04 2015



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

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

 99th Edition ~ 4/15/2015

Website: http://www.albanyhightimes.com                Email: albanyhightimes@aol.com


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










AHS Classes of the 60's




April 24 & 25, 2015




We are again hosting the Birthday Bash for the AHS Classes of 1960 through 1969. Everyone that attended last year’s event said they had a great time and thought we should do it every year, so here we go!


The theme for 2015 will be “Spring Break Revisited”. I don’t know if we can duplicate the fun we had during Spring Break in our high school days, but we are sure going to try. Dust off your flip-flops and your best “Hawaiian” shirt and “cut-offs” and plan on enjoying the weekend with a few hundred of your friends and AHS classmates. This year’s event will be on Friday and Saturday, April 24 & 25, 2015, and both nights will be at the Hassan Shrine Temple.


None of us know how many more opportunities we will have to attend an event like this, so don’t miss out on a chance to enjoy a good time with good music and GREAT friends. We’re going to have soooooo much FUN!


If you have any questions, email Mike Patterson at AHSBIRTHDAYBASH@aol.com  or call him at 229-420-8654 or 229-407-0385.


Hope to see you at the Bash!

For more information:

Send email to ahsbirthdaybash@aol.com

Or call (229) 420-8654.


Herald article March 30, 2015


 by Carlton Fletcher


Albany High grads of the '60s to revisit spring break Annual bash reunites close-knit AHS graduates!

ALBANY — Mike Patterson, one of the most vocal proponents for the partying prowess of Albany High School graduates from the so-called golden era of the 1960s, insists there are two kinds of people in the region. You’re in one of two categories: You either went to Albany High School during the decade of the ’60s, or you wish you’d gone to Albany High School during the decade of the ’60s,” Patterson said. “We had the best teachers, the best football teams, the prettiest girls. And we had the best music. Our parents were called the Greatest Generation, but I think we were the Greatest Music Generation. “And, I might add, the Class of ‘67 has been accused of being the partyingest folks who ever went to Albany High.” For the rest of this great story ... Click here: Albany High grads of the '60s to revisit spring break | Albany Herald




*** Class of 1960 ***

55th Reunion

May 1-2, 2015




The 55th Reunion of the Class of 1960 is planned for May 1-2, 2015.

Friday night: We will be around the pool area at Merry Acres with heavy hors d'œuvres

Saturday Lunch: Box lunch will be at Riverfront Park by the Riverquarium. Tours of the Riverquarium and Heritage center will be provided for those interested.

Saturday Evening: Dinner/dance will be at Merry Acres.

The Rock House at Merry Acres will also be available for social gatherings Friday and Saturday afternoons.

Price has not been settled yet, but will follow.

If you missed the last planning session, there is still time to volunteer your services.

Go Indians! ~ Jim Hall




*** Class of 1955 ***







... but we are missing some of our classmates.  Their names are listed at the bottom of "News & Clues".  Please take a moment to scan their names, and let us know if you have any information about them at bmabz@aol.com.


Chair: Harriet Ort Cornelius harrietc@otelco.net

Co-Chair: Beverly Smith Herrington





*** Class of 1962 ***




Girls Luncheon

Covered Dish


*To be announced*



Joann Roark Arneson:  229-436-2282

(jprarneson@aol.com) or

Carol Pate Stark:  229-436-3425



Check it out!

*** See other luncheons and pics at: Click here: '62 Girls' Luncheons


*** See our 70th Birthday Pictures @







DID YOU KNOW? You can check out suggestions from other class reunions for your venues, caterers and 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 VENUE CONTACT INFO!



This page might be of help ...

Click here: Lost Classmates? How to Find 





 ~ CLUES!!! ~ 




*** Happy Spring, Everyone!


Click For The Dance of The Flowers



~ Susan Riffe O'Neal ('54)


***   New to the Albany High Times AddressBook, Chris Crawley ('66)  volunteered to send a roster of his class.  I responded that The Albany High Times has a page for our AHS deceased and one for our missing classmates ... listed by class year (see links below).  And would be happy to have any information he had. 


