05 2014



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Albany High Times NEWS & CLUES!!!

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

 88th Edition ~ 05/16/2014

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





 Class of 1962

Our 70th Birthday Party!

Submitted by Joann Roark Arneson


Steve Heidt described our celebration of our 70th Birthday as a “fun day” and that it was.   We met at Paul and Debbie Wallace’s home on Saturday, May 3, 2014


It all started when we gathered at 11:00 AM to set up tables and a few chairs, put a few flowers on the tables and watch Lynn Mertins pull platter after platter of food out of her truck!


People started arriving at 1:00 as suggested and just kept coming.  It was a delight to see Nancy Tomes Michaelis arrive from Big Spring, TX, via her daughter’s in Destin.  Wanda Noland and Jim came from Baton Rouge, LA.  We were happy to welcome Shelley McGee Hoffman and Lloyd (they are currently in Perry, GA, but often in Colorado). Paul (Pete) Jones and Margaret (in a leg cast) came from Norton, OH.  We had several from Tennessee, Florida, and a few other states.  Jimmy and Hope Tumlin were lost, but, found us and came from Tucker, GA, to reconnect. 


In the past few reunions and parties we have become friends again and everyone is catching up on travels and grandchildren.


Carey Webb, you were missed.  Patti Bedenbaugh Howze and Jay Pryor, we missed you, aren’t grandchildren wonderful!  There were others who were missed.  Larry Almand spoke for all of us in saying, "What a wonderful group we have become and how blessed we are with our continuing friendship."


Paul read an anonymous letter from an apparent classmate who did not attend. It outlined some important things we have seen in our lives and congratulated the class on its spirit and unity. The letter is to be emailed to all of us from Charles Gillespie.


We had two faculty members join us; Coach Graham and Betty Lowe and Martha Dye.  They have long memories, shared some surprising anecdotes and enjoyed visiting with everyone. 


We welcomed Johnny Knighton back after a couple of months of incredibly awful surgeries and recovery woes. He vows he'll be around for our 90th party; we certainly wish that for Johnny and all of us! (Get this image – Paul Wallace at 90????)


One of the best things about the 70th birthday party is that none of us looked 70. It's for sure no one felt 70! The tales we told on ourselves and each other were positively enlightening and entertaining, to say nothing of exaggerated and embellished.


If you missed the party, you missed a very special occasion. If it's humanly possible – don't miss the next gathering. Blessings and peace to all!

~ Joann Roark Arneson and Kay Smith Pedrotti, Class of 1962

More thoughts ...

from the Class of ’62 70th Birthday Party

 by Eleanor Simpson Banks, Class of  1962

As I sat watching my classmates as they greeted each other after a few years apart, I was warmed by how close we had become in these last few gatherings.  We had 94 attending with at least 60 being classmates.

Everyone was encouraged to bring their camera and take lots of pictures.  We did not plan a group picture; it is so hard to recognize anyone beyond the front row!  It seems everyone did bring their cameras and many, many pictures were taken, as classmates, we like to remember our wonderful times together.

From one gathering to another, it grieves us to see how many of our classmates have passed away.  This makes all of our gatherings so much more important.  We are so blessed with the caring attitude we share with each other.

If you haven’t been to a reunion or a birthday party, you have missed great opportunities to forge new friendships or see old friends.  Come join us when we have our next gathering.





*** Classes of the 60's ***


"Classes of the 60's Birthday Bash"

May 30 - 31, 2014

“Living in the 60’s…..Then and Now”


Are you an Albany High graduate of the '60's?  If you are, you’re invited to the AHS Classes of the 60’s Birthday Bash to be held on May 30-31, 2014


The theme of the party is “Living in the 60’s…..Then and Now”.  This is not a Reunion … it is a Birthday Party for everyone who attended Albany High during the decade of 1960-1969


This is an opportunity to re-connect with classmates from those special High School years that you may not see at your Reunion because they graduated in a different year than you. 


