08 2013



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*** Class of 1969 ***

45th AHS/Deerfield

June 20-21, 2014


Plans are underway for our 45th AHS/ Deerfield Class of 1969 class reunion. We are still in the infancy of planning BUT save the date of June 20-21, 2014. Event will be at Merry Acres and we have a block of rooms set aside at Merry Acres motel for $89 per night plus tax.


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

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

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

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

~ Elaine Rabun Hinman


** Classes of 1964-65 **

A Combined 50th Reunion


November 7th and 8th, 2014


Once again, there will be a combined 50th Reunion celebration for the classes of 1964-65 again!


A temporary date has been set for November 7th and 8th, 2014 at Merry Acres.


Planning meetings have started, with the last being held August 14th at Merry Acres.


~ Glenda Shelby Cannon (’64)




*** Class of 1962 ***

70th Birthday Party


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


~ Girl’s Luncheon ~


The next Girl’s Luncheon will be at Joann  Roark Arneson’s home on Sept. 19, 2013, at 11:30.  It will again be a covered dish.  More information will be put out in an email or you may contact one of us.



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:




DID YOU KNOW?  You can check out suggestions from other reunions for your venues, caterers and great music!!


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


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


*** Also ... 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!







Dear Albany High alumni –

After many requests, Southwest Georgia Living magazine is finally preparing to publish an article  on Albany’s own Ray Ragsdale Stevens.


The piece is scheduled for the Nov/Dec 2013 issue. We’ve received a number of photos from Mr. Stevens’ publicist, but wanted to put a request out to former classmates/friends for additional photos.


If any of you have photos of Mr. Stevens during his Albany years, we’d love the option to use them if they are deemed suitable for the project.


In addition, if you have a brief memory to share involving Mr. Stevens, we may be able to use that as well.


Please send all correspondence to: kk@southwestgeorgialiving.com


Deadline to be considered for inclusion is August 31, 2013.



Karen (KK) Snyder

Editor, Southwest Georgia Living


The Albany Area Arts Council

Sponsoring an Exhibit of Local Artists

August 5 - 30, 2013


by Eleanor Simpson Banks


"Journey with Us" is an art exhibit featuring the work of 14 local artists using the media of watercolor, oil, or acrylic. This exhibit will be on display for the month of August at the Albany Area Arts Council (old Carnegie Library). All art work is available for sale; the sale acts as a fund raiser for the Arts council, with a portion of the proceeds going to them.

On August 8, 2013, there was a reception from 5:30 - 7:30; food was provided by the artists. About 100 people came to the reception.  Please come by to check out the exhibit in August and support the Albany Area Arts Council, as well as the artists.

Albany High School's Indians ... Eleanor Simpson Banks and Corrine Beverly Flanigan, were two of the artists:

*** Eleanor Simpson Banks from the AHS Class of 1962, has been painting for five years and primarily works in watercolors. She has also begun working in acrylic. Eleanor is still a resident of Albany and enjoying retirement with her husband.


***Corrine Beverly Flanigan, Class of 1961, and resident of Lee County, began Watercolor 6 years ago as a hobby, taking various classes and workshops. She is presently involved with her husband, Gary Flanigan, operatingTriple Creek Plantation (quail, deer and turkey hunts) in Ellaville, Ga.









Ben Swilley, Class of 1960, may not know it ... but he is a humorist, extraoridinaire!  He now has a book available at Click here: Amazon.com: boomers and geezers!


The title is "Boomers and Geezers (Almost) Survival Guide" (or Humor for Boomers headed towards geezerdom) ... a survival guide "almost" because we never found the fountain ... and of an old man's efforts to stay young!  It is full of some true, but mostly "not so true" tales Ben has heard and seen and repeated for too many years to remember!




Joann Arneson, 1962 Albany High Times Staff member, recommends the photography of classmate Ed Faber, and sent along with her recommendation, his photo of “The Dougherty County Eagle”



Ed Faber

Class of 1962


After high school, Ed Faber earned a degree in Textiles from Georgia Tech.  After Tech he spent four years in the Air Force stationed at Bitburg Air Base, Germany.  After the Air Force, he returned to a sewing factory in Edison and Fort Gaines in which the family had a one-third interest.  After spending thirteen additional years in the sewing industry, Ed went to college at Valdosta State College now Valdosta State University and earned an accounting degree.  He has been a practicing accountant since 1985.