@ Missing Classmates of AHS Albany GA


Special thanks to Chris for his interest!!!  It reminded me that I had not recently published how to submit any of your class lists ... so here goes ...


1. Separate your class rosters into "deceased" and "living classmates" rosters. Each roster should be in separate, single-spaced columns.

2. Alphabetize BOTH rosters by boys last name and girl's maiden name (you may add married name if you wish, but it should not be included in the alpha process), and both should be single-spaced in one column.

Example: Johnny Appleseed  
                 Melody Bass

                Chris Crawley!

3.   Please send via Microsoft Word Document (not Excel).

4.   Email to: albanyhightimes@aol.com


***  FUN!!! Click here: Memories of the 1950’s | NetHugs.com


*** Another past remembrance!  How many Indians in 1950 or 51 remember when Vaughn Monroe came thru town with his Camel Caravan show? There is a great website, Vaughn Monroe Appreciation Society about all things Vaughn. Go to "about us" and learn how it came about.


There is SO MUCH on this web site that I plan at least an hour every time I go on it. Anyway. Claire Schwartz lives in Grand Rapids, MI about 2 and 1/2 hours from Fort Wayne. Diane Paterson was visiting in Ohio about an hour and 1/2 and we managed to meet for lunch in Fort Wayne on Dec 22. Great time was had by all. Claire brought a great picture of Vaughn and we put it on our table and our waitress wanted to know who he was and of course we spent more time that she had explaining to her and showing her pictures signed programs and then she said Oh my mom use to listen to Riders in the Sky all the time. They even took our picture with the picture of Vaughn. Claire and I plan to get together again this spring. There is to be an event in Jeanett, PA (his home town) this summer. A new high school auditorium has been built and it is to be dedicated in his name. Dan Gabels and his band play Vaughn's Charts and will headline the event. I plan to be there!!!!!

~ Cathy Holt Norton ('52)





50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ... 




Send your 50th anniversaries and beyond

to albanyhightimes@aol.com








? ~ I am interested in ordering the book, Skywater. Where can I order it from?
~ Denise M. Hill


A~ Hi Denise ... click this link - the page will give you the info you need to purchase Skywater!


? ~  This is Jim Henderson, Class of 1970.  How do I get info about my classmates? Thanks,

~ Jim Henderson


? ~  Do you have an email address for Rita Payne?  I'll add her to our list since she would have graduated with us.
~ Jim Hall, Class of 1960

A ~ Absolutely ... and thank you Jim for all the work you do with the Class of 1960!


NOTE: If you have that information, please send to albanyhightimes@aol.com, and I will contact Sandra to ask for permission to share her contact information






Class Websites






  http://www.albanyhighschool64-65.org/ http://www.65.org/sellfolio.html




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





  Check out FaceBook


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 below 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!!


***  Betty Black Rose, Class of 1955, likes Albany High Times Website


*** Summer Rose Rich likes Albany High Times Website


*** Jan McVicker McDaniel ('63) likes Albany High Times Website.  I just found the website.  Have enjoyed it... thanks to Nan Claypool and Larry Loft.

*** 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.

Click here: Vintage Albany Georgia

~ Betty Rehberg (’74)







“News & Clues”





*** Here is another 1950’s Classmate who wants to begin receiving the Albany High Times “News and Clues”. Bobby “Bob” Culbertson was here from Charlotte, NC, this week for his aunt Mrs. Shemwell’s funeral. She was the sister-in-law of his mother Gertrude Shemwell Culbertson. His father was Dooley Culbertson, and Bob has a younger brother, Dooley ('54), who you probably knew at AHS.


He is really looking forward to your wonderful newsletter!

