05 2012



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*** Class of 1952 ***

Harry Helton, Famous AHS Mascot

made an appearance!

60th Reunion

April 13-15, 2012


It was our delight to attend the Saturday night function of the Class of 1952’s 60th Reunion!  I reminded them that nearly 10 years ago, on the occasion of their 50th Reunion (June 2002), I had just started a website of what would become the Albany High Times.  I took pictures at that reunion and encouraged everyone I talked to, to sign up, and that theirs would be the first class to have their own webpage on the new website!  These 1952 classmates were seniors my freshman year and I looked up to them!  Since then, I have made many friends in that class through the email.  Tommy (’56) and I had a wonderful time with a great class, led by B.B. Rhodes!  Pictures of this reunion are featured on their "home page" at Click here: Class of 1952. Don Fisher, Albany photographer took wonderful pictures during the evening. 


Memories, poems and pics of other reunions can be found at Click here: 52 Oldies!


'52 Singing AHS Alma Mater


They held their entire reunion on the Merry Acres’ Campus. “Doctor Jock” (Price Corr), Class of 1967) spun music for the dinner/dance. Kudos to B.B. Rhodes and his able committee!

~ Beverly Smith Herrington (’55) 


*** Class of 1962 ***

2012 50th Reunion

April 20-21, 2012


“Tribal Treasures Showcase”

Seventeen exhibitors from the Albany High School Class of 1962 were featured at their 50th reunion April 20-21 in a “Tribal Treasures Showcase” at Doublegate Country Club.  The exhibits included everything from custom handbags to published books to hand-turned wooden bowls to painted gourds to needle work. 


Carol Mauldin Rathel, Joann Roark Arneson, Eleanor Simpson Banks and Carol Pate Stark, Bill Satterfield and Charles Ruehl, Carol Rockett Megathlin and Kay Smith Pedrotti were some of the featured exhibitors. 


Edward Gnehm, a professor at The George Washington University whose career with the United States Foreign Service spanned 36 years spoke to his classmates for at an informal gathering at the home of Paul and Debbie Wallace.


For the full article and some pictures, visit their Albany High Times 1962 webpage at Class of 1962 and Class Website Link.  Other pictures and information will soon be available on their web at www.ahs62.org





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*** Class of 1963 ***

50th Reunion in 2013


The AHS Class of 1963 will hold a  50th Reunion Planning Meeting


 At the Merry Acres Manor House

5:30 p.m. on July 10, 2012


For information contact Ladd Jordan at



 *** 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 ***

It’s here…. It’s time for our

30th Reunion

(more info at Class of 1982 Website Link)


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

is thinking about a one night "mini-reunion" in the Spring of 2013!  A 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:




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3.  When you email the Albany High Times, your email does not automatically publish to the website - however, if your email is newsworthy (smile) and selected, I have to copy and paste your email onto either the website, the newsletter, or another email - in other words - it must have my assistance! 


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5.  WHY?  I don't work on the "Times" or the "News" from my desktop computer that houses my personal email address.  I work only from my laptop where ALL the program files pertaining to "Times and "News" are housed.  It would be a great help and time saver for me if your emails are mailed ONLY to albanyhightimes@aol.com ... if you are not already doing so ... PLEASE DO!


6.  Als0, when you email your info to my personal email, then I have to forward it to albanyhightimes@aol.com and believe me, there are times when I forget to do so. 


You might think of the above "clues" when you refer to the following clue ... I do have this disorder!

Age Activated Attention Disorder


I laughed at this until I realized that this is exactly what I do!  Now finally someone has made a movie of it! Click here: Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder - YouTube

~ Barbara Able Burton (’57)



Click here... Year of your birth

The screen is going to fade to black; have your glasses on and follow the instructions below.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised with this one! 


Type the YEAR only!!!  Then click on the question (?) mark … sit back and enjoy!! The screen moves by itself.

~ Wynelle Davis Greenway (’50)








Coach Graham and Betty Shearouse Lowe


A Combined 100 Years of Teaching and

Giving to Albany Students!!!


A Retirement Celebration for Graham and Betty Shearouse Lowe was held Saturday, May 12th at Merry Acres celebrating a combination of 100 years in Albany school systems.  Coach Graham coached and taught at AHS from 1954 to 1966.  In earlier years, he was involved with the Albany Jr. High.  Later, when Deerfield Academy was begun, he became headmaster, then went to a private school in Camilla, retired from that school and returned to Deerfield Windsor in recent years! They are both employed at Deerfield Windsor School, 2500 Nottingham Way, Albany, Ga. 31707.

