07 2016



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 114th Edition ~  07/19/2016

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







AHS Class of 1961

55th Reunion

~ Wanda Olivent Proctor


Wow what a night!!!!   June 24th & 25th 2016 were days to go down in the history book for Albany High School Class of '61!!


Approximately 82 of our classmates and spouses came together at Merry Acres Event Center for fun and fellowship.


Some of us had not seen each other in 55 years. Who would have thought that after so many years we would still have so much love for each other. A few people brought some old pictures to share, we had the old annuals and one classmate had copies of the Pow Wow's.


The classmates who have passed on were honored with a moment of silence and a review of a few of the events that helped to shape our lives was read.


We had a DJ to play the popular songs from our time and it was so good to see some of our classmates can still "cut a rug". So many people helped to bring this together and I'm not going to mention any names because I would surely leave someone out but we thank everyone who came and everyone who was involved in getting the event together from the bottom of our hearts. We are just hoping and praying that we will all still be able to travel for the 60th in 2021!!! "AHS Class of '61 Planning Committee"







 ***ALL-CLASS AHS Reunion ***

Alumni Weekend! 

July 29 - 31, 2016 


July 29th - Friday night

6:00 pm - Orange & Green scrimmage at the stadium
8:00 pm until? Meet & Greet at The Gathering Place


July 30th - Saturday:

6:00 -10:00 am - Entrance for tailgating equipment,
10:00 am - Pep Rally

12:00 pm - Tailgating

9:00 pm - Official After-Party Icons


July 31st - Sunday

10:00 am - Fellowship AHS Auditorium

Here is the link to the REGISTRATION PAGE for the Alumni Reunion Weekend. To view the website,  click
here: http://albanyhighalumni.wix.com/weekend.

I can't wait to see everyone next month. Have a great weekend!


Lakea Chatmon, Class of 2006


Please spread the word and consider joining us!

We need to support our school to ensure that
it stays ...
... as great as it once was!





 *** Class of 1962 ***

55th Reunion

May 19 - 20,  2017


The Class of 1962 has changed the date for our 55th reunion to May 19 and 20, 2017.


We know it is hard to accommodate everyone and hope this will work for most of you who want to come. We will be working on more plans this fall.


Paul Wallace has again graciously offered his yard and home for our event. No other plans have been made at this time. If you have any input or want to be part of the planning please contact Jonnie Holley Douglas (jonnieholleydaouglas@gmail.com), Eleanor Banks Simpson (ysam04@mchsi.com) or me.

We will set another time to meet in the fall.
~ Joann Roark Arneson (jprarneson@aol.com)


~ 1962 Girl's Luncheon ~

(Watch for Announcement)


Contact: Joann Roark Arneson (jprarneson@aol.com)


*** See June 9th and other luncheon pics at:  http://albanyhightimes.com/'62%20girls'_luncheons.htm


*** See our 70th Birthday Pictures ...





*** Class of 1957 ***

60th Reunion 

May 12 - 13, 2017 *date change*


Class of '57 Reunion Committee has met and begun work on our 60th reunion! It will take place on the weekend of May 5th and 6th, 2017, and the venue for both nights will be Merry Acres.


We would like for our class members to e-mail their e-mail addresses as well as their mailing addresses to us, and if there are some who haven't quite figured out the computer/internet workings yet, they could call either Mariellen or me.  Merry Acres Motel has "blocked out" some rooms for us which can be accessed by calling them at 229.435.7721, and telling the reservation clerk that they are attending the Class of '57 Reunion.  By providing this much advance notice, it allows our classmates to go ahead and put a 2nd or 3rd mortgage on their home to pay for the face lift, tummy tuck, toupee and dental implants.


We haven't had a reunion since our 50th in 2007, which by all accounts was the best AHS Reunion ever had….Ray Ragsdale Stevens entertained us Friday night at a grand piano with a medley of his many songs, and then on Saturday night we danced to the music of a 16 piece orchestra that he brought down at his expense from Nashville. Albany had never seen nor heard a band like this one…they played all the songs from our era and sounded as good as if not better than the original artists.



