08 2015



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Albany High Times NEWS & CLUES!!!

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

 103rd  Edition ~ 08/20/2015

Website: http://www.albanyhightimes.com                Email: albanyhightimes@aol.com


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


*** Read All About It! ***  Read All About It! ***

In April 2002, Charlie Stewart ('55) mailed an article on "Skywater" to me (the wonderful book about Radium Springs written by Morgan Murphy and Lamar Clifton).  It mentioned that the City of Albany was considering "doing away" with the Casino and Pavilion.  Steam came out of my head, my eyes, my ears ... my nose.  I wondered if other Indians had seen this article.  I decided to type the article and email it to AHS students whose email addresses I had collected.  Suddenly I began to receive an email outcry, and not only that ...  they included their "memories of Radium" representing different class years.  And they kept come ... and I decided I couldn't keep those memories to myself and not share; so I began to compile them, emailing them back to the ever-increasing email base.  Then, something else happened ... those people forwarded to other Indians from other classes and THEY began to share memories of Radium, AHS and Teachers - and as memories grew, so did the email base.   The problem was ... keeping up with the memories via email ... to whom I had sent, who was new and needed all of them, etc., became quite a job; so as I had just created a personal website for myself, I decided to create a few AHS WebPages inside my personal website.

That's when an incredible thing began to happen ... the WebPages began to reconnect and bond students who had lost track of one another over the years ... and believe it or not, there was suddenly a whole lot of lovin' goin' on!!!   Moreover, folks who were not necessarily friends in high school made new friends.  And it just kept on growing … so much so that I decided to convert the webpages within my personal website to a completely independent website for AHS … and named it ... THE ALBANY HIGH TIMES, which I hoped would tell of "times" past, present, and future of our wonderful TRIBE!  It HAS ... thanks to the volumes of emails and information each month sent by members of a GREAT TRIBE!!!

Special thanks to Tommy (TAP) Pattison ('54) for the volumes of annual pictures and information he scanned (all the pictures, etc., from the 20's and 30's and much more back in 2002.  Assisting was Tommy Herrington ('56), Buster Wasden ('55) and Dan Brooks ('56 - deceased).

So here we are … having fun looking back … and eagerly anticipating looking forward.   Now, in addition to the MAIN Albany High Times website, because even that website became too large, so sub-websites were created ... like Radium Springs (www.radiumsprings.albanyhightimes.com), and Archives of "News & Clues" issues (www.newsandclues.albanyhightimes.com).  Total pages from the three sections number over 400 pages, and we are heading toward 120,000 hits, and there are over 2,000 email addresses representing classes from 1933 to 2009!  There is also a Search Engine at http://albanyhightimes.com/search_engine.htm.

It's been a great journey ... and we continue to look for ways to expand and/or improve this site as we add new subject pages – perhaps you or your class would have an interest in participating.  Please send information or photos (in jpeg format) to: albanyhightimes@aol.com

      To our TIMES together ~ ~ ~

              Beverly Smith Herrington 

                AHS Class of 1955

                    Creator and Webmaster

FYI:  The website program used to create Albany High Times is ancient and therefore does not allow anything to be added or changed except from this computer. 







*** Class of 1956 ***


Heading for the Last Round-up!!!

Heads up all Class of 1956 members and interested friends. Your planning committee has met and we are exploring options for places and dates.

This will be our 60th and last major reunion, and we are hoping for a large turnout. Spring 2016 is our target date.

The next planning meeting will be August 25th at 5 p.m. at Avalon UMC, Albany. All are welcome to come and share your ideas. Watch for details soon in your mailbox.




*** Class of 1961 ***


Girls Quarterly Luncheon


The AHS Class of '61 Girls had a great luncheon in July.  If you haven't joined us yet, I hope we'll see you in October!!!


