07 2013



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






Sometimes smoke signals tell you something is wrong … sometimes they send … encouragement!!! 


During the past month, we have had to sit on the sidelines and watch those Smoke Signals circling our AHS Indian friend,Paula Heirs Deen (’65)


This month the dispiriting Smoke Signals are still rising; but encouragingly in Albany, some of the Smoke Signals recently announce that plans for the Paula Heirs Deen Museum inAlbany are going forth with love and pride An Albany group plans to move Paula Deen's childhood home, now located on the 1600 block of West Whitney Avenue, to near the Thronateeska Heritage Center on Roosevelt Street, where they hope to turn it into a museum. (July 5, 2013).


Here is an interesting article as to what Albany is doing to make this happen: Click here: Albany Herald | Plans for Paula Deen museum move ahead


I remember, way back when the Albany High Times was brand new (around 2004), someone emailed and asked if I knew who the "southern woman" on Food Network was - that she had mentioned a teacher, Miss Plant!  I didn't, butTommy (TAP) Pattison knew and said yes ... she was a1965 Indian! I remember how excited we were!


And then we watched as her star rose ... proud (though many never knew her) that she was one of us!  And just as true ... when one of our Indians are down - we feel it.


Many Indians expressed their support for Paula and posted on Vintage Albany Georgia FaceBook.  If you still want to express yourself, there is a wonderful site on FaceBookstarted by her fans … many Indians have already posted, but if you are a FaceBook member and would like to put your post so she'll see it ... post them here: Click here: We support Paula Deen


For those of you who have wondered about what is going on, or perhaps had no idea this was connected to Albany ... I am including three articles from the Albany Herald:

1.   An interview by Carlton Fletcher with Jimmy DeenClick here: Albany Herald | Paula Deen's ex-husband: Former employee motivated by greed


2.   An opinion editorial by Carlton Fletcher addressing Paula’s plight … Click here: Albany Herald | Telling the truth may be Deen’s undoing


3.   Paula's cookbook flew up to the #1 seller on Amazon.com Click here: Paula Deen: It Ain't All About the Cookin': Paula Deen, Sherry Suib Cohen: 9781439163351: Amazon.com: Books



PAULA HEIRS, Class of 1965


Remember … ONCE an AHS Indian …ALWAYS an Indian!



Reunion Reflections ...


Class of 1958


Class of 1983!


Class of 1958


Linda Cullom Jordan, Chair

Click here: Class of 1958



Many said this was the "best ever" reunion ... it was held atMerry Acres.  The Saturday Dinner/Dance was held in theMagnolia Room with many dancing to the great dancing music provided by Albany based duo NiteFire with lead singer Stephanie Medlin Franks, a member of AHS Class of 1977, and daughter of Russell Medlin, Class of 1954.


There's talk of not waiting another 5 years to "reunion" again!



Class of 1983


David A. Golden, Chair

Click here: Class of 1983


I was invited to join the Class of 1983 FaceBook page … and what a ride! 


Things are different, ladies and gentlemen, MUCH different from the 1950’s when there was no email, no fax machines, no cell phones, no texting, no Twitter and no FaceBook!


Consider this, young Indians ... we from the 50’s, had one choice ... send reunion announcements and invitations by snail mail!  But first we had to use the landline phone to check on and update home addresses and phone numbers!  We also had to wait for return responses and reservations to be returned by snail mail!


But somehow it always worked, and such wonderful memories were made at those snail mail reunions! Sometimes now, you just want to reach out of your memories and recapture those times ... just one more time!


Yet with sheer delight, I watched the Class of 1983, led byDavid A. Golden,  who magically planned, implemented and created his 30th Class Reunion ... on (am I saying this?) FaceBook!  Not only did it work, but by all accounts, it was a fantabulous party!  
I watched in disbelief as the “kids”, while driving or traveling toward Albany, were sending steady streams of cell phone Facebook messages giving their whereabouts, like this one from Chuck Schintzius: Florida is looking good at 70 mph........but not as good as Albany will!!!  at Interstate 10 West Florida DOT Rest Area- Blackwater River!


