06 2012



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65th Edition ~ 6/10/2012


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


It's the truth! A very few web pages, simply to publish memories of Radium and AHS school days, were first posted inside my first website - my personal website at the time, “Beverly Smith Zacharias”, on June 4, 2002 ... that would be ten years ago! Because it was “the beginning”, I like to pay tribute. However, the "for real stand alone website", which I named “Albany High Times”, was published and hit the waves of the Internet on August 16, 2002.


We will celebrate that date properly in the August edition of “News & Clues”, which, FYI, is a monthly newspaper publication, for the purpose of carrying news to the AHTs membership of over 2,000 Indians! "News and Clues" has been in publication for 5 1/2 years!


What a ride!!!





It is fun to see all the different personalities of “Classes” come forth when they are planning a reunion … especially the 50th! And sometimes you get an idea here and there ... here is a great notice from Bruce Garey, Class of 1963 to his classmates ...


Hi ’63 Chiefs and Squaws,

If you haven’t been to our class’ website lately (in the last week or two), you will find it greatly changed. Winston McDonald has been working hard to bring the site up to date and he’s added lots of great new stuff. Things you may THINK you’ve seen there before may have changed. I highly recommend a careful review of the site.


Add this link to your “Favorites:”


GO there every so often and see what’s happening. It changes!


DID YOU KNOW? If you click on the “Class of 1963 Photos” it will take quite a while to load. IT’S WORTH THE WAIT! Go get a cup of coffee or read the paper while it loads.

Once those photos load and display, YOU CAN SAVE THEM ALL TO YOUR COMPUTER. Then you can print your own yearbook (well, at least the senior class photos).


If you’re one of quite a few who lost their annuals (they are irreplaceable), this is the next best thing! I’ve got ‘em on my computer. If you‘re having trouble figuring out how to download and save the photos, just ask one of your grandkids!


This reunion would be a great time to look up Winston and thank him for all he’s done for our class.


STANDBY! The first reunion mail is going out next week. This is a test to see who has not kept us up to date with address changes. We’ll be sending EVERYONE a post card. The postcard is just to get you to save the weekend we’ve chosen for the reunion. So watch your mailbox next week. The 50-year reunion is LESS THAN one year away now!


Your Hometown Committee is hard at work getting ready to make our Golden Anniversary Reunion one everyone will never forget. Stay tuned Indians…




Click here: Reunion Ideas ... take a look!




*** 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 1983 ***

30th Reunion

Saturday, June 22, 2013

6:00 pm

Location: TBD


*** 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 1962 ***

Ladies Luncheon Class of 1962

11:30, Thursday, August 16, 2012


Joann Roark Arneson or Carol Pate Stark

(jprarneson@aol.com) or (cpstark@att.net)


*** Please watch for an email and/or on our web page to find the location for August. We are having to regroup since the Sunset Grill has closed.


*** Are there additional upcoming reunions? Submit your information to:




~ CLUES!!! ~


*** Wonder who really understands the gist of this bit of wisdom ...

YOU Are NOT Special .. Best 2012 Graduation Commencement Speech ! - YouTube

~ Tommy Herrington ('56)


*** Beautiful thoughts submitted by brother-in-law, Ralph Calhoun (’47)

... One day a woman's husband died, and on that clear, cold morning, in the warmth of their bedroom, the wife was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't "anymore". No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat, no more "just one minute."


Sometimes, what we care about the most gets all used up and goes away, never to return before we can say good-bye, say "I love you." So while we have it, it's best we love it, care for it, fix it when it's broken and heal it when it's sick. This is true for marriage.....and old cars... and children with bad report cards, and dogs with bad hips, and aging parents and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.


Some things we keep -- like a best friend who moved away or a sister-in-law after divorce. There are just some things that make us happy, no matter what. Life is important, like people we know who are special.. and so, we keep them close!


I received this from someone who thought I was a 'keeper' ! Then I sent it to the people I think of in the same way.


