We Need Albany Ears
to Hear …
Martha LeSueur Nicholson
After 11 years of fun
and fellowship, the quarterly AHS
Blackbeard’s Gathering in
Albany may be history ... unless
someone is willing to step up to the
Greenway and Janice (Chastain) and
Bridges Simmons started
the popular gatherings in 2002 with
their classmates from 1950, and it
grew to include all AHS classes over
The years have taken
a toll on the organizers and Wynelle
duties, single-handedly, for
several years now ... with a
She announced at the
April meeting that she is looking
for a replacement to do reservations
and bring supplies and cakes to the
gatherings. Now, it’s someone else’s
So… if you are
interested … or know someone who can
help keep the tradition alive,
please give Wynelle a call at 229-435-8746,
or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org within
the next 2 weeks …by
If no one is
interested in taking on the job by
and October meetings will be
canceled and the curtain will come
Those of us who have
enjoyed the privilege of gathering
and reuniting with classmates over
the years give highest praise to Wynelle,
Janice, and Bridges for
all their work to bring us together.
our hearts ... we sincerely thank Wynelle
Davis Greenway and
wish her all the best!
COMING SOON ...
*** Class of 1963 ***
April 26 - 27, 2013
For more information,
visit our class website
or contact Bruce
Garey at email@example.com
or phone (229)
*** Class of 1960 ***
April 17, 2013
Spring is here! So
let's have a
gathering for all of the Class of
1960 ... ladies and men! And
how about another luncheon at Blackbeard's
on April 17, 2013! We will start
eating around 12:30
We have had good
turnouts each time that we have done
this; however, the more the merrier.
It will be just a fun time to catch
up with each other.
Please call, email or
text me if you can attend. We will
need a count. Hope to see you all.
~ Raymond Barlow, firstname.lastname@example.org
*** Class of 1958 ***
55TH Reunion for AHS
Class of 1958
Friday Night, May 3,
@ Merry Acres
Begin at 6:30 PM -
Dinner at 7:30 PM.
Dress is resort
~ Cash bar ~
Saturday Night, May
Dinner @ Merry Acres
Begin at 6 PM
Dinner at 7:30 PM
~ Cash bar ~
Dress is dressy
Band will play
are $70 per person.
for sending in checks is
April 26, 2013
reservations at Merry Acres for
AHS Class of 1958
classmates is $89 per
Please send all
reservation questions and
reservation checks to:
Linda Cullom Jordan
5004 Van Cise Lane
Our webpage: Class
Click here: '58
*** Class of 1993 ***
20th Class Reunion!
June 21 - 22, 2013
See weekend itinerary
Click here: Class
*** Class of 1983 ***
Saturday, June 22,
David A. Golden
posted in AHS Class of 1983
For more information:
Click here: Class of
*** Class of 1962 ***
planning committee for the Class of
1962 is meeting on May
9, 2013, at Hibachi
6:00 p.m. We'll discuss plans for
our 70th Birthday Party! Planning
for the party the first hour, and
we'll eat the second hour!
~ Girl’s Luncheon ~
The next Girl's
Luncheon for the Class of 1962 will
be held at Carol Pate Stark's home
Details will follow in an email. Put
the date on your calendar and plan
to join us!
Joann Roark Arneson (email@example.com)
or Carol Pate Stark(firstname.lastname@example.org)
out last luncheon and pics at: Click
here: 1962 Girl's Luncheons
Reunion Ideas ... take a look!
Click here: Lost
Classmates? How to Find ...
*** Are there
additional upcoming reunions?
