03 2016



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

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

 110th Edition ~  03/16/2016

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

                                                 AHS REUNION TIME ... 1956 REUNION  ...  1966 REUNION  ... 1961 REUNION ... AHS REUNION TIME !!!







*** Class of 1956 ***

 60th Reunion

“The Great Hurrah”

April 1-2, 2016

@ Merry Acres Poolside and Event Center


We are so excited to have over 100 classmates and guests signed up to come to the reunion!

If you haven’t signed up yet and want to come, please do. Prices are $25-Friday and $50-Saturday per person. Merry Acres has to have the final count on March 28th, so that is the absolute deadline!


We really hope to see you in person, 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 1966 ***

April 22 - 23, 1916




*** Class of 1961 ***

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


 *** Class of 1962 ***

Next Girl's Luncheon! 

Stay tuned ......

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***


Another AHS Author!!!

T.W. "Bill" Morris, Author - Class of 1957 

(see story on AHTime's Website)

Dr. T.W. "Bill" Morris is a retired physician and ordained minister.  He and his wife Tesa live nestled among the Great Smokey Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Having served in the United States Navy, last stationed on Midway Island in the Hawaiian Archipelago, "Doc" as he is called, continues to have a love of adventure and of the great outdoors. 


An avid hiker and historian, his love of  history and the intricate details surrounding great persons and notable figures throughout the ages, have led him throughout the United States, traversing the national treasures and stories of this  great land. A widower as well as a cancer survivor, Dr. Morris understands the need for a strong prayer life with an emphasis on personal relationship and intimacy with the Lord Jesus Christ. Doc and Tesa, a breast cancer survivor herself,  prayerfully negotiate their time between work, hobbies, numerous children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


  Dr. Morris has a great love for the study of the word of God and through writing  SEVEN FOUNTAINS OF LOVE: The Cross of Christ,  seeks to encourage and inspire the reader through a brief examination of the cross using an abundance of scripture, combined with historical, as well as medical details concerning Christ's ultimate sacrifice on the cross. As a man of science by profession, Dr. Morris examines the evidence of the crucifixion compelling the reader to develop an intimate relationship with Christ, the Great Physician and giver of eternal life.






50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ... 



  The Manuel’s: Ponny Manuel, Class of 1955, and wife Lynn, celebrated their 50th Anniversary last December 11, 2015!

The Mansfield’s: Tommy, Class of 1953, and Linda Plummer Mansfield, Class of 1956, celebrated their 59th Anniversary March 17, 2016!


Send your 50th Anniversaries and beyond

to albanyhightimes@aol.com





A ~  (In response to Connie Cannon (‘64) Flowers’ question about her 1923 AHS Annual)

Please send this message to Connie Cannon Flowers, Class of 1964.

I suggest that you contact the THRONATEESKA HERITAGE CENTER, Albany GA - facebook.com https://www.facebook.com/Thronateeska

I have a 1923 version.

~ VTY Robert H. Doan Class 1944

 ? ~  Does anyone know what year Motie Wiggins ('52) died?

~  O.D. Sunny Rackley (’53)

A ~  Click here: Morton McLaughlin "Motie" Wiggins (1934 - 1973) - Find A Grave Memorial

~ Brenda Arnett Darbyshire (’67)


R~  Thank you so much, Brenda, for finding this info.

~ Sunny Rackley

?~  Please tell me how to add our missing  classmates to your website. Thank you,
~ Becky Samford Geer (’66)

A ~  You may send your 1966 missing classmates' list to me, and I'm glad to add them!



* For any class who would like to add their Missing Classmates ... here are instructions:



(1) Please email your missing classmates' list, single spaced in "last name alpha order"- with first name, last name (girl's maiden names only)

Example: Johnny Appleseed

Melody Ann Bass

Curtis Carter

(2) If you have additions, deletions or corrections, please send ONLY the changes, not the whole list - I'll insert or delete.

(3) Please include your class contact name with email, phone or residence address.

(4) Email to: albanyhightimes@aol.com.