 *Watch for upcoming October date*


Contact: Wanda Olivent Proctor

FaceBook: Click here: (88) Albany High Class of 1961




*** Class of 1962 ***


Girls Covered Dish Luncheon


 *September 17, 2015*

@ the home of Joann Roark Arneson



Joann Roark Arneson:  229-436-2282

(jprarneson@aol.com) or


Check it out!

*** See other luncheons and pics

@ Click here: '62 Girls' Luncheons


*** See our 70th Birthday Pictures

@  http://albanyhightimes.com/1962.htm  




AND ARE YOU ..... ?


Planning a reunion next year?  You can check out suggestions from other class reunions for your venues, caterers, great bands and DJs ... also Albany photographers!!

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 VENUE CONTACT INFO!



Face Book is a wonderful tool, especially for the guys!  Problem is ... many girls drop their MAIDEN name, and are often not known by their married name (hint hint).


This page might also be of help ...


Click here: Lost Classmates? How to Find 




 ~ CLUES!!! ~ 




*** I love reading the magazine (sold at grocery stores) First for Women which comes out every three weeks.  Honestly, it speaks mainly to women younger than me (I'm close to 78) -  still whether it leads me back to previous years, or to years forward, I find things every month that touch me, or help me grow (yep recipes are good too)! 


Last month I published a "clue" on how to pronounce Alzheimer's.  Shortly thereafter, I came across an especially beautiful story ... and I wanted to share.  So many of us have been touched by the "Long Goodbye" ... I hope this will touch your heart.  It did mine!


~ Always In the Heart ~

Beverly Marshall (age 55), Bath PA


When my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, I watched helplessly as all her cherished memories slowly evaporated.  She didn't recognize anyone, including me, which cut me to the core.  I prayed that one day I would see something flicker in her once-vibrant blue eyes, but they always stayed heartbreakingly vacant.


Every Wednesday afternoon after I picked up my 5-year-old granddaughter, Beth, from school, we stopped by the assisted living center to visit my mom.  The three of us would go out to the pretty garden and Mom and I would sit on a bench while Beth played in the grass nearby. 


One day Beth sat next to her great-grandma and she reached into her backpack to show her a bunch of little paper hearts she had made in class. 


Instantly, Mom's blank eyes sparkled as she stared right at me.  Suddenly, I flashed back to when I was about Beth's age and Mom had taken me to the park after school.


We had sat in the grass and she'd taught me how to cut little hearts out of paper.  Once we finished, she'd tossed them upward and we laughed until our sides hurt as it rained love all around us!


"You remember?" I uttered, my chest aching with hope.  It began to fade, and despair set in when she didn't answer me.  But just then, Mom smiled ... grabbed the little paper hearts ... and threw them into the air!





50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ... 




The Norfolk's: JoAnn Royal, Class of 1956 and Howard Norfolk were married 60 years ago on August 7th.  JoAnn writes, "We have been very blessed to celebrate 60 years together!"


The Lee's: Alma (Teddie) W. Ellis, Class of 1953 and Donald E. Lee were married on August 30, 1955, and will be celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary this month!  Teddie writes, "... a little known fact about Donald ... I call him General Lee ... also he has had 5 "Hole in Ones!"  He learned to play golf in the early '90's!


The Sumpters: Fred, Class of 1956 and Mary Sumter - celebrated 54 years of marriage this past July 9, 2015.

The LeCroys: Jann Pitts, Class of 1956, and her husband, Jim LeCroy, will celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary on August 31st.  Jann writes, "We met at Auburn and currently live in Birmingham. We have one son and three wonderful grandchildren. I still miss all my friends from Albany."


The Sayes: Aloha Mallard Saye, Class 1947, and Bob Saye celebrated their 67th Wedding Anniversary July 10, 2015.


Send your 50th Anniversaries and beyond

to albanyhightimes@aol.com







? ~  I have not seen or found anything of Mary Knight, since 1959 Thronateeska.  Have lost all trace of her.  If anyone knows of her married name or anything that might help, please notify me.  Thank you,

~ Alice Fay (Smith Nieves: patchafn@aol.com


? ~  Is there a link to the Class of '72 showing active classmates, as well as deceased and missing classmates ... similar to the list I've seen for the Class of 1962?