Another sent a message that she was leaving Tallahassee and wanted to know the best route to Albany!  


That afternoon David posted: 4 hours and 15 minutes until. . .


Oh yes! It was held at the STATE THEATRE and their classmate, DJ Jimmie Jam Wafford set up hisequipment on stage, complete with disco lights; and it's reported, he rocked the house! Then after the reunion – they returned to FaceBook to post what a great time they had ... not to mention posting many great pictures from the weekend! 


On Saturday afternoon, many classmates accepted an invitation from AHS Asst. Vice Principal, Mr. Kono Smithto tour the halls of AHS, through which they once walked, laughed and loved! 


For me, that stirred some wonderful memories! For our50th 1955 Reunion, we too, visited AHS.  The Class of 1955 was the first senior class to graduate from the “new” building.  Dr. Gary Dorough, retiring principal, hosted us and had several surprises in store for us! 


We stood outside the building that Saturday morning, waiting for the 11:00 a.m. bell to ring!  Once inside, Dr. Doroughwelcomed us and gave directions “over the loudspeaker”! 


Then a small group of the "2005 Band Indians" played our“Fight Song” and our “Alma Mater", as we sang the words with pride!  There wasn't a dry eye amongst we aging Indians! 


The young AHS 2005 Indians had posted banners and signs all around the building ... downstairs and upstairs! What a thrill for us!  Dr. Dorough also had copies of our senior class Thronateeska pictures, copied from principal Mr. Mac's1955 annual! There were personal written messages to him thrilling many of us looking through the bulletin glass! 


We had intended to eat down by the Flint, but it was raining, so we were invited to eat our sack lunches in the “Lunch Room"  One classmate said to me, with tears in his eyes … “I didn’t even want to do this today, but it has been one of the most meaningful mornings I have ever spent. I wouldn't have missed this for anything!”


Well friends … time marches on and times change … we change ... but this particular fact doesn’t  … when AHS Indians get together ... no matter the age … the special “TIMES” they share together are very special … that’s just the way it is for the Indians of AHS!





*** Class of 1978 ***

35th AHS/WHS Reunion


July 26 & 27 2013

Friday night - Casual plans

Saturday BIG Night


Hay Y'all! Davis Kinney with Relapse - Southwest GA’s Party Band*!!! just sent us some great new photos of the band that will be playing for us at our 35th Class Reunion! *Click here: Relapse Southwest Georgia Party Band "LIVE" part 1 - YouTube


Please remember to mail your check made payable toAHS/WHS Reunion: AHS/WHS Reunion, P.O. Box 71053, Albany GA 31708.


Cost for the reunion is $75 per person.


Simply ... friends relapsing into the days of their collective youth!!!  We're ready to get this reunion party started, so plan to be with all of your friends from AHS & WHS on Saturday night, July 27, 2013.


More casual plans on Friday night too. You don't want to miss it!!


Some of the Committee:

Lisa Duffer AHS ‘78

Sheryl Nichols Giles AHS ‘78


~ Submitted by Sam Lee AHS ’78

Kids of the 70s (Facebook)


*** 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 atMerry Acres and we have a block of rooms set aside atMerry 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 address and email address to erhinman@mchsi.com or send a FB inbox message. 

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

~ Elaine Rabun Hinman


*** Class of 1962 ***


The planning committee for the Class of 1962 70th Birthday Party is at work!


~ Girl’s Luncheon ~


Summer is in full swing and many of us are spending time with family, so our June 1962 AHS Girls Luncheon was a smaller, but lively group. We got together at Joann Roark Arneson's home for a covered dish luncheon.



(this picture expands to see some great gals!)