Now it's your turn to send this to all those people who are 'keepers' in your life. Suppose one morning you never wake up, do all your friends know you love them? Let every one of your friends know you love them. Even if you think they don't love you back.


And just in case I'm gone tomorrow, take care.


~ Anonymous







A “Tail” of Bottles, a #1 Cat


An Interesting Couple!


Jim (’52) and Cynthia Lewis Barbre


I ran into Jim and his wife, at the 60th Reunion of the Class of 1952. I was fascinated with a bottle of water Jim gave us on which was a picture of the most beautiful award-winning cat (below) I have ever seen, but that’s another story! Jim explained that anything could be placed on the bottles (which come in different sizes) … for instance a bottle of water with the AHS – Class of ??? on the front as a reunion favor!!!



You can “read all about it” on their website @ Need Some Water, LLC | A Refreshing Way To Advertise


Jim says, “When you choose to promote with Need Some Water, you are in-charge. You can use our on-line template to design your label, or ask our award-winning professional art department to do it for you at no additional charge.

… and now meet their Best Cat!


"It Is What It Is" (Lizzie) and what it means to be Best Cat in the USA for 2011!


The Cat on the Bottle!


Cynthia (Cyndi) Lewis, has been married to Jim Barbre for 23 years. She writes, “I have been breeding Persian cats for 30 years. Lizzie was a dream come true and a once-in-a-lifetime cat for sure! We have had 8 cats who have placed in the top 20 in the nation throughout the past years, but she is the only one to achieve BEST.


To do this, she competed in Cat Shows all over the United States for one year. She had to defeat over 6,000 cats of all breeds throughout the course of the year, and she was BEST CAT in almost every show that she competed in. Lizzie flew Delta from Miami to Baltimore to San Diego and many stops in between. She was always in the cabin with us, and traveled in a shoulder bag without complaint!


Calcat is my Cattery name. People who show dogs have kennel names, and people who show horses have stable names. People who show cats have Cattery Names.


Lizzie's Show Name (The name on her birth certificate) is "GC, GP, NW Calcat It Is What It Is". At home we call her "Lizzie" or "Elizabeth" :) The GC stands for Grand Champion. The GP stands for Grand Premier, and the NW Stands for National Winner. That is probably MORE than you wanted to know:)”



Note: This note from Ray (Ragsdale – ’57) Stevens arrived after the May “News & Clues” issue had been published … still his message is always relevant!


It's MEMORIAL DAY 2012: A Day of Remembrance

So sometime during this week-end filled with Hot-Dogs, Soft Ball, Picnics, Swimming Pools, Beaches, Iced Tea and Kids having fun let's all pause and take a minute to REMEMBER.

Pearl Harbor 1941...Normandy 1944...Pork Chop Hill Korea 1953...The Offensive Vietnam 1968...Desert Storm Kuwait 1991...The World Trade Center 9/11 2001...Shock and Awe Iraq 2003...Iraq War Surge 2007...Afghanistan TODAY.

After having taken a minute to REMEMBER Let's take one more minute to say THANK YOU for all that was given, all that was lost and all that was gained for us to enjoy our Hot-Dogs, Soft Ball, Picnics, Swimming Pools, Beaches, Iced Tea and Kids in Peace in the Greatest Country on God's Green Earth.

Happy Memorial Day Everyone.
~ Ray Stevens



AHS Class Websites



Class of 1960







AHS Class of 82 Homepage

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




YOU ASKED … ? ? ?


? ~ I note that Harry Helton (1952) wrote an interesting article some time back about Graves Springs as found in your Around Albany "Landmark Section". Bill Lightle (1975) in 2004 also wrote a book about Graves Springs. While we know that the AHS Indians first used that site along Muckalee Creek in 1934 as a summer football camp, no one has apparently documented when it was actually abandoned, why it was finally abandoned, and what alternative site was established to replace it?


