04 2012



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Well, if anyone has anything left after giving to the government on April 15th, how about meeting us at Blackbeard’s!  Lots of folks come a little early to visit. Hope to see you there.

April 16th @ 6:00 p.m.


*** Reservations Needed ***


Let me know if you plan to attend

Wynelle D. Greenway: gwtwjw@mchsi.com

Phone: 229-435-8746


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*** 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

@ 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


*** Other class friends are welcome

by paid reservation


*** Class of 1962 ***

2012 50th Reunion

Information is available on our web at


Friday, April 20

@ Shackleford House on Dawson Rd

6:00 - 10:30 PM

Saturday, April 21

@ Doublegate Country Club

7:00-12:00 PM

The Planning Committee will meet for the last time Thursday, April 12, 2012, 6:00 PM at Sunset Grill to assemble "goody bags" and have dinner afterwards about 7:00 PM.

The invitations have gone out. If anyone has not received theirs they need to contact:

Joann Roark Arneson: jprarneson@aol.com

Charles Gillespie: crg@visuallink.com

or Virginia Johnson: vgj@bellsouth.net


Girls Luncheon

The Girls Luncheons are held quarterly

11:30 a.m. at the Sunset Grill

Join us

Thursday May 10, 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 27 & 28, 2012

Friday Night Activities: April 27, 2012

Starts at 6:30 pm

PLACE: Austin’s Firegrill and Oyster Bar


Saturday Night Activities: April 28, 2012

TIME: 7pm – 11pm

PLACE: Chehaw Park Creekside Education Center

BAND: The Hollywood Band

DRESS: Party casual

COST: $70 per person


There will be food, a cash bar, dancing, plenty of laughter and reconnecting with old friends.

For more information on this event please contact Gena Kay Shealy at gkshealy@gmail.com or Donna Wester Gentry at dgentry3@live.com

Visit web page for ALL info: AHS Class of 1972


*** 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 1960 ***


May 4 & 5, 2012

Because we just couldn't wait!


Friday 6:45 p.m.: Gathering at Blackbeard's May 4th.  For those coming in from out of town and would like to join us, call Raymond Barlow at 229-881-4616 for reservations.


Saturday 10:30 a.m.: Chehaw Park on May 5th from 10:30 A.M. until ... ???


For complete details, check our website at Click here: Class of 1960



*** Class of 1957 ***

Our 55th Reunion


Reunion previously announced

for May 25 - 26, 2012

has been cancelled until further notice …

stay tuned ...

Jerry Brimberry at : jwbrim@bellsouth.net


*** Class of 1955 ***

75th Birthday Reunion

June 22 & 23 2012

@ Merry Acres Inn Event Center

Friday Registration: 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. @ Gazebo

Friday: 6:00 p.m. @ Gazebo/Pool

Saturday: 6:00 p.m. @ Banquet Room


$50.00 per person by April 20th

$70.00 per person after April 20th

Dress is casual (very) both nights


Contact: Charlie Foster: charlie.foster67@yahoo.com


*** Class of 1982 ***

(more info at Class of 1982 Website Link)

It’s here…. It’s time for our

30th Reunion

When: July 20-21st, 2012

Where: Merry Acres Inn 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:








"Ears To Hear, Talking With God In Prayer"



Shirley Austin Wright

Class of 1957


Click here: Amazon.com: Ears to Hear, Talking With God in Prayer: Books


Recently the editor of a newsletter from my alma mater notified its subscribers that one of my high school teachers had died. I wrote the editor of my feelings of loss and mentioned how this English teacher, Frances Feagin, had encouraged me continue to write after graduating. A few years ago I sent Miss Fagan a copy of the book I had published and received a note of gratitude and more encouragement.


The editor emailed me back and wanted to feature "Ears to Hear, Talking With God in Prayer" in the next newsletter. She asked if my book was on Amazon.com, or otherwise on the Internet. (The possibility never entered my mind until she asked.) It was not, so she requested a short blurb and a jpeg picture of the book. My scanner went down!  I called the computer repairman. When he came over, even he couldn't get it to scan right away, so he suggested he take a copy of the book home, scan it and email it to me to send to Beverly. This repairman is from New York, a member of a family in/of the Mafia, and perhaps not a believer - of course, only God knows. Anyway, he called me the next morning and immediately asked, “Where is this book now?”