New WebPage Additions
additions to this "new" section,
"Before AHS" and now has additional
schools and information .... Click
here: Before AHS - When We Were VERY
Special thanks to
Indians who mailed or emailed
Do you remember the 11th
Avenue School for
the Flint River Cotton Mill? We
moved from Columbus,
GA, to the Mill
Village in Albanyin the summer
of 1955. I had just finished the 5th
grade. I believe that school had
just closed that year or maybe the
year before. I remember the white
wooden school building across from Beasley's
the corner of 11th
Avenue and Madison Street. I
know it was not used after we moved
to Albany, and it was torn down not
long after we moved there. I went to
6th grade at McIntosh
School, and my brother went to
3rd grade at Mamie
~ Tom Cook (’62)
*** I attended 1st
grade in that school, then was moved
first picture has Linda
and Brenda Owens in
the back row, they were our
neighbors on 11th.
~ Charlene Middleton
*** yes i do remember
and went to the school thru 3rd
grade, my brother buddy
holley and betty
holley, my sister are in the
jonnie holley douglas ('62)
school was located at the southwest
corner of 11th Ave.
& Madison facing 11th Ave.
It looked almost like a duplex
apartment with a three or four
step-up to a covered front porch.
There were two large classrooms.
Over time the building became an eye
sore as a result of deterioration
and vandalism. I believe a storm did
considerable damage to the structure
which led to it being demolished in
I used to play in the
school yard and it seems I remember
climbing on the monkey bars and what
was left of the big slide. There
were better places to hang out;
especially in the summer…..can you
do remember the sandspurs in the
school yard, and all over the mill
did not know about sandspurs until
we moved to Albany.
~ Thomas L. "Tom"
NOTE: Anything from
newspapers, because of the pixels,
are almost impossible to scan well
enough to produce on the website.
ASKED… ? ? ?
Could you tell me how to order a
copy of the painting ofRadium
I have seen before on the website
but cannot now find? I will be
grateful to you.
I am doing some
writing about Albany
and Radium and
early memories. Anything about
Radium in particular is important to
me. I have ordered the new book: "Albany
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow".
Thanks for helping
re: the Radium Painting.
~ John Huie (’56)
Heritage Center has
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow chronicling
life in Albany in the past and
here: Albany Herald | Thronateeska
unveils new Albany book
the artist who created several
incredible "visions" of Radium while
living there. She was searching for
info on Radium and found the
“Radium” section on the Albany
High Times and
contacted me. That was the beginning
of a wonderful friendship and
paintings, not only of Radium,
Pig and The
here: Jean Weiner, Professional
you! I've already been in touch with John
Huie. Thanks so much for sharing
my contact info with him. You are a
doll to give my Albany works
exposure in your alumni news and I
thank you from the bottom of my
~ Jean Weiner
have been reading about Radium
your website. I grew up in Albany and
have many memories of summer days
spent atRadium Springs. Is Skywater (the
book) still available for purchase?
I would really love to have one.
I went to McIntosh
for 7th grade and
for 8 and 9th. I’ve always loved Ray
Ragsdale Stevens. What
a great talent. Makes me proud to be
in such great company… Ray
Charles, Ray Stevens, Paula Deen…..
Thanks for the info
~ Cindy Dunston Quirk, AHS class
is a response from the son of one of
the authors, Morgan
Thank you for your
interest in Skywater. I would be
happy for you to post my e-mail
address for anyone interested in the
book. In addition if you would like
to contact me by phone please do so
at (229) 344-6224 or email at email@example.com.
It's always nice to
know people are still interested in
Radium Springs. It was certainly a
passion of my father and Mr. Lamar
Clifton as demonstrated in the book
Skywater. I am at your service to
continue making Skywater available
just as my father would have wanted.
~ Mark R. Murphy
for the Albany
Would you send me Carleen
Newell Flowers' email
so I can write her and thank her for
finding out about Katherine
Dismuke. Katherine and I played
flute in the AHS
I always wondered what happened to
her. I also knew Carleen.
are fewer and fewer things in the Albany
High Times from
the earlier classes. I GUESS WE ARE
"TIRING OUT" ...
~ Ralph Calhoun (’47)
sure Carleen will love hearing from
"The Son" is back!!!