My grandfather, M. W. Tift, along with "Yank" Davis, "Wig" Wiggings, and E. H. Kalmon had helped acquire about 50 acres of land there for the camp in the 1930's, and for the early support by these businessmen for the team became known as Albany's own "Four Horsemen".

~ David Sherman (’61)

A~ David, You have just reminded me … I need to put a page up for Billy - he has been mentioned in News & Clues for the several books he has written, not to speak of his devotion to education. He deserves a page!!! So I'll do that for June's issue.


Billy and my son, Jim Calhoun (son of James Calhoun ('50) played ball together 68, 69 and 70 ... my family lived in Albany those 3 years. Billy was the star ball player, and he is certainly a master with the word. He also is a professor! My son also went into coaching and education and is now principal at a high school in Castle Rock CO.


Hopefully someone will know the answer to your question ... it's a GOOD question!

A~ You can suggest to David that he goes to page 160 in my book where I discuss his grandfather and the others who founded the camp. Also in the book I do indicate that by the early 1980s, the team abandoned the camp and began training on the high school campus. By then coaches themselves did not want to live and train in that kind of environment. It was too tough for them.
Thanks so much for helping me. I am working on a new book. It will probably be released in about a year.
Most Sincerely,
Bill Lightle


? ~ Thanks for the recent issue of "News and Clues." Another good one.


I note that Larry Styles and Jane Jordan Styles asked to be added to your mail list. If possible, could you pass my email address on to Larry? He and I had quite a few adventures when we both worked at Bishop's Laundry and Cleaners. I would like to see if he remembers getting the company truck "stuck" in a ditch in the alley adjacent to Bishop's Slappey Drive store. Or maybe he remembers when we washed and polished the plate glass window in the front of the store until it was so clean that customers kept walking into it as they exited the store! Mr. Bishop was not pleased!


~ Bill Upton (’60)

A~ Hope y'all got together!


? ~ Who was the principal of Albany Jr. High School in 1956 who rolled a TV into the auditorium so we could watch the world series and Don Larsen's perfect game?
~ Jay Beck ('62)

A~ That may have been Mr. Rob (Coach). This link may give you what you're looking for – for Mr. Rob’s obituary ... scroll down!

Click here: AHS Teacher's Obituaries


R ~ Thank you. Great section to have. Thanks for including the section on my mother.

~ Jay Beck (’62)

Note: Jay’s mother, Olivia "Livy" Beck, Albany teacher


? ~ I have been trying to get in touch with a school friend. Her name is LINDA JOHNSON. I don't know her married name . We both lived on Society Avenue when we were teenagers. I saw her once in East Albany when we were visiting from New York. Lost touch with her and Mary KNIGHT. Any way you could help would be appreciated.
Thank You




OUR NEW “News & Clues” Subscribers


*** Martha LeSueur Nicholson called from PCB to say she had seen a “Dougherty County” license plate and then met Joan Majors Bass (’65) in the parking lot of her motel, and sent her information to add as a new member!! Welcome Joan!


*** Please add Brian E. Claypool, AHS ’63 and Nan Murphy Claypool AHS ‘63 to your e-mail. Brian will also go into your Military list Army, Vietnam era, active, then reserve, leaving as Capt.

~ Nan Murphy Claypool AHS ‘63


We proudly added Brian's name to Click here: AHS Men and Women Who Served in the Military and Click here: Our Military - Their Stories


*** Please include me on your subscription list.
I'm a member of the Class of 1963. I left Albany that year for a career in the USAF and spent the following 21 years traveling the world with the military. Have worked since 1984 as a telecommunications engineer with Lockheed Martin, EDS, and most recently Cap Gemini.


I married an English lass in 1970 and we returned to England to live in 1998 after working in Denver, Washington, D.C. and Charleston. Worked here in the UK on contracts with HM Government in London and Shropshire.