“In my closet.”


He stated, a bit briskly, “It needs to be on Amazon or at least Kindle! “


I was so surprised at hearing from him and of his feeling that ETH is worthy of further attention. I quickly let him know I hadn’t any idea of how that was done.


He said, “I’m on my way!”


Less than an hour later, he had "Ears to Hear......" on Kindle, and would not accept payment for it.


So, Beverly, to answer your question in the first email differently – Yes! NOW ETH is on the Internet……because of you!  That one question “Is ETH on Amazon, or otherwise on the Internet?” spurred the Spirit of God into action. You were used in a most wonderful way, Beverly, and you nor I expected God Almighty to step in and “see to it!”


In the meantime: one Sunday after church, during a called meeting, we were asked to make a special commitment, over and above our tithe to our building fund. I felt so burdened for our congregation. I fixed an amount in my heart that I want to give to this building fund, knowing that amount is not available through our personal finances .


Our Lord owns the cattle on a thousand hills and I did, indeed, ask Him to sell a cow (Psalm 50:10b). Not even three days after that meeting, a book that I have had in a box in my closet for four years is on Amazon's Kindle and has gone international, making the offering I will make to the building fund more than a mere possibility! I have claimed it and He is faithful.


Beverly, what can I say? Thank you for being open to letting God use you without your knowing it for someone you wouldn’t know if we met on the street!

~ Shirley Austin Wright - Class of '57


Note: For many years, Shirley Austin Wright has enjoyed the art of signing words into messages as an interpreter for the Deaf, and also interpreting Christian music!! Her gift for communication is reflected through conversations with God that she shares in this book. 




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Another Fish Tale ...

Here is the picture of my fish, caught her/him in the Chattahoochee River, Helen, GA March 16th.   Weighed in at 7-8 lbs and 30 plus-minus inches.   Boy what a battle.


~ B.B. Rhodes (’52)


*** Ed Martin, Class of 1945, was in Athens, GA, March 31, 2012, to receive the highest award to an individual from the UGA College of Environment and Design Alumni Association, "The 2012 Distinguished Alumni Medal".


Ed's picture published Click here: Class of 1945



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AHS Class of 82 Homepage


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* Albany High Times Website

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* Ahs ClassofFiftyfive

* Ahs ClassofSixty

* Albany High Class of 1961 (4) has a new FaceBook page now. Would love to have more Classmates join!

* AHS Class of 1969

* Albany High School Class of 1970

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

Fling Back to Spring

Albany, GA Kids of the 70's Fling Back to Spring Break in Panama City Beach April 21-22, 2012! 

* (22) "FlING BACK TO SPRING" 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!!


*** Connie Thomas Pinkston posted on Albany High Times Website's Wall: "Really enjoy this site. Wish we had more contact with the earlier classes."


Frances Feagin

*** Sue Gerst also commented on Albany High Times Website's link. Sue wrote: "What a great lady, Francis Feagin, and a wonderful teacher!!!"


*** Earline Thompson also commented on Albany High Times Website's link. Earline wrote: "Ms. Feagin was one of my favorite teachers."


*** Shelby Youngblood Olimpieri also commented on Albany High Times Website's link. Shelby wrote: "Miss Feagin was one of my favorites. Sorry to hear of her passing."


*** Bill Wiseman also commented on Albany High Times Website's link. Bill wrote: "She was a great teacher one of my all time favs.. she was also our next door neighbor in Albany and a friend of my Mother and Father... funny I was just thinking about her the other day.  Ms Feagin I will miss you"


Helen Long Cordell

*** Sharyn Freant also commented on Albany High Times Website's link. Sharyn wrote: "How cool!! Happy Birthday Ms. Cordell !!"


