09 2012



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SEPTEMBER 11, 2001



... written September 12, 2002

... one year later


Beverly Smith Herrington


When I was small I couldn’t wait for Christmas to come, I couldn’t wait for my birthday to come, I couldn’t wait to date, I couldn’t wait to grow up ... some may think I never did ... but one thing is sure ... time crept by slowly as a child ... but now as an adult, the velocity of time passing is barely countable before it is gone. This past year sped true to form. But what a year ... a year unlike any other in my life. I measure the past year through yesterday, September 11, 2002.


For the rest of the story ... Click here: My thoughts on 9 11 2001 ... one year later





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Click here: Lost Classmates? How to Find ...




*** Class of 1962 ***


The Girls of the Class of 1962 meet quarterly … watch for the next date!


Joann Roark Arneson or Carol Pate Stark

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


*** Class of 1963 ***

50th Reunion

To be held

April 26 - 27, 2013

At Merry Acres

For more information, visit our class website


or contact Bruce Garey at brucegarey@bellsouth.net

or phone (229) 439-0546


*** Class of 1958 ***


May 3 - 4, 2013

FRIDAY, MAY 3: Barbecue/picnic dinner at Merry Acres Motel

SATURDAY, MAY 4: Dinner in the Merry Acres Motel Ballroom

Details will be announced later.


Contact person: Linda Cullom Jordan (LJordan848@aol.com) or AC 229-888-5098

Our webpage: Class of 1958


*** NEW! Older reunion shots submitted by Sharon Smith Spies can be viewed at: Click here: '58 Misc. Pics


*** Class of 1983 ***

30th Reunion

Saturday, June 22, 2013

6:00 pm

Location: TBD


*** Are there additional upcoming reunions?

Submit your information to:




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Betty Nix Rouse '60 writes that husband, Russell (Doodle) Rouse '59 has found a really old football team picture taken
when he, Butch Clifton, Spencer Lee, Billy Creech, Bernard Berry and eight other boys, were in grammar school. We hope that the coach and each boy (classes?) on the team can be identified, as well as the name of the grammar school. Betty says that, "Even the fellows are having a hard time remembering, since they were so young"

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A Great Principal - Dr. Gary Dorough


In 2005, I made plans for my Class of 1955 to visit AHS during our 50th Reunion weekend ... just to walk through the halls one more time. We were the first senior class in the new building – and now that building was 50 years old … and we were 50 years OLDER!


We worked closely with the principal, Dr. Gary Dorough, who simply could not do enough for us. We were to have a picnic boxed lunch down at the Flint that Saturday after taking a tour of the AHS - but while we toured, it began raining cats and dogs, so Dr. Dorough insisted we picnic in the cafeteria!! You should have seen us!


But back to the beginning of our visit ... everyone was directed to wait outside the front doors. I had arranged for the "bell" to ring for everyone to come in, and as soon as they were in, "the principal" made a welcome announcement. Then we looked up - and all over the school were wonderful banners welcoming us from the 2005 students! A small band came in to play the "Fight Song" and the "Alma Mater" ... we sang and were overwhelmed with emotion. There were more than a few tears!


We were impressed with the grounds and the school - everything was neat and clean, and the students, those who were there to welcome us, were extremely gracious to us! also, Dr. Dorough had arranged to have the pages of our senior annual pictures copied from Mr. Mac’s annual … complete with “student autographs”, and neatly displayed in the hall display case.


One of my classmates told me later that he had considered not “taking the tour”, but admitted through tear-filled eyes, he wouldn’t take anything for having made the decision to come.


Dr. Dorough, an exceptional principal, retired in 2005.



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Class of 1960





AHS Class of 82 Homepage


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for these

FaceBook Links


NOTE: You must be a member of FaceBook

and signed on for these to work.


* 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?



Waving Flag #1Messages from FaceBook!!


*** Lynne Garrison Johnson commented on Albany High Times Website's FB link: Lynne wrote: "Great job as always, Beverly! Wow - has it really been ten years?! Where does the time go?"


*** Bryan Warren commented on Albany High Times Website's FB link. Bryan wrote: "Didn't even know this existed, thanks Lynne."


*** Lynne Garrison Johnson commented on Albany High Times Website's FB link: Lynne wrote: "Brian, it's a fantastic publication. Check out the old issues if you have a chance."