Mariellen Johnson Bateman



Jerry Brimberry






You can check out suggestions from other class reunions for your venues, caterers, great bands and DJs!!

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

*** PLEASE SHARE YOUR reunion ideas ...  i.e., successful venues, food/caterers and bands/music ...

Email info to albanyhightimes@aol.com with ALL CONTACT INFO!


ALSO ... Looking for LOST CLASSMATES? 

This page might be of help ...

Click here: Lost Classmates? How to Find 




*** Indian Interests***

AHS Band Director

*** Maynard Sell ***

Do you have special  memories of Mr. Sell and the band?  Please share with other Indians for next month's "News & Clues" publication!  We have a special surprise to accompany your memories!!!

Email to: Albanyhightimes@aol.com



Donald Whitman

Class of 1968



Amazon.com: Donald Whitman: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

Donald Whitman was born and raised in Albany, Georgia. After graduating college with a degree in business he spent three years with the U.S. General Accounting Office, assigned to the NASA Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He then began a career in real estate re-development and management, with re-building projects including six story hotels and large apartment communities as well as single family homes.

He has been married to Barbara for forty years. They have two married daughters, and five grandchildren. He is active in his community where he served five years on the Board of Directors for a nationally acclaimed water authority and in his church, where he is an elder and teaches Sunday school. His hobbies include water skiing and swimming and he does one or the other three or four times a week.


The Ellis Family

by Alma "Teddie" Ellis Lee


Several of us nine Ellis children ( 6 girls & 3 boys ), went to AHS, and many of us graduated from AHS.


H.L. "Lee" Ellis, Class of 1955, spent 20 years in the Navy. He was a Tower Operator. He served two tours of duty in the Antarctic, one 6 months and one for 10 months. He saved two Pilots in a WHITE-OUT, and was given a Citation by the Sec. of the Navy.


As a result of the Citation, he placed his name into a Name Bank, they drew it out and named a mountain for him. It is Ellis Cone in the Tony Mountain Range in Antarctica.


H.L. retired as a Navy Chief in1975. The he became a Train Engineer for abt. 23 years. He lives in Brownsville, ME six months and in Brooksville, FL six months during the Winter months, a True Snowbird.

Wansley R. Ellis graduated in 1952; Alma "Teddie" Winifred Ellis graduated in 1953; Lee attended AHS, but graduated from Ocilla High School in 1955. Amy Jane Ellis graduated in 1958; Delura Nell Ellis graduated in 1959; La-Vera Dawn Ellis graduated in 1963; and Barbara Ellis, R. Micheal Ellis F. Anthony Ellis, all graduated in Fitzgerald GA!



~ CLUES!!! ~ 


Once An Indian ... Always An Indian!!

Many of our Indians left AHS before graduation ... the reasons are many.   However, they were a special part of their class and friends for many years before they left!!!!


Once an Indian ... always an Indian ... so please don't ever hesitate to send news of any kind from an Indian who did not graduate with their class for any reason. Many are forever connected ... and that's what the Albany High Times seeks to honor!!!



Children of the 30s & 40s

“The Last Ones”

A Short Memoir  - Submitted by Tommy Pattison ('54)

Born in the 1930s and early 40s, we exist as a very special age cohort. We are the “last ones.” We are the last, climbing out of the depression, who can remember the winds of war and the war itself with fathers and uncles going off. We are the last to remember ration books for everything from sugar to shoes to stoves. We saved tin foil and poured fat into tin cans. We saw cars up on blocks because tires weren’t available.

We are the last to hear Roosevelt ’s radio assurances and to see gold stars in the front windows of our grieving neighbors. We can also remember the parades on August 15, 1945; VJ Day.

We saw the ‘boys’ home from the war build their Cape Cod style houses, pouring the cellar, tar papering it over and living there until they could afford the time and money to build it out.

We are the last who spent childhood without television; instead imagining what we heard on the radio. As we all like to brag, with no TV, we spent our childhood “playing outside until the street lights came on.” We did play outside and we did play on our own. There was no little league.

