09 2015



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The Albany High Times' "NEWS & CLUES"!!!

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 104th Edition ~ 9/22/2015

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






Albany High School Indians

Celebrate at

60th Anniversary of

Covenant Presbyterian Church


picture by Tommy Herrington ('56)


John Hudgens, Jimmy Fuller, Debbie Luttrell Syfrett, Kay Champion Fuller, Barbara Levie Dunham, Joann Levie Pollock, Proc Johnston, Pam Tyler Johnston, Ronnie Keel (Charter Member), Katie Sue Jordan Gunnels, Laura Hysler Pye , Beverly Smith Herrington, Lawson Vann, Ruby Tomlinson Pickron, Florence Smith Pindar, Nancy Reimer,
Jane Dempsey Hill

*** Not shown, but attending: Bruce Gunnels, Sylvia Vann (AHS teacher), Lane Pye, Mary Carlyn Pindar and Alice Reimer Hathcock



by Beverly Smith Herrington ('55)


It was a delight to see so many AHS Indians, all a part of the history, then and now, of Covenant Presbyterian Church ... and all celebrating it's 60th Anniversary


It had been 44 years since I served as organist for 3 years at Covenant, so I was amazed, but delighted to receive an invitation to be a part of the celebration! 


Amazing that memories of the past mean so much.  Covenant was where I learned to love cornbread dressing!  We ate bread dressing in my family, but Martha Pollard, church hostess, made a convert of me!  My goodness ... that woman could cook!   Stepping back into Fellowship Hall where Wednesday night suppers were served, where worship services and weddings were held ... I was so moved to see it all again!!  The big pipe organ I played was placed down in a well on the corner of the stage in Fellowship Hall;  but time moves on - sadly, the pipe organ in Fellowship Hall was no longer there.


Yes!  I said a pipe organ in Fellowship Hall!!!  Who does that?  Covenant did because of James Barnett ... grand master of finding "retired pipe organs" and bringing them back to life!!!  In fact he told me of ANOTHER pipe organ - a great Skinner organ, originally built for Grace Episcopal Church of New York City in 1928 - waiting in storage for the NEW SANCTUARY to be built.  Today, when pipe organs are seldom even considered for new churches ... Covenant built their church AROUND this great pipe organ!  It was a joy to hear it again, and to hear the choir!!!


After I moved from Albany, my sister, Tina Smith Cowan ('61) was hired as organist, and she had the privilege of playing that great organ.  I was thrilled when Tina invited me to play a duet arrangement of "How Great Thou Art" for the offertory.  Tina preferred the piano - I, the pipe organ!  Wish she could have joined us at the 60th Celebration ... sadly, she died in September of 2004.


Nancy Reimer ('75), and all who helped her, provided the members as well as those who came back to be a part of the celebration, a memorable week-end ... one never to be forgotten! 








*** Class of 1956 ***








The Class of 1956 will gather at Merry Acres

For our 60th Class Reunion.


On Friday, April 1st come join us by the pool for Food, Fun, and Fellowship.


On Saturday, April 2nd we will enjoy a delicious buffet dinner in the Event Center. All food will be prepared by Lynn Ranew Mertins of Merry Acres.


This will be our last chance to get our whole class together, and we are hoping for a large crowd. Class members will be receiving letters with more details in the mail or on email soon. 


Friends, family, and people from other classes are welcome to join us. We need to know right away if you PLAN to attend, HOPE to attend, will TRY to attend. We need an idea of how many are coming in order to complete our plans. It all depends on the number of YES responses coming in.


Your planning committee is eager to hear from you and looking forward to seeing you in April!


Contact Vivian Corbin Theel for details and reservations.


Email: vtheel@earthlink.net  

Phone:  229-439-8214





*** Class of 1962 ***




Girls' Christmas Luncheon



Our next luncheon will be Wednesday, December 9, 2015,

in Gray, GA.


Dorothy King Combs has graciously invited us to enjoy her beautifully decorated home in December. She loves everything Christmas and decorates every room in the house!


We had a good group on September 17 at my home. The conversation never stopped and a slide show of past luncheons was available for viewing.


Watch for an invitation to the December luncheon by email in late November.




Joann Roark Arneson (jprarneson@aol.com)


Check it out!

*** See other luncheons and pics at: Click here: '62 Girls' Luncheons


*** See our 70th Birthday Pictures @






*** Class of 1961 ***


Girls' Quarterly Luncheon

October 8th - 11:30 a.m.


Our next luncheon will be October 8th at 11:30 a.m. at Stonebridge Country Club.


We had a good turnout in July even though it is a popular month for vacations. Please try to let me know ASAP if you will be able to attend and I will let Stonebridge know. If you know someone who doesn't get the emails, please invite them and give me their contact information and I will add it to my list.


Contact: Wanda Olivent Proctor,


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






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



This page might be of help ...

