10 2013



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Albany High Times NEWS & CLUES!!!

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

 81st Edition ~ 10/12/2013

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


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




The Tale of a


1930 Albany High School Thronateeska




Some seven years ago, I received a letter from Sybil Hodges Boggs, offering a 1930 Thronateeska.   She shared that when her step-father passed away in 2003, Sybil received two 1930 annuals!  At the time, her step father was a junior at AHS (1931), and there was also an older sister in the Class of 1931, and a younger sibling who was in the Class of 1935.  So Sybil ended up with two 1930 Annuals!


She mailed it to me, and I enjoyed turning the pages of this wonderful old annual, noticing parents of some of my Indian friends.  In the back of my head, I thought someday I would do something special with it.  A couple of months ago, Jack Corbin ('59) emailed a picture of one of the two annual covers I was missing (Click here: AHS Class Annual Covers) which reminded me  ... I still had ONE MORE to locate. 


Don't know what nudged me, but out of the blue, one day it hit me ... CHECK OUT the annual Sybil sent!  Imagine my joy when I picked it up and realized ... IT'S THE MISSING COVER! ... There it was ...Thronateeska - Class of 1930, sitting here all the time!


My immediate plan was to photograph the cover and fill the annual webpage "space"; but I became fascinated with the icons throughout the annual which the Thronateeska Staff had chosen.  So I planned to scan several and use them through-out a future newsletter.  THIS IS THE MONTH!  No pumpkins, witches or black cats ... well seems someone DID mention THE Black Cat in this month's issue!  Look for it in "Tribe Notes" - it's a good read!


So, many thanks to Sybil Hodges Boggs, Class of 1957, for a very special gift! 







*** Class of 1969 ***

45th AHS & Deerfield

June 20-21, 2014


Plans are underway for our 45th AHS/ Deerfield Class of 1969 class reunion. We are still in the infancy of planning BUT save the date of June 20-21, 2014.


Event will be at Merry Acres and we have a block of rooms set aside at Merry Acres motel for $89 per night plus tax.


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

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

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

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

~ Elaine Rabun Hinman


** Classes of 1964-65 **

A Combined 50th Reunion

November 7th and 8th, 2014


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


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

~ Glenda Shelby Cannon (’64)glendashelbyc@gmail.com


*** Class of 1962 ***

70th Birthday Party


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


~ Girl’s Luncheon ~


Our last luncheon was a small gathering. We were happy to have Kay Pedrotti and Carol Rathel join us again. We have enjoyed the covered dish luncheons and want to continue them.


We will meet again on December 11, 2013, at Dorothy Combs home in Gray, GA. Dorothy and Richard enjoy decorating their whole home for Christmas.  Joann or Carol Stark will send out an email with directions closer to the time of the luncheon.



Joann Roark Arneson (jprarneson@aol.com) or

Carol Pate Stark (cpstark@att.net)


*** Check out our other luncheons and pics at: Click here: 1962 Girl's Luncheons




Are there additional upcoming reunions?

Submit your information to:






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!


*** IF YOUR CLASS has info you would like to share ... i.e., successful venues, food/caterers and bands/music, send info to: albanyhightimes@aol.com with ALL CONTACT INFO!


*** Also ... looking for lost classmates?  This page will give you help ...

Click here: Lost Classmates? How to Find






Larry Lake, Class of 1960

 1943 - 2013

Musician Extraordinaire!



CMC Associate Composer Larry Lake passed away in TorontoSeptember 21, 2013. Apart from composing music in various styles throughout his life, including multi-media, chamber, and electro acoustic, he also devoted extensive time to performance, freelance music writing, broadcasting, and record production.


He was born in Pennsylvania, but raised in Georgia, Florida and Ontario. He began his college studies at Florida Sate University, but transferred to University of Miami where he studied trumpet.  He obtained 3 degrees, including a Bachelor of Music, a Master of Education, and a Master of Music in musicology.  He dropped out of obtaining a doctorate, when in 1972, he accepted a job at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canada's national public broadcaster.


Larry had a profound impact on Canadian composition through his various roles at the CBC. He served as executive producer ofMusicScope, Themes and Variations and Music Alive for CBC Radio. For his contribution, he received the Friends of Canadian Music Award given to individuals who make an outstanding contribution to the advancement of Canadian composers.



Amazing how our AHS Indians' influence reaches far and wide ...