We live in the Ironbridge Gorge area of Shropshire, England and still visit the kids and grandkids in the USA every year and occasionally host visitors from home. Most recently, Wanda Henry Heim (Class of '63), her husband and her cousin Derrell Henry (Class of '66) spent a couple of weeks with us.
Best regards to all of the Class of '63.


Would you please add me to the list of those who served in the military?
~ John Mangum (’63)


Note: Thank you for your service to our country - the link to those who have served is posted above


*** Would you please add me to your mailing list? I am Shirley McDaniel from the Class of 1963. I am so sorry to learn of your sister Tina's passing. She was student director of the Glee Club and the Mellonettes of which I was a member of both. I loved and respected her.

I am so happy to find your website and to catch up on who's doing what. You are doing a great job.

~ Shirley McDaniel Martin ('63)


*** Please sign me up! I graduated from WHS Class of 1987; but my mom, Gail Hedrick Murphy, is WHS class of 1968 and my grandfather Frank H. Hedrick also graduated from AHS in the late 20’s or early 30’s I think. My mom doesn’t do email so I’m hoping to keep her up to date, and I just love history anyway!

~ Hillary Hedrick Murphy, WHS Class of 1987

NOTE: This is a special daughter!


*** Please add my email address to your monthly newsletter notification list. I am a graduate of '64 from AHS and thoroughly enjoy reading about my old alma mater. Thank you for the outstanding job of keeping us in touch with what's happening among us former graduates.

~ Brenda Tanner Shemwell (’64)


*** Please send monthly newsletters to me. My sister, Marie Middleton (’61) sent the link to me.

~ gloria middleton haguewood (’67)


*** Please add my address to the monthly “News & Clues”. Thanks!

~ Larry Styles - Class of 59 & 60


*** Please also add Carol Padgett Glenn, AHS ’63. Thanks!
~ Nan Murphy Claypool (’63)
Yes, I asked her and she said yes it was all right ....


*** Please add the following email address for me to receive “Albany High Times”. I did not attend AHS but lived in Albany (except for time away at UGA) from Summer 1961 until Summer 2001…40 years. So…I know most every name I see in The Albany High Times each edition. Thank you for adding me to your mailing list. I am a 1961 graduate of Norman Park High School in Colquitt County and UGA. Huddy Hudgens ('63) intro’d me to your newspaper. I miss many things about Albany but love living in Sarasota FL.


~ Charles Gayre



*** Around Albany ***


Contributions to the Bob Fowler Flint Riverkeepers Memorial Fund is accepting donations to recognize this outstanding educator.

~ Vic (o. victor) Miller, Class of 60



Alzheimer's Association and DOCO Credit Union


Memories & a Mustang

Win a 1966 Ford Mustang GT Fastback

$125 per Ticket

1 chance to win and Admission for 2

Thursday, July 12, 2012

@ Merry Acres

Cocktail Hour 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Reverse Raffle at 6:30 p.m.

Do not have to be present to win!!

~ Ronnie Flowers ('76)



Try It - You'll Love It!

Vintage Albany Georgia

... a creation of

Betty Rehberg, Class of 1974


NOTE: You must be a member of FaceBook, and signed on, for these to work.


*** Betty Rehberg: The link to all of our videos:









Our Sponsors

for June 2012 - May 2013

posted at

Click here: Albany High Times / AHS - Albany, Georgia


These Indians have volunteered to be sponsors for the next year, and are sponsoring the Albany High Times and “News & Clues” for the next year! The website has connected classmates in a wonderful way, and we are indebted to our new Times Sponsors:


* Kenneth E. "Ken" Adams, Class of 1963: Honoring Harris Alan Folmar, AHS Class 1963, killed in action in Viet Nam. Alan was also a fellow Georgia Tech Grad. Gone but not forgotten

* Joseph D. Barr, Class of 1957


* John Boesch, Class of 1957: In Honor of THE AHS CLASS OF 1957


* Hazel Britton Newman, Class of 1954: In memory of my husband, Jack R. Newman, M.D., Class of 1948