We are planning a “Meet & Greet” on Friday evening, May 30, and a party featuring the Grapevine Band on Saturday evening, May 31



 ... Now taking registration and payment for our AHS Classes of the 60's Birthday Bash, May 30-31st!


Any questions or more info, email Mike Patterson at this NEW email address:


Or call Mike at (229) 420-8654


Also ... check out our Facebook posts at AHS Classes of the 60’s Birthday Bash.  



*** Class of 1954 ***

60th Reunion Reminder

June 7, 2014


We chose the date of June 7, 2014, the date we graduated in 1954!  This year, June 7th falls on Saturday, so, we felt this would be a perfect day to hold our 60th re-union!

Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014  - Dinner / Program  

Time: 5PM to 10PM  

Place: American Legion Post #30

Background 50's music (no band)


*** Please BYOB, or wine or beer if you want to imbibe in the spirits. We will furnish any and all setups.  

 The Class of '54 Reunion Committee

Brinson Phillips, Chairman: w4sbp@windstream.net



*** Class of 1969 ***

45th AHS & Deerfield

June 20-21, 2014


Plans are underway for our 45th AHS/ Deerfield Class of 1969 Class Reunion. We are still in the infancy of planning BUT save the date of June 20-21, 2014.


Event will be at Merry Acres and we have a block of rooms set aside at Merry Acres motel for $89 per night plus tax.


Friday night will be a "Meet and Greet" and Saturday night will be a dance with The Grapevine Band out of Macon GA. If you have never heard The Grapevine Band you are in for a real treat! One of the members is our own Robin Hughes ... AHS Class of 66. 

It will be an awesome weekend so please put this on your calendar!

Also in preparation for upcoming communications, please send your home address and email address to
erhinman@mchsi.com or send a  FaceBook inbox message. 

Looking forward to a great reunion!!!!!”

~ Elaine Rabun Hinman



*** Class of 1962 ***

 1962 Girl’s Luncheon

August 21, 2014 - 11:30 AM


The next Girls Luncheon will be Thursday, August 21, 2014, 11:30 AM at Joann Arneson's home. An email will be sent out mid July.
~ Joann Roark Arneson



Joann Roark Arneson (jprarneson@aol.com) or

Carol Pate Stark (cpstark@att.net)


*** Check out our other luncheons and pics at: Click here: '62 Girls' Luncheon's



** Classes of 1964-65 **

A Combined 50th Reunion

November 7th and 8th, 2014




Once again, there will be a combined 50th Reunion celebration for the classes of 1964-65, and once again at Merry Acres.


Checks should be made payable to AHS Class of 64/65 and mailed to P.O. Box 3746, Albany Georgia

~ Hugh Westberry / James "Bubba Cagle


Below is a request for donations to the

"64-65 Wampum Bowl"

to help with the early expenses ... please click to enlarge the class letter from Hugh Westberry and James "Bubba Cagle for further explanation!


(click to enlarge)





Click here: Albany High School 1964 & 1965


~ Glenda Shelby Cannon (’64) glendashelbyc@gmail.com



*** Class of 1961 ***

 Luncheon News


Our AHS Class of '61 ladies luncheons just keep getting better. We met at Austin's Firegrill Bar-B-Que on April 10th. Everyone had a great time. If there is someone out there who would like to be included in our ladies luncheon, please email me at (wanda.proctor69@gmail.com) and I will be glad to add you to the list.
~ Wanda (Olivent) Proctor



Those attending are L to R:

Jean (Smith) McDaniel, Skippi (Moncrief) Posey, Pat (McGirt) Joffrion, Wanda (Olivent) Proctor, Grace (Knowles) Renard, Nancy (Nunn) Beavers, Peggy (Vansant) Roberts, Kathryn (Faulkner) Hightower, Corinne (Beverly) Flanigan, Suzanne (Leach) Hartin, Kay (Cates) Fickle, Joan (Cato) Pollard, Sandra (Lindsey) Cook, Agnes (Janes) Merritt, Emily (Price) Kovich, Helen (Gregory) Bush, Anne (Watson) O'Conner & husband John, and Bebe (Stanley) Watson. 