Saddle Up …


Are going to Steamboat Springs, CO

January 15 – 22, 2014



Well sir, it was 1974 when we first played in Steamboat Springs. Now, 40 years later, we're still "kickin' and pickin", and we want y'all to join us for an historic week in Colorado Ski Country.  January 15 -22, Banks & Shane and the band will be part of Steamboat's legendary "Cowboy Downhill" (Click hear to see video), with shows, weather permitting, at the new permanent stage, right at the bottom of the slope!  And, for a grand finale, Banks & Shaners will enjoy special seating at theCowboy Banquet, held this year at The Thunderhead Lodge, at the top of the gondola on Monday evening, January 20!

 ~ Banks Burgess ('66)


NOTE: If you’re able to make it, and need more info, there’s more …  just email Banks Burgess at  banksburgess@comcast.net



... if you'd just like to receive their show announcements, just request to get on their e-mailing list!  For a couple of old dudes, these two are still burning it up … just look at their schedule!WHEW! 


I have been a fan of Banks & Shane since the early 80’s … enjoyed them at Underground while celebrating my 52nd birthday 24 years ago … and had no idea I was watching a 1966 AHS Indian!!


Thanks toDoug Dahlgren (’65),  I saw the light!!!


P.S.  "Like" them on FaceBook at:https://www.facebook.com/BanksandShane; or check out theirWebsite: http://www.banksandshane.com/



New Song and Video


Ray Stevens


Dear AHS Indians,


Ray has just finished and will be releasing a new High Class Bluegrass compilation that he has named "Melancholy Fescue" in a month or so, and he wants you to be the first to know about it!


Click the link below to get a little taste of what the album will be like.Click Here!


We'll let you know when it is available for shipping and download. Hope you like UNCHAINED MELODY!


Be sure to visit our website at: http://www.raystevens.com and like us on our Facebook Page at Click here: Ray Stevens | Facebook




Henry Duggan’s Invitation

(Class of ‘59)


SILVER’S ODYSSEY—an historical fiction novel of survival in 17th century Spanish Florida from the shipwrecked Atocha Galleon will be available free on Amazon e-books on these dates: Nov. 5-6 and Dec. 5




Glenda Council Beall's Invitation

(Class of 1958)


I invite you to read an author interview I posted on September 19, 2013. This author’s book is important to our health.

Click here: Netwest Mountain Writers and Poets: Author Interview by Glenda Beall




Gordon Kilgore's Invitation

Class of 1956


Many of you may not be familiar with a monthly publication calledInternational Travel News, often called ITN. I have had a life subscription for many years. I consider ITN to be far and away the best travel magazine when it comes to information pertaining to tours, guides, hotels, and the out of the way places only know to locals.


It is not often, but every year or so, I write a piece for ITN.  One such article featuring my last trip to Iceland is published in the October 2013issue. You can access it with the following link:

Click here: Photographing the otherworldly landscapes of Iceland | International Travel News


Some parts of the monthly publication are on line for all, while other parts can only be accessed by subscribers.


The last feature that I wrote for ITN was in 2011 on the Five Stans.  The link to that piece is:

Click here: Touring the Five ’Stans | International Travel News






Indian Responses

to September "News & Clues"




*** I wish to thank Ed Faber for the wonderful picture of the big oak . It is in the backyard at 523 Fourth Avenue where my husband, the lateJohn E. Tarpley Jr., Class of 1946, grew up. We also lived there after we were married.  The house was built by the late John E. Tarpley Sr.


I was just in Albany for a short visit and took my grandchildren by the house to see where their granddaddy and great granddaddy had lived. Thanks again Ed Faber for the great picture.


I enjoy the newsletter each month. You really do such a great job with it.


~ Sarah Grace Hagins Tarpley, Class of 1948


~ Note to Sarah:  How wonderful to hear from you! I will forward your email to Ed. When we moved to Albany  ... Ed played with my youngest sister, Tina Smith ('61) when our family was waiting for our home to be built out on Orchard Drive. The land was previously a pecan orchard - so no beautiful Oak trees like yours!!!  I'm am just tickled with your email!!!


*** I know my sister, Sarah Grace Tarpley, e-mailed you about the oak tree (photo by Ed Faber).


I just wanted to emphasize what she probably said. The beautiful oak tree is in a back yard in the 500 block of Fourth Avenue but is just across the alley from Fifth Avenue, thus the confusion as to its' location.


I was very young when my family moved next door to that oak tree and always considered it "my tree".  I climbed on every part of that tree (within reason) and it was like my very own jungle gym.  Friends loved to visit me and play on that tree.  Although I live in Athens now, whenever I am in Albany, I often go by Fourth Ave. and pay my respects to " my oak tree". 


