09 2016




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 116th Edition ~  09/15/2016

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

On September 9, 2016, I sent my very first ever  "out of office" message to you!!!  In our family, we have an agreement that we do not post when we will be away from home.   So this let you know that I would not be publishing "News & Clues at the regular time, but that I would publish it later in the month.  The reason for the late issue is that Tommy and I drove to Colorado  to attend the wedding of my only granddaughter, Brooke Calhoun, at the M Lazy C Ranch in St. George CO!!  We drove 4 days out, and 4 days back as Tommy has health issues - so we took it easy. Sadly, there was no extra time for visiting friends in the Colorado area.

My intention was to get started on "News & Clues" immediately after arriving home, and I did; but life intervened.  Still  determined, I have worked when I could ... and if you are reading this ... I was able to get  the September issue published! 

The issue is dated September 15, 2016, but emailed September 28, 2016.  Emails dated after the 15th will be in the October issue.  Thanks for being patient!

NOTE: Please remember that any obvious change of font color or font size is out of my control. 





*** Kids Of The 70's ***
5th Year Celebration

Saturday, October 8th, 2016
@ Chehaw Park

  Kids! "Party Animals"!

Saturday, October 8th in support of our beloved Chehaw Park. The event will be a 5th year celebration reunion for all Kids of the 70s (all Sowega schools) and their guests.

We will feature a large cocktail buffet, live band(s), dancing, cash bar, late night snacks, and much, much more!

Purchase advance tickets and save online at: https://event.attendstar.com/event/show/kids-of-the-70s-party-animals/ or
Send Checks/Money Orders to:
Kids of the 70s
28394 County Rd 65
Loxley, AL 36551


*** 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.  Watch for plans.


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




*** Class of 1957 ***

60th Reunion 

May 12 - 13, 2017 (date change)

@ Merry Acres Inn

The Class of '57 Reunion Committee has met and begun work on our 60th reunion! It will take place on the weekend of May 12th and 13th, 2017, and the venue for both nights will be Merry Acres.

Class of '57 Reunion Committee has met and begun work on our 60th reunion! It will take place on the weekend of May 12th and 13th, 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
229.395.5338  -


Jerry Brimberry
229.435.1507 -







I am a parent in the Albany High School Marching Chiefs Booster Club. We are reaching out for donations toward new uniforms. If anyone is interested, please contact myself and or the band director Matthew Peters @ matthew.peters@docoschools.org
Thank you,
Leslie Hicks - lilbeejay@hotmail.com
Chaperone/Hospitality Chairperson


*** You might want to put something about Betty English Arnold in the AHS paper. She is the daughter of (Warren) Lee Hall, Class of 1957.  She is a full time missionary in Burkina Faso in Africa.

~ Barbara Bennett Pippin, Class of 1957


                   Adventures in Burkina

                          ~ Betty English Arnold


Bats, bugs, snakes, scorpions, rats, military, living without electricity, a well for water... We felt like we were living like Little House on the Prairie in the beginning and I was not prepared for it. But God was faithful.

I never imagined, not even in my wildest dreams, that one day I would be a missionary, and not only that, but also one living in Africa! God does indeed work in mysterious ways!

This is a genuine account of events during our first three years in Africa filled with a lot of Betty humor. It is also about the lessons I learned during those first years.

In 1987 my husband, John and I went to Burkina Faso and served there for 15 years in an unreached area called Hounde. To God's Glory during that time we saw over 120 churches planted, and to begin to open the doors to an unreached people group called the Pougouli. We ended our term in 2001.

In February one of our Pastors spoke on "getting out of the box we are in", and God spoke to us and has called us back to Burkina. We are excited to see what God has in store in the coming years.


This is my story, my adventure book, written by God, as he turns the pages of my life.


NOTE: Indian daughters are special!!!





The Coach Graham Lowe Scholarship
$9,060 Pledged!

The Scholarship currently stands at $9060. We would like get to our goal of $10,000. If 50 of you reading this article could send in $20 ... MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!

My $20 is going in today ... how about yours??!!
Paul Lockard, AHS '62




50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ... 

Bob and Carol Dorsey Thompson, Class of 1961, celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on March 5, 2016, with a party hosted by their daughter and son and their families.

Pete Brandon, 1961, and Jane Powell Brandon (from Tennessee) celebrated their 50th Anniversary on 20 August. They met at Georgia Southern College and were married in 1966. They have three children and five grand-children.