Father and Daughter Photography:

Julie (his youngest daughter) and Ed started photographing the nature, wildlife and points of interest of Southwest Georgia about thirteen years ago.  They feel fortunate to photograph the land, that they have had and still have access to, and are grateful for the great network of friends who act as spotters for us.  If these friends see something of interest, they are given a call!


They have had their photographs displayed in twenty five countries on all seven continents to include four American Embassies, aboard the USS George Washington, the Carter home in Plains and Buckingham Palace! They have also done some photography for Jim Fowler.


See more of Ed's photograpy in the "Art and Hobbies" section of the Times' website: Click here: Ed Faber, Photographer - Class of 1962 ... see pictures of Radium Casino, front and back, and the Arctic Bear.  We will be adding more of his pictures to his Times' webpage.






?~ Dear Albany High School Alumni:


I am a '64 graduate of AHS and I played football, went to Graves Springs football camp for 4 years, and later played at Auburn. I am in the process of trying to locate some pictures of the old buildings which were at Graves Springs which have since been demolished in the flood of '94, or any pictures of any kind of  players, coaches, managers, cooks, cheerleaders or family while at Wednesday nite visitation, or of anything pertaining to the grounds, the buildings, and the creek where the young players bathed, or any of the players while at the camp.


I am trying to assemble some of the pertinent photographs for a book picturing football camp etc. Your courtesy in this regard is greatly appreciated.


Thanks, Robert M. Margeson, III Class of 1964

Email: margo3251@gmail.com


?~ Carolyn Fambro, who graduated in 1950, is in my Sunday School class.  She has lost all her annuals and she would LOVE to get a copy of the1950 Thronateska If anyone can help her, please let me know. Thanks for your help.
~ Barbara Anderson Robinson, Class of '62



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from FaceBook!!


***  Frieda Howard Randles posted on Albany High Times Facebook Website's timeline:


"Just got a message from Joanne Culbreth Wright's daughter, Tonya, that Joanne passed away July 16, 2013, in Milton, FL.  She graduated with the1954 AHS class."




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 ~ Angel Bradford, AHS Class of 1979


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~ John Taylor Davis, Class of 1962


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~ Jan Sapp Bentley, Class of 1966





50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ...


  JoAnn Royal Norfolk, Class of 1956, and husband Howard celebrated our 58th wedding anniversary on the 7th of August.


 Aloha Mallard Saye, Class of 1947, and husband Bob, celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary on July 10th, 2013.


 Johnny and Kay Knighton, Class of 1962, were married 50 years ago on May 12, 1963!


This past July 17, 2013 Jo Ann Watson and I celebrated our 57th anniversary. We have been on a wonderful journey that has carried us into all regions of this country. We have lived near both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and have enjoyed life in the mountains of West Virginia, and relished 10 years spent in the piedmont region of North Carolina. Currently we call the great Midwest, home. Our 4 children have given us great joy, tarnished with specks of pain; but our 11 grandkids have given us comfort needed to journey on down life's marvelous roadway!

~ Luke Simmons, Class of 1952


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and beyond

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Art Teacher

 Annelle Stem Griffin (’52)and her

Artistic Indians

By Martha LeSueur Nicholson


It was a well-timed coincidence that placed Annelle Stem Griffin (’52) and her newlywed husband, Dick, back in Albany just as school was about to open for the 1955-1956 year. Dick was awaiting orders for military service, and Annelle was contemplating a move to Athens to complete her art degree at UGA.


At the same time, AHS was suddenly in need of an art teacher when the one who had been hired resigned just before school started.  Mr. Mac called Annelle and put her to work. She was very impressed with the “gorgeous” art department. This was in a brand new building only one year into operation, equipment was top notch, but money was scarce for supplies.


Annelle used her own ingenuity to find donations of things needed and invested in supplies herself to complete projects such as backdrops for school plays.


1956 student, Frank Sadler ...


won the prize for best watercolor in GA under her tutelage!


She not only taught classes, but also formed an art club. At the end of the year she and Dick rewarded her students with a day trip to Callaway Gardens!


Annelle recently found some pictures of her students from her year at AHS and shared them with Albany High Times staff.





For more pictures ...

Click here: Annelle Stem Griffin, AHS Art Teacher


If you see yourself or recognize others in the pictures on the website, let us know so we can add names.






Coach Graham Lowe's

Book Signing!!

This is a great chance for you to reminisce with coach, and get a signed copy of "It's a Grand Old School"!

Sunday, August 18 - 12:00 til 3:00 pm


Merry Acres' Plantation Ballroom



Coach Lowe reports that there was a great turnout at his first book signing, held in the home of Spencer Lee ('60).


