04 2016



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

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

 111th Edition ~  04/19/2016

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

Life is not a highway strewn with flowers,
Still it holds a goodly share of bliss,
When the sun gives way to April showers,
Here is the point you should never miss.

Though April showers may come your way,
They bring the flowers that bloom in May.
So if it's raining, have no regrets,
Because it isn't raining rain, you know, (It's raining violets,)
And where you see clouds upon the hills,
You soon will see crowds of daffodils,
So keep on looking for a blue bird, And list'ning for his song,
Whenever April showers come along.




APRIL 1-2, 2016

~ Martha LeSueur Nicholson


Stormy weather did not dampen the spirits or interfere with the fun of the Class of ’56 reunion on April 1-2. Merry Acres generously allowed us the entire restaurant space on Friday night after the weather forced us indoors from the pool area. We soon filled it up with close to 100 classmates, spouses and friends checking in at the registration table. We enjoyed a delicious array of party food prepared by Lynn Mertins and drinks from the cash bar as we greeted and mingled and caught up on the last few years throughout the evening.

On Saturday night we gathered at the Merry Acres Event Center in the Plantation Room for a sumptuous buffet dinner also prepared by Lynn Mertins.   Gordon Kilgore, assisted by wife Margaret, so he could join us in the picture, took a beautiful class picture.  (see above). 


Before dinner a moment of silence was observed in memory of our 83 deceased classmates. The invocation was given by Rev. Don Kea, husband of class member Mary Dale Vansant Kea.


After dinner Fred Sumter, class President and reunion Chairman, recognized classmate Suhayl Rafeedie who gave a moving talk about his experience of being the only foreign student in AHS, and what the class of ’56 and the school meant to him at that time and on through his life. Several class members followed telling some wild tales of high school days and beyond, and what AHS had meant to them in their lives. Kudos were given to special teachers who went the extra mile to help and had the greatest influence on our lives beyond high school.

Pictures from our past reunions, high school days, and some of our favorite hangouts, along with notes from some classmates who were not able to attend, and a memorial list of our deceased classmates were displayed both evenings.

The class picture, including a key to names of those in the group, and updated class directory will be emailed to all in the class email database for you to print at home or send to the printer of your choice. If you would like a print picture and/or an updated print class directory mailed to you, please contact Leon Perrett at k4gcr@bellsouth.net  or 229-435-9634 for information and pricing.

With great appreciation for all his help with our reunion, the Class of 1956 made a donation to Porterfield UMC in memory of David Campbell, brother of class member Edgar Campbell, who passed away March 27, 2016.

Many thanks to all who came and helped make our reunion a fun weekend and memorable experience!!!!!






*** Class of 1966 ***

April 22 - 23, 1916




*** Class of 1961 ***


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


 ***ALL AHS Class Reunion ***

  July 29- 31, 2016 

Hello!  I wanted to let as many AHS Alum as possible know that we are working on putting an all class reunion together this year.

We need everyone's input. Your voices mattered ... as you paved the way for the "slightly younger" classes like mine ... 2006!

There was a meeting at the school in the new auditorium on Tuesday April 13th at 5 pm.  The tentative dates for the reunion are July 29- 31, 2016, and we also plan to celebrate this year at AHS Homecoming ... which is scheduled for September 24, 2016.

Please spread the word and consider coming out. We need to support our school to ensure that it stays as great as it once was!

~ Lakea Chatmon, Class of 2006


 *** 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***



I thought, perhaps, you might be interested in this story:

Firefighters respond to reports

of smoke at Albany High

Dozens evacuated after smoke at Albany High - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

 ~ Bruce Garey, Class of 1963




Ebb Pate, Artist

Class of 1955




Ebb Pate was in the Class of 1955, and left after his sophomore year. The class lost touch with him; however, they recently learned Ebb is a very successful artist, with two degrees in Design and has been an artist all his adult life.


During the original heyday of Lily Pulitzer, Ebb developed and produced numerous products sold in her 27 stores nationwide, including the "Lily Pulitzer Coloring Book". Ebb's drawings, paintings and original paper mache sculptures are in the collections of a host of famous people, from Sir Cecil Beaton to John Wayne. Thousands of others own his original works.