 Some Student Notes ...

*** I wish I could be there with you to wish them well in retirement.

~ Tom Robinson Class of ‘61


*** Coach Lowe had a large influence on me … I was the new kid and he took me under his wing and the fact I was 6’ 4” I’m sure had nothing to do with it … Coach Lowe and his wife are two of the greatest people in this world. Even though it has been 50 years since I played for him it seems like last week. I wish them all the Blessings God can bestow on them and hope they have a long and wonderful retirement. Best Wishes;

~ Jim Dubeau, Class of 61


*** Coach Lowe was one of my very favorite teachers. I had him for two years of French. What a fun class! We had a great time laughing about all our "French ... spoken in Southern".  And we all thought that Miss Betty was the prettiest 'lil thing ... and she still is.
Best wishes and God's Blessing on both of you and your family as you enter into a well deserved retirement.

~ Caroline King Yearwood, Class of ‘61



Merry Acres was originally built by and was the home of my grandfather, Dermot Shemwell.  But there was another home there that burned around 1934.  I was born 5/14/32 and as a child can vaguely remember walking though the ashes. My grandmother all the rest of her life would occasionally comment on something she inherited from her wealthy family, the Foy’s from Eufaula.  I can remember there where puddles of silver in the ashes. My grandfather sold it to Dr. Grace around 1940, and purchased a large farm in Armenia out the Dawson Road.



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* Ahs ClassofFiftyfive

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* 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....

* Albany High School Class of 1974 Albany, GA

* Albany High School Grads 1976-1983

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* AHS Class of 1983

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*** Interesting article by Betty Rehberg ('74), historian for the Albany Journal and who maintains a group on Facebook called Vintage Albany Georgia. – Click here:  VINTAGE ALBANY: AFD Chief D.W. Brosnan


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? ~  My mother, Gertrude Shemwell Culbertson, graduated from AHS on Monroe Street in 1923. I went to elementary school in the same building 1940-43. I am going through a lot of my mother’s photos and there are some from that era showing the school. You probably have enough but let me know if you would like some more.


There are a lot from my years at AHS. Just let me know what you’d like to have because I am going to pitch them.

~ Bob Culbertson, Class of 49/50.


A~ Send whatever photos you would like - that would be wonderful!


I have recently gone through many bins full of "pre-digital" pictures.  I do love to take photos!  So I scanned and put them on CDs for my children and grandchildren.  I decided to be in charge of throwing my own precious photos away -  not wanting to leave them for someone else to toss in the future.  I recently helped my sister, Sharon Smith Spies ('58),go through hers.  She had a wonderful luncheon and gave the pics to her two daughters, and two grand daughters!  We had so much fun watching them looking back at themselves over the years!



? ~ Could you please mail a copy of the AHS Alma mater?  Is there a cost?

~ Danielle Warren, Class of 2002

A~ Am working on the monthly newsletter ... will be back in touch once it is published. 



? ~ Last season the Class of 1961 had their reunion. Very few photographs were posted. Is there anyone who might be able to put some pictures on line of all that group such as Frank Middleton, Bill Fields, Ken Musgrove, Carlos Phillips, Rusty Kaliher, Vic Miller, Chan Chandler, John Blicher, and all of those who were in that class?  It would be good to see them and hear more from that class. I would enjoy knowing how they are all getting along and seeing a lot more than the usual regulars that presently live in Albany  

A~ I do have a few photos on my camera.  Later today I will try to locate them and send them on to you.  Has he tried the 1961 AHS page on Facebook at

http://www.facebook.com/groups/220808767948365/ ?

~ Corinne Beverly Flannigan (’61)


NOTE: The Class of 1961 Albany High Times Webpage can be viewed at: http://albanyhightimes.com/1961.htm


? ~ My name is Chet Wallace and I have been working on a writing project about the Winecoff Hotel fire of 1946 in Atlanta, Ga. since October of 2010.  My project is mainly going to focus on the victims of the fire to memorialize them.