~ Evelyn Butler Clifton ('50)

*** I would like to receive the News and Clues. ~ Cindy Sumner Penberthy (AHS 1973)

*** Please add Jan McVicker McDaniel, Class of '63 to your mailing list...

*** Please add me to your subscriber list. thank you.

~ Chris Crawley ('66)

*** Will you add Ginger Myers to the Albany High Times' News and Clues mailing list?  She is Class of '67.

~ Janice Hayes McLendon ('55)












Marvin C. Lorig, 96, of Albany, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at his home.

Mr. Lorig was born in Macon, but he lived most of his life in Albany. He was a lifelong member of Temple B’Nai Israel, and he was recently honored as Lifetime Parliamentarian of Temple B’Nai Israel.

He graduated from Albany High School in the Class of 1936. From his school days, he was active in sports, speech, and drama.

He worked as program manager for Albany radio station WGPC until he entered the Army in 1942. Mr. Lorig enrolled in the Army with a limited service status. He was assigned to entertain wounded soldiers returning from overseas. He was placed in charge of all USA shows, all soldier shows for the Fourth Service Command, the radio station, and Hollywood Victory Committee shows at Lawson General Hospital in Atlanta.

Mr. Lorig returned to Albany after his discharge and opened Southern Diaper service with his longtime friend Harvey Cohen. The business expanded over the years and became Flint Industrial/Southern Diaper service.

He announced baseball games for the Albany Cardinals and operated the public address system for the Albany High School football games.

Mr. Lorig was a charter member of the Albany Little Theatre (now Theatre Albany). He has served on the Board of Directors of the Albany Chamber of Commerce and on many different committees at the Chamber. He was chief voter registrar for Dougherty County from 1969-1973. He served on the Dougherty County Planning Commission for over 20 years.

Mr. Lorig was fair manager for the Southwest Georgia Fair for a few years in the early 1950’s. He joined the Exchange Club of Albany in 1955, and since joining, he has been the manager of the Southwest Georgia Fair Association until 2000. During that time, the growth of the Fair was due to his leadership and hard work. In 1989, the Exchange Club of Albany honored Mr. Lorig by naming him in its “Book of Golden Deeds.”

Mr. Lorig is survived by his wife: Doris K. Lorig, Albany; two daughters: Paula L. Ammerman and her husband Jay, Chicago, IL, Shirley L. Geer and her husband Bill, Albany.





    Tribe Notes …




*** I copied this notice of the death of Carol Sue Mitcheson Abbott (Class of 1977) off a Facebook page for Kids of the 70’s in Albany. I did not know Carol Sue,  but I did know her mother.  Mrs. Mitcheson was the Records Clerk at AHS when I was there. In fact, I was her student assistant in my junior year '69-'70. She and Miss Plant aka (Mrs. Slappey) had side by side offices so I was fortunate to get to know Mrs. Slappey as she had become that same year. I learned she wasn’t as tough as we all thought!

~ Carolyn McBurnett Parks AHS 71


NOTE:  If you don't mind, I'd like to use part of what you sent - well actually most of what you sent! It spoke of the "service" Kid's of the 70's offers, and you were kind enough to pass it on to me; and also your words about one of my favorite people ... EVER ... Thelma Plant! At that time she taught English, but she shaped my life through Alpha Tri Hi Y, molding me into a leader my senior year ... as president. What she taught me beyond English, has served me the rest of my life! Also it was great to learn about you and Mrs. Slappey (smile)!

Thank you so much for sending.

~ Beverly Smith Herrington ('55)


*** You are certainly welcome to use any part of what I wrote. When we returned to school in the fall of 1969, Miss Plant had become Mrs. Slappey. We were all so shocked that she had gotten married.  Having been raised in Albany and having a sister and 2 brothers well ahead of me; I had heard stories of Miss Plant long before I got to AHS. I was assigned to Mrs. Mitcheson as her student assistant that year. There were 2 more girls working in the back office that year with me. I think the other 2 were Mrs. Slappey’s aides but we all sat together in the waiting area outside their offices. Mrs. Slappey seemed to be much more “mellow” by getting to know her a little better than she had from the "legends" told of her, and from how she had appeared to me walking down the halls the year prior. We girls surmised that having someone to love and be loved had softened her up.  One of my fondest memories was just before Christmas when she called me in her office and asked if I'd run an errand for her since I was the only aide in the office with a car at the time. She called some store and made arrangements for me to pick up a men’s London Fog Trench Coat for Mr. Slappey’s Christmas Gift.  She even gave me her Credit Card to pay for it.