*** Shelby Youngblood Olimpieri commented on Albany High Times Website's FB link: Shelby wrote: "Not a lot of news from 1955. Maybe that "wild" birthday reunion just plum wore them out. There are no word to thank you and your staff enough for all you do for us....Thanks girlfriend! You also Tommy!"


*** Doug Dahlgren commented on Albany High Times Website's FB link: Doug wrote: "A Bunch of work (and Love ) goes into this for us. Thanks, Beverly !!!!!!!!"


*** Donna England Dahlgren commented on Albany High Times Website's FB link:

Donna wrote: "Great job!!"


*** Jody Rose Liebmann (friends with Henry Duggan Silver's Odyssey) also commented on Terri Duggan Griffin's photo. Jody wrote: "I want my signed copy! I already downloaded it from iTunes so I could start reading it."


*** Click here to find out How to Find Classmates on Facebook | eHow.com




Waving Flag #1WELCOME …NEW

“News & Clues” Subscribers!


*** Paul Robertson Jr., Class of 1973 would like to join. Plz let me know! (NOTE: No problem!!!)


*** I graduated in the Class of 1964 and married Billy Seymour in 1969. We are still hanging in there! He forwards The Albany High Times to me, but I would like to receive it directly. My maiden name Is Jenny (Jennifer) Karn.

~ Jennifer Karn Seymour (’64)



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?~ I would like to ask your assistance to contact Virginia Claire Richardson Morgan. Ms Morgan was my 6th grade teacher at Sherwood Elementary School and she made a big difference in my direction in life. I would truly love to catch up with her and give a big THANK YOU for her contribution to our class and many others.


Thanks for the Albany High Times staff and the excellent content. I tell many '66+ classmates about your great newsletter and encourage all to join.


Also, it was the Winecoff Hotel Atlanta, GA fire Dec 7,1946 resulting in 119 deaths some of which were from Albany. Best Regards,

~ Dudley Wier (’66)

A~ I contacted Ralph Calhoun (’47), who was able to connect Dudley and Virginia Claire Richardson Morgan (’47)


OUTCOME: Ralph was on the spot with Virginia's contact information today. Virginia and I had a great conversation this afternoon and we talked about our families and the good ole times in Albany. I know I will sleep better tonight after a great visit with Virginia.

Also, I contacted Coach John Tillitski's oldest son about the article in the newspaper referring to the 1959 State Champion AHS Indians and Bob Fowler. I am sure he will enjoy as well. We talk old Albany sometimes but they moved to Athens in his early youth.

Thank you and keep the Albany High Times rolling.

~ Dudley Wier

P.S. I sent the Albany High Times info to Mike Tillitski an Atlanta real estate broker. I am sure Mike will pass it on to all family members.
The internet and friends make the world very small.


NOTE: This is the kind of wonderful happening/connection that makes the “News & Clues” so wonderful!


?~ Does anyone know the whereabouts of Richard Gill, Class of 1958? We have no address, phone number or anything for him.

Thanks so much.

~ Linda Cullum Jordan (’58)


?~ Charles Bradwell sent an email to Marshall Tanner, who forwarded that message to Jim Hall (60) and Jim forwarded it to “You Asked”. The email sent by Charles read, “I am trying to locate Richard or Mary Gill from Albany. If you have any contact info for them please send. I now live in Costa Rica.

A~ If anyone can help Charles, please send to Jim Hall at hts@mchsi.com or here at albanyhightimes@aol.com


?~ When I clicked on the News & Clues link, it pulled up July's issue. It could be my mistake because I am technologically challenged. Can you help?

A~ REFRESH! You need to push the F5 button (refresher)!


?~ Hello. I'm working on a bio of my Jr. High and High School years for my family. Would you happen to have a copy of the Albany Journal headline page and article on the 1959 State Champion football team you could send me to help illustrate what I'm writing?


I need it as an attachment that is an image that is dense enough and with high definition to print. That may be at least one megabyte or larger.

~ Jay Beck, Class of 1962

A~ Can anyone help Jay?




Late News Just In ...

This is a great book... especially if you grew up in Albany. The introduction by Vic Miller ('60) will bring back memories of Albany, Radium Springs and growing up here when it was the indeed the "Good Life City".