?~ I noticed the name of Penny Musgrove (Teel) on the list of your Class of 1964. She is a cousin of mine through the marriage of my uncle Carl Neuman and her mother in 1951. After my uncle died in 1963 and his widow remarried, I lost touch with Penny and her mother and brothers and have wondered about them over the years. I would very much appreciate your giving me whatever contact information you can that might allow me to renew our relationship. If you feel more comfortable forwarding my info to her, you will find it below.
Thanks for your help,
~ Doris Thacker Cassius

A ~  Penny has responded and will be in touch!




Class Websites






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


  Check out FaceBook for

AHS FaceBook Links



You must be a member and signed on to

FaceBook to open these pages. 

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!!

***  Tracy D Thompson likes your page Albany High Times Website


***  Robert Mike King likes your page Albany High Times Website.


***   Thomas Tarpley: Always an exceptional product. Thank you.












O.D."Sunny" Rackley, Class of 1953

Tom Rackley, Class of 1957

Jay Andrus (D), Class of 1973

Thomas  W. “ Billy” Morris, Class of 1957

Harold Carter, Class of 1959

William Eudonah "Buddy" Brown, Class of 1951

Suggestion ... Click here: Their Stories and Service  are so interesting ... check them out when you have a bit of time to learn how our Indians served their country!



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

See instructions below …


1. Click here: AHS Men and Women Who Served in the Military:  On this webpage, Indians are listed alphabetically, with class year.


2.  Click here: 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)





*** Anne West Green, Class of '60: I married Lt James (Don) Green and was (and am) a military wife for 20 years. I loved every moment of military life and the education that came with it. Don and I recently celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. Our son served in the Navy and our daughter the Army National Guard with two tours in the Middle East.

May God bless and keep all our young troops. Las Vegas, NV


*** Judy Pryor Hoxie, Class of 1958: I was the wife of a Navy officer for 14  of our 41 years of marriage. The first two years of our marriage were on Guam. Vietnam fell soon after we arrived on Guam. Andy was made CO of a camp for the Vietnamese refugees and I was the red cross volunteer at his camp. The Navy moved us to Guam, San Francisco, South Mississippi, Los Angeles and Charleston, SC.  


I was in Los Angeles with a 3 year old, 2 cats, 3 cars, a house and a job while Andy was gone on the Battleship New Jersey for 11 months. They had planned to be gone 3 months. During that time I was the Lamaze coach for another of the officer's wife. I loved being a military wife.


Surely there are 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



Send AHTimes emails only to: albanyhightimes@aol.com

Please include your name and class!



 Tribe Notes …





*** I look forward to the AHS newsletter. You do a marvelous job, and I can't imagine how many hours of your time this must consume! Thank you!

I always enjoy the military section, and I am impressed by the patriotism of the AHS Alumni! I sincerely thank all of them for their service to God and country.

I spent 25 years in the Navy, and several have asked me why they haven't seen my name in the military section. I never thought much about it until I found a photo while cleaning out junk; some Indians might find this interesting.

The attached photo is of Hizonor, the Mayor, Motie Wiggins with me at a Navy League function aboard MCSC Albany.  Just a few months later Motie died! I was totally shocked when I learned of his death as he appeared perfectly fine and healthy.


We were on the same Little League team, etc., and we had a great time reliving happy days in Albany.

~ Sonny Rackley ('53)


***  Please add me to the AHT e-mail list.  Got removed from the list somewhere along the Trail. Thank you.

~ Jim “Sonny” Spies (’57)

***  So grateful for your many years and untold hours of work keeping Albany High Times going! Never could you know all the souls who have read, enjoyed, appreciated, and made connections due to your Labor of Love!

~ Harold Carter (’59)

 *** If possible please add my brother’s name to your list of deceased Indians. He attended Albany High School in 1971 and would have graduated in 1973 but he joined the Navy before graduation.

His name was Jay Andrus and he had many friends on your list that I remember when we lived in Albany in the 60's and 70's. 

Thank you.

~  His sister

*** Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Dee Bodiford, and I am writing on behalf of my father T. W. Morris M.D., known to the Class of 1957 as "Billy" Morris.  