My parents didn’t believe in credit cards, my daddy played the mandolin and banjo so when the bank sent them to him, he cut them up to use for picks. Anyway, that is still a very special memory for me that Miss Plant aka Mrs. Slappey trusted me for something so important.

Thank you so much for what you do to keep our special memories alive!

~ Carolyn McBurnett Parks AHS 71

*** I am glad you do let me know when one of our classmates passes on. I also want to let you know in time: My husband, Donald E. Lee, and I have an anniversary on August 30, of this year. Actually my legal name is Alma Winifred Ellis Lee, Class of 1953. Have a great day. AHS friend. ~ Teddie Ellis Lee ('53)

*** Hi! I enjoy the Albany High School Times each month. It is really great. At one time, you used to send an email when a new edition came out. If you still do so, please put me on the list:
Thanks ...
~ Scott Cohen AHS class of 1963

*** Always enjoy visiting the Good Old Days…Here’s a funny story that happened at our Class of 1952 60th Reunion at Merry Acres - my son Rick took me there - & during the party, Magnum “Bubba” Pippin came up to Rick & said, “I see you’re dating Nellie!!!!! Rick of course responded, "She’s not my date - she’s my mother”!!!

~ Annelle Stem Griffin ('52)

*** You can imagine my surprise to see Indiana Tech Law School ( located in Fort Wayne, IN) featured in the article about Albany's Tift Park Market reopening!!!!!  I have lived in Fort Wayne since 1973. This school has really grown in those years. It is a fairly new addition to Indiana Tech. Guess they have a good marketing person.

~ Cathy Holt Norton ('52)

*** Thanks very much for getting me back on the list. I really enjoy the AHS Times so much. As I have grown older, it seems that so much from my high school years seems so vivid.
~ Scott Cohen ('63)

*** Please update my email address.

~ Pat Dean ('48)

** Our email has changed. Thanks,

~ James (Jim) Calhoun ('50)

*** I think Marjorie Crumbley Ramsey Suydam was in the Class of 1947. There was never an obit in the Herald but she died January 22, 2013. Thought you might want to add it to the record. Thanks for all you do.

~ Pat Norton ('48)

*** I am reluctant to read the obituaries in the Albany Herald for fear that I will recognize the name of a classmate. I did yesterday.  Myrtice Elaine Johns Ferris, Class of 1958, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2015.


She was known by the name "Elaine Johns" in high school. According to her obit in the Albany Herald and on Kimbrell Stern's website, she had retired as a nurse at Palmyra Park Hospital. Thanks,

~ Joanne Simmons Smith ('58)


*** Marjorie Crumbley ('47) was one of my friends and has visited my wife, Pat and me a couple of times before she died.

~ Ralph Calhoun ('47)


*** Don't know if you heard, but my mother, Geraldine (Jerry) Newman passed away on November 28, 2014, at 96. Although not an "Indian", she taught many as an English teacher at Merry Acres for a number of years.

~ Frank Newman ('64)


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



*** Mark Monroe Burns, son of Georgia Neal Wolfe Burns, Class of 1954


*** Mary Lewis Shemwell, Class of 1936


*** Marjorie Crumbley Ramsey Suydam, Class of 1947


*** Myrtice Elaine Johns Ferris, Class of 1958


***  William (Billy) Payne, Class of 1959; brother of Rita Payne, Class of 1960


*** Larry Hopper, Class of 1967; September 1949 - April 2010


*** June Futch Bierman, Class of 1942; sister of Jack, Sammy ('55) and Christine Futch


*** Perry Eugene Sr. "Gene" Crosson, Class of 1952; husband of Dorothy Reeves, Class of 1955


*** Oleta Cooper Hancock, Class of 1962


*** Marvin C. Lorig, Class of 1936


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 they 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 : Click here: In Memoriam - Our Deceased Classmates - AHS Albany GA

Please send corrections or additions to









Jay Beck, Reflections on Georgia Politics - YouTube


Jay Beck, Class of 1962 was interviewed by Bob Short January 28, 2015 at the Carter Center. It is sponsored by the Russell Library of Oral History.