Attending were: Ellen Schramm Folmar, Dorothy King Combs, Tappie Hambrick Sauls, Gladys Duke McDonald, Kathy Carow Thomas, Patti Bedenbaugh Howz, Dale Swilley Cox, Trisha Fowler Brooks, Eleanor Simpson Banks, Joann Roark Arneson and our photographer Janet Belflower Hegenderfer. We were delighted Janet was able to join us. She is visiting from AZ!


So remember girls, if you are in town let us know and we'll get a group together!

Peace, Joann



Joann Roark Arneson (jprarneson@aol.com) or

Carol Pate Stark (cpstark@att.net)


*** Check out other luncheons and pics at: Click here: 1962 Girl's Luncheons


*** Are there additional upcoming reunions?

Submit your information to:





You'll find suggestions below for venues, caterers and great bands ... from 2 musicians to 15!

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


If YOUR CLASS would like to add successful venues, food/caterers and bands/music, send info toalbanyhightimes@aol.com with ALL CONTACT INFO!


Suggestions for finding lost classmates ...

* Click here: Lost Classmates? How to Find



NOTE: Remember ... Any picture or article from newspapers, because of the pixels, are almost impossible to scan well enough to produce on the website. Just FYI!






Jimmie Jam Wafford

DEEJAY Extraordinaire!



In 1983, I enlisted into the Air Force upon graduating fromAlbany High. Not a lot of classmates remember me, except for my djing at the skating rink. I stayed active duty Air Forceuntil 1996 and began my civil service career from then until the present.


The whole time, serving as a DJ after hours was more than just the extra money, it's a hobby of a lifetime.  I have deejayed in Holland, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Germany.


I started DJing in 1981 at the age of 15 years old. I did it because I love music ... more so ... it's sonic sound through large speakers and the different vibes it creates towards people in public gatherings.


I was discovered by a DJ from WJIZ. He was a highly rated announcer by the name of "the jammer". We toured while I was in high school to all popular daytime venues and night clubs such as Matthews Disco, the House of Jazz, Albany Civic Center, Allison Skating Rink, & the Backstage Lounge.


NOTE: Jimmy was a hit when he deejayed at his own 1983 30th Reunion! 


Need a great djay?  Click here: Reunion Ideas ... take a look!



AHS Class Websites




Class of 1960




AHS Class of 82 Homepage


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NOTE: You must be a member of FaceBook

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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


ANY OTHER CLASSES to be listed?




from FaceBook!!




*** Ben Swilley ('60): Check the Albany Herald's website on Sundays for Mary Braswell's column. If it is not highlighted as an Editor's Pick it should be listed in the Features Section. It's called "Looking Back" and it always has entries that touch on subjects we have discussed inVintage Albany such as:

From June 2 column; In 1914 - The soda well quit flowing. The water was considered medicinal and it was to be repaired for $100.00 or less.
1936 - Radium Springs season tickets for $15
1940 - Atlantic Co. delivers a half-bushel of crushed ice until 7:00PM for 25 cents.
1971 - Gibson's at South Slappey and Gordon got an all-new music department.
*From June 9 column; 1878 -Large pots of fresh milk hauled door to door by horse drawn wagons. you had to have your own container.
1892 - you pay a dollar fine for letting your goats, sheep, or hogs run loose in the city.
1914 - Betcha you never heard this before - Wednesdays were grocery days in Rosenberg's Dept. Store Basement. no phone orders and no deliveries.
1926 - John Phillip Sousa and a 100 piece band played in the City Auditorium. That must have been deafening!
1941 - Ella Fitzgerald performed at the City Auditorium.
1943 - a WWII year. Traffic lights were all set to blink amber to save gas. Speed limit at intersections was 10 MPH.
2003 - After almost 80 years the great old Casino at Radium Springs was demolished.

I included only a few of the entries here for the sake of brevity. I thought many of you who are unaware of this column will enjoy it. The June 16 column is even more interesting.