The lack of television in our early years meant, for most of us, that we had little real understanding of what the world was like. Our Saturday afternoons, if at the movies, gave us newsreels of the war and the holocaust sandwiched in between westerns and cartoons. Newspapers and magazines were written for adults. We are the last who had to find out for ourselves.

As we grew up, the country was exploding with growth. The G.I. Bill gave returning veterans the means to get an education and spurred colleges to grow. VA loans fanned a housing boom. Pent up demand coupled with new installment payment plans put factories to work. New highways would bring jobs and mobility. The veterans joined civic clubs and became active in politics. In the late 40s and early 50’s the country seemed to lie in the embrace of brisk but quiet order as it gave birth to its new middle class. Our parents understandably became absorbed with their own new lives. They were free from the confines of the depression and the war. They threw themselves into exploring opportunities they had never imagined.

We weren’t neglected but we weren’t today’s all-consuming family focus. They were glad we played by ourselves ‘until the street lights came on.’ They were busy discovering the post war world.

Most of us had no life plan, but with the unexpected virtue of ignorance and an economic rising tide we simply stepped into the world and went to find out. We entered a world of overflowing plenty and opportunity; a world where we were welcomed. Based on our naïve belief that there was more where this came from, we shaped life as we went.

We enjoyed a luxury; we felt secure in our future. Of course, just as today, not all Americans shared in this experience. Depression poverty was deep rooted. Polio was still a crippler. The Korean War was a dark presage in the early 50s and by mid-decade school children were ducking under desks. China became Red China. Eisenhower sent the first ‘advisors’ to Vietnam . Castro set up camp in Cuba and Khrushchev came to power.

We are the last to experience an interlude when there were no existential threats to our homeland. We came of age in the late 40s and early 50s. The war was over and the cold war, terrorism, climate change, technological upheaval and perpetual economic insecurity had yet to haunt life with insistent unease.

Only we can remember both a time of apocalyptic war and a time when our world was secure and full of bright promise and plenty. We experienced both.

We grew up at the best possible time, a time when the world was getting better not worse.

We are the ‘last ones.’

~ Author unknown



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* Albany High Times Website @ Facebook

* Ahs ClassofFiftyfive

* Ahs ClassofSixty

* Albany High Class of 1961 (4) 

* (1) Albany High School Classes of 1964-65 Reunion

* 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?




 Messages from FaceBook!!


***      Dotti Reeves Crosson, Class of 1955: Good job as usual.







AHS Class of 1953


During his Air Force career Tony Cushenberry amassed over 4,600 hours flying time in fighter planes and was an instructor pilot in the F-100 and F-4. He commanded the 434th TFS and the 9th TFS and was Director of Operations for the 4th TFW and 13th Air Force.


Cushenberry retired from military service in 1986 and resides with his wife Marie in Watkinsville, Georgia.

For outstanding contribution to the Air Force, both in combat and as a leader of young men and women cadets, Colonel Anthony "Tony" Cushenberry, Sr., was enshrined in the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame on April 26, 2003.

For the full article click: http://albanyhightimes.com/tony_cushenberry.htm

Submitted by Annelle Stem Griffin, Class of 1952







* H.L. "Lee" Ellis, Class of 1955






*** Sandra "Sandie" Thrower Nichols, Class of  1960: I grew up as a military “brat”; my Dad was a career Marine. Right after graduation I married Paul who was stationed at MSCS in Albany. We were married the day he got out of the Marine Corps and went to his home in New York. After 10 months as a civilian he decided to re-enlist, but in the Air Force. He made a career of the military after that. He went to Viet Nam in January of 1969 and served there until January of 1970. Paul retired as a First Sergeant after 23 years in service. We never once regretted the decision to make that our life. There were separations when duty called, but home was always where we both were with our daughter. We stayed in Omaha, Nebraska after retirement.