I have emailed Ralph Calhoun ('47) and he mentioned that maybe you could help me locate any family members of the three victims Julia Hall, Ann Walker and Marianne Scherle. Also I would like to talk to some of the members of the Class of 1947 that are still living and remember anything about the three girls. I know Ann Walker had a brother named Richard but have no idea how to contact him. I've tried several places in Albany such as Albany High School, the historical society and the library but no luck. I've seen the Albany High Times website and it's dedication to the victims which I thought was wonderful! Do you happen to know when the plaque was dedicated to the high school? I find it interesting that the donor wanted to remain anonymous. 


NOTE: I mentioned to Chet that in 1953 when a group of Alpha Tri Hi Y girls, led by Thelma Plant, went to Youth Assembly, Miss Plant mentioned the story of the fire to us.  I then sent Chet's email to the classes around 1947 and some of them responded.


Chet wrote back: One left a phone number to call her so I will do that tomorrow. Thanks so much for responding. When you attended the youth assembly in the 50's were you staying at the Peachtree On Peachtree Hotel which was the Winecoff Hotel building?  I was just curious about the hotel you stayed in ....I've found that some relatives of the victims would later stay in the same hotel that their brothers or sisters died in attending the same youth assembly and not knowing at the time that it was the same hotel because the name had changed.

Thanks so much!

~ Chet Wallace


A~  I left Albany in 1947 to go to college and then the service and then to Atlanta to work. I knew all the girls, but not living in Albany, I haven’t been living with the day to day conversation about them. I’m afraid I can’t be of much help. Your best source should be the Albany High Times or the Albany Herald. Sorry.

~ Goodloe Yancey ('46)


Chet responded: Thanks for sending the emails ..... I've gotten a couple of responses already. I don't mind calling them either since some might not do emailing. I have a feeling that I might not have much luck with locating the family since Marianne Scherle and Julia Hall didn't have any siblings so talking to classmates will help fill that gap. I think that Marianne Scherle's parents might have moved from the area soon after the fire.

Thanks so much for your help!

Chet Wallace


NOTE:  If anyone else has information, I'm sure Mr. Wallace would appreciate hearing from you!




A~  Lesley - I need more info. Is Davis her maiden name? What is her class year?


Response from Lesley: Thanks for writing back. Yes, that is her maiden name but I already found her living in her parents house in Albany and working as a teacher with your school system. Thanks again.

~ Lesley Smith 





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*** Thanks to Huddy Hudgens (’63) for letting me know about signing up for the A.H.S. Newsletter.  Did not know we had it. Hello to everyone who went to school with me, my sister Tina, or my brother Wilson. GOD bless,

~ Thad Joiner (’64)


*** Scott Cohen is listed on your website as a “Missing” classmate.  He’s been found and added to 1963 e-group!

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*** I just noticed in the e-mail list about the Lowe's retirement party that Pete Brandon (Class of 1961) wasn't included. Would you please add him? Thank you!
~ Sara Joiner Eubanks, AHS Class of 1961

*** Please add my name to the Albany Times mailing list.  My name is Gene Edward Shillcutt, Jr. and I graduated in 1963. Also, please add my name to those who served in the military.

My military story is:  After graduating from UGA in 1968 I joined the Navy and attended OCS in Pensacola, FL. I served as an aviator and fighter pilot during the VietNam era. My final rank was Lt. Commander and was flying search and rescue helicopters at the time of release from duty from the Naval Reserve in 1976.
~ Ed Shillcutt (’63)


NOTE:  Ed … all your info has been added – thank you for your service to our country!


*** Love reading the Albany High Times. Please add my brother-in-law Wayne Barfield (Class 64) to your list. I have been telling him about the Times but haven’t had a chance to email you. Thanks,

~ Karen Nelson Barfield, Class 64’


*** Could you please sign me up? Thanks
~ Reace Stanford AHS 1963


*** I moved from Albany in 1964 but stay connected as much as I can. I believe I had seen this website before but had forgotten. I just wondered about the Class of 1964 of which I am a member.


~ Dian T. Clark ('64)


Please add my name / e-mail information to the Albany High Times monthly distribution list.

I normally see the link on e-mails from Bruce Garey. (Thanks, Bruce) And thanks to all the work of the staff.


Although I didn’t graduate from Albany High in 1963 (we were transferred to Macon between my junior and senior years), I grew up in Albany (2nd through 11th grades) and consider myself an Indian.  I have enjoyed the past AHS reunions, and greatly appreciate being welcomed as a classmate and seeing old friends.