*** Jeanelle Wiggins Mellor ('58) commented on Albany High Times Website's link.  Jeanelle wrote: "You are so good to do this for all of us. Thank you."

Richard Stalvey commented on Albany High Times Website's link: Every issue is Special !!! Thank you for your excellent & hard work for all of us "AHS Indians".


Lynne Garrison Johnson Yay! I always look forward to this!


Shirley Austin Wright. I read it and save it each month. Thank you so much.  


Bobbie Young Wade Thanks for the great work you do! Always enjoy the news!! :)


Gene Shillcutt: This is one of the best ways to keep up with old friends and get news of AHS activity. And it is sad to get news of friends and acquaintances that have passed.


JerryAnn Lawrence Graham: Thank you for posting the link. I was an AHS B-team cheerleader in my tenth grade year (with Judy Holman, Jackie Bierman, and, yes, Paula Heirs). It was sad to see friends such as Laura Jean Wattand others had died and I didn't know. Very interesting information about all classes. Gratitude to the people who put it all together.


Elaine Robinson Howell on Class of 1983 FaceBook: HeyDavid A. Golden! I just happen to be in line at Sam's and meet the Assistant Principle of Albany High, Mr. Kono Smith, who invited our class to come tour the school! He said he is can let us in on Saturday and give us a tour, he likes to hear all the stories.


*** I wish I could find the posts, but the daughter of Lynda Glass Brimberry wrote to her mother telling her about the posting for the Albany High Times "News & Clues" onVintage Albany Georgia Facebook.  I wrote back to her and told her that her mother already knew about it and that she was one of the new Sponsors.  Then the daughter of Lynda's brother Rembert Glass, answered her cousin saying she would have to let her mother know (or something like that) - it was so cute that a second generation was recommending this newsletter to their Indian parents!! - I loved it! ~ BSH



Check out Ben Swilley's Hilarious New Book!










Musician to Mayor to Municipal Consultant

Tommy Coleman, Class of 1966


by Martha LeSueur Nicholson

From Musician to Mayor to Municipal Consultant Tommy Coleman (’66) has followed an interesting and varied career path. The former drum major of the Albany High Band and four term Mayor of Albany was inducted into the GA Municipal Association’s Hall of Fame last month at their convention. The honor is well deserved as Tommy has spent most of his life in public service as aCity Commissioner, Mayor, and Director of the GA Democratic Party, as well as running campaigns for other politicians, serving on many various boards and commissions, and as legal consultant to numerous south GA cities.


In high school Tommy was more interested in a music career.  He appeared several times on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour playing guitar and singing with other classmates in a group called the Starlighters. He wasdrum major in the Albany High Band, and in later years performed locally playing guitar or ukulele and singing. Music led to politics when Tommy was asked to perform at a political campaign. His interest was piqued and continued through his college years and led him back to Albany where he served on the City Commission and later was elected Mayor…four times!  One of his greatest achievements was leading Albany through the disastrous flood of 1994 to recovery.


Along the way Tommy earned his law degree and found his niche in the legal world representing multiple cities and counties in south GA. He finds it rewarding to be able to help communities solve their problems and run smoothly. It isn’t political and requires no campaigning, but he feels he is even more influential advising than holding office. It is a time consuming job requiring much travel as Tommy gives his advice hands on and not long distance.


Even though his work keeps him very busy Tommy enjoys it and has no plans to retire. He enjoys as well spending free time with his family. He and his wife of 42 years, high school sweetheart Charlotte Martin (’68), have a son, 2 daughters, and 2 young grandchildren. One of their daughters is a music teacher in the Dougherty County school system, the son practices law with his father, and the other daughter is also an attorney in NC. And through it all the music plays on! He has no plans to give that up either.


Tommy was recently interviewed at length about his life from music to municipalities by Danny Carter of the Albany Herald in a great feature article. I think you will find it an interesting read.