* Jim/James Calhoun, Class of 1950


* Doug Dahlgren, Class of 1965


* Bruce Lee Garey, Class of 1963: In honor of my three-year homeroom teacher, Coach Graham Lowe


* William F. Huggins, Class of 1947: In memory of Raymond "Jim" McCorvey, Class of 1947


* Peggy Jo Irwin Davis, Class of 1954: In honor of my classmates in the graduating Class of 1954


* John K. Johnson, Class of 1956


* Howard Law, Class of 1952


* Bo Lewis, Class of 1967: In memory of the deceased classmates from the AHS Class of 1967


* Ritchey M. Marbury, III, Class of 1956: In memory of Class of 1956 classmates Wade Whitley, Noel Whittemore, and Al Loveless

Given anonymously in memory of Robert Harvey, member of AHS Class of 1951


* Kathryne Meeks Sanders, Class of 1961: In memory of Joan Bowles and Jane Robinson, both Class of 1961; and Andy Parker, Class of 1960; all in youth group at Avalon Methodist Church


* Jon E. and Marie Mogford Anderson, Class of 1953 and Class of 1952 respectively


* Carleen Newell Flowers, Class of 1948: In honor of the Class of 1948


* Henry L. "Hinky" and Sara Pattison Dunn, Class of 1959 and Class of 1962 respectively: In Honor of our Deceased Classmates


* William Grayson Peters, Class of 1950: In memory of Thelma Plant, an inspiring teacher and friend


* Brinson Phillips, Class of 1954


* Warner and Wisteria Simmons Houston, both Class of 1952


* Troy Strickland, Class of 1954


* Steve Tanner, Class of 1960


* Goodloe and Delores Ann Taylor Yancy, Class of 1946 and Class of 1954 respectively


Also, heartfelt thanks to the Indians who served as 2011 - 2012 Sponsors of The Albany High Times and its monthly newsletter, "News & Clues":


Shirley Austin Wright, Class of 1957

Don Callaway, Class of 1964

Lorene Cooper Hoffman, Class of 1952

Bob Duggleby, Class of 1956

Peggy Eubanks Salvesen, Class of 1956

David Golden, Class of 1983

Rose Hancock Kemp, Class of 1960

Wallace Hawkes, Class of 1955

Richard (Rick) Horne, Class of 1962

Ted Horton, Class of 1965

Ducky Jones, Class of 1953

Frank Newman, Class of 1964

Karen Oakes Smith, Class of 1969

John and Nettawyl Oliver Davis, Classes of 1947 and 1952

Helen Pafford Bennett, Class of 1962

Herbert Paulk, Class of 1952

Don Shirley, Class of 1956

Luke Simmons, Class of 1952

Ben Swilley, Class of 1960

Connie Thomas Pinkston, Class of 1950

Shirley Thompson Rogers, Class of 1960

Patricia Anne West Green, Class of 1960

Bill Wilson, Class of 1955



Albany High School ...

A Career Academy?


There is a section of the Albany High Times website that is called … “In the Beginning …”. It tells the beginnings of Albany High School. This week I received emails from Tommy Pattison (’54), Luke Simmons (’52) and Ernest Sutton ('61), which caused me to add a section which I titled, “In the End …?


Tommy sent an article from the June 8, 2012, Albany Herald … you may read the full article, titled, Draft calls for evolving Albany High into career academy”, at: Click here: In the End ....


And then Luke wrote … “There is an ambitious mission in the works for the high schools in Dougherty county. After reading the June 9, 2012 article in The Albany Herald, I sense other changes in the near future.


A Dougherty County School Board steering committee has drafted a charter petition which calls for a gradual "repurposing" of Albany High School into the permanent home of the "Albany College and Career Academy". The draft must be approved by the full board, and the superintendent before an August 1 deadline to submit the charter petition to the state.