Carl Hamburger

*** Carl Hambuger was a unique individual. He never failed to produce interesting conversations. He is the step father of an old pal, Larry Styles (Class of '60) and Suzy Styles (Class of '62, I think). Larry is married to another classmate and friend, the former Jane Jordan also Class of '60. Carl's widow is the former Rosemary Rhyne (’52) who is the daughter of Dr. Rhyne.  I'm confused by Carl's obituary that says he was an interpreter at Rosenheim, Germany. He once told me he was an interpreter at the Nuremburg war criminal trials. I was impressed then and I am still impressed.

~ Ben Swilley (’60)


Marcus Mulkey

*** Jenny Chambless posted on Albany High Times Website's Wall "Anyone know whatever happened to Marcus Mulkey, Mcintosh junior high school band director? "


Ray Ragsdale Stevens

*** Elaine Rabun Hinman also commented on Albany High Times Website's photo.  Elaine wrote: "Ray used to come down to my parents' house (it was mine too, though I don't remember) and play on our piano."


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http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZNxdm824YYUS YOU ASKED … ? ? ?


? ~ I noticed a person by the name of Linda Roberts Minton (’61) mentioned in the latest News and Clues. I was wondering if we might be related since my maiden name is Minton. Would you please send her my e-mail address and maybe we can find out if we are related!

~ Jane Minton Womack (’55)

A ~ Done!


? ~  During the latter part of the war, several boys in the neighborhood and I would get one of the moms to pop popcorn and put it in a large brown kraft bag and we would all go to the movie to see a war movie. One was “God Is My Co-Pilot” about a pilot named Robert Scott from Macon. We did this sorta regular, and there was about 5-6 of us. Wonder if anyone is around that was in that group? I believe Charles Anderson was one. He and I collected all the newspapers for the war effort that was stored in the Mamie Brosnan school basement that ignited the fire during the Christmas recess in the second grade and burned the school down. Ms. Bass was our teacher then.

A ~ Hopefully you'll have a response!


? ~ Thanks for all you continue to do keeping AHS folks connected.  I would like to call Mrs. Long to wish her well. Can you give me her phone number?  Many thanks and all best!

~ John Huie (’56)

A ~  John,  when Mrs. Long Cordell called to “dictate” her thank you note to all who helped her celebrate her momentous day, she said that you had called and how much she had enjoyed the conversation!


? ~  For some reason I have been dropped. Please reinstate my email address. All of a sudden I realized I was not receiving any more. Thanks,

~ Hinky Dunn (’59)

A ~ Have reinstated you – sorry Hinky … unfortunately with so many email addresses in the Albany High Times address book, the address will disappear on a rare occasion.  Thank you for letting me know.  ALSO … it was great to see your wife, Sara Pattison Dunn (’62) and also meet you at Helen Long Cordell’s birthday celebration!


? ~ I am a graduate of the l959 class and I would like to receive the Albany High Times emails. I put my name on a list to receive several years ago, but it seems to have gotten lost. Thanks to Milton Robinson who forwards them to me.


~ Grady Sceals (’59)

A ~ Grady and Hinky – do y’all suppose my computer has been messing with the Class of ’59 address group?


? ~ My last two newsletters had the right side of the page cut off.   tried to move it to the left, but that did not work. Just so you know.

~ Dan Brooks (’58)

A ~ Sometimes the text will appear differently on different computers.  I did try to adjust the right margin.  Hope it worked. 


? ~  My address seems to have gotten lost in your mailing list for some reason. I haven't received the Newsletter for some months now.  I pull up your Albany High Times web site to get the news. Will you add me back to your list. Thanks so much for your extraordinarily hard work!!!

~ Reamon Beaty (’57)

A ~ Glad you let me know - have added you back to Class of '57!


? ~  I see you are webmaster of the Albany High Times.  Didn't your family live on Orchard Drive? My family was on the corner of Orchard & Pinecrest, and Sherman & I now have the house. Still a great neighborhood!

~ Jean Heinemann Willis ('67)

A ~ Absolutely we did!  It was a wonderful neighborhood back then and I know some of your neighbors… so great to reconnect with you again!





50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ….


Kenneth ('55) and Carolyn Conaway ('57) Barr celebrated their 56th Wedding Anniversary April 1st, 2012.  The couple has recently moved to Pennsylvania.  Kenneth writes, "We have our youngest and his family here,  and Carolyn has her sister, Jeanine and her family here!