Howard and JoAnn Royal Norfolk, Class of 1956, celebrated their 61st Wedding Anniversary on August 7, 1961


Peggy Jo Irwin, Class of 1954, wed Jack W. Davis August, 25, 1957, and celebrated their 59th Wedding Anniversary this year!!!

Sonny (1948) and Betty Dunn Logan (1949) were married on October 10, 1953, 63 years ago.





“News & Clues”





*** Judy Todd, Class of 1969

*** Deborah Wills Watkins, Class of 1966

*** Phyllis Ross Speir, Class of 1964

*** Bob Franck, Class 1961

~ Duffy Franck ('53), brother

*** Is it possible to be added to this mailing? I was in the Class of 1966.  Thanks,

~ Sharon Belk Gross


*** Robin Robertson McLeod, Class of 1977

*** Would you please add my cousin, Jerre Sumter, to the mail list. He moved after his AHS Junior year in 1955.  He lives in California.

~ Fred Sumter '56


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

* AHS Class of 1969

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* Albany GA. Kids' of the 70's....

Albany High School Class of 1974 Albany, GA

* Albany High School Grads 1976-1983

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Max Hill, Man of God
AHS Class of 1946
Bruce Garey
AHS Class of 1963

Max Hill was the pastor of Morningside Methodist Church in Albany. He baptized me into the church after giving me instruction and certifying that I was ready to receive Jesus Christ as my Savior.  Max married my brothers, John Garey (AHS Class of 1951) and Robert “Bob” Garey (AHS Class of 1953). He also married my sister, Lynn Garey Stine, after he had moved on and become pastor of the Ocilla Methodist Church.

My mother, Mary Garey, served as church treasurer for Morningside Methodist Church for a time. It was a thankless, unpaid task. My mother took the job on because no one else in the congregation would accept the responsibility. Morningside had recently moved its location from a small “temporary” structure on East Road in Albany to a brick and mortar permanent facility on Mock Road. The church is still located in that location though it has been expanded on several occasions over the intervening years. But that’s enough family history regarding Brother Max. What I want to do here is give some insight into the kind of man Max Hill was and testimony to the depth of his faith in God.

I remember Brother Max coming to our house many times. He would sit with us in our small living room and often shared Sunday lunch with us. We never sat down to lunch that Brother Max did not ask the Lord’s blessing on the food that we shared. I can remember Brother Max never left our home without offering prayer. What I will never forget is seeing Brother Max sprawled out in my Dad’s chair with his huge feet up on our hassock. Max had world-class feet. He always said, “You can’t build a big house on a small foundation.” But it was not the size of Max’s shoes that caught my eye. It was the fact that there were always holes in the soles of both his shoes. He always had cardboard inside his shoes to keep his socks from wearing out. When the church took communion, he would kneel at the altar and everyone in the church saw the holes in Brother Max’s shoes.

In those days, Morningside Methodist Church in Albany was a struggling congregation. It was always “hand-to-mouth.” Bills did not always get paid on time; not for lack of attention to obligations, but for the lack of capital to meet the church’s commitments. Max and my mother would huddle over our small kitchen table with the church checkbook and the month’s bills spread all over. My mother would show each invoice to Bro. Max and he would authorize payment. Inevitably, the point would come when a bill would be presented by my mother and Brother Max would tell my mother to pay it. My mother would reply, “But Brother Max, if I pay this bill we won’t be able to pay your salary this week.” I lost count of the times I heard Brother Max reply, “Mary, just pay the bill, it’s not important that I get paid. The Lord will provide.”

Those were not easy words for Max Hill to utter. Morningside had a small and poor congregation. Brother Max had a large family to feed. Most church members there were farmers or blue collar workers. The church treasury was often down to a two-digit balance. But Brother Max was a true man of faith. He believed it when he said God would provide. Somehow it always worked out. Morningside Church has grown over the years and it still thrives today, thanks in no small measure to the great faith of one of its pastors ... Max Hill, man of God!



Proctor Johnston, Class of 1954
Thomas Hilsman, Class 1964
Russell E. Kaliher, Jr. "Rusty", Class of 1954
Ralph McKendree (D), Class of 1964

Buddy Melton, Class of 1957
James "Jim" Leben, Class of 1947
George Michael Hooks, Class of 1974


*** Proctor Johnston, Class of 1954: I enlisted in the U.S, Coast Guard, along with Albert (Sam) Pritchard, and reported to boot camp in Cape May, N.J. just 15 days after graduation. From boot camp I went to the CG buoy tender Smilax where I only stayed a short time before being sent to school in Groton, Ct. From there it was back to Florida and the CG Cutter Androscoggin where we made several trips to Havana, Cuba and fought the battle of the waterfront bars most every night. From there I was transferred to a Life Boat Station at New Smyrna Beach, Fl where our primary mission was Air, Sea Rescue. It was wonderful duty and our station was a big white house right on the beach. In early 1956, I was offered an opportunity to return to the boot camp at Cape May, N.J. to work in the Training Department where I attained the rate of 1st Class Petty Officer.