"ACCA" will not have a separate "school number" for state accountability purposes, nor will students be considered full time enrollment students at ACCA, no matter how many classes students take at ACCA. ACCA will adhere to the admissions policies of the Dougherty County School System. " Students must first be enrolled in one of the high schools of the county, before they register for one or more classes offered at ACCA.

"ACCA's mission is to produce college, and career ready graduates with relevant skills and education, and with exceptional work ethic who can compete, and succeed in our global economy."


"ACCA's goals and measurable objectives will be based on a five year plan beginning in the 2013/2014 school year. Increasing the county's graduation rate is at the top of the list."


The number one objective of the new program is to produce a graduation rate of 80% within five years. This ambitious mission will require a herculean effort by the entire community. The current levels of poverty and despair has to be addressed with the help of state and federal assistance.”


What do YOU think?






MILT GEORGE - 1922 - 1999


A 2012 Legacy Inductee Into

The Georgia Radio Museum and Hall of Fame


In 1946, Milt George planned to get his degree and go to law school. Those plans were interrupted by a phone call from Columbus, GA; it was Jim Woodruff offering Milt the job of station manager at WGPC AM in Albany GA. He accepted the job for one year, but never left. After a few months, Jim asked Milt to go to Atlanta and audit operations at WATL, also owned by Woodruff, Sr.


In the early days, George hired teenagers from the local high school (AHS) to produce a Saturday morning show for the kids. One of those teens was Ray (Ragsdale) Stevens (’58), who went on to achieve success with novelty hits such as “Ahab the Arab”, “Guitarzan”, “The Streak” and “Everything Is Beautiful”. Mary Dale Vansant Kea (’56) who partnered with Ray has been invited to attend the induction. George eventually became a part owner with Jim Woodruff and Joe Gamble. In the 1960’s, WGPC FM station was built. Milt eventually bought out Gamble and upon Jim Woodruff’s death in 1977, became sole owner of WGPC AM-FM. In addition to owning and managing the radio station, George was active in the Georgia Association of Broadcasters and served on Albany’s Military Affairs Committee. He was a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Albany and a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Note: Back in April, I received an email from John Long, President of The Georgia Radio Museum and Hall of Fame, who while looking for "Albany history" of Milt George, came across the Albany High Times website and discovered a webpage (Click here: Mary Dale Vansant) featuring an article in Vintage Lifestyle Magazine about Mary Dale and Ray’s time on WGST’s The Record Hop.


He emailed albanyhightimes@aol.com the following email to Mary Dale, and I forwarded to her: On Saturday October 20, 2012 we will honor Milt George as a Legacy Inductee into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame. We have been told that you were on WGPC when you were a teen. We are looking for pictures from that time we could use in a short video tribute to Mr. George. We found one on the Internet however the quality is poor. We believe it is you holding a record with WGPC on the label.

We would welcome your participation in person or in a brief pre-recorded audio or video salute to Mr. George. Can you provide assistance?

~ John Long

You’d be surprised the people who “google” The Albany High Times!



Tribe Notes …


In 1916, Albany High School, a ten room class room building with two bicycle racks, was built on the southwest corner of Monroe Street and Society Avenue. It remained AHS until 1925. The new Albany High School opened in 1925 at 1000 N. Jefferson Street. The south end of the school was for boys and the north end was for girls! There was no lunchroom.


Pictures from the 1920’s are rare … in fact we had none before 1925 on the webpage. Now, thanks to forwards from Pat Adams Shays (’56), her brother Ken Adams ('63) and Marian Chambless Sherman (’63), daughter-in-law of Mercer Sherman, whose annuals she scanned … we now have all years represented except for 1920, 1921, and 1929!!!


Notice, the girls and boys photos were taken separately and divided into divisions such as Science and Latin. Below is a jpeg of those in the 1924 Lettermen (which included women!) I see names of fathers whose sons I knew with the same name, like Joiner, Duggleby and others!