Click here: Graham Lowe, AHS Coach and Teacher



~ CLUES!!! ~



*** Before moving to Albany GA in 1948, my family lived inJacksonville, FL.  I was in the 6th grade, and leaving behind family and friends, like my very best friend Joanne Thompson, was very difficult.  This week I was delighted to hear from Joanne!  She shared a link to a "simple truth", and I wanted to share with you …


~ Beverly Smith Herrington ('55)


*** This is for all the ancients who remember what a typewriter was!


Leroy Anderson (1908-1975) was an American composer of short, light concert pieces, many of which were introduced by the Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of Arthur Fiedler.  As with all his other compositions, Leroy Anderson wrote "The Typewriter"for orchestra, and completed the work on October 9, 1950.

This particular orchestration was performed in a June 12, 2011 concert by members of the National Orchestra and Chorus of Spain in Madrid.  The (typewriter) soloist is Alfredo Anaya. Watch his expressions and actions throughout the video ... wonderful!

Click here: La máquina de escribir. L. Anderson. (Lio en los Grandes Almacenes) - YouTube



Tribe Notes …



*** I wanted to share my good news!


I was the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Georgia, Inc. for 25 years when the organization closed due to the inability to secure sustainable funding.  I went for over a year unemployed, doing various interesting things here and there for friend and former board members … until I got my current job just a few months ago.  I am now the director of Ruth’s Cottage and The Patticake House. Ruth’s Cottage is a shelter and program services for victims of domestic violence and The Patticake House is a child advocacy center.


I remain proud to be an Albany High Indian! Class of 1976.

 ~ Nancy Martin Bryan


*** Wanda Olivent Proctor, Class of 1961, retired July 31, 2013!


*** 1957 Indian classmates at Big Canoe (2013):


Kay Gissander, Frances Weathers,

Linda Leeger, Barbara Able, Myra Clark

and Mariellen Johnson


*** You all do a great job with this news each month. I do appreciate all your efforts! Thanks for all your hard work to keep us all informed.

~ Marie Fowler Howe (1956)


*** Just finished reviewing July Newsletter - always a pleasure!!!

~ Annelle Stem Griffen (’52)


*** My life long fondness for Radium Springs … I recall a scheme that I hatched in the 70's -- The entertainment business was awash in money, and I put together several of my industry friends with the idea of buying the property and making Radium Springs a full-service, exclusive, high-end recording and production facility for artists. The idea was eventually dropped and forgotten!!

~ Bill Hall (’60)


*** New FaceBook page! 

AHS/WHS Class of 1978


~ Sam Lee ('78)


*** Would you mind posting our 58th Wedding Anniversary in your August news letter for us?  I so enjoy receiving the News and Clues.  It is very interesting to read the articles that you post, and about our classmates each month.  Keep up the good work. All of us Indians like to keep up with each other! Thanks and be blessed.

~ JoAnn Royal Norfolk (’56)


*** I am a little late this year for making a contribution to Albany High Times, but if you will remind me next year, I will "make the cut".
God Bless,
~ Richard Simpson (’48)


***  Please change to my new e-mail address. Thanks.

~ Harry Helton (’52)


*** Seems like I have been dropped from the mailing list again. I so look forward to the High Times, please put me back on your list!


Also, down at the signature block on your emails on the "Times", there is a line that says: "Webmaster, Albany High Times/albanyhightimes@aol.com"  if you click on the link to send an email  to you, it automatically changes it to your personal email address. Don't know why but it does. Good luck figuring that one out!


Thanks again, hope to be visiting Albany soon!

Thanks for all you do,

~ Robert Vick (‘64) Granbury , TX


NOTE:  For some time, I have been puzzled as to how so many Indians had my personal email address.  It honestly makes extra work for me, as I don’t keep anything to do with Albany High Times on my desktop with my personal email. So that would necessitate my forwarding those emails to my laptop.  Also, those emails often went to SPAM.  But hooray for Robert  - he discovered the problem, and long story, short … I was able to correct the problem!  Thanks a million Robert! ~ BSH


*** Thanks for both terrific articles published in the Albany High Times’ “News & Clues” July issue.  I’m sure my class will be just as impressed as I am.  More so, thanks for not only the "DJ" article, but also the advertisement plug for future reunion planning for other class years!

Once more, thanks and I wish you all the best.