One reader wrote: “Just
when I thought "The Four Samaritans"
was a good as it gets, Doug
Dahlgren's Jon Crane is back, this
time at the request of the Feds.
"Eight of Six" is a tight follow-on
and another 5-Star winner!”
A Kindle version
to be available shortly....
Doug recently spoke
to the Button
Gwinnett Chapter of the Sons of the
Click here: Doug
Dahlgren – Author, Class of 1965
My mother, Frances
Nix, was Director
of the Intermediate Department at
Albany First Baptist church. I
recently found this picture, and
Ragsdale Stevens, Ed Jordan and
Bobby Wills. The
other faces are “so familiar” …
maybe someone can identify them?
~ Betty Nix Rouse
Buster Wasden ('55)
Two Photos ~
from Harriet Ort Cornelius
Girls at Pine Mountain Camp
Mrs. Culpepper, Counselor
Check out the jeans
*Front Row: Harriet Ort, Patty
McCorkle, Stella Mullins Delores Ann
Page, Annie Jean Pridgen
Carol Houston, Kay Lipsey Maureene
Bass, Beverly Smith, Patricia
The very handsome
Class of ???
AHS Class Websites
Class of 1960
AHS Class of 82
*** If your class has
a website - please email your link
NOTE: You must be a
member of FaceBook
and signed on for
these to work.
High Times Website @
High Class of 1961 (4) has
a new FaceBook page now. Would love
to have more Classmates join!
Class of 1969
High School Class of 1970
GA. Kids' of the 70's....
High School Class of 1974 Albany, GA
High School Grads 1976-1983
* Email for '71
CLASS OF 1980
Class of 1983
ANY OTHER CLASSES to
Helen Pafford Bennett
Thank you for another
wonderful AHS newsletter! I saw that Jeana
Stewart's (Class of 1962) contact
information had been sent to
someone. I, too, would love to
contact Jeana. May I have her
contact info? Thank you.
Pafford Bennett (Class of 1962)
Note: Jeana does not
have an email address, but will send
the info her brother gave us!
~ ALBANY INTERESTS ~
OUR RADIUM …
Posted on FaceBook, March 22, 2013,
by Lisa Johnston Robertson, daughter
of Proc (54) and Pam Tyler (’55)
just cannot explain the extreme
emotion that filled me when I was
standing at the old original
platform by the “boil.” The spring
was bubbling up like it always has.
The water is so clear and beautiful.
The staff there were so friendly and
helpful and excited about the water.
They have put picnic tables out on
the island and built a little bridge
so you can walk over there. The
promenade and the gardens are just
lovely and it’s all very well done.
At several strategic
points, they have erected stands
with old photographs of all the
things we remember – the casino, the
pavilion –all of it. My son, Charlie,
and his family and I are already
planning another trip and plan to
have a picnic on the island. DO go
and enjoy. I’ll be interested to see
if you get as emotional about it as
Adams Shays ('56)
*** I found your site
by looking up Radium
was just curious to know what has
been done since it was closed.
Well around 1970 or
so I went to visit my cousins (in
Georgia). Being from Boston ... what
a shocker for me! People spoke
funny! I never realized my mom had
that same accent ... but over, time
... lost a little of it.
We went out to Radium Springs for a
day, and wow! I was so amazed at
this place ... I never will forget
it. Got to wear my first 2 piece
Still today I think about that day
we spent there. It's etched in my
memory for eternity!
Albany was my mom's
home town. I'm a yank but I'm a
southern bell at heart. Sure do hope
I can see this place like it used to
be ... what a shame it closed to
public. I'm 52 and there's always
hope I guess.
NOTE: I replied to Mary ... "Radium
is open to the public again; however
the beautiful Casino was taken down
a few years ago ... killed my heart.
But come on back down!"