Click here: Albany Herald | Coleman: The music of politics and law

see also:




Kay Huston Hind

Class of 1947


Lifetime Achievement Award



by Martha LeSueur Nicholson (’56)

Once again the leading advocate of Southwest GA senior citizens has been recognized for her amazing talents and leadership. In Macon last month for theHealthy Community Summit held annually by theGeorgia Aging Network, Kay Huston Hind (’47), Executive Director of Sowega Council on Aging, was surprised with the Lifetime Achievement Award.


It’s no surprise to those of us in Albany who have watched the Council grow from a little brick house with a handful of programs to the 45,000 square foot, $8 million,Senior Life Enrichment Center set to open next year, all under the capable direction of Kay Hind. Now the rest of the state knows what a positive impact she has had in this area for over 4 decades! The recognition this award brings with it could open up more opportunities down the road for the local agency, which serves 14 counties in the area, to increase its many programs and services. The new facility will have room for expansion, and the Executive Director has no plans to slow down!


In case you missed it last year you can read more about Kay’s lifetime of service to the senior citizens of Dougherty and other counties, the awards she has won along the way, and see pictures of the new facility now being built in Albany on Society Ave. at the site of the old Byne Memorial Baptist Church in these News & Clues………….

Click here: 03 2012 News & Clues


Click here: 11 2012 News & Clues


See also the Albany Herald Editorial Board’s recognition of Kay’s achievements…

Click here: Albany Herald | Kay Hind’s life is truly one of impact, achievement


Also Jennifer Maddox Park’s interview and writeup…Click here: Albany Herald | Kay Hind wins Lifetime Achievement Award



   ~ CLUES!!! ~



For so long we have not been given the opportunity to really sing our anthem in almost all public gatherings. We have been made to "listen" to entertainers (selected for their recording ability) who were more interested in "performing" the anthem (slipping and sliding in and around the melody with nauseating embellishments OR placing the accompaniment in a key too high or too low), than to sing the anthem in a way the Americans would be able join them.  We have literally beensilenced by the people who have chosen these entertainers to "perform our National Anthem" as well as the entertainers themselves. Sad; but .... then, out of a terrible tragedy, it happened ... listen to the National Anthem the way it SHOULD be sung - then play it again and YOU sing along!



So what did you think?

~ Beverly Smith Herrington ('55)


*** You might be interested in how cataract surgerycame about. During WWII a British flight surgeonnoticed that when injured pilots came in for treatment with shards of plastic in their eye, the eye did not reject the plastic. So he reasoned that perhaps the lens of the eye could be replaced with a plastic piece. He was right! Pretty cool, huh?

~ Jay Pryor ('62)


*** This sent by Susan Harper Hudgens (63), this presentation was well put together by 1974 Indian Betty Rehberg (Vintage Albany Georgia), and some may not have seen it!  Now on YouTube ... the Albany, Georgia Tornado 1940 (video). The devastating tornado hitAlbany Georgia during the night of February 10, 1940. Many homes and buildings were completely demolished. Almost every structure had some damage. 17 were killed, hundreds were injured.



Tribe Notes …



*** I really enjoy the Times. Thank you for all your hard work over the years. Please change my e-mail address Thanks,

~ Joe R. Taylor, Class of 1956


*** We continue to enjoy the product of your labors and like all Indians marvel that you can do so much on our behalf and still live a very active and otherwise productive life doing so many things. The very best to you and thank you so much for all you do.

~ Howard Law, Class of 1952


*** Congratulations. Maybe I will get in as Sponsor on time next time.
~ Richard Simpson (’48)


*** Thank you for adding me to the mix.  Here are names of others in the Class of '64 who have passed away:Tommy Sadler, Sheryle Godbolt, and Lynn Crockett.