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



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Albany High School Teacher, Extraordinaire






MARCH 18, 2012


... and her family, friends and students came from far and wide!


“…Throughout the afternoon, Cordell shook hands, hugged old friends and seemed incredibly grateful for the love that was around her. In her brief comments to the crowd, she made it clear where her thankfulness is directed.

"To God be the glory," she said before she returned to greet those still patiently waiting in line.”

For the rest of this wonderful Albany Herald article, written by Casey Dixon, and titled

Albany woman reaches milestone birthday”

Click here: Helen Long Cordell


Also you may read the full text of a proclamation presented by Rep. Sanford Bishop honoring Mrs. Helen Long Cordell, which he also presented in The House of Representatives on Thursday, March 8, 2012



At the end of Rep. Bishop’s presentation, a voice in the crowd started singing “Happy Birthday” and all joined in!   Immediately following the last note sung, a voice was heard to sing, “… and many more”!!!  It was the voice of Mrs. Long Cordell!  What a grand lady! 


She has been an incredible example of living life as she believes God would have her live … and she taught us far more than typing and shorthand.  We will never be able to repay her for the gifts she generously gave through the years … and she gave even to those who were never in her class!


This precious woman called our home earlier in the week to dictate a “Thank You” … hear her voice as you read ….


A Thank You


Helen Long Cordell


Dear former Albany High School students ...


My 100th birthday far exceeded anything I could envision, and you all had a big part in it. Your beautiful cards, your telephone calls and your coming by the church at the reception on that day meant so much to me. The occasion brought back many happy memories and I made many, many more that afternoon.


Thank you all so much for what you mean to me and the happy memories that I do have. May God continue to bless you and keep you in His care.


With much love and appreciation,

~ Helen Long Cordell



There is an article I wrote about a visit to "Miss Long's" in 2003 with Brenda Martin Wasden ('59) and before my marriage to Tommy Herrington ('56).  It includes her story of how she and Mr. Joe Cordell began dating!!!  It is precious!  You'll find that story at the bottom of this webpage ..

Click here: Helen Long Cordell


***  I was one of Mrs. Cordele's best students (she probably told that to all of us)!!

~ Linda Cullum Jordan (’58)


*** There would probably not be an Albany High Times website without Helen Long Cordele – she taught me to type!

~ Beverly Smith Herrington (’55)


*** Just had a lengthy and lovely conversation with Helen Long -- such a lovely, lovely person, and so alert.  We shared memories and stories about Billy Bragg, Ms. Dobbins, and many more.

~ John Huie (’56)




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*** Sometimes I receive the name of an AHS Indian who did not complete, or receive a diploma in the class they attended.  Many of these people, some who went into a “service” and defended our nation, some who were sent to a military school, or some whose families moved to another town … still consider themselves Indians!!!  7 years ago, the Class of 1955 began a search for classmates who attended, but did not finish … and we found a good group of them.  One was Don Braswell, Albany’s first All American Guard!  He had never attended a reunion because he felt if he didn’t actually graduate with us, he should not be included.  We found him for our 50th Reunion, and begged him to come!  Not only did he come, but he and his wife served on committees for the 50th and 55th reunions.  Don went on to Auburn and played on the 1958 National Champions team!!! 


So this is to suggest … if you receive the name of deceased classmate who does not appear in your senior annual … take a minute to look in earlier annuals … because once an Indian … ALWAYS AN INDIAN!!!



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Phoebe’s New Medical Museum

By Martha LeSueur Nicholson



Lacy Pait Lee (’63), co-chair of Phoebe Putney  Memorial Hospital’s Centennial Celebration Committee, is shown here with a display which is part of the hospital’s new centennial museum. The museum opened on March 11 and is located on the second floor of Medical Tower 1 at Phoebe.


The museum includes original artifacts and medical instruments from Phoebe’s 100 year history.  Also featured are bronze images of employees and patients from the earliest days of the hospital to the present.


“We are very proud of the mission of our hospital,” said Lacy Lee, co-chair of the Phoebe Centennial Celebration Committee. “It was a remarkable mandate at the time. After 100 years, the doors have never closed, and the lights have never gone out.  It is a visual way to take a space, pull artifacts together, and tell the story of how the hospital began.”