She replied: That's
awesome its open again and I sure
will be back. My mom and dad are
both buried in Doles, GA. So we take
trips down to visit the graves. She
was born either 1923 -24 and I've
been searching for her roots and its
My name is Mary
mom was Helen
Mae Bennett. Her
father was Charles
still have Bennett cousins who live
in Albany, but have not seem them
since mom passed away.
Thanks so much for
Anniversaries and beyond ...
('52) and Dorothy Reeves ('55)
Crosson celebrated their 58th
Wedding Anniversary April 10, 2013.
(’53) and Linda Plummer (’56)
Mansfield celebrated their 56th Wedding
Anniversary March 17, 2013.
and I celebrated our 50th Wedding
Anniversary on February 2nd.
We had a wonderful time sharing our
memories and the life we have had. I
feel so blessed to have him as the
love of my life and my best friend.
We traveled a lot in the military
and never made it back to Albany
except for visits with family. We
had to depend on each other all
those years far from our families.
~ Joan Hand Murphy
Send your 50th anniversaries
!!! INDIAN PRIDE !!!
*** Great Goo-ga-moo-ga's***
We’ve passed 100,000
ALBANY HIGH TIMES
HEAP BIG INDIAN
~ CLUES!!! ~
PLEASE HELP ME OUT!!
*** IMPORTANT for
ALL e-mails concerning the Albany
High Times or"News
Our newsletter would
not be as interesting without full
names and classes ...
people love to recognize names they
wears me out to do it for you
For the most part, my
request last month did not work.
Thanks to those who did as I asked!
Beverly Smith Herrington ('55)
Starry Night, Secrets of Old Age …This
is beautiful . . . and, in many
ways, profound. Enjoy!
Click here: Starry
Starry Night, Secrets of Old Age -
~ Pat Adams Shays
*** See how quickly
you can put this puzzle together. If
you have problems putting it
together, you may need to seek
Click here: http://www.brl.ntt.co.jp/people/hara/fly.swf
~ Luke Simmons (’52)
*** Take a
ride in a Chevy … Click
here: Pepsi MAX & Jeff Gordon
Present: "Test Drive" - YouTube
~ Marion Hay (’55)
a great visit with Helen
Long Cordell. She was really a
busy lady for her 101st birthday!
You should have seen her room,
overflowing with flowers. She had
many guests and one group took
ice-cream & cake. She truly is a
~ Carleen Newell
& I had
a wonderful visit with Mrs.
Sunday. She is in good spirits and
looks great! She sends her regards
to all of you.
~Proc ('54) and Pam Tyler ('55)
a reminder! Our favorite 101 year
old teacher, Helen
Long Cordell is
unable to view or respond to cards
or letters. Being the gracious lady
she is ... she has very high
standards and feels the proper
response is not possible for her …
and since she can’t … well perhaps
you can understand why she asks that
Indians not remember her in this
way. BUT ... drop by if you are in
Albany … you will be amazed!
*** I was sorry to
hear about the passing of Durward
Pennington, but I have a
slightly different recollection of
his heroics at UGA. The obit
indicated he kicked a 52-yard field
goal, but my recollection is that it
was a 54-yard field goal.
It was the 1961 game
against the University
of Kentucky, and Georgia was
having an awful year. Kentucky was
ahead, 15-13, and time was running
out. The Dawgs lined
up for a field goal, and Durward
kicked it 49 yards. Problem was,
the referees flagged Georgia for a
five-yard penalty. So they moved it
back five yards, and Durward coolly
and calmly kicked the ball 54 yards
for the winning field goal, and Georgia
won 16-15. If memory serves me,
it was the first of only three
victories the Dawgs had that year.