Pam Tyler, Class of 1955 & I married in December of 1956, and we stayed in Cape May until my discharge in 1958. I loved the Coast Guard and wanted to make it my career, but Pam wanted no part of it, so back to Albany we came. All in all, I served 4 years active duty and 4 years inactive Reserve.


 Sam Pritchard (D) and I became separated in boot camp and never saw each other again.




None submitted this month


Suggestion ... Click here: Their Stories and Service  are so interesting ... check them out when you have a bit of time to learn the stories of 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 this 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!







*** Belated 101st HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Chester Green, AHS Class of 1933.   He put the “Wow!” in the A.H.S. Pow Wow!

~Bruce Carey ('63)


*** Hi my name is George Michael Hooks, I would have been in the Class of 1974. I had to leave school just after my senior year started due to working at the Firestone plant. I did finally graduate LCHS in Leesburg in 1975. I served in the Army from 1976 until I retired in 1997. I now live in Columbus Georgia.


Thanks to you for the Times it has brought back many great memories.
~ George Michael Hooks ('74)


*** Always enjoy your newsy stories and keeping in touch with my roots in Albany. We have been in Plano, TX for 41 years now and yet still feel like a Georgia girl in so many ways!

~ Carol Dorsey Thompson, Class of 1961


*** Please change my email

~ Linda Fordham Cauley, Class of 1970


*** As an 88 year old retired Landscape Architect, I marvel at the design development of Radium Springs. The designer had a dynamic brain. Even with the building roofless now, the total site is beautiful and functional. Wow!!!!
Make it a good day.

~ Ed. Martin, Jr., FASLA ('45)


*** Unfortunately, I missed the 1961 June 2016 (Class of 1961) reunion in Albany since I had tickets to a Blue Angels show scheduled in Vero Beach the same weekend; but they canceled the show because of the tragic accident shortly before the show.

~ Rusty Kaliher ('61)


*** Thanks for the information about Gene Griffin ('57). I remember him well.

~ Shirley Wright '57


*** Would you report Gene Griffin's passing .in August.  Like me, he stilled lived in Albany. He leaves wife Mary Kay, 3 adult kids, 6 grandchildren.  He was Class of '57, and my co-Grandfather in Law.

 Henry Duggan ('59)


*** I have a friend that will be 99 this year and still has a volunteer job she goes two days a week. Graduated AHS 1934. Thought you might like to know. Her name was Grace Sasser Walker. She is awesome!
~ Sender unknown

*** New email address
~ Henry Duggan, Class of 1959


*** Please delete my old e-mail and add the new address. I have closed that email as of today.
~ Sam Lee, c/o '78

*** On the Internet I found photos of this historic designed swimming site near Albany in SW GA. It has downtown photos of Albany toward the end, but at beginning are fairly good photos of this designed historic swimming site. Originally above the swimming area was a pavilion where I enjoyed high school dances and dinners in the early 1940s. Today the white pavilion is roofless. The site design is dynamic to have been done in the early 1920s.   It was designed for swimming and the clear water boiled up from a 22' deep hole at 70,000 gallons per minute at 68 degrees temperature. It has bits of Radium in it thus its name. Around the clear water swimming area are native rock walls with concrete balustrade on top where there is paved area. In the near distance was a shelter on top of rock wall then a lawn area which sloped down to the clear water for folks to wade into the spring water which was a bit warmer over there. Then beyond that was another shelter on top of rock wall and from there a wooded area as I can recall now. The water flowed into the Flint River which also flowed on the east side of downtown Albany.

Back to below the pavilion and above the boil of water was a diving board partially under a roof supported by rock pillars. In my day folks would dive off the board into the boil (a hole 22' deep and maybe 10' wide--my guess about width). The bottom of the swimming areas were covered with native sand as I recall now. Across from the stone wall with balustrade is an island which in my day was covered with native trees and plants with no structure on it. I recall taking UGA LA classmates to Radium Springs and warning them that the water was very cold. They would say they had never been swimming in water too cold until they hit that clear water which most found too cold. Beverly Smith Herrington of Lawrenceville, GA is Editor of The Albany High Times which is a monthly Email publication about the Albany, GA High School. She ran some excellent photos of historic Radium Springs and recently wrote to me about how Radium Springs is now, as follows: "It is mainly for nature lovers. And it is dependent on what is done seasonally as to whether there are flowers . There is no swimming, and the Springs are left to Nature as to whether the water is crystal clear or slimy green.