Two large Pate WaterColors now hang in the Capital offices in Tallahassee, Florida,

Bi-coastal, Ebb lives in both Virginia, where he paints scenes of Colonial Williamsburg/Yorktown and Jamestown; and Washington State, where he practices Architectural Design. 


You may want to peruse some of the work of this AHS Indian.


Click here: Parklane Fine Art Gallery | Ebb Pate




50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ... 


  No anniversaries submitted ....


Send your 50th Anniversaries and beyond

to albanyhightimes@aol.com







? ~ Thank you so much for helping me find my fried, Penny Musgrove Teel, Class of 1964. Yes, I did get a very nice email from her!
Now, could you please do the same for me with Julia Faye Hammond, who used to be my neighbor and good friend? We corresponded for some time and then lost contact. I will be equally grateful for your efforts with this request.
I'm starting to love Albany High Times, too! Wish my alma mater in Savannah had something like it.
~ Doris Thacker Cassius

A ~  Doris - the list you saw was Class of 1961 and Doris is listed as missing.  So unless someone sees this request and has information abut her, I'm afraid we can't help with Julia.  I'm so sorry.


* 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



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Lessons on God and Handwriting
From the Year of 1917 
Uncovered in

Oklahoma High School

Submitted by Sunny Rackley, Class of '53


On Friday, June 12, 2015, the Oklahoman reported that a set of charming chalkboard lessons, frozen in time from 1917, were discovered during renovations of three classrooms at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City.



Workers replacing chalkboards at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City were surprised to discover lessons from 1917 frozen in time.


The school was built in 1895, and the preserved slate blackboards were covered with new chalkboards in late 1917, which we know thanks to the company that installed them.


Nearly a century later, workers discovered the lessons while installing new whiteboards and smartboards. Once uncovered, the chalkboards revealed a rare and stunning time capsule containing lessons about math, reading, music, handwriting, personal hygiene, pilgrims, and God.


Take a walk back to when life was simple ... we loved God, our country and we didn't lock doors! 


More moving pictures of the blackboards in the following:

Click here: School Blackboards from 1917: Emerson High School in Oklahoma City uncovers slate blackboards with lessons frozen in time !

Different articles have additional pictures and some give TV clips, etc., just sitting and waiting on the Internet!





One of the things that have been a treasure to me is getting to know people like James Sawyer ('48) and his wife Shirley Neldon ('47) before she died in 2014, through the Albany High Times and emails!

Recently, James died, and yet when I read his obituary, I found I had been corresponding with quite an Indian!  Read and be proud!

James E. "Tom" Sawyer
Albany High School Class of 1948
James E. "Tom" Sawyer died at Bayonet Point Medical Center in Hudson, on Friday, March 18, 2016.  He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley Neldon Sawyer, Class of 1949.
He was born in Albany, GA, on Aug. 28, 1931 to Charles E. and Sara Dozier Sawyer.
James grew up in Albany with his sister, Ruth Sawyer ('54) Cook, and was in the AHS Class of 1948, where he played clarinet in the band. He married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Neldon, Class of 1949.
James served as a lieutenant and Company Commander in the Second Engineering Group of the US Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean War. He and Shirley moved to Tampa, in 1958, where he was active in several local churches, including Most Holy Redeemer and Saint Patrick's.
"Jimmie" became interested in engineering at an early age, when he worked at his father's construction company in Albany, GA. He later received his bachelor's degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He began his career as a Structural Engineer at J.E. Greiner Company in 1955, rising through the ranks to become President and Chief Operating Officer from 1985 until his retirement in 1995. During his 40-year career, his passion was bridges and bridge design. He was very active with several bridge design standards organizations, and led Greiner's design team or worked on many signature long span bridges, including the Sunshine Skyway, the Houston Ship Channel Bridge and cable stayed bridges in Charleston and Hong Kong.
James was involved in many large infrastructure projects in Florida, the United States, and internationally, including Florida's interstate highways, Tampa International Airport, Orlando International Airport, NASA's Space Shuttle Landing Facility at Cape Canaveral, and numerous highway and airport projects in Asia and Europe, and his company won a variety of awards for its projects. James served as president of the National Organization of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1991, and was active in the Florida Engineering Society, where he received the Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement in 1971.
James believed in giving back to his community. He loved to mentor and inspire students and younger engineers to get involved and excel at whatever they were doing. He served as a Junior Achievement teacher in Tampa and was active in the Knights of Columbus and in the Kiwanis Palma Ceia West Shore in Tampa, where he helped build wheelchair ramps for the underprivileged.