Click here: Lost Classmates? How to Find 




   ~ CLUES!!! ~ 




***  Perhaps I owe apologies to English teachers ... but hear me out!!!  Yes, I know we were taught to write: "class of 1955".  However, with the work I do at the computer concerning wonderful AHS classes from 1927 to 2009 ... I have developed a deep respect for each of those classes!  So if you wonder why I type each class as I do my  own ... Class of 1955 ....it is because I consider the name of EACH class as a TITLE of IMPORTANCE!  In my mind ... why would it be less?


*** Don't miss this amazing music, memories and nostalgia! PUT THIS ON FULL SCREEN AND TURN THE SOUND UP!


***  Tim is a disabled war veteran who suffered brain damage while serving in Afghanistan – he’s also an amazing singer. And while Tim stutters when he talks, he doesn’t stutter while he sings. How incredible is that?!


Please enjoy Tim performing “If Tomorrow Never Comes” by Garth Brooks 







50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ... 




  My brother, Frank, Class of 1961, and his wife Pam Burgess Middleton, Class of 1961, celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on August 7, 2015.

~ Joy Middleton Carver, Class of 1958

The Nicholson's: Wilburn, Class of 1953,  and Martha LeSueur Nicholson, Class of 1956 celebrate their 57th Anniversary on September 21st!


Send your 50th anniversaries and beyond

to albanyhightimes@aol.com








Need Reunion Music




The Jukebox Man @ Barlow Music and Entertainment, Inc. provides an old-fashioned JukeBox which features selected music just for your class!


Contact: Raymond Barlow, Class of 1960








I have added three new galleries to my web site.  So, if you would like to take a look, here are the links to the three new galleries:


~ Gordon Kilgore, Class of 1956




Class Websites






  http://www.albanyhighschool64-65.org/ http://www.65.org/sellfolio.html




*** If your class has a website - please email your link to: albanyhightimes@aol.com




  Check out FaceBook for

AHS FaceBook Links



You must be a member and signed on to

FaceBook to open these pages. 

Make sure you "like" the page!


* 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!!


*** Donna Everson Brown likes Albany High Times Website


*** I just watched the video on You Tube done by Betty Rehberg. Wow, I started balling like a baby! She did a great job of capturing the beauty of it.

~ Diane Cowan McLaughlin, Class of 1963


So don't miss this!!!!


~* HOME *~

by Betty Rehberg


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





*** 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)
















William Mason Reid, (1910-1967)

Class of 1927


Until today, the "In Memoriam" web page listed classes from Class of 1928 to Class of 1995.  Recently Mason Reid, Class of 1927, was submitted by nephew Charles Johnson, Class of 1954, to be added to "Indians Who Served" and "In Memoriam".


Charles wrote, "Col. Reid was born in Albany, GA, and graduated from Albany High School in 1927.  He attended the Citadel and the University of Georgia.  He joined the Army Air Corps in the early 1930’s and received his wings as a pilot and his commission as a second lieutenant.  He had a distinguished record in WWII as a group commander of the 91st and 92nd Heavy Bomber Groups. He flew over 70 combat missions, and he was awarded the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Metal, and the Purple Heart.


After the war, he graduated from the Air Command and Staff School of the Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base. He retired with thirty years of service.


Col. Mason Reid was pilot of a chartered plane that crashed in Lake Ponchartrain near New Orleans on December 31, 1967.



And so ... Indians who have served have continued to be submitted and be added to our list of those who have served our country and their stories.  Their names have been added to the webpages (listed below):  


Warren Hackney, Class of 1938

Harry Manning, also Class of 1938

Tommy Manning, Class of 1947

Walter Manning, Class of 1935

Don Nicholson, Class of 1957

William Mason Reid (D), Class of 1927

Edward W. Fleuren, Class of 1961

Carlton Fordham, Class of 1955

Alan Folmar, Class of 1963

Robert S. (Bobby) Bartley, Class of 1960

William R. (Dink) Haire, Class of 1960

Michael Joe Allen (D), Class of 1966

J Larry Styles,  Class 1960

Don E. Callaway, Class of 1964

James M. "Mike" Cumbie, Class of 1973




You are welcome to submit your name or that of a relative or classmate (living or deceased).


If I have omitted listing any Indian, previously submitted on the web pages below, I do apologize. Please email and let me know. 


1.  Listed alphabetically (living or deceased). 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



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


Email only to: albanyhightimes@aol.com





 Tribe Notes …




***    A picture of Joe Mann, Class of 1964, and wife Joyce, Class of 1970, Howe High School, Indianapolis has been added to "US NOW" @ http://albanyhightimes.com/us_now.htm

*** The Class of 1947 has claimed Cecil Gibbs (recently deceased) and has had him on the roster ever since we've been keeping a roster, that is since our 50th reunion!  I've known Cecil personally as a friend and customer since the early '50's.