~ Mike Johnston, Class of 1959


For Immediate Release Contact: Tommy Gregors

Date: September 6, 2012 Phone: 229-432-6955

Thronateeska releases book – Albany


Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

Albany, Georgia – On Friday September 14, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Thronateeska Heritage Foundation will release Albany – Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow to the public. The book features nearly 100 pairs of “yesterday and today” photographs from the Albany area. Albany – Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow celebrates 175 years of history and was made possible by local businesses and individual supporters. The book includes an introduction by O. Vic Miller that recalls a deep connection to Albany’s past. Accompanying the photographs by Todd Stone are fascinating and informative captions by K.K. Snyder. Featured business profiles are by Kristin Kirbo. A special preview event for members and sponsors will be held September 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the Science Museum. The cost of the book is $39.95. All proceeds from sales go to support history and archive efforts at the museum. Thronateeska members receive a 10% discount. The book will also be available at the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau Welcome Center. Other locations will be announced in the future. Thronateeska Heritage Center is located at 100 West Roosevelt Avenue. The museums are open Thursday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Office hours are 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. For more information call 229-432-6922 or email info@heritagecenter.org.


Thronateeska Heritage Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization located at 100 West Roosevelt Avenue, Albany, Georgia. Facilities include the History Museum, Wetherbee Planetarium, Science Museum, and Archives. Admission is free to the History & Science Museum. Annual Memberships are available. Group reservations may be scheduled by contacting the Thronateeska Heritage Center office at (229) 432-6955.



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How Do Indians Write?

Very Well, Thank You!


It is amazing at the number of published AHS authors. In fact, we plan to add a webpage to the Albany High Times website featuring as many as we can find, showing book titles, a (very) short paragraph to introduce, plus where the books) may be purchased. A small head shot would be great!


In the meantime … here is the latest Indian publication …


Henry Duggan, Class of 1959, has written wonderful “takes” on life in Albany through the years … but now he has published an historical novel! …


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The book is about the silver-laden Spanish galleon, Atocha, which sunk in a 1622 hurricane off the Florida Keys. It lay on the bottom for 363 years, until found by treasure hunter Mel Fisher in 1985, after years of searching.

It is the centerpiece of the historical novel for the first few chapters; then our soldier hero, Luis, is washed overboard just before it sank. Only five actual seamen survived, lashing themselves high on the mizzen mast, left protruding above water after the storm. The other 260 aboard drowned. Atocha artifacts and history abound today at the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Fl.


Book signings have been held by Lacy and Spencer Lee, John Vansant, the Albany YMCA, and at the Bridge House in downtown Albany. Two more are scheduled in Albany September 16 and one is to be held at Starbucks on Merridyth Drive on September 27 from 8:00 - Noon.


Anyone interested in purchasing an autographed copy of the book may do so by contacting Henry at alapahahcd@bellsouth.net or they may go to his website (created by son, Tradd Duggan of Denver) at www.silversodyssey.com or it can be purchased on Amazon.



The Walk to End Alzheimer’s


Ronnie Flowers, Class of 1976, is once again involved in leading a team for his Albany company, Strategic Equipment, toward a fundraising goal of $2,225.00 for our Albany Walk on October 13th. They are currently in fifth place for this area and have raised almost $400 or approximately 17% of their goal with 39 days left until the Walk itself.


Ronnie says, "We are offering raffle tickets for a $10 donation and you don’t have to be present to win. The prize is a 32” flatscreen LG TV, donated by Knight’s Appliance in Albany.


Anyone in our area can stop by our store to get the raffle ticket and we are in Albany GA.

We are located at 424 W. Roosevelt Ave. Albany, GA. 31701. Or they can e-mail me here at and I’ll get them the online donation information or they can mail me their donation and I’ll mail them back a receipt for their chance in the drawing.



Waving Flag #1 ~ CLUES!!! ~



*** It is SO IMPORTANT that when your HOME ADDRESS changes, when your ZIP CODE changes, or when you change PHONE NUMBERS, you notify your "class contact", or at least a classmate who lives in Albany. It takes hours trying to find "Lost Indians" for reunions ... not to mention a daunting job.