~ Earl Spell. ‘63


*** We would love to get the news letter. What do we need to do?  We live in Albany, Ga.

~ Thomas Lee Cox ('57) and Carolyn Pickron ('60) Cox


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*** Thank you for adding our names to your newsletter. We would appreciate it.

Jane Jordan, Class of 1960, and Larry Styles, Class of 1959.  Thanks!

~ Larry and Jane Jordan Styles




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J.Tom Morgan

Class of 1973

J.Tom Morgan - Biography



We recently attended the Central Gwinnett High School Class of 2012 Baccalaureate Service for the son of our neighbor.  I sat there thinking about my own Baccalaureate service which was held at the Albany City Auditorium in 1955, and I was keenly aware of interesting differences. Which of us in the 50's would have dared be late for the graduate's grand march? Yet all through the first part of the service, a late comer in a gown and mortar board would amble down the aisle during a presentation and plop down unceremoniously. To tell the truth, I don't remember much about my own service, I just remember we were taught to respect ... this service I will never forget, but not for reasons you might think! Please stay with me until the end ... I think it will be worth wading through (smile)!


Tempus did not fugit as we sat through rough musical presentations ... but if you could hang in there, the words in the songs were certainly meaningful for the graduates; and the appointed graduates who gave presentations from great American poets, had been given no coaching on proper "elocution" Bragg or Plant style.  Still it was wonderful to know teachers still lead students to the precious words of "What Is Success" by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost.  But there was more to come ...


A girl, began to introduce the speaker, and my ears perked up when I heard her say, the speaker was originally from Albany GA, and was a graduate of Albany High School!  From then on ... I was glued to her every word.  She introduced J.Tom Morgan, AHS Class of 1970.  She went on to say that he was the first prosecutor in Georgia to specialize in the prosecution of crimes against children. He had prosecuted more than 500 cases involving children who had been sexually or physically abused or murdered. He is nationally recognized as an expert on the prosecution of crimes against children, and he has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, CNN's Talk Back Live, Court TV, and 48 Hours, and he has been featured in People and Parenting magazines. He has lectured to prosecutors and law enforcement officials in more than 30 states, Puerto Rico, and Europe and served on the faculty of the National College of District Attorneys. In 1992, then Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, appointed J.Tom to the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect. He also chaired Georgia's Child Abuse Prevention Panel. 


J.Tom then offered a spell-binding address to the young graduates, suggesting that they "Find time to give yourself to others." 


He also included the story of a young girl in the AHS Class of 1947 who had planned to travel to Atlanta for Youth Assembly with several other Tri Hi Y friends.  She, however, came down with the flu and canceled her trip at the last minute. 


Sadly, many of us know part of the rest of the story ... the other girls traveled on to Atlanta and were burned to death in the horrible Winecoff Hotel fire ... what you may not know is that the girl who did not go ... was J.Tom's mother, Virginia Claire Richardson , Class of 1947!  I could barely control the audible sob in my throat.  I remembered how excited I was to make the trip to Atlanta ... to sit in chairs of state government officials and take part in a copy cat version of their process, and I could only imagine the disappointment of J.Tom's mother when she could not join her friends  ... but that young Indian's disappointment promised J.Tom ... the gift of LIFE.   And what a life his has been!  Read the story of J.Tom Morgan, AHS Class of 1970 ... you will be proud, if not impressed!

 Click here: J. Tom Morgan - Biography



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Meeting Ernest Bivans

Class of 1937



By Adair Melichamp (’54)

Suzanne and I have lived in Santa Barbara since 1966 when I arrived here to build a new program in chemical engineering at the local Univ. of California campus. In 2000, we moved from our 25-year residence on the "SB Riviera," with its great views of the ocean and city, to a smaller condominium located on the site of the former UCSB campus tennis courts just down the road. Soon after moving in I encountered an "old fellow" (older than me), a neighbor across the cul-de-sac where our homes were located. We struck up a conversation. It turned out his name was Ernest Bivans. He had lived in Santa Barbara from the early 1960's, working at one of the many defense related industries that set up shop in the lemon groves outside of town during the Cold War era.