~ Jim Faircloth ('62) - Greensboro, GA

A ~ Hi Jim!  There is a list of deceased for all Classes of the 70's, including 1972, thanks to someone in the "Kid's of the 70's" group - although I can't find that particular group any longer.  You can look through the list @ Click here: In Memoriam - Our Deceased Classmates - AHS Albany GA.

The only way I have all the names on those lists was because someone in the class submitted a list of their class "Missing" or "Deceased".


I do not keep class lists, only missing and deceased.

No one has submitted a list of Missing Classmates for '72.


There are specific directions on how to submit class lists posted on each webpage.


Also individual names can be submitted for either list.


There is a Search Engine at http://albanyhightimes.com/search_engine.htm for looking up people or subjects of interest. Hope this helps.

~ Beverly Smith Herrington ('55)








Kay Hind

Is Recipient of National Award



by Martha LeSueur Nicholson


Kay Huston Hind (’47), executive director of the Sowega Council on Aging, has received another addition to her growing collection of awards for her 46 years of work with senior citizens in south GA. In July Kay was honored by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging with the Excellence in Leadership award at their conference in Philadelphia.


About the award, which greatly pleased her, Kay said her selection may have been influenced by her role in establishing the 45,000-square-foot Kay H. Hind Senior Life Enrichment Center near downtown Albany. “The center, which took two decades and roughly $10 million to come to fruition, is more advanced than most aging agencies have access to”, she said. “The quality of the programs we have here really stand out in the field”. She expects this award also to be influential when applying for grants to keep the services going.

Congratulations, Kay, on a job well done! We are happy to see you continuing in your work and wish you well in future endeavors on behalf of our senior citizens.


Source: The Albany Herald, 7/23/2015


Council on Aging executive director receives national award | Albany Herald






A Tale of Two Markets

by Joann Roark Arneson



Like many of you I often go to Panama City Beach.  This time on Saturday morning I returned to the Grand Lagoon Waterfront Farmer’s Market at Captain Anderson’s parking lot. 


They have more than food (just like our Tift Market here in Albany).  I’ve been several times and sampled the Armenian breads, admired Lynne’s pottery (she had a small owl vase), purchased sunglass holders that hook over your rear view mirror in your car. 


One Saturday there were brightly colored cup and saucer bird feeders.  Each time I have seen paintings, several styles of jewelry (of course a lot had shells), wood crafts, soaps, and hand sewn crafts.  A market isn’t a market without food.  There is the Pita Queen, kettle corn, honey, spices, coffee, and fresh vegetable vendors (I bought some purple okra to see if it tasted different – nope!). 


Just like we have here at Tift park there is entertainment and a raffle.


So if you find yourself in Panama City, there are markets at Captain Anderson’s parking lot and in St Andrews.  The PCB market at Captain Anderson’s is on Saturdays 8 – 1 and Sundays 9 – 2, year round. 


  Back home in Albany I find the joy of the Tift Market is that I always meet friends I haven’t seen in a while.  Since the Tift Market is "pet friendly” you can find quite a few dogs all groomed for a Saturday morning walk (and sometimes there are some up for adoption). 


It is an ideal place to take out of town company – especially if they used to live in Albany!


If you are in Albany or close to Albany remember the Tift Market is open on Saturdays from  9 – 2. 



Both markets can be found on Facebook!





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* 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 below for Class of '71 FaceBook:



* AHS Class of 1983

* RIP Classmates of DHS AND AHS

* Click here: (60) Friends of Tift Park


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***  Thank you for gathering all the AHS info and sharing it with all of us. It means so very much to us.

~ Barbara Bennett Pippin ('57)



Don't miss this!!!!