The head coach then was Johnny
won only ten games in three years at
Georgia, before the legendary Vince
him for the 1964 season. Durward's
record lasted for years. It was the
high point in my first year at
~ Henry Barker
(AHS, 1961; UGA, 1965
*** I am in the
picture of Anna
Bland's piano recital. I am
looking over the shoulder of the boy
in the black suit. I took lessons
from her for many years, from around
the age of 6 or 7 through high
school. I loved that lady and am so
happy now to be friends with her
Allen Caldbeck (I
have known her since around 1st or
2nd grade. Love that lady, too).
Also, the fourth girl from the left
(standing to the right of Mrs.
Bland) is Dian Thompson.
~ Shirley McDaniel,
Class of '63
*** We located a
missing classmate, Jeana
Stewart-Overcash, thanks to the
outreach from Jim
response from Jeana's
brother Tommy. I notice that Jim
indicated he is associated with the Class
of 1962. I don't have him on the
class roster. Would you share his
email address or send him mine so I
can see if he wants to be added to
the class roster and/or email list?
~ Charles Gillespie
*** Loved the March News
& Clues! Thank you, you're the
***As I was reading
the obituary for Hal
King, I noticed that the junior
high school he was Principal of was
referred to as McIntosh
Junior High. I attended McIntosh
the 4th, 5th, & 6th grades - 4th &
5th in the building which was the
"old" McIntosh (originally Albany
High School @ Monroe & Society)
and 6th in the McIntosh which was
Junior High (behind Mamie Brosnan &
"old" McIntosh). I attended 7th
& 8th grades at Albany
Junior High (the 2nd Albany High
School) on N. Jefferson St. I
never knew of a school which was
referred to as McIntosh
Junior High. Was
Junior High on N. Jefferson changed
to that name?
I never had Mr. King
as a teacher but remember him from
my Albany school days. I did not
know until recently that he was the
brother of Virginia Robertson (Mrs.
Paul Robertson). Mr.
Rob was Principal
of Albany Junior High when
I was there - worked in the office
for him. He
was a wonderful educator & he and
his family certainly left a lasting
legacy of dedicated Albany teachers
who will always be remembered.
You always do such a
good job with "News & Clues" and are
much appreciated. Keep up the good
~ Ernest Sutton(’61)
Note: The answer can
be found here, thanks to Mary
Ann Allen Caldwell (’63), as
well as a couple of other Indians.
For a very short
time, maybe two years, the McIntosh
Elementary Schoolbecame McIntosh
Jr. High and
the 7th grade. This was
during the time when
9th grade was changed to Albany Jr.
beforeDougherty High was
built. My brother, Joe
Allen, was in the class that
went to 7th
grade in 1960 at McIntosh as can be
seen on the sign in the class
picture I sent. I
guess this was done because of
overcrowding at the junior and
senior high schools but I really
don't remember for sure why it was
*** This makes more
sense now. My class (and Tina
Smith Cowan's) was
the last 9th grade to be the
freshman class at Albany High School
('57-'58 school year). After
8th & 9th grades were at the Albany
Jr. High (N. Jefferson) &
it sounds like they were then
calling the old
AJHS (on Society) McIntosh Jr. High.
Were they calling
both schools (Society & N.
Jefferson) junior high schools at
I don't know how many
years that arrangement was in place,
but I have heard that the 9th grade
was moved back to AHS. Thanks,
~ Ernest Sutton(’61)
*** I saw the "Bear"
article and had to add this. I
worked there for a few months in
'66. Mr. Freeman was friendly and
patient teaching me the duties.
Everyone that he served at the
window was a friend to him. He also
would spend time talking to us
teenagers outside near the tables.
~ Bill Dyess (‘68)
*** I'd like to
correct something that was posted in
the February issue regarding the
demise of the Class
of 1962 website (AHS62.org). The
website was designed by Bill
created by his
son Joel. They were the
I did maintain the
Announcements page but Bill & Joel
put far, far more time & effort into
the website than I did and they
deserve the recognition and
appreciation for that website.
Committee will decide whether we
create a new website or not.