~ Ed Martin, Jr. ('45)

*** Gene Griffin ('57) was always helpful in planning and hosting our Class of '57 reunions.
~ Mariellen Johnson Bateman ('57)


*** It is with a heavy heart that I report the loss of a classmate and friend, James L. “Jimmy” (Lump) Norris, AHS Class of 1963, who passed this week with complications from cancer surgery.  He is survived by his wonderful wife Diane, three daughters, and a big southwest Georgia bunch of beautiful grandchildren. Jim was a special man; loving, caring and honest to and with everybody he met and he will be missed by all of us.

Jim, Timmy Bunce and I watched Martin Luther King give his famous speech at the Dougherty County Courthouse in August of 1962 together. Later that night when our folks found out where we had been our mom’s grounded us when they saw the evening news on TV that night. Don’t know why, we didn’t see any riot.

If any of you reading this know other people that were Jimmy’s friend, please pass the information along to them.


My life has been a better thing for having had him as my friend and it will be a sadder place without him.  Losing a friend like this is like having a page of your life torn out of the book.


Rest in peace Lump and we’ll see you on the other side.

~  T. F. "Skip" Porterfield, Class of 1963


*** Just to let you know of the passing of my good friend, Barbara Davis, Class of 1964. Thanks,
~ Brenda (Cox) Wintersole, Class of 1964

*** Marie Middleton was Class of 1961.  A beautiful person, loved by many.
~ Pat Rose Duggan, Class of 1963





?~  Do you know if Max Hill (AHS Class of 1946) was an ordained Methodist minister? Max Hill, who served at Morningside Methodist, married my sister and both my brothers. If so, does anyone know an address for his family?

~ Bruce Garey ('63)

A ~ Absolutely the same!  Hope someone has the family address for you. ~ BSH

?~  I would like more information of how to register for the 70th reunion of the Class of 1957.

~ Buddy Melton ('57)

A ~All information to date is listed above under REUNIONS - "Class of 1957"

?~   Is there a list of the deceased 1957/1958/1959/1960 graduates?

~ Buddy Melton ('57)

A ~  All classes who have submitted their "In Memoriam" lists can be found here: In Memoriam - Our Deceased Classmates - AHS Albany GA  


?~  I am interested in your student roll for Albany High students. I an quite old but once, years ago, I lived in Albany. Because of a split up family, I have lost contact with all my relatives. I have recently found several through obituaries. Just on an off chance someone involved in the school lists posted just might offer me a clue of any possibilities of my locating family members. My Uncle J P Little had several children, most of whom have passed away: Diane, Joseph, and Ronnie Little. I understand Ronnie is still alive, but I am not able to find him. There was an uncle Royce, John (Shine), Clarence (my dad). Thank you for your time to read this message. Please respond if you have any information that might help.

God bless ...

~ Beth Little Redman




A ~  Perhaps some of the Indians will be able to help you; however, I don't have a student roll for AHS.




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!!!


*** class or Class? ***

Yes, you can call me stubborn and rebellious.  And yes, I admit we were taught to write, "class of 1955".  I disagree!!  If I write, "My class is 1955" ... I accept that lower case!  However, when I write, "I was a member of the Class of 1955" ... THAT is a TITLE and deserves to be displayed as such!!!


In Memoriam ...


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



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


*** Jeanette Marsh Geeslin, Class of 1943


*** Steele Glenn, husband of Carol Padgett Glenn, Class of 1963


*** Stephanie Medlin Franks, Class of 1977


*** Henry Neil “Neil” Robinson, Class of 1969


*** Wilbur Eugene “Gene” Griffin, Class of 1957


*** Jerry Allen Hobbs, Class of 1964


*** Michael P. “Mike” Dugan, Class of 1968


*** Joseph Stephen (Joey) Johnston, Class of 1982; brother of  Walter Johnston, Class of !978, and son of Bobby Johnston Class of 1958


*** James L. “Jimmy” (Lump) Norris, AHS Class of 1963


*** Ramona Patrick Smith, Class of 1969


*** Carol Fletcher Williams, Class of 1966


*** Marie Derry DeLamar, Class of 1939


*** James (Jimmy) Fallaw, Class of 1958


***  Barbara Ann Davis, Class of 1964

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 any corrections or additions to albanyhightimes@aol.com


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