~* HOME *~

by Betty Rehberg



Albany Georgia!  A little video I made with some of my photos. I hope you enjoy it!




*** Those of you who only access Vintage Albany with mobile devices are missing out on a LOT of content. We have a huge photo section, videos and many files and links that cannot be accessed without a PC.

Click here: Vintage Albany Georgia

~ Betty Rehberg (’74)


NOTE:  You will need to use the "Search Tool" on Vintage Albany Georgia to find your subject.












(October 15, 2015 release)


When Hamilton Jordan died of peritoneal mesothelioma in 2008, he left behind a mostly finished memoir, a book on which he had been working for the last decade. Jordan’s daughter, Kathleen—with the help of her brothers and mother—took up the task of editing and completing the book.


A Boy from Georgia—the result of this posthumous father-daughter collaboration—chronicles Hamilton Jordan’s childhood in Albany, Georgia, charting his moral and intellectual development as he gradually discovers the complicated legacies of racism, religious intolerance, and southern politics, and affords his readers an intimate view of the state’s wheelers and dealers.

Jordan’s middle-class childhood was bucolic in some ways and traumatizing in others. As Georgia politicians battled civil rights leaders, a young Hamilton straddled the uncomfortable line between the southern establishment to which he belonged and the movement in which he believed.


Fortunate enough to grow up in a family that had considerable political clout within Georgia, Jordan went into politics to put his ideals to work. Eventually he became a key aide to Jimmy Carter and was the architect of Carter’s stunning victory in the presidential campaign of 1976; Jordan later served as Carter’s chief of staff.


Clear eyed about the triumphs and tragedies of Jordan’s beloved home state and region, A Boy from Georgia tells the story of a remarkable life in a voice that is witty, vivid, and honest.

~ from Amazon

A Bradley Hale Fund for Southern Studies Publication


Remarks from Jay Beck ('62)

Lifelong Friend


Much of the Hamilton's book is about growing up in Albany and all the experiences of our childhood. There will be many familiar places and names to everyone who went to school there. Everyone will find something familiar.


Although there is an audience and message for people not familiar with the 1950’s ad 1960’s, it will resonate most with our group.

Whether it is Dupree Drugs, Radium, AHS, school dances, Albany Theater, the fear of communism, or classmates, or the civil rights marches in downtown Albany ... there is much here all of us, who grew up in that time, and can remember those days.


To Order from Amazon:   A Boy from Georgia: Coming of Age in the Segregated South (A Bradley Hale Fund for Southern Studies Publication)








Last month I listed names of Indians (men and women) who served, or perhaps gave their life, while serving their country.

More Indians' information came in after "News & Clues" had been published last month.  Their names have been added to the webpages (listed below):  


Catherine Dismuke, Class of 1948

Joe Greenway (D), Class of 1947

John L. Davis , Jr. (D), Class of 1947

 Suhayl Rafeedie, Class of 1956

Ernest Hall, Class of 1958

David McIntyre, Class of 1952

Lee English, Class of 1957

Tommy Milner, Class of 1966

Duffy Frank, Class of 1953

Joe B. Mann, Class of 1964 

Waymon Kimbrel, Class of 1957

Walter Manning (D), 1935

Charles Gillespie, Class of 1962

John Strong, Jr. (D), Class of 1963

Wayne L. Gillstrap, Class of 1964

If you wish your name, or that of a relative or friend, please email to: albanyhightimes@aol.com

If I have omitted listing any Indian on the following web pages, I do apologize.  Please email and let me know.  I want the records to be perfect.


1.  Listed alphabetically - Click here: AHS Men and Women Who Served in the Military 


2.  A webpage telling of "Their Service" ... sharing information and/or stories, living or deceased.

Click here: Our Military - Their Stories


You are also welcome to submit your name or that of a relative or classmate.