Feedback from classmates that
enjoyed the website might help sway
Also, please remove Jeana
of 1962 missing
~ Charles Gillespie
*** And I am so glad
to be connected to you, and now Charles
Gillespie. Locating Jeana and Tommy was
the primary mission, but now I have
knowledge of lost friends like Charles
Rainey and Dottie Bunch. I'm
going to reach out to Charles again
to see if he has any details he can
share on these and other unanswered
questions I have, especially
concerning the '62
You made this all
possible, and again I thank you for
the good work and dedication.
~ Jim Faircloth ('62)
*** My name is Lady
Harcrow. I am Durward
Pennington's niece. Loved
reading all the nice articles on my
uncle & his amazing life. Just a few
corrections....The correct spelling
of his name is "Durward" not "Durwood".
He was Thomas Durward Pennington Jr.
Also someone said he was found
slumped over the steering wheel. He
was on his way home from Amelia
Island but had stopped and was not
in the vehicle. I know how people
hear different stories as word goes
around but wanted to make this
The celebration of
his life was wonderful & a perfect
tribute to him. There are not too
many people like my uncle in this
world. We will miss him more than
anyone could ever know.
Didn't mean to sound
too defensive ..... he just meant
the world to me! I went to AHS
from 82-84. Graduated
from Lee Co. Both my parents, Rebecca
Pennington & Sammy Murphy,
graduated from AHS … as did my
brother.The Gainesville Times had
a wonderful article on my uncle. He
touched so many lives and never
wanted credit :)
*** Thanks for the
article about Hal
King. It brought some memories.
Hal King was
my homeroom “teacher” for all of my
four years at AHS. Because his room
was in the shop building, I was
always late for my 1st period class.
Hal King was
one of the easiest going and
friendliest teachers in the school.
As a freshman, I took wood shop
under him and to this day I still
special little wood box we
made in his class.
Everyone made this
little wood box as Mr. King
specially designed it to introduce
us (the class) to the majority of
the machines and to the wood
building process: it went from raw
wood to the totally finished
product, including the use of wood
glue, sanding and varnishing. I use
this box the same way a little kid
would; special little keepsakes. It
stays in the closet in my office.
Hal King was
one of my favorites and according to
the article, he was also a very
special person. Little did either of
us realize, at the time, that this
little wood box would be a forever
tie to my old Alma Mater.
Thanks for the
Tolbert, Class of ‘59
*** Hi, by now
someone else has probably told you
the "class year" for Sara
Floyd was 1953, same as mine.
~ Claire Rice (’53)
Mock Benton (deceased)
was in the Class
of 1942. Her son is my dentist
Thanks for all you do.
~ Connie Thomas
*** Thanks for
sending me the newsletter for Albany
High. I always enjoyed it so
much and my computer was "shot"
before I moved so recently got a new
one. I'm living in Annapolis,
but do miss Ft.
Lauderdale. Always so good to
get news from old classmates. Thanks
~ Barbara Lipsey
*** I am retiring.
Please change my e-mail. Thanks,
Madson Barnes, Class of 1957
High Times that
I received was in January. Please
check and see if my email accidently
dropped off your list. Thanks!
~ Kathryne Meeks
Sanders, Class of 1961
Note: Indeed it had
vamoosed! But you’re back on!
*** Thanks for all
you do for AHS Memories....!!For
some reason my brother’s name did
not get added to the AHS
Class of 1972 list of deceased
His name was Stanley
Eugene (Gene) Callaway. He died
22, 2008. I have attached his
obituary from the Sept 25, 2008 Albany
I would like to get
his name added to the 1972
Also, there is no Class
of 1936 listed
in the “In
Memoriam Section”...so this may
not be something you want to use ...
you can only realistically go back
so far ... but our mother, Gladys
Eileen Hayes Callaway, Class of 1936,
died on May
28, 1997. Thanks,
~ Don Callaway, Class
NOTE: I have added
your brother, Gene
his class 1972 "In
also created a 1936
your mother, Gladys Hayes
is with much sadness that I report
that Ed, my little brother, died
overnight in his sleep. His health
was not good, but, this was not
Arrangements have not
been finalized at this time;
however, a memorial service will be
held in the future in Perry,
he lived and practiced medicine
~ Troy Strickland '54
*** I am so sorry to
hear about Tommy
Gilliam ('61). I knew him only
through the AHS
band, and he was absolutely
always in the center of the fun. I
know he will be missed.