The exhibits include an iron lung donated to the hospital in 1954, a 1920s wheelchair, an exam chair from the early 20th century, a list of Phoebe “firsts,” the hospital’s first registry book, a story of Phoebe’s founding, and a timeline that goes up to the acquisition of Phoebe North late last year. The museum is open seven days a week for viewing.

Thronateeska Heritage Center also opened a similar exhibit last year in honor of Phoebe’s 100th anniversary, called “Medicine Throughout History,” in its history museum. Both this and the Phoebe exhibit feature items that were donated after the public was asked to come forward with Phoebe memorabilia. The items not on display at the hospital’s museum are at Thronateeska. The Thronateeska staff collected many archives and artifacts from doctors, nurses, contributors, patients and patrons to enhance the exhibit. The exhibit will continue at Thronateeska through April 28.

For more information on both medical history displays click the following links:

Click here: Albany Herald | Phoebe to open new museum


Click here: Albany Herald | Thronateeska seeks items for Phoebe exhibit






ALBANY, Ga. Albany city commissioners voted 6-0 Tuesday in a non-binding show of support for a Georgia DOT-backed plan to demolish and replace the Broad Avenue Bridge, despite pleas from a local group who are asking to delay demolition.

Click here: Albany Herald | City says: Build new bridge


Another Landmark

Submitted by David Sherman ('61)


  A 1947 photo looking over Sandy Bottom, lying between Roosevelt Street and Flint Avenue, with the old jail shown immediately behind the courthouse, and the Albany & Northern/Georgia Northern Railroad freight warehouse and station behind it facing Flint Avenue, and with the large, white brick St. Nicholas Hotel to the right still on the corner of Flint and North Washington Street. In the distance is the Central of Georgia roundhouse with its black steel water tank, and behind it the tall concrete railroad coal chute, which was later demolished when steam engines were phased out in the early 1950's. The roof of the Union Station Depot, now the Thronateeska Heritage Museum, can be seen to the right of the roundhouse. Behind the coal chute at the intersection of Society and Front Street are the large round tanks of the old Albany gas works, and immediately behind them the shops of the Georgia Northern/Albany & Northern Railroad, with Reynolds Brothers Lumber Company in the far distance to the left. Most of what is shown in this 65 year old photo has long since disappeared. This busy downtown railroad center in Albany was then the heart of the passenger and transportation network in the Southwest Georgia area, before interstate highways and air transportation became viable alternatives, with semi-trailer trucks taking over so much of the intercity and long haul freight business from the railroads.



Merry Acres NOW Has It All!

Click here: Albany Herald | Merry Acres' extreme makeover



http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZNxdm824YYUSTribe Notes …


*** Sarah Grace Janelle's maiden name was Wallace.  Sorry I couldn't find out what year she graduated.  Her niece attends our church.

~ Cathy Palmer Register (’57)


*** I so loved the article on Kay Hind in the March issue of News and Clues, also the excellent article in the Albany Herald. This is nostalgia at its utmost for me and my siblings! Our dad, Spike Adams, and Kay’s dad, “Yank” Huston were best friends, grew up together, and played football together at AHS in the 1920’s. Our moms were best friends, as well, throughout their lives. Kay was my sister, Merits Adams Foley's (’49), maid of honor. My brother, Ken Adams (’63), was named after Kay’s father. So we all grew up as family in Albany. When our mother passed away, it was Kay who offered her home for a reception following the funeral service as none of us lived in Albany.


Kay is that kind of friend and that kind of person. We all love her and respect her so much. Thank you for including her story in our Albany High Times newsletter. Thank you for all you do for all of us.

~ Pat Adams Shays (’56).


***  Well the Albany High Times has put me in contact with another friend from high school. She is written about in this issue of the Times and her name is Kay Houston Hind. She did not know about the Albany High Times except at church today someone said that they had read the article about her in the Times. I got her number and address from Martha LeSueur Nicholson, who wrote the article, and I called Kay. I told her I would write to you and have you put on the list to receive the Albany High Times.  She finished high school with my 1947 class.