~ Bonnie Ennis Otts (’64)


*** Thanks for keeping us informed and updated with the latest AHS news! Your efforts are appreciated! Please change my email address. I don't want to lose touch again! Thanks! 
~ Anne Rackley, Class of ‘66


*** Forgive me if this is a repeat request but since I haven't gotten my AHS news lately, I thought I'd better let you know. I have a new email address. It's effective immediately. I have new equipment and the Windows 8 program which I'm still getting used to!
Thank you mucho ...

~ Marney Dyess Talbert, (’60)


*** Thank YOU for all that you do.

~ Patti Bedenbaugh Howze (’62)


*** So enjoyed Reba Willis Stewart's story, she has been a source of Light for Albany and the local banking industry!! I'm so grateful for your
labors for AHS alums.

~ Ducky Jones '53


*** George Andrew Harmon, Class of 1955 and brother of Mary Harmon Whitley (Class of '58), passed away on June 5, 2013, in Santa Barbara, California. You can Google his name and find a brief obit.

~ Joanne Simmons Smith (’58)


NOTE:  Thanks to Joanne and all those who send notifications – many times I already have received the info – but I’d rather have several than no notifications.


*** Leila Harmon (sister of George Harmon) was in the Class of '48. Actually, we went to GSWC (VALDOSTA STATE) together. I kept up with her for years. She was a missionary. She was a wonderful person.


*** I am an Indian, Brenda Arnett Class of 1967 Find A Grave is a free site and you place the person in a cemetery and someone or you takes a photo of the headstone.


I just set up a Virtual Cemetery of the folks in several classes. This may be something you would be interested in if you know remotely where they may be buried.


I know there are a lot more even in my class. Billy Smithhas died and I cannot find his obituary being the common name.


Do you have a Wilkes boy somewhere in the 1970's classes?


I have been doing cemetery surveys for close to 30 years for genealogy purposes. I just happened upon your web site today.


You can do a search for Albany High Classes and Find A Grave I listed a virtual cemetery of the known ones, if you want to add 1966 and 1967.


Margie Brooks Denson of Class of 1941 died. AlsoMartha Ann Stocks, Class of 1947, Tommy Rainey, Class of 1969.  Also my mother, Sara Sauls, Class of 1942 has died. If I think of anyone else will let you know. An Overby man in 1941 died and is buried in Hall Co.

~ Brenda Arnett Darbyshire, Class of 1966


NOTE: Brenda - thank you for the deceased AHS Indian names; also I have added a section for 1969 and I have added them to our "In Memoriam" page.


From the beginning of the Albany High Times, almost 11 years ago - the classes were responsible for sending a list of their missing and deceased classmates.  Most classes put this info in their directory, and that has worked out for the most part. But keeping a website as big as this one, covering years from the 1920's to 2009, plus the newsletter I send each month and the amount of email I receive, I do not have the time to research each class, so I have to depend on the classes to send their info.


Last month, a classmate from '65 posted a request on FaceBook asking for deceased names and that brought in quite a few names from both classes of '64 and '65. Also more have come in since I announced that addition in the last newsletter. I will make the announcement about 1969 in the next newsletter.


Thank you so much for your email. If you are an Indian - would love to add your name to the email list - we have over 2,000 from 1933 to 2009!


Notices From Indian Daughters


I am always impressed and grateful for children of Indians who take the time to notify AHTs of the passing of their parent.  We might not otherwise know.  We had 3 this last month.


*** I would like to report my father Paul S. Phelps as one of your deceased classmates from the Class of 1964.  He passed away September 30, 2011. Thanks 
~ Heather Phelps-Oller


*** Shirley Ann Klemmer, Class of 1965);  May 23, 1945 - July 12, 2000. She died of congestive heart failure

~ I am her daughter

*** Today my Dad, Gene Crawford, alumnus of Albany High, passed from this life into the next.

~ Camille Day, Daughter


*** A section for the Class of 1969 has been added to"In Memoriaum". Only one class member is listed ...Tommy Rainey.  Please send any other classmates.  Also the Classes of 1967 and 1968 have not shared their deceased classmates.