~ Robert Doane ('47)


*** Jack Fisher (recently deceased) was AHS Class of 1944. His picture appears on the 6th page of the Seniors in the Thronateeska 1944, as Jack Fisher. He was one of 10 members of the Honor Society; he was also in the Art Service Club 4 years; a member of the Thronateeska Staff; a Papoose Star Reporter in1941; and the Victory Corps in 1945.

~ Bill Huggins ('47)


*** I did not receive the newsletter in August. Would you please check to see if my email address has dropped off your list?  Thanks for all you do to keep us connected!  You are doing something really special!

~ Kathryne Meeks Sanders, Class of 1961


NOTE:  Hi Kathryne ... I did have you in my addressbook - but it had bounced last month, and the "message" led me to believe you no longer had that address. But never fear, I have added it back!



*** Just finished reading News & Clues. Thank you. It is very much appreciated and so often we don't take the time to show our appreciation. Again, thank you.
~ Sandi Thrower Nichols, Class of 1960


*** I wanted to add some family members to your military service list.

My father, Warren Hackney, Class of 1938, served in the Army during World War II.  My uncle, Harry Manning, also Class of 1938, was career Army. My uncle, Tommy Manning, Class of 1947, served in the Air Force.  All of them are correctly listed as deceased in their class lists.

My mother's cousin, George (Mutt) Manning, Class of 1939 is deceased. I do not know if he served in the military.   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


*** Would you please change my Email address and all future Emails  effective immediately? The other Email is my business Email and I need Albany High Times news coming to my personal Email. Thanks for your courtesy.

~ Robert M. Margeson, III, Class of 1964


*** Please add Barbara (Babs) Stallings (Rehberg) to the obituary list for the Class of '64.  She passed away on August 21, 2015


She was the widow of Guy Edward Rehberg, Class of '57.  Thanks for all the time and effort you put into the newsletter.

~ Pam Wallace Rehberg, class of '66


*** My sister in law Babs Stallings Rehberg (deceased) was in AHS Class of 1964

~ Betty Rehberg, Class of 1974


*** Alan Folmar, Class of 1963, served in the military and died in the service of his country.

~ Scott Cohen, Class of 1963



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



***  Cecil Gibbs, Class of 1947

Barbara (Babs) Stallings Rehberg, Class of  1964


***  Patricia Key Bradley, Class of 1969


***  John Rodney Pitts, Class of 1956 (November 20, 2014)


 ***  Patricia Ann (Patty) Pate Willis, Class of 1967


***   Robert J. “Jack” Fisher, Class of 1944


***  Audrey Futrill Nichols, Class of 1955

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









I have found a 1978 class ring from Dougherty High School with the name of Linda on it.


Please put this in Albany High Times for me.


She can call me at 229-878-8285 at any time. Thanks,

~ Sylvia Lewis Knight, Class of 1956









? ~  Remember that career placement test we all took as juniors (? I think)?  I've wondered from time to time how accurate it was for others!  It would be interesting to see some responses.


For example, mine was not accurate. I was told by the counselor (name?) that I would do good at Belk's Department Store in the stock room.  Instead, I went into the Air Force, took another career test, and wound up as an intelligence analyst, making that my career in the civilian world, retiring in 1993 after over 30 years.


It wasn't accurate for me!

~ Dan Lipsey, 1956


A ~  I had to laugh!  My husband, Tommy, and I have discussed the "Career Placement Test" over the years.  We were supposed to be "social workers".   I spent 55 years in Church Music Ministry - and Tommy having earned a Bachelor and Masters in Civil Engineering spent his life in Marketing Management!  The test results were not accurate for us either!

? ~ Anyone else?





@ Tiny Boppers






1955ers at Miriam Jordan's Birthday Party


(L to R): Harriet Ort, Miriam, Laura Sue Carter and Lynette Layson









Paula Hiers Deen

Class of 1965




To promote her next appearance on Dancing With the Stars, Paula Deen shared this image of herself. She added, "Here I am in my teenage years. I still love dressin' up, and I can't wait for y'all to see my outfit on Dancing with the Stars!"


Paula did make 68 look great in her ballroom gown!




Ray (Ragsdale) Stevens

Class of 1957

Submitted by Sarah Cordell Lewis ('55)



Ray, a novelty musician with more than a half-century in the music business recently issued his own "Encyclopedia of Recorded Comedy Music" which encompasses a box set of 106 new recordings by Stevens spread across nine CDs, along with some reading material on the background of the tunes, and the writers, producers and artists ... along with some of Steven's own works - who made the songs famous.    Yep!  He's still cooking


Visit Ray (Ragsdale) Stevens FaceBook






Hamilton Jordan's Children

** Visit Albany **



Former Carter Chief of Staff Hamilton Jordan's children (from left, Alex, Kathleen and Hamilton Jr.), are visiting Albany to prepare for the release of the book "A Boy From Georgia: Coming of Age in the Segregated South," which was written by their dad and edited by daughter, Kathleen. (Staff Photo: Carlton Fletcher)

Click here: Hamilton Jordan's children visit Albany | Albany Herald













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