~ Anne Watson
*** Here is another
loss to report. Jodie
McNeil Gooch AHS ’76 died3/26/13
~ Sam Lee ('78) -
Kids’ of the 70’s
*** Please change my
email address. Thanks.
~ Betty Holt Pattison
*** Thanks for
remembering us older graduates. I’m Class
of 1949. Ken
and Pat Adams Shays are
~ Myrtis Adams Foley,
Class of 49
*** Just letting you
know about the passing of another
one of our classmates. I just
received a FB message from Donna
Bullington King (AHS 1972) letting
me know that her husband, Ashley
King (AHS 1972), died Saturday,
March 9. He had been fighting a
long battle with cancer and was at
theWillson House when
It seems there are
more and more every year; I suppose
that is the season of life we have
Thank you for all you
do to keep everyone informed.
~ Pam Pannel Woody
*** Are you aware of Tommy
- just checking - don't remember any
emails re him. My sister, Gloria
me today. Here is something from his
obituary … "Tommy
Gilliam was a career pilot having
retired from Walter Energy Corps in
2010 after 26 years of flying their
jet. He served as a U.S. Air Force
Fighter Pilot from 1966-1973, flying
the F4 Phantom. He served two
Vietnam tours during which he flew
over 300 Combat Missions into North
& South Vietnam and Laos. He was
decorated three times with the
Distinguished Flying Cross for
Heroism and over 20 Air Medals."
~ Brenda Hitchcock
I had not known. But thanks so much
to you and all the many Indians who
are so good to send notices. I’d
rather get many, rather than none!
"Liz" Berg Barry died
in a fire this morning at her home.
She graduated in 1964 and was Miss
Albany High. She was a member of
our SS Class at FUMC, and lost her
husband Don only a couple of years
~ Margaret Green
*** I am tremendously
saddened by the passing of Tommy
Gilliam ('61). I knew him in
passing at AHS, but we were
extremely close friends and
fraternity brothers (Delta
Tau Delta) at The University of
also served together in Advanced
Air Force ROTC, and we were both
commissioned asSecond Lieutenants
in the Air Force in 1965. We
both served during theVietnam
Tommy was a true hero as a fighter
jock. I had vision problems, and
I had to fly an LSD-6
(a Large Steel Desk with six
drawers),but Tommy was an
He was also a terrific
drummer, who frequently played
at our fraternity
parties. Some of my fondest
memories of my college years center
around the times when Tommy, a
couple of other fraternity brothers,
and I would quaff a few brews at The
Old South, which was then a pub
in downtown Athens. We
would sing along with the Juke Box
songs, frequently harmonizing on
Kingston Trio songs. Tonight,
I shall raise a glass to Tommy and
to those memories, and I will pray
for his family and those of us who
will miss him, and the times we had.
~ Henry Barker (AHS
1961; UGA 1965 & 1967)
Class of 1963 classmate Brenda
Kay Hightower died
several years ago of pancreatic
cancer. She was Kay
~ Bruce Garey
*** This is bad. I
have lost two wonderful friends from
Class of 1961 and
from the UGA
Class of 1965 in
less than a month. First Tommy
Gilliam, and now Claude
Surface? The thing they had in
common was strange senses of humor,
which is probably why I enjoyed them
both so much. When I knew Claude, he
was the proud owner of a 1958
Ford Fairlane 500 Convertible,
which he kept in immaculate
condition. A couple of summers when
we were at UGA,
we worked together at the Marine
Corps Supply Center warehouse in
Albany, and we would carpool,
alternating between his wonderful
car, and my 1955
Chevy Bel-Air. We got off work
at 3:00 pm, and we would go to the
municipal golf course, which had a 50-cent
green fee for students, after
3:00 pm, and we'd play as many holes
as we could get in before dark. We
sometimes played on Saturdays too.