Dr. Morris has exciting news to share ... the release of his new book, Seven Fountains of Love .


Upon visiting his website , you will find his service in the United States Navy, his ordination as a minister and the fact he returned to Albany GA, as a Family Practitioner. Thought this might be an interesting nugget for those following you at Albany High Times. Thank you for your time, and blessings to you and all the Indians you keep informed through your work with the "Times".  Best.

~ Dee Morris Bodiford, daughter

*** Thank you for your response to my daughter Dee's email.  Dee is very special to me for a great many reasons, not the least of which includes her indispensable help with the book.

In addition, may I say that you deserve a great deal of appreciation for all your work with the AHS Times.


Thank you for featuring "Seven Fountains of Love" in the Times. God bless,

~ Bill Morris, Class of 1957


*** Class of 1948 - In Memoriam: Barbara Ann Brown Gerald, died 13 Nov 1989, Albany, GA. Formerly the City Clerk of Albany, after many years as secretary to the President, Mr. Waterman, at Water, Gas & Light.


Class of 1951 - In Memoriam:  William Eudonah "Buddy" Brown died 30 May 1980, Courtland, VA, Retired US Navy


Barbara and Buddy were my 1st cousins. (siblings)

~ Gerry Brown Hill (friend of AHS Class of 1955)


***  Thank you for Rudolph Patterson’s ('57) notice

~ Shirley Austin Wright (’57)


*** I used to receive a call about once a year from Rudolph Patterson (’57) just to ask if there was anything I needed for the Albany High Times.  I would thank him and say, “No Rudolph, everything is fine!”.  And then we’d talk “some Albany”!


Though I never met Rudolph, I shall always remember him!

~ Beverly Smith Herrington (’55)



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


*** Anne Durham Bragg, wife of AHS’s beloved English teacher, Billy Bragg, and mother of Harriet Bragg Tate
*** Jay Andrus, Class of 1973
*** Rudolph Nelson Patterson, Class of 1957; brother of Richard Patterson ('62)
*** Barbara Ann (Brown) Gerald, Class of 1948
*** William Eudonah “Buddy” Brown, Class of 1951, died November 1989
*** Darren Craig Maples, Class of 1987
*** Charles Matthews Dial, Class of 1972; brother of Roy (“Buddy” ‘'62) and  Nina Dial Goodroe ('67)
*** Eloise "Weezie" Stewart Champion Heinemann, AHS Class of 1938
*** Thomas Carcelli, Class of 1960
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

Please send corrections or additions to



***Albany Interests***


Theatre Albany

In Trouble

~ From WALB



Theatre Albany has been an institution in southwest Georgia for over 80 years. It is the oldest art form in town. Performances include dramas, comedies and your favorite musicals.


But this may be the theatre's

final season.


Funds are dwindling, subscriptions are down, attendance is low, volunteers have stopped volunteering and the physical building at 514 Pine Ave. is under severe disrepair.


What is the reason behind all of this?

Well, these are too many to mention but the question should be what is the solution for keeping Theatre Albany vibrant.


When people and industries move into a town, they want to know about schools and the arts. If Albany no longer provides a theatre, the entire community suffers.


The solutions are several. First we need more volunteers of every age, civic groups used to man the box office, there were 30 plus board members, now there are only 12 to 15.


We used to have a major event to begin our annual subscription drive. This has disappeared.

Local industries and institutions used to donate time and money and sponsorships. This is now nonexistent.

Now we have just a few individuals who thankfully love the theatre and what it offers to southwest Georgia.  Without them, we may have closed years ago.


Those that volunteer now ... actors, backstage crew and some board members ... are vital. However, they cannot do it all by themselves.

~ More young people need to get involved

~ More experienced people need to get involved

~ More companies need to get involved.


The theatre needs new blood, without new support it will vanish. This would be a tragedy.


If you can help in any way ...  visit their website!

Click here: Welcome To Theatre Albany



~ CLUES!!! ~ 


***  Now this is what I'm talkin' about! Happy Days!
~ Sunny Rackley, Class of 1953




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