Check out your class at In Memoriam - Our Deceased Classmates
In Memoriam ...
Not where I breathe, but where I loved, I live ...
*** George Harmon, Class of 1955; brother ofLeila Harmon, Class of 1948 and Mary Harmon Whitley, Class of 1958
 *** Henderson C. "Hennie" Walden, Class of 1944
*** Charles Joseph Ward, Class of 1958
*** Tommy Rainey, Class of 1969; brother of Ann Rainey Griffeth, Class of 1959
*** Doris Thomas Doyal, mother of Mike (’58), Jackie ('57), Jerry ('61), Thomas, and Cathy Doyal
*** Randy Sikes, Class of 1967


*** The following Indians, Class of 1983, have been added to “In Memoriam”: Ray Belk, Mel Craft, Anthony Daniels, Scotty Hughes, Toby Melvin, Ruby Peterson, Carl Roos, Leroy Solomon, Theon Tanner, Lucious Wilford.


*** Mary Francine Willis Hall, wife of Ernest Hall, Class of l958


*** Paul Phelps, Class of 1964


*** Shirley Ann Klemmer Ludwig, Class of 1965


*** Marcia Davis Doty, Class of 1938


*** Elizabeth Ann Slaughter, Class of 1969


*** Gene Crawford; brother of Jon (54), Jeff, and Mary Alice Crawford ('60)


*** Walker Louis "Buddy" Tedders, Class of 1953; husband of Iris Hubble, Class of 1957


*** Randy Sikes, Class of 1967


*** Marcia Davis Doty, Class of 1938


*** Elizabeth Ann Slaughter, Class of 1969

Note: Thanks to all those who send notices and/or obituaries of AHS Indians inside and outside of Albany. We would otherwise not be aware of our losses.
FYI:  Email notices and/or obituaries are first 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 “In Memoriam” webpage and also in the "News & Clues" the following month.
Please send corrections or additions toalbanyhightimes@aol.com





?~ Do you have an email for Godfrey Culbreth, Class of '57?  Some of his buddies in Albany want to contact him and talk football, etc.!

~ Martha LeSueur Nicholson ('56)


A~ No emails for Godfrey; however I do have a contact email for his wife.  Each of the Smith sisters, playing on opposite teams in AHS’s first PowderPuff Football game, chose to wear “Tanks” #32 football jersies!


A~ In response to Vickie Thayer’s request for assistance in finding Charlotte Lee. I haven’t found her but she is listed in the 1956 yearbook in the sophomore class as Charlotte Ann Lee. This would put her in theClass of 1958.

~ Jackie Phillips (’57)


~ R Jackie I did find Charlotte Lee Hudson. Linda Cullom Jordan ('58)connected us, and Charlotteemailed me. So glad to get in touch with her. Thank you both.

~ Vicki Thayer Owen. Class of '57





50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ...


David Cuthbertson, Class of 1960, and wife Rachel, celebrated their 52nd Anniversary June 25th David wrote: "We are wandering around Alaska in our motor-home, and aside from keeping Rachel happy, my priority is fly fishing!"



Wesley and Van Knowles, Class of 1958 spent their 51st Wedding Anniversary in Toronto, Canada June 30, 2013!



Linda Leeger Stokes and husband Preston, their children and grands ... celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary together @ Hilton Head! Our daughter and son and their families came from California and Estonia (Eastern Europe) to celebrate. We have lived inBig Canoe for almost 8 years.  ~ Linda ('57)


From L to R - George Troyer, Katarina Stokes, Amelia Troyer, Kristi Stokes, Peter Stokes, Wade Stokes, L & P, Presley Troyer, Steve Troyer and Wade Troyer


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*** Here are a couple more pictures to add to those Class of ’62 Palmyra Elementary school photos from Jay Beck.


Ms. Hardy, 4th grade and Ms. Bartley, 5th grade.

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