 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!


*** IF YOUR CLASS has reunion ideas and info you would like to share ... i.e., successful venues, food/caterers and bands/music, send info to albanyhightimes@aol.com with ALL CONTACT INFO!


*** Also ... looking for LOST CLASSMATES?  This page will give you help ...

Click here: Lost Classmates? How to Find






?~ My mother, Elizabeth Gail Moody, graduated from AHS in 1959. Sadly, she passed away in December of 2009. I believe that she would like to be accounted for amongst the rolls of other AHS graduates of her class who are no longer with us. Can you assist?


Also, I believe that there is an upcoming Class of 1959 Reunion being planned. Do you happen to have any contact information for any of the planners of that event?


I was tending to some business with my ailing father and came across a couple of Mom's yearbooks. With the year in hand, a fairly quick Google search lead me to the Albany High Times site. I don't know Floyd Moody's graduation year, but assume that it was 1961. I'll ask him the next time we connect.


I live in Des Moines, Iowa. My last visit to Albany was in 2012.

Thank you,

~ Rick Howard


A ~ I put Rick in touch with Henry Duggan (59), who made sure that Rick’s mother was included on the Memorial List at the Reunion.  What a thoughtful son!


?~ I was stationed at Turner AFB 57-60. Every Sunday I would take my family to Stems Restaurant after church from Sunnyside BC services. I was wondering: Is Stems still in operation or has it became a distant memory like so many other business?


I have recently contacted Sunnyside BC secretary and I know it is still active.
Thanks for answering.
~ Pete Semanick Albuquerque, NM


A ~  I sent a picture from Albany High Times website of Stem's Restaurant, and advised that it was closed, and that of the Stem family, Annelle ('52) was still living.


 ?~   What did Helen Long Cordell teach? I remember her.

~ Bill Wilson, Class of 1955


A ~ She taught typing, dictation and life! She was voted the Class of 1955’s favorite teacher at the 50th Reunion in 2005, where the class honored her, and she responded with a moving tribute to the class who dedicated their senior annual to her!




Class Websites









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



  Check out FaceBook for

AHS FaceBook Links




You must be a member of FaceBook and signed on first to open these pages.


* Albany High Times Website @ Facebook

* Ahs ClassofFiftyfive

* Ahs ClassofSixty

* Albany High Class of 1961 (4) 

* 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 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?




from FaceBook!!


Betty Rehberg: A link to most of our videos ...

Click here: Videos of Vintage Albany Georgia , www.facebook.com  


If you haven't joined Betty Rehberg's "Vintage Albany Georgia" FaceBook group ... you are missing something!  Check it out!




50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ...


***  None submitted this month


Send your 50th anniversaries beyond

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Check Out Big Chief's History ... So Far!!!

@ http://albanyhightimes.com/chief's_history.htm


Do you have any memories to add? Please share them with us!

Email to: albanyhightimes@aol.com



We Recommend … 



Fire Chief Brosnan


"His" Secret Recipe for

Peanut Butter Chicken!



Planning on grilling over Memorial Day weekend?  Here's a great suggestion (a tall tale that is true ... honest injun) about Chief Brosnan's popular recipe ... Albany's Fire Chief!


This is an absolutely true Albany, GA Tale!





 ~ CLUES!!! ~ 


AHS Indian or Not?


By Beverly Smith Herrington

Class of 1955


I find it sad that many who did not graduate (i.e., cross the stage and receive a diploma) do not feel they should be included in reunions or functions, since they left AHS before they graduated.


Case in point - my next door neighbor, Don Braswell, All American Guard his junior year at AHS, was one of the most popular guys in our class - and he was a really nice guy OFF FIELD TOO (smile)!!! But he was too old to play football at AHS his senior year, so UGA made sure he went to a Military School so he could scrimmage with UGA. He ended up at Auburn, playing on the 1957 Championship team, but he NEVER came to any of our 1955 reunions, and everyone wondered why"  BUT NO ONE TRIED TO FIND OUT WHY! 