*** Aloha Mallard Saye, Class of 1947 (see letter written for her 25th Anniversary below)

Suggestion ... Click here: Their Stories and Service  are so interesting ... check them out when you have a bit of time to learn how our Indians served their country!



ALL who have served are welcomed to submit your name or that of an AHS relative or classmate (living or deceased).

See instructions below …


1. Click here: AHS Men and Women Who Served in the Military:  On this webpage, Indians are listed alphabetically, with class year.


2.  Click here: Their Stories and Service: On the above webpage, information and/or stories about their service (living or deceased) can be posted.


3.  Please don't forget to add your FULL NAME and AHS CLASS.


If I have omitted listing any Indian, previously submitted, I do apologize. Please let me know.

~ Beverly Smith Herrington (’55)

*** Surely there are others, so please let me add your name!!! 


I will need:

1. Your full name: first, maiden and married names

2.  PLUS your AHS class year!

Send to: albanyhightimes@aol.com




1. Please send AHTimes emails only to: albanyhightimes@aol.com

2. Please include your name and class!

3. Please do not email @ bmabz@aol.com.  This is my private account and does not connect to Albany High Times or "News & Clues"



 Tribe Notes …




 Meet my daughter, Beverly Dianne Calhoun of Denver CO, who recently visited us for a couple of days.  You may be interested that in December of 2011, Dianne also paid visit from Denver, CO.  Her work was involved with websites, and she asked if I would like to learn "how to create a website".  Understand, I'm a musician, and at the time, I saw no need for a website!  Two days before she left to return home, she said, "Mom ... only 2 days left ... if you want to learn enough ... we need to get started."  Not wanting to hurt her feelings, I agreed.  However, after the first day, I quickly asked if I could create MORE than one website ... one for "my writings and whatever tickled my fancy", one for my extended musical career, and one for my Class of 1955's upcoming 50th AHS Reunion.  That was quickly turned into a website where AHS Indians could express memories, as well as their sorrow over Albany's plans to destroy the Radium Casino and Pavilion ... and then as if by magic ... it took off!!! 

Next month we celebrate 14 years, with close to 500 pages of website and an e-addressbook of nearly 2,000 members representing classes from 1933 to 2006, plus a monthly newlsletter, "News & Clues" where people find each other, and read with pride about the Indians Albany High School produced!

I'll be honest ... at times it overwhelms me ... not the amount of work ... but US!!!

So thanks to Dianne, who planted the seed.  If not for you, my dear ... we would not be here! 

Perhaps of interest to some of you ... in the years 1968 - 1971, we lived in Albany, and the Calhoun children ... Dianne,
Class of 1977 and her brother Chuck, Class of 1978, attended Sherwood Elementary; their brother Jim, Class of 1975, attended 6th grade at Sherwood, 7th grade at McIntosh, and 8th grade at Albany Junior High on N. Jefferson.

Their father is James Calhoun, Sr., Class of 1950; and their uncle is Ralph Calhoun, Class of 1947.  Their grandmother was 4th grade teacher at McIntosh, Mrs. Sallie Mae Calhoun (deceased).


*** I enjoyed reading the N&C's just now. You always do come up with some interesting things. Guess those 300 emails produce a lot of info!

~ Joann Roark Arneson ('62)

*** I enjoyed talking with you and I appreciate you giving a little publicity for my books! My brother LEWIS graduated in 1958, HOWE graduated in 1960, PHILIP graduated in 1962, PATRICIA (TRICIA) graduated in 1964, I graduated in 1968 and MARILYN (MARNIE) graduated in 1971. Marnie still lives in Albany.

~ Don Whitman, Class of 1968

*** We have moved back to Starkville, MS where I worked for MS State U. for nearly 40 years. Roberta. my wife, is in Independent Living and I in Assisted Living at The Claiborne Retirement Home, one of a MS chain owned in Charlotte, NC. Also, I will be a speaker at the 61st ECM Landscape Design Symposium on Oct. 19 on the MSU campus. I originated this annual October event sponsored by The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc. and the Landscape Architecture Dept. After the 50th program I resigned as Chairman, they named it in my honor.