Check them out - Just click to enlarge the jpeg!



Don’t miss the updated webpage for the 1920’s @ Click here: Memories of the 1920's


*** A new record was set for volunteer Sponsors this year .... the last email announcing the sponsorship was sent at 3:22 p.m. and Joe Barr from the Class of 1957 filled the slots (others offered but had recently sponsored, and several offered until the "all filled" email was sent!) Joe’s email came in at 4:40 p.m.!!!

AHS INDIANS are the best!



*** We just had our 45th at Merry Acres first weekend in May - but you probably already know that!! Such fun and such good friends ... still...

~ Marie Middleton Haguewood (’61)


*** Despite the fact I have lived in Mississippi, Colorado, West Virginia, Florida, Kentucky, Germany, New York, Illinois, South Carolina, California (30 years), and now live in North Carolina -- I will ALWAYS be "from Albany. Georgia."


And, I'm pretty sure that much of Albany shares a great deal of pride in the American Idol from Leesburg!

P.S. There seems to have been something about '57 classes. My Gordon Military (HS) '57 graduating class is very highly regarded; considered one of the best. Then, there was the Statler Brothers song commemorating "The Class of '57." Don't know what it was, or is, but happy to be a little part of it...

~ Johnny Boesch (’57)


*** Someone mistakenly said the PIG & WHISTLE was at the corner of Oglethorpe and Mock where Hardees is today. Not so! That was the PIG & CHICK. The Pig & Whistle was near the corner of Broad & Slappey. The Pig & Chick sat under the VERY SAME massive oak tree that Hardees went to great expense to LEAVE IN PLACE. Well done, Hardees!


The middle of that block of Oglethorpe (West of the Pig & Chik) did indeed have ANOTHER favorite. It was Smitty’s BBQ. I frequented both in days of yore.

~ Bruce Garey (’63)


*** I just took some time to read the May AHT's. The coverage of the Class of 52 is fabulous, from our 20th to our 60th. Tears came to my eyes as I looked at friends that are no longer with us. What great memories you gave me - us! AHTimes is a love that you have from your high school years that you share with so many. Thanks for sharing with us and letting us share with you and others.

~ B.B Rhodes, Class of 52


*** Thanks to Bill Satterfield and Charles Gillespie, we have good support for our Class of '62.

~ Jay Beck (’62)


*** Thought you’d want to know that Coach Graham Lowe (AHS 1954-1966) (Golden Years, eh?) is meeting with many of us in Albany to record what he calls “anecdotal stories” of our fun activities as students at AHS. He plans to meet with a total of 75 grads.


His goal is to write a book and record as much as possible. Pat (Rose Duggan – ’63) and I tried to load him up, though most of ours were “innocent.” You might want to contact him and contribute.

~ Henry Duggan (’59)


NOTE: Coach Graham came to AHS the year after I graduated, so I have no stories … but anyone else who has anything to submit, may send to albanyhightimes@aol.com.


*** Thank you for the best little HS newsletter in the country. It never fails to bring back good memories.

~ David McIntyre (’52)


*** I am working on a book about Grady Caldwell. He appears in "Made or Broken." He was the first black to integrate the Albany High team. But the new book will focus on his life and personal redemption. He spent years in jail and prison because crimes related to his drug addiction. Now he's a minister in Griffin, Georgia. The book will probably be released in about a year.

~ Bill Lightle ('75)

*** Please change my email address. Thanks.

~ Lee English, Class of ‘57


*** I am sure you will hear from others about J.Tom’s Mother. His mother is Virginia Claire Richardson Morgan. She did graduate from AHS in 1947. I was in the Class of 1948 and Virginia Claire was a good friend of mine. Her daughter was also a good friend of my daughter, and they graduated in 1979.

~ Carleen Newell Flowers (former 1948 student and also teacher at AHS)!