Our conversation rapidly developed some facts: that we were both engineers by education, he an electrical engineer who had spent his professional lifetime working to develop radar systems beginning as a researcher at MIT; that we both had graduated from Georgia Tech; that, amazingly!!, we both had gone to the same high school in a little SW Georgia town (he graduated from AHS in 1937, as I recall). We had much fun talking about old Albany town, including the mule barns that seemed to dominate much of the downtown area then. At that point he mentioned that one of his good friends at AHS was Sam Farkas, proprietor of a major commercial barn.  I opined as to how Sam surely was the father or uncle of my classmate, Viola "Sister" Farkas, graduate in the Class of '54; I could not remember the details anymore.

At that time Ernie was still a vigorous 80-something-year-old. He was "elected" to head up the maintenance committee for our homeowners association, based on the recently completed redecoration of his home which he did entirely himself, working with power tools in his garage. I still see him climbing around on our roofs, replacing rain gutters, etc., at a time many people are using a walker, not a 16-foot ladder.

When I saw the recent article featuring Ernie's military career in the local newspaper, I forwarded it to the AHS Times, knowing that our classmates would want to hear about a "technical hero" from this country's past. We owe much to relatively few people who, without fighting themselves, won WW II and in the process developed technology that put the United States on top of the world for most of the second half of the Twentieth Century--the Manhattan project, radar and jet engines (with the British), airplanes and space vehicles, communications techniques, the encoding/decoding methods that kept our secrets while breaking the codes of everyone else, and that now provide the core of our internet protocols, etc.

We can all be proud to count Ernie Bivans among our fellow AHS classmates!



From Santa Barbara News-Press

"I sailed on the USS United States. The gyros, which kept the ship balanced, had been removed in order to transport a larger number of troops. We were hit by a terrific storm halfway across the North Atlantic.


"The ship rolled 45 degrees in each direction. We had to be strapped to our beds and needless to say most of us were sick for the duration of the storm.


"We landed safely at Le Havre, France shortly after Germany had surrendered (Victory in Europe Day was May 8, 1945).


"We went to Osterholz near Bremen, Germany, where I was made exec officer, Headquarters 3125 Signal Service. Since we were living on canned Spam and vegetables, including canned lettuce, we sometimes avoided the food monotony by hunting deer with our rifles and Tommy guns.


"Even though the war with Germany had officially ended, the occupying forces still faced danger.  In Northern Germany, including Bremen where I was stationed, there were German terrorists whose goal was to shoot U.S. Army officers. There were 23 killings in one week.


"Although this information was kept classified, most of us knew of the danger and we never went off base unarmed. I was shot at only once when my men and I were asked to help search a nearby house for weapons, which we found in abundance.


"In October of 1945 a merchant ship whose radar had failed came into a nearby port. I and another officer were sent to repair it. I had to climb to the top of the mast to get the damaged radar down and replace it with a new one.


"Even though it was somewhat nerve wracking, we managed the replacement and were rewarded with a fabulous meal."


In 1967 he was sent to Vietnam and worked on devices that could be planted on the South Vietnam northern border to detect insurgents trying to enter from North Vietnam. The project was top secret and he worked directly out of Gen. William Westmoreland's headquarters.


Ernest Bivans was born Oct. 9, 1921 in Ojus, FL. He served 1943 - August 1946 with the rank of Captain.  He and his wife, Patricia have two sons and one daughter; three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.


Ernie's full story, run April 22, 2012 in the Santa Barbara News-Press, can be read at:

Click here: Ernest Bivans



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 WWII veteran became one of Albany’s best ambassadors to the game of golf


Frank Hedrick’s long golfing career began when he became president of Radium Springs County Club in the late 1940s, and the former pilot in World War II continued to rise in the golfing ranks as he got older, eventually becoming president of the State Amateur Golf Association and president of the Georgia State Golf Association.

(Albany Sports Hall of Fame/Special to The Herald) For full story click here: Albany Herald | 26TH ANNUAL ALBANY SPORTS HALL OF FAME --- FRANK HEDRICK: WWII veteran became one of Albany’s best



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*** The photo submitted by David Sherman, Class of 1961, was extremely interesting. David and I spent some time together in Milledge Hall, at the University of Georgia in the early 1960s, and we used to play the card game, Canasta, with some fast friends. David has remained in my memory through all of these years because of a philosophy he expressed about belief in God which has stayed with me over the 50 years since we spent time talking about such things. David probably doesn't even remember me, but that's just the way life goes.


It is interesting that we both had an interest in photography, something which I don't recall discussing with David. Somewhere, I have some photos of the 1960 Indian football team practicing some plays. If I can find them, I will forward them. In the meantime, hello to David, and thank you for a great photo.