~ Ralph Calhoun (’47)


*** Please note changes in my contact info.

~ Patty Schmidt Grace (’66)


*** Thank you so much. What a great issue!

~ Kay Lipsey Boynton (’55)


*** Thank you for sending me the Albany High Times. I had heard about it but had never read it. I will look forward to each addition from now on. I appreciate the article about me too.


Ralph Calhoun was kind enough to call me when he saw the article. It is always nice to hear from a classmate.

~ Kay Huston Hind Class of 1947


*** Thanks for the lovely article about Mom's (Emily Holt) passing.  Her graveside service was on Saturday, April 6 in Crown Hill Cemetery.

~ Cathy Holt Norton (’52)


*** I've just been looking over the March "News & Clues" again, and wanted to say "Thank You" for all your kind words about "Brenda Starr", who is my alter ego! I appreciate your providing a place for publishing the writings of this "Let's Pretend" reporter. Working on your staff is a privilege and a pleasure, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Thank YOU for all your hard work and time put in on the best high school website and newsletter in the country!!!

~ Martha LeSueur Nicholson ('56)

A.K.A. Brenda Starr, reporter


*** Liked the reunions suggestions!

~ Henry Duggan (’59)


*** I enjoy reading about everyone. Thank you again for posting our Albany High & Westover High's  combined 40th Reunion

~ Susan Griffin (’72)


*** Please change our email address.  Thanks.

~ Verne (’60) and Peggy Dees (’61) Musgrove


*** Mike Coleman, like my brother George Perrett, didn't finish HS with a class. I found Mike listed in our 1956 annual. The Coleman's lived four houses from us on Highland Ave. Mike and my brother went into the Navy. Mike Coleman retired from the Navy and came back to Albany to live. He went to work for Ayers Aircraft doing the same type of work he did in the Navy ... we called them tin benders, they worked on the frame of the aircraft.

~ Leon Perrett (’56)


*** Oneida Duane (Shaw) King was a member of the Class of '59.  Her daughter Kelly is a friend of my granddaughter, Elizabeth.
~ Joe Ed Crossman (’55)


*** After much searching, I found one stack of the photographs that my mother. Sallie Mae Calhoun had made of her fourth grade classes in Albany. At first she taught at McIntosh and I think at the end of her career she taught fourth grade at Mamie Brosnan (if that is the way you spell it).


I sent to George Albritton ('55) a copy of the scan of the class that I made because he had requested it. Many of the photographs have the names of the students in the class on the back of the photos and most of them have the date of the class.


Unfortunately there are a few that do not have the date on the photograph,  I am attaching the photo that I sent to George so you can see how one is. It is a PDF document.

Here are the years that I have so you can put them in the Albany High Times if you want to and I can send a scan of the photos if anyone wants a copy. The dates are as follows:

1943-1944,1945-1946, 1946-1947, 1947-1948, 1949-1950, 1950-1951, 1953-1954, 1954-1955, 1956-1957,1957, 1959-1960 1960-1961,1961, 1961-1962, 1962-1963, 1963-1964, 1964-1965,


Some of the years have more than one photo as there is the class and also a play with class members.

George said he had not seen the photo in 50 years and it was nostalgia for him.


*** Thank you for the announcement of Frances Feagin's death and memorial. She was one of my favorite English teachers and one of the reasons - another was Billy Bragg - that I became an English teacher myself. I remember her helping me with the speech I gave when I was ran for Student Representative in 1956.

~ Ruth Sasser Garrison (Class of '57)


*** Several Indians emailed the news and obituary of AHS teacher, Ms. Frances Feagin Tommy Pattison (’54) and Ernest Sutton (’61)


*** Martha LeSueur Nicholson, AHS Staff (’56) wrote to Eleanor Howard Walton (’56), for more information on Ms. Feagin.  Eleanor responded, “I asked Frances Feagin's brother today if he knew how long she taught at AHS and he said she had a silver tray that said 33 years of service.  She told me last Sunday that she thought she came to AHS in 1953. The brother said she started teaching at 19. I had her as a Junior in 1954-55. She was very young then! The service was great today! Thanks for all you do to help us stay connected, Martha!.

