ('77) and brother of Roy Medlin ('58)
*** Audrey Futrill Nichols, Class of 1955

*** Christine McCamy Wrenn, Class of 1939

***  Annette Tucker Miles, 86 … class unknown

*** Warren Lee English,  Sr., Class of 1957; brother of Robert English ('54)

*** Mizelle Pritchard Murphy, Class of 1952, wife of wife of Melvin Murphy, Class of  1948

*** Mary Dean Horne Stokes, Class of 1952

*** John F. Sedberry, Class of 1963; brother of Mark Sedberry and Dianne Sedberry Savelle

*** W. Bridges Simmons, Class of 1950; husband of Janice Chastain Simmons ('50), and brother of Wisteria Simmons Houston (’52)

*** Robert C. (Hutch) Hutchison, Class of 1969; brother of Al (’61) and Joy (’62)  Hutchison

*** Gladys Pace Callaway, Class of 1944; sister of Julia Pace Jones (class unknown)

*** Homer Cline, Class of 1949

*** Donald E. Julian, Class of 1965
*** Charlotte "Charlee" Boyette-Compo, Class of 1966
*** Gregory Frank Calhoun, AHS Class of 1981
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 relatives 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: In Memoriam - Our Deceased Classmates - AHS Albany GA

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*** Please add the following 62 Indian to Albany High Times News and Clues receiving list:

Jane Tanner Garrett, Class of 1962

~ Bobbie Young Wade ('62)




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* 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

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by Betty Rehberg


Albany Georgia!  A wonderful video created by Betty Rehberg with some of her photos.  Enjoy!!!




*** 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.


~ Betty Rehberg (’74)










Betty Nix Rouse (’60)

Have you heard?  Barrie Clark Aycock (AHS 1960) is the Mayor Elect of Clarkesville, Georgia!  She is married to Bobby Aycock (AHS 1959). They owned Glen Ella Springs Hotel/Inn for years!

Barrie was serving as a Clarkesville councilwoman and was the only candidate who qualified for the March 1st election for the vacant mayor's seat. The seat was left open in December 2015 following the sudden passing of the former mayor. Barrie recently announced it on her Facebook page.



“Hutch” Hutchison, AHS Class of 1969

Sent by Truddy Hutchison,

Dougherty High School


Patti Dozier - Thomasville Times-Enterprise

THOMASVILLE — Bob “Hutch” Hutchison’s infectious laugh and booming voice were silenced Tuesday when cancer won a battle the popular, much-loved man had fought since June 2015.

Hutchinson, 64, died early Tuesday morning at Langdale Hospice House in Valdosta.

His insurance office staff received flower bouquets from Hutchison Tuesday, prearranged to be delivered on the day of his death. Accompanying cards thanked the staff for being wonderful employees and a part of his family.

One did not have to see Hutch to know he was nearby. His laugh and voice spread like invisible wildfire.

Don Sims recalled Hutchison’s enthusiasm, his spirit and his qualities as “a very remarkable man.” Sims knows of no one who can take Hutchison’s place.  He recited Hutchison’s favorite saying: “People will forget what you say, they’ll forget what you do, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.”


Hutchison practiced what he preached. He exuded joy and made people feel good.


Sims, Thomasville mayor pro tem and retired 25-year president of the Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce, said Hutchison was a chamber Man of the Year and held virtually every volunteer position in the organization.


Hutchison was fond of saying “just another day in paradise” when someone asked how he was.

Ron Dixon had known Hutchison since the early 1980s. “This town and the world is a better place because of him. He will never be forgotten. I am a better person because of him,” Dixon said.

A room came alive when Hutchison entered — “just being himself” and loving everyone, Dixon added, describing his friend as “one of the best faces Thomasville ever had.” No one was a better father, husband or friend, he explained.

Hilliary Hutchison considers herself lucky to be able to call Hutchison her dad. “He left an imprint for sure,” she said.  Hutchison first came into Ervin Brock’s life in the late 1960s, then 20 years later. Brock’s late wife, Becky, taught her first class in 1967, at Albany High School.

“She (Becky) would always come home talking about a guy named Hutch. She would say, ‘He’s crazy, but he’s a good guy.’ She always put that qualification on him,” Brock said Tuesday.

Hutchison and Brock began a long friendship in 1987, when they met in Thomasville.


While heading the chamber, Brock asked Hutchison to chair VOOM, a monthly chamber business breakfast, a position Hutchison held from 1999, until he became ill last year.

 performed in our community,” Moore said.


Hutchison had served as nine-year chairman of the Southern Regional Technical College Foundation.

“It is with a heavy heart that we say good-bye until we meet again to our dear friend Bob ‘Hutch’ Hutchison,” said Amy Maison, the school’s vice president of Institutional Advancement, Marketing and Public Relations.

“Under his leadership the foundation has raised or acquired more than $2 million dollars in assets and has sustained a scholarship program that awards deserving students more than $100,000 in scholarships annually. Hutch was a dedicated supporter of technical education and served on the state Technical College Foundation Association board of directors. We are forever grateful for his faithful service to our college and the Technical College System of Georgia, Maison said.


The college has created a scholarship in Hutchison’s name.



A Special Indian


I admired Jo Wright (’54) during the 3 years she was in Albany High School with me.  She was a year ahead of me, and when, as a sophomore, I decided to resign from my life as a wall-flower, it was Jo I chose to watch.  NO!  I did not want to become Jo … I simply wanted to understand what it was about her that might help me come out of my shyness.  And I wanted to understand  why I was never thought of as “a leader” … why I never was elected  to any offices, when I wanted so badly to participate.  