When I chaired our 50th reunion, I went through our last 3 annuals and added every name in the annuals that did NOT appear on the reunion list they gave me - and we set out to find and contact them. The first meeting - we looked Don up - and called him! We finally pulled it out of him (after telling him how much everyone wanted to see him) ... he felt he should not attend, since he didn't graduate with us. Even then we had to pull his arm off to join us!  At the next planning meeting, we invited spouses, and convinced Don and his wife, Margaret to come. And OH THE LOVE AND HUGS for a guy we all adored and had not seen in about 50 years!  


Lucky for us, Don and Margaret jumped right in, working on a couple of the reunion committees for the 50th and 55th reunions ... securely back in the fold, where they should have been all along!


I always say,

Once an Indian ... ALWAYS an Indian"!!!




Memorial Day



*** 5/27/2002


~ Tom Herrington (1956)

 I don't look upon myself as much more than average in most respects. But, I do find myself reflecting on Memorial Day in a way that, I guess, is private to me. Part of my thoughts have to do with where and how I grew up. Part is from having served in the military.

For most, this day is a day off from work. One can play, work in the yard, watch TV, cook out, or just lounge about ... But for me:

I remember that I live in the best country ever known to mankind. We may differ in our attitudes about what (and how) our government should do for us (or, at times, to us), but we have freedom(s) that are envied by all those who do not live here and can understand the concept(s) thereof...

This freedom did not come to us easy. It may be written down on paper in the Declaration of Independence and delineated further in the Constitution, but neither of those documents gave us anything more than an intention to take charge of our own lives - and what the basic rules are for living together in this country.

Being documents, they cannot provide anything more than a framework by which we conduct ourselves.

What HAS guaranteed our way of life HAS NOT been political parties, laws, courts, etc. It HAS been THOSE who were willing to sacrifice their lives so that WE may continue on with what we do, and how we live ... I pause to remember ...   And to reflect....

A quote from President Bush at Normandy today. ''Each person buried here understood his duty, but also dreamed of going back home to the people and things he knew. The day will come when no one is left who knew them. ... The day will never come when America forgets them. Our nation, and the world, will always remember what they did here, what they gave here, for the future of humanity.''

I have been to Normandy, it is impressive. But it is not the only place where our fallen are resting. There are other sites almost literally all over the world where our loved ones gave their lives that we might live as we do. They were not selfish - they GAVE ALL THEY HAD.

I am thankful.....

When the portable "Viet  Nam Wall" was being moved about the country, I gave a good sized donation so that it could be viewed in our remote part of the country. I know some of those names on that wall. I count myself very lucky indeed that my name is not also there. It may have been an unpopular war, but those who died there did their best, and gave the ultimate - FOR US!  

I don't want to sound too "gooey," but I do understand that except for those who gave their all for us, I would not have what I enjoy.

I hope that I will always be able to remember ...     


   Tribe Notes …



Miss Fryer's 1957 5th Grade - Palmyra Elementary

 Future Class of 1963

Submitted by Rita Cox


*** 1957 was the year I was in the 5th grade at Palmyra School ... and I think the teacher was Ms. Fryer.


(click to enlarge)

Some of the students were:

Ginger Martin, Lynda Jo Campbell, Helen Birdsong, Stanley Sharp, Jim Ingram, Walter Deitchman, Bernice Olsen, David Fuller, Flora Jean McMillan, Ann Heinemann, Bob Albersold, Peter Robert Bunn, Patricia Henderson, Betty Thornton, Mickey Alverson, Barry Wright, Donald Davis, Tommy James, Frank Gaetani, Cliff Blackerby and Rita Cox (the girl next to the end on the first row, with glasses) that’s me.


I left Albany in 1957 when my Dad was transferred to Hawaii in the Marines.  My class wrote their names down on a paper so we could write back and forth ... I just found that paper this week. The picture and the paper have survived floods and hurricanes and moves all over the United States.