~ Ed Martin, Jr., Class of 1945

*** Robert Preston (Bob) Allen, Class of 1960, served as Executive Officer on the USS Bigelo during the VietNam war. He was a Lieutenant in the United States Navy

~ Jim Strom ('57)

I moved last May and would like you to add my name/ new e-mail address to the e-mail list for the Albany High Times. Thank you

~ Leslie Williams Class of 1958

*** I am aging, I agree; but not by 4 years. I am in the Class of 1960, not 1956 as shown in Sponsors section. NWS, keep up good production.

~ Don Strickland

*** Someone told me I was on the missing classmates list for 1964. I shouldn't be, as I get all the emails and was at our 50th reunion. But anyway, below is my information.

~ Gail Hurt Swindle ('64)

NOTE: I'll take you off Gail! Your 1964 class was so good about finding classmates. They gave me the missing list, and I could have overlooked removing your name. I have no way of knowing, but I'll take the blame!! Thanks for letting me know!


*** At the '61 reunion tonight someone pointed out that you have my name spelled wrong. I said that couldn't be so because you knew Steve! But I checked and he was right. You have me as Arnesan instead of Arneson. The reunion was fun. Saw lots of folks I know. I was really happy to learn we were to be inside, because the only way it would have been comfortable outside would have been to be in the water!

~ Joann Roark Arneson ('62)


Yikes!  And on the MAIN page ... and on the Staff list (ugh). And it's been there since years ago when you first agreed to serve as Liaison to 1960's and 1970's! It's been corrected! 

So glad you were able to visit the reunion of the great Class of 1961!


*** Please change my email address. Thank you! In kindness,

~ Charles Thompson, Class of 1954

*** Thank you once more for all that you and the Albany High Times' Staff do for your fellow AHS grads. Warmest best wishes,

~ Howard Law, Class of 1952

*** Ralph Herbert McKendree, Jr. AHS Class of 1964, served as a police officer for 23 years with the Albany Police Department. After his retirement from the APD, Ralph spent the next 10 years serving as a U.S. Marshall in Columbus, GA.



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



*** Sharon Whitaker Bridges, Class of 1979, died October 15, 2015; sister of Stella Renee Whitaker Dunnaway, Class of 1977

*** Charles Marks "Chuck" Jones, Class of 1968

*** Walter Ray Mock, Class of 1966

*** Dianne Dempsey Holman, Class of 1961; sister of Jane Dempsey Hill, Class of 1963

*** James Edward (Eddie) Parrish, Class of 1962; brother of Orville Parrish, Class of 1950.

*** Dorothy Ramsey Clegg Pettis, Class unknown

*** Ralph Herbert McKendree, Jr. AHS Class of 1964

*** James (Jimmie) Snellgrove, Class of 1962

*** Richard Weathersby, husband of Jeanette Henderson Weathersby, Class 1956

*** Judy Jordan Brown, Class of 1965; sister of Miriam Jordan Land, Class of 1955, and Ladd Jordan, Class of 1963

*** James Harrison (Jim) Farmer, Jr., Class of 1966; husband of Agnes Cohen ('66)

Note: Thanks to all who send notices and/or obituaries of AHS Indians inside and outside of Albany. We may not otherwise be aware of our losses.  
FYI: Email notices and/or obituaries are first sent to the deceased’s class, and if relatives are Indians, to the classes of the spouse, child, or parents, as soon as possible.   Each is then listed, in the Albany High Times' "News & Clues", and also added the following month to the Albany High Times' "In Memoriam" webpage:
In Memoriam - Our Deceased Classmates - AHS Albany GA

Please send corrections or additions to





50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ... 




A Letter from Aloha Mallard Saye

Class of 1947

On the occasion of her 25th Wedding Anniversary!