Sincerely yours,

~ Jimmie Wafford (’83)

DJ “Jimmie Jam”


*** Your terrific newsletters stopped coming a few months ago. Please get me back on the list!


Also, please let me know the next time you need a sponsor for the site. I would be glad to contribute.  Many thanks,

 ~ Walt Green - AHS Class of 1967


*** A recent photo of Joe Mann, a 2013 - 2014 Albany High Times Sponsor, is posted on the "US NOW", a web page for RECENT pictures of Indians ... NOW! Click here: Us Now


*** Edward Derks was one of my best friends growing up. We went to Turner Elementary School together and were in the same Cub Scout Pack. Ed was a member of the AHS class of 1963 and he married classmate Janie Williams, also of our class. 


Ed and I had started communicating through the 50-year reunion and we were email buddies.  He lived in Ormond Beach, FL. He had been there since the mid-late 1960s. He attended Georgia Tech and alsoEmbry Riddle. He was a licensed pilot when we were at Georgia Tech. I flew with him from Charlie Brown airport in Atlanta. He was also friends with our classmate Robert Joines while we were at Georgia Tech.

Some of you may remember that he and Janie married before we attended our graduation ceremonies.  In high school he drove anAustin Healey "bug eye" Sprite sports car. He also delivered papers for the Albany Herald. 


Sadly, I received news of his death from his sister, Gayle Derks Furman.


*** I am shocked to hear about the death of Gene Crawford. I had such a crush on him, as did all the other Albany High School girls.

~ Aloha Mallard Saye '47


*** Unfortunately we have had several 1969 classmates pass just recently. In addition to Tommy Rainey, are Gene Stover, Jeoffrey Cheshire and  Elizabeth Ann Slaughter.

~ Paul V. Mullins (’69)


*** Many thanks to Brenda Arnett Darbyshire ('67) for sendingseveral notifications of deceased AHS Indians.


*** Carleen Newell Flowers ('48) and J.W. "Dub" Flowers,married when I was a freshman in high school.  She was my math teacher.  I went to their wedding!

~ Martha LeSueur Nicholson (’56)


*** Jay and I were so very saddened to learn of John Margeson'spassing. He was always such a kind and good person. Our prayers are with his family. God bless them all.

~ Jay and Nancy Joiner Dallas (’73)


*** I interviewed John Margeson before he was hired by my company, Storer Communications, after he graduated from college. He was one of the success stories in our management training program that was initiated in the mid 70's. It was very sad to learn of his passing, and I have been receiving notes of tribute from a number of John's former co-workers.

~ Jim Faircloth (’62)


*** Thanks for the kind tribute to my brother John Margeson.  He was a special, unselfish caring and loving brother who is sorely missed.  I was a graduate of Class of '64, brother Hank Margeson, Class of '66, and sister Carol Margeson Butler, Class of '68. Thanks.

~ Robert Margeson (’64)


*** Thanks for sending John Margeson’s obituary. What an incredible life...he lived!!!
~ Anne Chestnut Rackley (’66)




Please check out your class at
In Memoriam - Our Deceased Classmates


In Memoriam ...
Not where I breathe, but where I loved, I live ...
*** Blaine Eugene "Gene" Stover, Class of 1969
*** Thomas Eugene “Gene” Crawford, Class of 1944; brother of Jeff (’52), Jon (54) and Mary Alice Crawford ('60)
***  Elizabeth Ann Slaughter, Class of 1969
***  Jeoffrey Cheshire, Class of 1969
*** Kenneth D. Ford, Class of 1968
*** Mary Brashears Touchton, Class of 1965 (4/17/2010)
*** Ginger Lee Turner, Class of 1969 (10/17/2002)
*** Brenda Sonya Rouse Haas, Class of 1952.  10/28/2012
*** Leila Odom Green, mother of Walter Green, Class of 1967
*** Joanne Culbreth Wright, Class of 1954
*** J.W. "Dub" Flowers, Educator and husband of Carleen Newell Flowers ('48), AHS math teacher
*** John Michael Margeson, Class of 1971; husband ofJennifer Gwaltney Margeson, Class of 1976; brother of Robert  (’64),  Hank (’66), and Carol Margeson (’68)
*** Edward Philip Derks, Class of 1963
*** Peggy Boyer Blaxton, Class of 1970
*** Vickey T. Germany Lashley, Class of 1979
*** Joseph Jay Daniels, Class of 1977
Note: Thanks to all those who send notices and/or obituaries ofAHS 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.
All those received notifications have been posted on Albany High Times, with the exception of those whose classes are unknown, and also those posted this month.
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