Last month, Jo’s beloved husband died, and she sent a video of his Military Funeral … and I saw another side of Jo.  I saw a loving and proud wife stand strong with her 4 sons and other members of her family. 

She had spent most of her life as a military wife, and when her husband, James Hughes made the decision to go into the ministry, after his retirement, Jo took her place beside him … and continued being Jo!

As I watched the video,  a thought came to me … we celebrate our AHS Indians who served our country in the military on this website, as well we should; but there is no page to honor the AHS wives/husbands who “kept the home fires burning” while filled with concerns about so many things, especially being the sole “at home” parent. 

It occurred to me that even now, through Jo, I still receive ideas … this time to honor the military spouses who served double duty at home. 


So this month … I am starting a new page for AHS SPOUSES WHO "SERVED AT HOME" ... with one name ... Jo Wright Hughes!  


Surely there are many others, so please let me add your name!!! 

I will need:

1. Your full name: first, maiden and married names

2.  PLUS your AHS class year!

Send to: albanyhightimes@aol.com








James E. Blewett, Class of 1966

James F. Watson, Class of 1955

Kenneth Williams, Class of 1955

Bobby Mallard, Class of 1955

Carlton Fordham, Class of 1955

Roy Stains, Class of 1955

Milla Thornhill (D), Class of 1955




Jo Wright Hughes, Class of 1954


You are welcomed to submit your name or that of an AHS relative or classmate (living or deceased). See instructions below …


1.  AHS Men and Women Who Served in the Military:  On the above webpage, Indians are listed alphabetically:


2.  Their Stories and Service: On the above webpage, information and/or stories about their service (living or deceased) can be posted.


3.  Please don't forget to add your FULL NAME and AHS CLASS.


If I have omitted listing any Indian, previously submitted, I do apologize. Please let me know.

~ Beverly Smith Herrington (’55)


Send AHTimes emails only to: albanyhightimes@aol.com

Please include your name and class!



 Tribe Notes …




*** The article on Frank Orgel ('56) was just wonderful in the January issue....thanks for all you continue to do to keep us close to our AHS "roots."
~ Betty Rouse (AHS 1960)

***  My e-mail address has changed. Thanks. 

~ Nan Murphy Claypool (‘63)

*** Please change my email address.

~ Joanne Simmons Smith (’58)  

*** Congratulations on the continuing success of Albany High Times. I enjoy reading about Albany High School history.

*** Will you please list my website, www.glendacouncilbeall.com, on the page where you have my poetry book listed and also my email address?

Thank you so much.

~ Glenda Beall, Class of 1958

NOTE:  You can find all Glenda’s information at: http://albanyhightimes.com/we_web.htm

*** I have not received the newsletter for several months.  I would like to be added again to your list.  Have always really enjoyed receiving them.  Thanks,

~ Ann Hancock Lesue ('55)

*** Oh my. How glad am I that last Spring Bridges Simmons ('50) was among the friends who met at Blackbeards for some GOOD catfish. Too many of our longtime friends are being remembered in obituaries. Mizelle Pritchard ('52) and Mary Dean Horne ('52) among them. Love to all who remember with love these special people of Albany High.

~ Cathy Holt Norton (52)

*** Didn't know if you knew of the recent loss of Bob "Hutch" Hutchison in Thomasville, GA. He was the Class of 1969. Obituary can be viewed on www.allenfh.com. Bob's brother Al was in my Class of '61, and I think Joy, his sister, was Class of '62.  His wife, Lynn is a Westover graduate. I FB with Al's wife, Truddy.

~ Carol Dorsey Thompson (’61)

*** Ted Mauldin, Class of 1956, passed on an email he received from the son of Lee English (’56) This is the son of Lee English. He left a list of people that he wished for us to contact in the event of his death. He passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning after battling COPD for many years.”

NOTE:  AHS has a big tent. I am always so appreciative of information from Indians, especially with information about our deceased. 

Carolyn McBurnett Parks, Class of 1971, included AHTimes with her message (below) sent to friends about her friend, Don Julian, Class of 1965, recently deceased.  She made the note extra special, bordered in our AHS colors.


 *** I know Don Julian graduated from AHS.  He was our Servpro Marketing Rep up here in Clayton for a couple of years until he and his wife moved back to Albany in 2014. I didn’t know him before he began calling on our insurance agency with Servpro but of course once we found out he was from Albany, we certainly found a common bond. He was a very nice and friendly fellow. Our condolences to his family.

~ Carolyn McBurnett Parks, AHS 71

*** Thanks to Evelyn Butler Clifton (’50), Tascar Williams (‘44), and Robert “Bobby” Jones (’44) for sending class year for Gladys Pace Callaway (’44); and Pat Dean (’48) and Frank Wells (’48) for the class year for Homer Cline (’49).

NOTE:  Without class years, our deceased cannot be added to their class year on "In Memoriam";  however, there is a section for Indians for whom we have no class year.

*** Thank you so much for posting the information you receive about the Indians. Also, I enjoyed your answer to the lady from Albany, NY.

~ James E. Blewett, Class of 1966

*** I received a phone call from Lee English’s brother-in-law Sunday informing me that Lee passed away on Saturday, Jan. 23rd. He was a retired Delta Airlines pilot and was residing in Dallas, GA with his wife of 58 years. He graduated from Albany High in 1957, and was very active in the Civil Air Patrol throughout his youth.

~ Jerry Brimberry (’57)