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

Send only to: albanyhightimes@aol.com



     Tribe Notes …




*** Willard Scott of the Today Show highlighted Chester' Green's 100th birthday. Pretty cool.

~ Lee Ann Garner, niece

*** I remember Chester Green ('33) as a great basketball player......especially, he could dribble ....for the Albany Blues at the YMCA.


Also, I am a WWII veteran ... joined US Navy right after 1944 graduation at age 17 and 8 months...first day of sea duty was VJ day aboard the USS Maryland. ~ VTY Bobby Doan ('48)

*** My mother's cousin Walter Manning, Class of 1935, served in the Navy and was killed at Pearl Harbor. He was on the USS Oklahoma.

~ Kay Hackney Grant, Class of 1961

*** I would like to personally thank Betty Rehberg for sharing her video of Albany on YouTube with us. It brought back so many wonderful memories for an AHS Indian living in Colorado and far from my home town. Thank you.

~ Helen (Paulsen) Arndt ('53)


NOTE: If any of you use FaceBook ... Betty's website, Vintage Albany Georgia, is nothing BUT Albany! She has done a wonderful service for those of us who lived and loved our precious home town!


~ Ed Faber ('62)

*** I have changed my email and would like to continue to get the updates on our school. Please change my email address. Thank you.

~ John B. Miller ('56)

*** I want to thank you for all you do to keep us Indians updated on everyone and what is going on in their lives. I look forward to getting the "News and Clues" each month. ~ JoAnn Royal Norfolk, Class of 1956

*** Please add John Strong Jr., Class of 1963, to the military service list. He is deceased. Thank you.

~ Martha Strong Johnston, Class of 1960

*** Just wanted to update you that I served in the U.S. Air Force from 1969 to 1978, leaving as a Captain. I served in Vietnam Nam from January to December at Monkey Mountain radar site as a weapons controller (radar controller). I am 100 per cent disabled due to my exposure to Agent Orange while in country. Thanks. I seemed to have missed last months issue.

~ Joe B. Mann ('64)

***  Please add Waddell "Waddy" Hagins AHS '53 (D), Baldwin King AHS '39 (D), and Cliff King AHS '40 (D) to Indians who served. Thank you.

~ Troy Strickland AHS '54


*** Please add my name to those who served in the military. Served in the United States Army i957 and 1958 stationed in Germany. Thanks for all you do.

~ Suhayl Rafeedie, Class of AHS 1956.

***Thanks to Bill Huggins ('47) who answered a request for the military service for Catherine Dismuke (D), Class of 1948. It is quite a record!!


Catherine retired as a Major of the USAF. She was a graduate of the University of Georgia, Air Force Squadron Officer School, Communications-Electronics Staff Officer School and Department of Defense Command and Control School. She served in Air Force units in Europe, Southeast Asia and throughout the United States. Her service awards include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.


Thanks also to Pat Dean ('48) for submitting Catherine's name to be added to Indians who have served our country.

*** Received my July update of Albany High Times. ENJOYED! THANKS!

Also, I served in the U S Air Force Nov 1957- May 1962
~ Ernest Hall, Class of 1958

*** We are moving from Albany to Blairsville GA.  Please change our Email address. Thanks for all that you do.
~ Tommy Kinney ‘62 and Helen Burton Kinney ‘66

*** Dear Ms. Herrington--
Just finished taking a few minutes to view your latest newsletter online. I saw the excellent bio of Chet Green as well as the synopsis of my book and the career of Coach (later AHS Principal) Bevin Derias Lee. You did a fantastic job on each one, and I especially thank you for the consideration and space devoted to the book.

Was very glad to hear that Chester Green is still very active. Take care.

~ Best regards, Joe Camp




Class of 1946



AHS Class of 1946

Bill died July 30, 2015


My Dad’s first cousin, Bill Bowick, passed away at 91 in Columbus, GA. He graduated from AHS before WWII. You may remember “Coffee with Bill” at WALB. In 2008, Bill was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame. 