I thought that some of the people who still live there or even those who moved away might see your site like I did and be happy to relive some old memories. It was fun to look at some of the old classes. I think I even found one with my younger sister in it.  You are doing a beautiful thing.  I actually have found a few of the people on Facebook this week!

~ My maiden name was Rita Cox. 


*** Please change Sister's (Sandra Swilley ’55) e-mail address. Thanks so much. She really enjoys reading the Albany High times.

~ Ben Swilley (’60)


*** My new internet radio show on the Artist First Network is introducing new authors to those readers looking for great new material. On Monday, May 19th, I will interview an established writing talent ... Georgia's own Carole Townsend (author of Magnolias, Sweet Tea, and Exhaust: One Woman's Journey to Understanding the Phenomenon of NASCAR).  She will discuss her work and also her new book due out in June / July of this year.  Check out the announcement on the station's home page: http://www.artistfirst.com/, and join us Monday evening at 7 PM.

~ Doug Dahlgren ('65)


*** AHS graduates, and Albany High Times Staff members Joann Roark Arneson ('62), Tommy Herrington ('56) and wife Beverly Smith Herrington ('55) met recently at Sharky's in Panama City Beach for a delightful visit and good seafood!  It was a beautiful day ... and a reminder of how nice it is to spend time with Albany AHS friends!!!  Beverly knew Joann's husband, Steve Arneson ('57) at AHS, and later met Joann in the late 60's at the Arneson home on Kinchafoonee Creek where Steve created wonders on the grill with chicken and lemon!!!  He is missed.  Joann and Beverly reconnected many years later through the Albany High Times!


*** I was in the Class of 1963. Our reunion committee has always been very gracious about including me in reunion plans even though I left AHS and graduated elsewhere.

My wife, Lynda (Floored), is a member of the Class of 1968.

~ Sumter Bradwell (’63)


*** Chuck Bradwell was at AHS with us when his father, Dr. Marion Gordon Bradwell, preached in Albany. I don't recall the name of Dr. Bradwell's church. Chuck was a good man. He was at AHS in the late 50's. 

~ Ben Swilley (’60)


***  Charles " Chuck" Bradwell was a senior in the Class of 60. I don't actually recall if he graduated with us, but I believe he did.
~ David Cuthberston (’60)


*** Thanks to Ernest Sutton ('61) for sending the obituary link for Charles Bradwell.  He often takes the time to send notices on deceased Indians.  


*** Sidney Boyett's ('67) obit was in Friday’s edition of the Albany Herald.

~ Mike Patterson (’67)


*** Linda Hicks Sanchez (‘75 ) was a cousin and I wanted to add her name, as well as her brother, Donald Hicks, Class of 1973, to the list of deceased classmates at AHS. Donald was also a graduate of GA Tech. Thanks,

~ Ada Davis Hall (’64)


STAFF NOTE: I am familiar with the Rosewood Funeral Home. I went into their website and read the condolences from classmates.  Donald apparently was known as Bruce in high school. The condolences put him in the Class of '73.

~ Martha LeSueur Nicholson (‘56)


STAFF NOTE: We appreciate the several Indians who helped out with the class year for Donald Hicks.


***   The recent notice for Rodney Dexter Humphries, Class of 1983, [reminds us that he] is the step-son of Lynwood Howell, Class of 1956. If you recall, Lynwood’s father was G. B. Howell who taught Biology when we were in school.

~ Leon Perrett (’56)


***  It is with some sadness and a bit of relief that I tell you that Shirley Neldon Sawyer ('49), the love of my life died today, and is now at peace with Christ and with our daughter Melanie. She went into the hospital last Saturday, March 29th unable to swallow or speak; she came to Gulfside Hospice Wednesday, April 2. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Clarence Prevatt Funeral Home in Hudson, FL. I will love her throughout eternity.

~ James E. "Tom" Sawyer, Class of 1948



Can You Help Us

With Correct Class Years

For These Deceased Indians?

Email: albanyhightimes@aol.com



We need classes for these Indians so we can place them "In Memoriam" on the Albany High Times website.