He served as a volunteer at James T. Haley VA Hospital and as a Guardian Ad Litem in Pasco County, in addition to volunteering at the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in San Antonio, FL, and participating in the Pasco County Jail ministry.  Quite an Indian!!! 



William David Campbell


Albany High School, Class of 1964



The Good Life City lost one of it’s champions and business leaders this week when respected businessman William David Campbell lost his long battle with cancer Easter Sunday.

Just two days shy of his 70th birthday, Campbell, by all accounts, had lived a full life, during which he left an indelible mark on those who consider themselves friends.


He graduated from his beloved Mercer University, where he met Lynda Medley, whom he married in 1967.

After college the couple returned to Albany, and once there Campbell, along with this brother-in-law Reed Jackson, joined his father-in-law Gaines Medley in his restaurant supply business, Medley Hotel and Restaurant Supply.
During his 43 years at Medley, Campbell helped build the company into one of the country’s foremost restaurant supply companies

Campbell saw continued success in business after leaving Medley, embarking on a second career as a restaurateur when he joined his his son Stewart Campbell and Bo Henry in Stewbo’s Restaurant Group, which owns and operates Merry Acres Inn and Event Center, The Shackleford House and several successful restaurants.

But Campbell’s impact extended well outside of his many business ventures, as he was a tireless champion for the community. Over the years Campbell was involved in a number of different organizations, and corporate boards, including serving as chairman of the board at AB&T National Bank from 2010-2015.

Campbell also painted a picture of a better community during his time as president of the board at Doublegate Country Club during the early 1990s.  At that time, Doublegate had yet to admit an African American member and Campbell endured a considerable amount of criticism and negativity when he backed the membership application of former Albany Mayor Willie Adams, who ultimately became the club’s first African American member.

“David had to endure some very adverse conversations,” said Adams when recalling those times. “But he stood by me and took a very civil stance on that issue. He stood for what was right instead of what was fashionable. The community has lost a very dear citizen and a great human being.”





November 27, 1934 - April 14, 2016


Lt. Colonel Luther Lee Peyton, Jr., Class of 1954, served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 24 years as a helicopter pilot. Lee flew more than 1240 combat hours in Vietnam, with a total of over 5800 flying hours. He was awarded 5 distinguished Flying Crosses, 2 single Mission Air medals, 62 Air medals and a Bronze Star with combat "V". 



John Harry Hayes, Class of 1958

Julian D. Whiting, Class of 1959
Robert D. Vick, Class of 1964

John Harry Hayes, Class of 1958
Carl P. Wylie, Class of 1964
Harry/Henry Geer, Class of 1952
Jimmy Bell, Class of 1956
James E. Sawyer, Class of 1948



None submitted this month

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!



ALL who have served 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)



*** ***

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 …




*** For military: John Harry Hayes, Class of 1958
~ Judy Collins Hayes, Class of 1958


*** My class will be celebrating our 10 year reunion this September.  Also ...Class of 55 (first graduating class at present AHS) ... so great!
Thank You,
~ Lakea M. Chatmon, Class of 2006

Congrats to the Class of 1956 for a wonderful reunion!  It was my husband, Tommy' Herrington's 60th Reunion. Sadly we  had to miss Friday; but Saturday was wonderful!  So many friends in that class I love dearly.

I especially enjoyed the "memory time".  Host Freddie Sumpter invited anyone who wanted to share special memories of AHS days.  Martha Lesueur Nicholson  has already mentioned some who spoke in her opening article; but I'd like to mention a few more ... Frank Orgel, with his great sense of humor was a real hit (Frank was featured in the January issue of News and Clues - and if you did not read, I highly recommend it! - http://newsandclues.albanyhightimes.com/01_2016.htm); Jimmy Bell told of his turn around when there was little hope left that he would survive; there were wonderful memories of some of the teachers that were funny and touching; Mary Dale Vansant Kea reminded us of the days when she and Ray Ragsdale Stevens started the Record Hop at WGST (http://albanyhightimes.com/mary_dale_vansant.htm), and also moving memories by Marjorie Pollock Crawford, John Huie and Tommy Herrington, of whom I was very proud!