~ Henry Barker, Class of 1961


***  Twila and I enjoyed seeing BB's monstrous trout caught in the Chattahoochee River behind Nora's Mill in Helen, GA. BB and Elsie are such fine Christian people and I find pleasure with his successful catch. He was in our back door.  We are living in Sautée-Nacoochee, and surely he released that MONSTER back to the waters! Sautee-Nacoochee is about 8 miles from Helen, Georgia.


For all our Albany High friends who Flyfish there are great waters ... full of these monsters, waiting for you to drop that fly into these waters. If you should need a guide I would recommend Ron Thomas who guides for Unicoi Outfitters in Helen.


Twila and I so enjoy ALBANY HIGH TIMES. Beverly, your work is so tremendous and enjoyable.
We personally thank you and all the staff.

~ Harvey, Class of 58 and Twila Mason Willis, Class of 59.


*** Thank you for such a great email to our '52 class of Indians. I am in awe of the outstanding way you manage the Albany High Times which means so much to so many. Let me assure you that you are very appreciated.


Let me also tell you again how much meeting and talking to you at the reunion meant to me. That few minutes was definitely for me one of the great highlights of the reunion and I hope some day we will meet again. In the meantime I will continue to enjoy all the AHS news that you send our way. 

~ Anne Rouse Donovan ('52)


NOTE:  When I realized that Anne Rouse was sitting right in back of me at the '52 reunion dinner, I knew I needed to share a story with her.  So I went over and introduced myself and told her I needed to share a story with her!  When I was a freshman, Anne was the accomplished accompanist of the Glee Club ... I was the accompanist of the lowly Freshman Glee Club!  I never spoke to Anne, I was never really in her presence, but I did not like her ... I must have been jealous of her!  As I told Anne ... God gave me a dream - I don't remember the dream, but I know when I woke I had dreamed about Anne, and suddenly the jealousy was gone ... I still didn't know her, but I liked her!  And 60 years went by before I finally met her and had the opportunity to share with her, my experience of God's gift to me!  Now I claim Anne as a special friend!!


*** In June the Albany High Times website will be 10 years old.  And for the past seven years Beverly, and her elves have labored each and every month to deliver our favorite edition of “News & Clues”. Can you imagine the effort required to gather, and edit materials for the monthly publication?  One can tell the effort requires much love, and caring to always have that special edition ready for all of us to enjoy. Beverly believes that AHT and N&C is all about you.  I believe it's really a love story about how one person has brought together so many each month to read, and enjoy special memories, and bring together old friends from the distant past.

~ Luke Simmons (’52)


*** I know you hear this all the time and I'm sure I told you at the reunion, but it's worth saying again. You do a wonderful job keeping all of us up to date on the happening in Albany and for all Albany High Indians. We've moved from Florida back to Georgia. I miss Florida even though I've only been away for a week, but I'm also happy to be back in Georgia!  I have also switched my e-mail address. Please use my new e-address for all future e-mails.


My good friend, Barbara Lipsey England moved from Florida the weekend of our reunion.

~ Joanne Johnston O’Quinn (’52)


*** 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.

~ George Albritton ('55)


*** A friend in Albany sent me two  photos of the Albany High School football teams from 1923 and 1924.  My Dad, Spike Adams, is pictured on the front row in both photos third from the left.  He was born in 1908 in Albany and the entire family was “old Albany”, including his parents (my paternal grandparents)!! Another interesting tidbit is that my daddy’s middle name was Brosnan, named after Chief Brosnan’s family.  Albany roots, that’s for sure!


NOTE:  Check out the 1923 and 1924 enlarged pictures with names taken from the back of the pictures.

Click here: Misc Sports Pics


~ Pat Adams Shays ('56)


*** Hey this is Janet Webb.  Here is my new email address.

~ Janet Thompson Webb (’61)


*** The Pig N’ Whistle was located at the corner East Oglethorpe Blvd. and Mock Road in East Albany. Hardees is located there today. We used to eat there on dates in the late 60’s.


I am in the sign business and I knew and worked for Jack Ivey at Jack Ivey Signs and Ed Knight at Art Sign Company. I met Jimmy Golden, and I knew of Jesse Coston at Albany Neon.  My girlfriend worked for Albany Neon.  I will ask her what she knows about the Arctic Bear sign. Knowing these people like I do, I could see them taking credit for the sign.  Granted Ed Knight may have worked on it when he worked for Albany Neon.