Bill Bowick was a special person in my life. When I was a small boy, I remember him as a school street crossing guard. Then during the War the family worried about him at the time of the Battle of the Bulge. After the War he attended the University of Georgia with some help from my Grandmother and Grandfather, Ruth and Bert Johnson. 


I was in the car when the family took Bill to WALB for an interview and trial as announcer, and then there were all years with “Coffee with Bill” in the mornings. Bill was the MC at events when we were in high school, and everyone knew him. Bill was such a great friend for Dad, and I loved to hear their banter.


After a long and good life Bill received well deserved honors, and he died with loving family around him. He was blessed. 

~ Charles Johnson ('54)

P.S. Cassie (Bill's wife) is still alive and has many family members around her in Columbus.



*** So sorry to hear of Bill's death. I remember well Coffee With Bill at WALB. He did a good job and was well respected and loved in the city of Albany.

~ Laverne Cato Croft ('54)


*** How sad!!!!!!!! Bill was really an important part of our lives………all the girls had a crush on him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
~ Annelle Stem Griffin ('52)


*** l used to go to sleep every night listening to him on WALB, and I remember when he had a part in that movie, "The Phoenix City Story", about the crimes in Phoenix City, AL.

~ Dale Briggs Deckert ('56)


*** This post was a real piece of history for me. How well I remember, and with some time to sort out the details, that Bill was your cousin.  Not being connected to the community for so long has weakened those synapses considerably. Thanks for the recollections.
~ Adair Mellichamp ('54)


*** Remember the song," Coffee Time, My dreamy friend it's Coffee Time! Let's celebrate for just a dime, and have a cup of coffee."?

How often I've thought about him. He was a friend of my cousin Dick McMichael, news anchor for Channel 3 in Columbus.

~ Ray Johnson ('51)


*** I remember back during the planning for our 1955 50th Class reunion, I considered contacting Bill Bowick to ask if I might record a voice message from him, then play it, as a surprise, at the reunion and watch the faces of my classmates when they recognized that old familiar voice we heard as we dressed for school!! But I wimped out.

Years later, when I received notice he had won The Georgia Radio and Museum Hall of Fame, I did NOT wimp out ... I found his name in the Columbus phone book, called ... and heard ... that voice!  He sounded no more than 27!!!  Still the same sonorous voice, and I thought surely I had gone back to a place that was a time of pure magic in my life!


Do you remember the April Fool's Day when Bill and Walter Flint exchanged radio stations? Bill said he remembered, "vividly"!!!

I never realized that Bill was an AHS 1941 Indian! But when I first spoke with his charming wife, Catherine "Cassie" Rakel, Class of 1946, I learned that Bill played basketball as an Indian (B.D. Lee was principal and coach at the time). Her brothers Paul and Clem Rakel were still in Albany (Paul is now deceased).


In 1955, Bill took his bride, Catherine, and left Albany for a new job in Columbus GA ... this teenage heart was surely broken!

~ Beverly Smith Herrington ('55)



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



***  Hugh E. Allen, Class of 1943


***  Mary Ann Ramsey Griffin, Class of 1965 or 1966

*** Norman P Pritchett, Jr., Class of 1960

*** Diane Cox Kirkman, Class of 1960

*** Roy “Ryan” Brookard, Class of 1967

*** Bill Bowick, Class of 1946; husband of Catherine Rakel ('46)

*** Carol Ann Starnes Creech, Class of 1959; wife of Billy Creech ('59); sister of Fonda Starnes Mabry ('56)

*** Pamela Long Wiggins, Class of 1979

*** Cecil Gibbs, Class of 1947


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 they 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 on the Albany High Times "In Memoriam" webpage: Click here: In Memoriam - Our Deceased Classmates - AHS Albany GA

Please send corrections or additions to




“News & Clues”





***  Please add Mike (William) Bullington ('69) to receive the Albany High Times' "News & Clues".  Thanks.

~ Gloria Beecher Edge ('70)





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