*** In case you haven't seen this - I think you will be awestruck! Enjoy!

~ Pat Dean, Class of 1948

Click here: How to Get to Mars. Very Cool! HD - YouTube


*** Trip down memory lane … Don't know who put this together, but a good job. It will bring back lots of memories.

Click here: Best of Times - YouTube

~ Dan Lipsey (’56)

*** Somebody had a lot of fun with this. Most of the people in the clip were deceased before the Bee Gee's recorded "Stayin' Alive." Whether you are a Bee Gee's or Rita Hayworth fan or not...you are going to love this! It shows one thing and that is the music may change, but the moves are timeless. A great job of putting clips together with the music. Click the link below: Click here: Rita Hayworth Is Stayin' Alive - YouTube
~ Ernest Sutton (’61)



Waving Flag #1Tribe Notes …



*** I thought I'd send along a picture taken on August 9, 2012, which helped me fulfill a life-long dream or fantasy. I attended the Kingston Trio Fantasy Camp in Scottsdale, AZ, from August 7 to 12, at which each camper sang a song with two members of The Kingston Trio. I am in the center, singing the lead on "If I Had A Ship," flanked by George Grove on the left and Rick Dougherty on the right. They are two of the three members of the current Trio. What a rush!

~ Henry Barker (AHS 1961)



*** Thanks for another outstanding memory trip. I drove thru Albany on a Saturday night about 12:30 am, heading to Atlanta to catch a plane. I was sadden by the look of a lot of the town. Of course it was night but the empty buildings and North Slappey and Stuart area where I grew up looks a bit rundown. I did want to stay over and call a few friends but it’s all about that plane ... thanks again.

~ Bill Dyess(68)


*** I would like to congratulate you on such a wonderful job on the Albany High Times. I look forward to it every month.
It is really nice to connect to everyone from the past.

~ Scott Cohen, Class of 1963


*** I have been receiving Albany High Times for some time. Please change my email address! Thanks very much. We really appreciate this service.

~ Anita Mock Hudgens, Class of 1964


*** You sent announcement about Leroy Mansfield’s death. I knew him better than others in high school. I wrote something for the memory book. The obituary said he learned Russian. So did my friend, Steve Juhan, That means at least two people from 1947 learned Russian. I took German in college but they did not teach you to speak it.

~ Ralph Calhoun, Class of 1947


*** So sorry to lose Martha Daniels. She worked for years at my parents' florist and I knew her as a solid citizen who always gave her best to everybody and was a good friend to me throughout our school days.
~ Ducky Jones, '53

*** Thanks to Albany High Times again for the information. I knew Lee Mansfield (’47) very well and also his brother Bobby (’53). We all attended AHS and North GA College. Thanks,
~ Richard Simpson (’48)

*** Thank you for Jean Cain Kidney’s notice and for all you do for all of us from the AHS classes.

~ Jeanelle Wiggins Mellor, Class of ‘58


*** We are really losing our classmates. Thanks so much for doing this.

~ Linda Cullum Jordan (’58)


*** I don’t remember your notice of the death of Robert Joseph (Bobby Jo) Harrell, Class of 1958. He was living in Moundville, Alabama and passed away on July 2 2012. His passing was posted in the Albany Herald on July 24.

Jackie Phillips. (’57)


Note: Apparently Bobby Jo was not a member of Class of 1958. He was in the Class of 1957 (see below).


*** I’m reasonably positive that Bobby Joe Harrell was in the Class of 1957.... he was a very nice and quiet person and was well liked. It has been many years since I have seen him but I do recall him.

~ Jerry Brimberry ('57)



Waving Flag #1In Memoriam ...

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



From time to time, I receive an anonymous email with just the name, and sometimes the class of a deceased AHS Indian. Such was the case for Oscar Prisant.


My deep appreciation to Robert H. Doan, EA, AHS Class 1944 who sent the link for Mr. Prisant’s obituary which was published in September of 2004.


Oscar Prisant, native and lifelong resident of Albany, Mr. Prisant graduated from Albany High School in 1938. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1942. He entered the US Army, 31st. Infantry, Company F after his graduation from college. He served in the European Theater during World War II. He went into Normandy on June 9, 1944, and became a prisoner of war. He was released on Sept. 7, 1944. During his army service, he received three Purple Hearts. Mr. Prisant was a member of Temple B'Nai Israel, and served on the Temple Board. He owned and operated Carolyn's Shoes in Albany. He was a member of the Walter H. Burt American Legion Post 30, the 40 & 8, a member of the Albany Jaycees, and the Elks Club.