  1. Graham Pinson Dozier, III; March 26, 1932 - February 12, 2014

  2. Roy “Ryan” Brookard; November 2, 1949 – January 13, 2011

  3. Penny Leigh Pawley; February 18, 1956 – March 13, 2012

  4. Diana Lynn Pawley; September 13, 1944 – December 19, 2007

  5. Janice Yvonne Barfield; March 11, 1940 – February 4, 2013

  6. Carol Delaine Barfield; December 30, 1942 – May 8, 2014

  7. Ronald K. Powell; May 19, 1948 -  April 27, 2014

  8. James Madison Murdock; June 2, 1920 – February 4, 2011

  9. Linda Joyce Fowler; December 20, 1943 - May 13, 2014.

STAFF NOTE: Do any of you remember Larry Strickland?  He died about 20 years ago and most likely graduated in 1962.

I have tried to find his DOD to see where he is buried and cannot find him. If I had date of death, then I could look in newspapers at Thronateeska.

He  worked for Pritchett Ford at the time.

~ Brenda Arnett Darbyshire



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



*** Rachel McKinnon Gilbert, Class of 1960??
*** Shirley Neldon Sawyer, Class of 1949; wife of James E. "Tom" Sawyer, Class of 1948
*** Charles "Chuck" Marshall Bradwell ('60); brother of Gordon Bradwell , Class of 1957 (wife Eleanor Hagins ’58) and  Sumter Bradwell, Class of 1963 (wife Linda Floored (’68)
*** Linda Hicks Sanchez, Class of 1975; sister of Donald Hicks, died March 10, 2013
*** Donald Hicks, Class of 1973; died May 27, 2013
*** Elizabeth Gail Moody Howard, Class of 1959; sister of Floyd Moody
***  Vickie Woodall Zolomy, Class of 1967
*** Ronald K. Powell, Class of 1966; brother of, Tammy Powell Free, and brothers Donny and Tommy Powell
*** Rodney Dexter Humphries, Class of 1983; brother of Debra, Amanda, Larry and Mark Humphries 
*** Emmett H. "Hank" Heidt III, Class of 1967
*** Rebecca (Becky) Chambers Lang, Class of 1960; sister of Frances (‘50) Chambers Dillon, and Ruth (‘58) Chambers Honick
***  Sidney Boyett, Class of 1967
*** Linda Mitchell Akridge; sister of Sonny, Vickie and Ann Mitchell
*** Linda Joyce Fowler; December 20, 1943 - May 13, 2014
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 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





NEW “News & Clues” Subscribers! 



***  Sumter (’63) and Linda Floored (’68) Bradwell would love to be included on your LONG list of those who receive the AHS newsletter. Thanks so much, Beverly, for ALL you do.

~ Eleanor Hagins Bradwell ('58)


*** I am Diane Medlock Dishman, Class of 1965.  One of my classmates gave me this address.  Please add me to the Albany High Times' list.


*** Laverne Gay Croft called Tommy Pattison who passed on the information that Winston Owens wanted to be added to the list of Indians receiving the Albany High Times' monthly "News & Clues" issues.  All three are members of the Class of 1954 and are getting ready for their 60th Reunion!





Stewbo’s Albany Small Business of the Year!

ALBANY — The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Small Business Celebration, was recently held at the Albany Museum of Art.

The highlight of the evening was the announcement of Stewbo’s as Albany’s 2014 Small Business of the Year! The restaurant group, owned by Bo Henry and Stewart Campbell of Albany, owns and operates Harvest Moon, The Catch, Henry Campbell’s and Merry Acres Inn Event Center. Stewbo’s also is in the process of developing a new drive-in restaurant at Dawson Road and Meredyth Drive.

This is an honor and recognition in the Albany business world.

Stewart Campbell is the son of Linda Medley ('63) and
 David Campbell ('64), and nephew of Edgar Campbell ('56).




It's Hot!  Let's Dive In!

Picture by Brinson Phillips ('54)







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