***  I really enjoyed the photos of Albany - in "News & Clues" ... good memories of old times. HOWEVER, equally enjoyable were the items on spelunking, etc., but about halfway through them the computer ate the web address and would not gag it back up.


Could you please send me the computer address which had these?  It was a web address which started with about a several minute photo series on what Albany is like today - downtown photos, principle buildings, Library and on and on, and many photos of Radium and Radium river. All silent. After these, another program automatically came on about caves in North Georgia, then automatically another program. Confused??  Don't worry about it - I simply need to learn the evil tricks in this newfangled doodad called computer. Bah, humbug.

My new e-address is attached.


I continue to enjoy your publication - please keep it up!
~ John Grissett, Class of '44


NOTE:  Here it is John ...

~* HOME *~

Albany Georgia!  A little video Betty Rehberg made with some of her photos.  Enjoy!!!



*** Still loving the site. Could you add me to the list of Indians who served please.
~ Robert D. Vick, Class of 64

*** Please change my email address as we have moved.
~ Anna Pollock Bliss, Class of 1956

Anna ... I forwarded your email to your class in total!

*** As usual, your Albany High Times news letter is excellent. Thanks so much for all you do.
I was pleased to see the article on Dr. (Billy) Morris. Dr. Morris went to school with my older brother and sister. He was a minister to me in my younger days and later as I was an adult, he was my physician for a while. Glad to know he is still around and doing well.
~ Brenda Cox Wintersole, Class of 1964

*** What a great issue! The Times gets better with each issue, and the number of veterans continues to grow. I am so glad you managed to get the photo of Motie Wiggins('52) in. He certainly didn't look or act like someone who would pass in just a matter of weeks.

By the way, did you happen to know Ebb Pate? Probably Class of '55. He's a first cousin who also left AHS at the end of his soph year and followed brother Tommy and me to Baylor. And Ben Jackson is another cousin that left AHS and graduated from Baylor; maybe class of '58 or '59.

I have two daughters; Kay was an Army Captain who served God and country in Desert Storm. Thankfully, she returned home safely, but one year later, in 1991, she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). After seven months of intensive chemo treatments in Eisenhower Army Hospital, and MANY PRAYERS, she was returned to active duty. Months later she was medically discharged, given four years of college to retrain herself, went to seminary, and is now an Episcopal Priest in Cleveland, OH. My youngest daughter, Karyn, lives here in Jacksonville and is a professional photographer!
~ Tommy Tarpley, Class of 1953
*** I am Jimmie "Tom" Sawyer's daughter, reaching out to let you know of his passing on Friday, March 18th.  His was a fulfilled and complete life, full of challenges, love and faith. Please remember him in your prayers.
~ Pat Sawyer Barron
*** I knew Betty through the Jones family well. Her sister Barbara & Ju Ju (Julia Pace) were in my class of 1948.
Happy Easter,
~ Richard Simpson ('48)
***  I learned of Lee Wheeler's death from one of the Knight Owl group. Lee was a member of that group. Peace ...
~ Joann Roark Areneson ('62)



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


***  James "Tom" Sawyer, Class 1948; brother of Ruth Sawyer Austin ('54).  His wife, Shirley Neldon Sawyer, Class of 1949 died in 2014
*** Betty T. Jones McInvale, Class of 1942; sister of Barbara, Paul, and Edward Jones
*** Robert "Goo Goo" Heidt, Class of 1953
***  Linda Ellen Fisher Daigle, Class of 1959, sister of Betty Jane Fisher ('66)
*** William David Campbell, Class of 1964; brother of Edgar Campbell, Class of 1956
*** Joseph Lee Wheeler, Jr., Class of 1961 - died May 30, 2013
*** Patricia Moore, Class of 1982
*** Charles Wendell Moore, Class of 1978

*** Theresa Hutchings Webb, class unknown

*** Nicole Womack, Class of 2004

*** Luther Lee "Iggy" Payton Jr, Class of 1954; brother of Lavon Payton, ('57)

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



~ CLUES!!! ~ 


*** Goose bumps and a little teary eyed....!!!

500 high school choir students sing the U.S. National anthem in a high-rise hotel. Each night before curfew,
they gather on their balconies to sing the Star-Spangled Banner from the balconies of the 18-story atrium at Louisville's downtown Hyatt Regency as part of the Kentucky Music Educators convention.

~ Tommy "TAP" Pattison, Class of 1954






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