*** Oscar Prisant, Class of 1938


*** Jerry Stuart Cornelius, husband of Harriet Ort Cornelius, Class of 1955


*** Martha Elizabeth Daniels Jones, Class of 1953, sister of Sue Daniels, Class of 1956, and Jean Daniels (class unknown)


*** Jean Cain Kidney, Class of 1958


*** Sandra Wray Drake, Class of l958, sister of Philip Wray


*** Frank Griffin, Sr., Class of 1958


*** Robert Joseph (Bobby Jo) Harrell, Class of 1957 and brother of Gene Harrell


*** Kenneth Martin Waldrop, DVM, Class of 1964


Note: Thanks to those who send obituaries of AHS Indians outside of Albany. We would not otherwise be aware of our losses.


Notices and/or obituaries are sent to the deceased’s class, plus the classes of the spouse, child, or close relative, as soon as possible. Each is then listed on the “In Memoriam” webpage (if the class has submitted a list) and also in the "News & Clues" the following month.

Check out your class at In Memoriam - Our Deceased Classmates




50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ….


Liz Davis (’43) and Larry Drake celebrated their 51st anniversary on September 9, 2011


Send your 50th anniversaries and over

to albanyhightimes@aol.com



Waving Flag #1'33 INDIAN RESPONDS TO



Chester Green, Class of 1933, one of Albany High School's most colorful Indians had some answers and some pictures for Joe H. Camp, Jr., Ph. D. of Greenwood SC, who wrote to the Albany High Times asking for help with some school history and pictures of AHS Coach B.D. Lee for his project. Bravo Chester Green ... you are amazing!!!


Joe: This is Coach B. D. Lee, to whom the 1933 Thronateeska was dedicated



This is the 1933 Albany, GA. High School Basketball Team.

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We won all of our 19 games during the regular season, as well as the 4 games for the District Meet; but did lose in the State Semifinals. We placed 4 men on the All District Squad and 2 men All-State. Actually, I think Coach Lee coached basketball very successfully at AHS for at least 5 seasons. As you mention, he was involved with Football and Track his first year or two. Not a good photo but I will try to find something better. I was Captain and All-State Guard of the 1933 team and second player from the right on front row with Coach Lee behind me. As a Senior I was in one of his High School Classes and I believe it was Economics. Regards, Chet Green





A Day at Radium in 1962

My name is Bruce Leahy and I reside in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. I was recently telling my wife that I had thought of the great time I had one Fall day in 1962 at Radium Springs when my entire class from the local Albany Catholic School went by school bus to spend the day at the Springs. I remember it was 1962, because we were only stationed there (Dad was in Air Force) at Turner AFB for one year and it was the year of the Cuban Missile crisis.


My mother attended as a chaperon along with a few of the other moms. We had a great time and the memory of that singular day stands out as one of the finest of my childhood! I was 12 at the time and had many memorable experiences in Albany, but that day at Radium Springs was one that etched itself into my memory!


I went on Google, not remembering the name of the location, just a Spring near Albany but recognized it immediately from pictures. I was hoping to return to visit and swim ... guess the swimming is "out" at present ... but ... perhaps someday? Sincerely

~ Bruce Leahy, Oak Ridge, TN


Skywater 2012

ALBANY — The Albany Area Arts Council is presenting Skywater 2012, a visual exploration of Radium Springs by selected artists, at the council gallery, 215 N. Jackson St.


The opening reception was held September 6, 2012, with the exhibit running September 4th through 28th.


The collection of art features Radium Springs by artists Todd Bertolaet, professor of art, Florida A&M University (photographs); Julie Bowland, professor of art, Valdosta State University (paintings and pastel drawings); J. Dominick Gheesling, assistant professor of art, Valdosta State University (photographs); Scott Marini, associate professor of art, Albany State University (sculpture), and Charles Williams, associate professor of art, Albany State University.

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For full article Click here: Albany Herald | Radium Springs reborn in art


Julie Bowland, Professor of Art, Valdosta State University-Paintings and pastel drawings

Contact: jabowlan@valdosta.edu




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