~ Eleanor Howard Watson

NOTE: I second that thanks to Martha!


*** Miss Feagin was one of my great encouragers! I was able to send her a copy of my book and let her know of the influence she provided in having me continue to write after graduating.

~ Shirley Austin Wright ('57)



In Memoriam ...

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


Frances Feagin, 86, of Americus, a resident of Magnolia Manor, formerly of Albany, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at Phoebe Sumter Hospital.


Miss Feagin, daughter of the late Jerre Willis Feagin, Sr., and Frances Whiteside Feagin was born January 27, 1926 in Bibb County.


She taught at Albany High School for many years. Miss Feagin was a graduate of Mercer University with an A.B. and M.Ed. degrees, and a 6 year degree from the University of Georgia.


She was a long-time member of Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church in Albany, and a member of First United Methodist Church in Americus.


A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 2 PM at the Martha McDonald Moore Memorial Chapel at Magnolia Manor in Americus with Chaplain Joy Wilson officiating. Miss Feagin's remains were buried at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Macon, GA.


*** Oneida Duanne Shaw King, Class of 1959


***  Doris Sellers Dellinger - May 15, 1918 - July 22, 2011


*** Thomas Michael "Mike" Coleman, Class of 1959, brother of David & Steven Coleman.


*** The wife of Dale Gunn, Class of 1954, died March 2012.


***  Charles David Goff, Class of 1981, brother of Sylvia Dixon, Joyce  Holton and Johnny Goff


***  Kenneth Marcus Prow. AHS Class of 1963 died August 2004, in Virginia.
~ Sent by Brian E Claypool AHS Class of 1963


*** James Raymond McCorvey (Class of 1947), brother of Paul McCorvey, Class of 1954.


***  Carl Hamburger, husband of Rosemary Rhyne Hamburger, Class of 1952


*** Johnny Wade White, Class of 1969, brother of Patsy Faye White Menix


*** Penny Leigh Pawley Wells, February 1956 - March 2012


*** John Robert Joiner, Class of 1960


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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*** I would like to add my name to your Albany High Times list.  Thank you so much,

~ Corinne “Sister” Carlton Martin (’60)


*** Good morning : I am constantly amazed at how many AHS graduates I meet have never heard of the "Albany High Times".  Please add Cecil Strickland and Cal Duke (both class of '65).  These guys are co-workers for Cal's company that publishes newcomer guides for Chambers of Commerce around the state. I met with Cecil recently to buy an ad, and discovered he was from Albany!

~ Frank Newman '64


*** I am reading and enjoying your March issue and noticed that a couple of old classmates are looking for Tommy Tarpley ('53).

I am in touch with TT several times a week via e-mail. T is a retired USPHS Oral Pathologist.  In retirement, T is a gentleman farmer who plays a lot of golf and has several dogs he loves dearly. And in case you are wondering, he's still the same crazy TT!

Thank you for your kind offer to add me to your mailing list. My brother Tommy Rackley ('57) and cousins Julian ('58) and Martha Whiting ('61) usually forward a copy of the AHS Times. Thank you, and have a blessed day.

~ Sunny Rackley (’53)


*** Was forwarded your newsletter.  Please add Sherman and Jean Heinemann Willis both Class of '67.  You may want to also add my mother, Eloise Champion Heinemann - Class of '38

~ Jean Heinemann Willis – (‘67)


*** You can add my email address. But since I was one of the service brats and only at AHS from '61 to '63, there won't be many who remember me.

~ Brian Claypool (’63)


*** Kay Huston Hind, Class of 1947

~ Ralph Calhoun (’47)


*** I was talking to George McIntosh (Class of l968 AHS) the other night. I told him about Albany High Times, etc . He wants you to add him to the list so he can get the newsletter every month.  He said Amy Robertson Beaver is the person in his class that gets up their reunions. He wondered if she is getting the newsletter every month.

Thanks so much!

~ Linda Cullum Jordan (’58)

NOTE:  Yes, George … Amy receives the newsletter!





Whoops - a belated April Fool's!!!


The Indian on the door of the car was photo-shoped!  The car WAS orange!! No other changes were made to the car!





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