~ Judy McKenzie Pate, Class of 1968 - Albany High till 1968 / Graduated from Dougherty High in 1968

* Signs By Judy


*** I have recently moved and have a new e-mail address. Thank you very much. I so enjoy reading about everyone.

Thanks again.

~ Darla Jeanne Anderson Frazier (’60)


*** Louise Pait Ashton died this glorious Easter Sunday at the ripe old age of 104 …she would have been 105 in July.  Thought you would want to know Beverly, since you just put in that great article with Lacy’s picture. Thanks for all you do!

~ Margaret “Maggie” Greene Brannan (‘66)


***  How sad.  Buddy Fleming (’55) was so proud when he got his new phone last year (his toy).  He was very special!

~ Kay Lipsey Boynton (’55)


*** I am truly sorry Buddy Fleming won't make the ’55 75th Birthday Reunion.

~ Bill Wilson(’55)


*** So sad to hear that we have lost Buddy, another memorable classmate.  I am going to attempt to rearrange my June activities so that I can attend the 75th Birthday reunion.

~ Shelby Youngblood (‘55) Olempieri


***  I last heard from Buddy Fleming ('55) in December. We had been in regular email contact for the past two years. Buddy grew up in the house next door to ours, and as a little boy was a regular over at our home watching my mom cook, and do things around the house. He had a cute little sister named Susan. I think his parents got the name Susan from my parents since I was to be a "Susan" if I had been a baby girl.


Buddy told me about his beloved dog, his vacation hideaway on Lake Superior, his home in Birmingham, and his beloved Gallery, Robert Kidd Gallery.


This is a photo of young Buddy.


~ Luke Simmons (’52)


Louis Anastasios Christo

Born in Albany, GA on Dec. 21, 1926
Departed on April 15, 2012


Louis Christo attended Albany High School where he became a legend in his own right by excelling in both football and basketball. He led Albany High School to win the state championship in 1943-44 and was inducted into the Albany Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.  He was awarded a football scholarship to attend the University of Georgia and while a student he played both football and basketball. While at UGA he served as director of the Student Union as well as serving as an assistant offensive line coach for the Georgia Bulldogs.


After UGA he pursued a Masters Degree in Physical Education from New York University.


Louis was stationed in Korea while serving in the Army from 1944 to 1946. He was employed at Hoffman-LaRoche Laboratories where he worked for 30 years as a sales representative. During his tenure at Roche Laboratories, he developed many interpersonal relationships with many of the members of the Atlanta area medical community and was well respected by both doctors he called upon and his colleagues.

He was recognized on several occasions for his outstanding work performance and achievements. In life, Louis was an avid sports fan, especially of football and basketball. He was a lover of the arts and travel, taking his family with him on many trips visiting places throughout the USA and Europe. He was an active member of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral and Community of Atlanta Georgia.



In Memoriam ...

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


*** Ray "Buddy" Fleming, Class of 1955


*** Hugh "Bill" Shackelford, Class of 1956


*** Jeanne Pearce Wileen, Class of 1964, sister of Peggy Pearce Svoboda, Class of 1956


*** Louise Prevatte Pait Ashton, mother of Anita Bacon, Lacy Lee and Myers Pait


*** Walter Ray Mock, Class of 1967, husband of Carole Mosley Mock, Class of 1958.


*** Louis Anastasios Christo, December 21, 1926 - April 15, 2012


*** John Robert Joiner, Class of 1960


*** Janet Elaine Winterrowd, Class of 1962 (last married name was Gill) died 11/14/2010


*** Scott Sumner Ellis, Class of 1979


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.

Check out your class at In Memoriam - Our Deceased Classmates



*** Around Albany ***


Alzheimers Association Memories to sponsor  a Mustang reverse raffle in Albany

 $125 - 1 Chance to Win a 1966 Ford Mustang
Admission for 2

Thursday, July 12, 2012
Merry Acres Event & Conference Center
Cocktail Hour 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Reverse Raffle begins at 6:30 PM
*Do not have to be present to win!!

Tickets can be purchased at your local DOCO Credit Union or contact Ronnie Flowers at
flowersronnie@bellsouth.net or 229.903.3692


Here is a website with COMPLETE information on the raffle: www.MustangRaffle.kintera.org









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