Jay, many of you will recognize; and the interview centered around Hamilton Jordan, also Class of 1962, and Jay's best friend at AHS! You'll want to watch this presentation!!!



The Doug Dahlgren Show


"A Conversation with Artie Kornfeld"


The Doug Dahlgren Show will present "A Conversation with Woodstock Co-Creator, Artie Kornfeld", taking place at www.ArtistFirst.com  on April 20th, 2015 at 7 pm eastern time, and featuring Music Icon, Artie Kornfeld and show host, Doug Dahlgren.


The Pied Piper, Artie Kornfeld, is known for over 75 hit songs he has written or co-written. In 1969, Artie, and co-creator Michael Lange, brought the world’s most famous music festival into existence…Woodstock.

For more details contact the host at doug@dougdahlgren.com





B.B. Rhodes ('52) attended the 2015 Glynn County Sports Hall of Fame as the guest of AHS Class of 1954, Johnny Paulk.   Paulk was voted on as one of six inductees - a great honor!








A Note From Merry Acres ...

We are so excited at Merry Acres I just had to share the news with you.


Merry Acres has purchased the Shackelford House and hired Lynne Ranew Mertins, no she is not an Indian, she is a Patriot, Westover Class of 1970. Lynne is renowned throughout Southwest Georgia for her divine food and her wonderful cookbooks! So, for all upcoming reunions, they will all have Lynne’s cuisine. Oh my goodness we are excited!


Also, The Rock House is undergoing a transformation. It will now be known as The Paula Deen Suite and feature all of her furniture and fabrics as well as some memorabilia!!!! It should be complete by the end of May.


Lots of happenings at the reunion headquarters, Merry Acres Inn!!! Thanks!

~ Sandy Gregors

Director of Sales Merry Acres Inn & Event Center
1500 Dawson Road Albany, GA 31707







Hi, I’m a member of the Restaurant Ware Collectors Network, a group of members who collect, sell and research restaurant china. There are a lot of Pig n Whistle restaurants out there with very similar logos, but we’ve been able to use your site to definitely ID one plate as being from one of the Georgia locations based on the two images I’ve linked to below:



As part of the RWCN, we’ve also built an IDwiki, and I’m wondering if you would give your permission for us to use these images as positive proof of the ID. (The spots on the pig are what are so conclusive!)

Naturally we would include proper photo attribution and a link back to your site.

Thanks so much for letting us use those images. Here’s my entry: Click here: Pig 'N Whistle 5

Thanks for considering, Susan Phillips









Class of 1955 Missing Classmates

If you know how to contact any of our missing classmates, please email info to bmabz@aol.com

Thomas Max Anderson
Arnoldine Ash
Diana Sue Barnes
Faye Bates
John H. Bishop
Gloria Bradshaw
Lillian Bryant  
Gail Butler
William Edward Campbell
Janie Wylene Chambless
Faye Cone
Mary Jo Crosby
Gladys Cushenbery
Sidney Lee Davis
Bob Wilton Driggers
Walter Duncan
Wayne Eubanks  
Martin Fincher
Betty Haldeman
Gray Harden
William Henderson
Elizabeth Ann Holman  
Don Ingram 
Mary Leggette  
James Clifford Martin, Jr.
Reba Mauldin
Wynette Morgan
James A. Powell
Kay Power (White)
Karen Frances Poyner
Sarah Ann Rhodes
Mary Scarbrough
Dorothy Shealy (Calley)
Nel Smith
Tommy Spurlin
Jan Wills
Joyce Willis
Jimmy H. Wingate
Janice Woods



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