1973 - March
To My Loving Hubby, Bob

For the past twenty-five years I have been bawled out, balled up, held up, held down, hung up, bulldogged, blackjacked, walked on, cheated, squeezed and mooched, stuck for war tax, Social Security Tax, Sales Tax, State Fax, Federal Tax and dog tax, war bonds, baby bonds and bonds of matrimony; Red Cross, Blue Cross and double crossed; asked to help and worked with the P.T.A., School Room Mothers, Little League, Ponytail League, Booster Club, Mother’s March of Dimes, teen employment, O.W.C., office parties, attend meetings, A.F. Base projects and painting pictures for friends; decorate for kindergartens, schools, shopping centers, Officer’s Clubs, parade floats, churches and a Bomb Comp; most while pregnant, changing diapers, making baby formula, cooking meals, washing, ironing, cleaning house, carpooling, entertaining; caring for horses, cats, rabbits, squirrels, chickens, ducks, a hamster, tropical fish, bantam hen and a fighting cock rooster, a mole, snakes and a sixteen year old dog; all while loving my A.F. pilot hubby and seeing him off to fly and land at all hours of the night; asked to be both mother and father to our six children while hubby was T.D.Y. and a year in Vietnam; I have worked like hell and have been worked like hell, have been happy and depressed, broke, hungry, tired and haggard, I have been cussed, discussed, boycotted, talked to and talked about, lied to and lied about, screwed, held up, hung up, robbed and damn near ruined and the only reason I’m still sticking around now is to see what in the hell is to happen next. From Your Loving Wife, Aloha


Aloha Mallard Saye, Class of 1947, and her husband Bob celebrate their 68th Anniversary.


 Tommy, Class of 1954, and Betty Holt, Class of 1956, Pattison celebrated their 57th Anniversary on June 14, 1959.


Peggy VanZant Roberts, Class of 1961, and Burton celebrated their 54th Wedding Anniversary June 22, 2016.

Sandra Thrower Nichols, Class of 1960 and husband Paul celebrated their 56th Wedding Anniversary on June 24, 2016.


On August 30, 2016, Alma Winifred Ellis Lee, "Teddie", Class of 1953, will have been married 61 years to Donald E. Lee


Howard Law and wife Patsy celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on 10 June this year. They were married in Carroll County, Georgia the day after he graduated from Georgia Tech.


Send your 50th Anniversaries and beyond

to albanyhightimes@aol.com







? ~  I have Joe Ed Rossman's ('55) mother's pin from nursing school. Don't know if he would like it or not. I would be glad to send it to him if he does.

~ Nan Murphy Claypool, Class of 1963

A ~ Bet he would!  I'll contact him to contact you!

? ~  I am looking for Beth Robinson of the Class of 1963. Do you have any information?  She was such a good friend in high school. I would love to talk to her.
Margaret Prevatte DeArmon, Class of 1962

A ~ Sorry, no I don't; however let's hope one of the Indians will!

? ~ Hi! This is from Robert H. Doan, Class of 1944. Is there anyway that I can view this book on line?  I just learned that pictures I took in the1940s are in it. I remember sending them to Lamar Clifton ('46).

~ VTY Bobby Doan

A ~  Sorry, there is no way to view SKYWATER on-line ... but they still have some books left if you are interested ... here is the link to order: http://www.radiumsprings.albanyhightimes.com/skywater.htm


It is a wonderful book - I have it on my coffee table - it is not a hard-back; but the content is priceless. I'll have to check for your pictures!~ BSH



Old Mamie Brosnan Elementary

Mamie Brosnan ... gone now
Plans for a park.

In Memory of
Albany Flood of July 7, 1994






“News & Clues”




***  I am a proud graduate of the Class of 1977. I think the Times is awesome, I stumbled upon it accidently and glad I did.

~ Stella Renee Whitaker Dunnaway , Class of 1977

*** I would like to give you a couple of classmate's email addresses to add for the newsletter:

* Carol Fisher Marsh, Class of 1961
* Agnes Janes Merritt, Class of 1961
~ Wanda Olivent Proctor, Class of 1961

***  Please add  Don Whitman, Class of 1968

*** Add me to mailing list.
~ Margaret Prevatte DeArmon, Class of 1963



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





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