We were both masters of one
particular shot: "Top
the ball, curse, fling the golf
had some great times. Both Claude
and Tommy were the same age as I. I
am looking over my shoulder.
~ Henry Barker (AHS,
1961; UGA, 1965 & 1967)
*** I was a '61 class
mate of Tommy
was in the band with him. I saw him
at a class reunion 30 years or so
ago but have not had any contact
with him since. Do you have any
contact info on either Gloria
her husband, Ronnie?
Ronnie was a '61 classmate and the
last info I have on him was that he
lived in Indiana. Thanks for your
help. I currently live in
~ Ernie (Ernest)
Note: Neither Gloria nor Ronnie are
in my Albany High Times Addressbook.
*** Both Tommy
Gilliam and Claude
part of a group of alums that sat in
the lobby after our 2011
reunion dinner on Saturday night to
laugh and share stories. I'm
so grateful to have had that time
with them and be reminded how
precious life is.
~ Kathryne Meeks
Sanders, Class of 1961
*** You haven’t sent
out a notice yet about Ed Strickland
so I assume you don’t know about his
passing. The attached link below
will tell you the story.
~ Jackie Phillips
Note: Ed was in the Class
of 1956. When I am notified, I
have no way of knowing friends from
other classes who might be
interested …so this has become my
way of notification ...
* Notices and/or
obituaries are sent to the
deceased’s class, plus the classes
of the (AHS) spouse, child, or close
relative, as soon as possible.
classmate is then listed “In
Memoriam” in the "News & Clues" the
following month, and also posted on
the “In Memoriam” Albany High Times
In Memoriam ...
Not where I breathe,
but where I loved, I live ...
Eugene Callaway (September 25,
2008), Class of 1972, brother of Don
*** Gladys Eileen
Hayes Callaway, Class of 1936, died
on May 28, 1997; mother of Don
*** Ashley Delano
King, Class of 1972; husband of
Donna Bullington ('72)
*** Stanley E.
Harp, Sr., Class of 1961
*** Jean Seigler
Pace, Class of 1943
*** Courtney E.
Howe, Sr., husband of Marie Fowler,
Class of 1956
*** Joyce Metts
Grubbs, Class of 1945
Wilkerson Berg Barry, Class of 1964;
sister of Susan ('67) Berg
*** Jim Gilmer,
Class of 1962; husband of Cornelia
“Corky” Kulp Gilmer (‘65)
*** Nora Lucille
*** Jodie McNeil
Gooch, AHS Class of 1976, daughter
Fitzgerald McNeil Gauntt (‘49),
niece of Joyce Fitzgerald ('55), and
Buddy Fitzgerald (AHS ?).
L. Hill, Class of 1957; husband
Edward Strickland, Class of 1956;
brother of Troy Strickland ('54)
*** Claude E.
Surface Jr., Class of 1961
Eubanks Salvesen, Class of 1956
*** Marguerite Webb
Corr, mother of John Price Corr,
Jr., M.D ('67);Librarian
at Mamie Brosnan Elementary School
Note: Thanks to all
those who send obituaries of AHS
Indians inside and outside of
Albany. We would otherwise not be
aware of our losses.
* 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 “In Memoriam”
webpage and also in the "News &
Clues" the following month.
Check out your class
Memoriam - Our Deceased Classmates
corrections or additions to firstname.lastname@example.org
“News & Clues”
add me to your email list. Thanks.
~ Linda Fordham
Cauley, Class of 1970