*** J.Tom Morgan (’70) is one of my Facebook friends. I taught him in the ninth grade at AJHS. Even then, you could tell he was destined for success.

~ Joanne Simmons Smith (’58)


*** I enjoyed reading the article about J.Tom Morgan. When my wife (Marcia Spafford ’56) Webb) and I returned to Albany in 1964, I went to work with the Dougherty County Board of Education. I was head of the Data Processing and Attendance area at the Central Office on Pine. Virginia Morgan, J.Tom's mother and I worked together as Director and Asst. Director of Educational Data Processing. We traveled to different states in the South East.

In 1968, I left the Board of Education as I was recruited by C&S Bank to head up their Data Processing Department in Albany. Even though I left the DoCo Board of Education, I will never forget working with Virginia. She had great respect for education and love for her children.


By the way, Marcia and her family traveled to Atlanta and saw the aftermath of the Winecoff Hotel fire.


Thanks for the nice article, though J.Tom was a child then, I knew he and his sister but doubt he remembers me and since we have been in the Atlanta area, I have followed his career.

~ Roger R. Spafford


*** We met in Albany High School. On one of our first meetings, Fonda was in one car with Tommy Herrington and I was in my car with Fay Reddick. Tommy ran into the back of my car (probably on purpose) and we all got out. Fonda and I looked at each other and I thought "Wow, what a beautiful girl !" She probably thought, "Boy, what a jerk." After seven years of dating, I finally convinced Fonda to marry me. The down payment ( our marriage license) was only $5.00, but WOW, the monthly payments have sure been expensive since - but worth every penny!

~ Ritchey Marbury ('56)


*** The Hills lived in a home owned by my grandfather (I think). It was directly behind the Pattison homeplace on Residence Avenue. Newana Hill was Maxine's sister and Max Hill, a Methodist preacher, was her twin brother. She looked just like the way I remember her mother looking. The Hills were a great family. She and Ann Walker were the same age and lived across the street from each other.

~ Tommy Pattison (’54)



In Memoriam ...

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


*** Maxine Hill Slappey, Class of 1947


*** Dorothy Marie VanZant, Class of 1945


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.

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50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ….


Ritchey (’56) and Fonda Starnes (’57) Marbury were married on June 16, 1962, and are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary by taking a month off from work (yes, he is still working) and going to Alaska and points west. By the end of the trip they will have visited all 50 states together!

Bill Wilson (’55), and wife, Paula, celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary June 23rd!

Cynthia Clyatt Ferguson, Class of 1960, and Bruce will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary in June.

Diane Pulliam Wells (Class of 57) and Don Wells (Class of 57) are celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on June 1st. We started dating when we were 16 in Albany High School. In our junior and senior years, we both worked at the State Theater in Albany. I was the relief projectionist and Diane handled the ticket and refreshment sales.


On June 30, Van Cise Knowles ('58) and my lovely wife Wesley Farnsworth Hall Knowles of Blakley, GA will have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Adventura Palace and Spa in Mexico.


Send your 50th anniversaries and over, to albanyhightimes@aol.com



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* Albany High Times Website @ Facebook

* Ahs ClassofFiftyfive

* Ahs ClassofSixty

* 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

* Email for '71 FaceBook: ahsclass71.40th@groups.facebook.com


* AHS Class of 1983


*** How to Find Classmates on Facebook | eHow.com


ANY OTHER CLASSES to be listed?



Messages from FaceBook!


*** James Mackey posted on Facebook: “Wondering about some friends, Class of 64 Nancy (Pinky) Lawson, Jan Miller, J W Roberts and others from other classes and even maybe that school across the river like Carol Rainey, Wanda Rainey, Betty Gay Roberts, James Sanders, Rodney Clark.
All were part of the Civil Air Patrol in Albany in the mid 60's (Great Years).”


James heard back from John Manghum … all the way from England. and J. W. Roberts.




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