Also, let me take this opportunity to say that you are doing wonderful putting out the newsletter every month. Thanks to you and all your helpers for all you do.

~ Eleanor Hagins Bradwell (Class of '58)


*** I lived at 514 Fourth Avenue from 4th grade until graduation andMarie Middleton lived down the street on the corner.  We used to climb the huge oak tree behind the house diagonally across the street from us.  I think this is it.  Maybe by now it has spread all the way to 5th street, but just thought it must be the same one.  It's an amazing tree and since it's behind a house, it is hidden from the street.  You wondered if anyone else knew how remarkable it is.

~ Carol Dorsey Thompson (’61)


Note:  I love it when a story runs full circle, and love to hear from Indians whose names were often mentioned in my home growing up!








?~ I wanted to access the Albany High Times' WebPages of AHS teachers, Billy Bragg and Mary Hudson, to express how much both of them had influenced my life. Couldn't figure out how to add anything. Any tips?
~ Henry Barker, 1961

A~ Hi Henry! The web computer program I use does not interface. I have typed or copied and pasted everything that is there!  So please send what you'd like to add to those pages, and I'll be glad to post it for you.


Will look forward to receiving your memories! Those two …. extremely influential teachers in my life!



?~ Dear Sir or Madam, I'd like to contact Ed Faber re: a photo that was featured in the Albany High Times. Can you please provide his contact information, email and/or phone number? Thank you,

~ Emily Folsom


A~ Emily … I don't give out emails from our AHS Address Book, so let me forward your email to Ed, and let him contact you.



?~ Was Pam Tyler Johnston a majorette in the Albany High band?

~ Bill Wilson (’55)


A~  Yes, in fact she was head majorette in 1954-55!




50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ...




 Sonny ('48) and Betty Dunn Logan ('49) celebrated 60 years of marriage on October 10, 2013.


Ruth Sasser (1957) married to Bill Garrison (1956) for 55 years as of June 2013


 Gene Summerford ,Class of 1959, and wife Joy Hobby celebrate their 50th anniversary on October 25th.


Send your 50th Anniversaries

and beyond

to albanyhightimes@aol.com




AHS Class Websites



Class of 1960




AHS Class of 82 Homepage

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



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* 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

NEW!* AHS/WHS Class of 1978



* Email for '71 FaceBook:ahsclass71.40th@groups.facebook.com


* AHS Class of 1983


ANY OTHER CLASSES to be listed?




from FaceBook!!



***  Betty Rehberg: Someone is selling a 1971 AHS Thronateeska on Ebay, in case some of you need one.


*** Tony Cole posted on Albany High Times Website's timeline: "Anyone have class photos of Broad Elementary, Flint?  The time frame would be 1950-1955."


NOTE: Tony - I'm the creator and webmaster of Albany High Times.Here is a link to the webpage that lists links to all the elementary and junior high pictures that are posted. Hope it is helpful.

Click here: Before AHS - When We Were VERY Young!

~ Beverly Smith Herrington (’55)





~ Submitted by Martha LeSueur Nicholson


    In the midst of the economic downturn which has closed Albany icons like Albany Lincoln-Mercury and Piggly Wiggly, and furloughed numerous Marine Base employees, it is welcome news to hear that the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau…located in the restored Bridge House...has done such a great job in attracting visitors and businesses seeking a place for meetings, conventions, and seminars to Albany. The November edition of Convention South magazine cites Albany as a favored place to meet and greet in its list of the “South’s Surprising Recreational Havens for Groups”. Bureau manager, Rashelle Beasley, says, “It’s an honor for Albany to be included in this list. Convention South is a big deal in our industry. This publication is like Sports Illustrated for convention centers and meeting planners”.

Albany joins 12 other cities from the southern United States to make the magazine’s list for 2014 based on recreational offerings, area attractions, meeting venues, and group accommodations. From the Hilton Garden Inn to the Bridge House, Riverquarium, Thronateeska Heritage Museum,  Civic Center, and others, Albany has diverse settings for meetings of various sizes. Farther out from the downtown area there is Merry Acres and Chehaw Park. Golf, hiking, and water sports are available to visitors as well as other area attractions.


   One of those meetings of interest soon to occur at the Bridge House/Albany Welcome Center is a book signing by the son of Paula Hiers Deen (’65). Bobby Deen and his new bride, Claudia, will be in town on November 2nd to autograph his new cookbook, From Mama’s Table to Mine, which has been No. 1 on the NY Times best seller list. For details and tickets to the event click here: Click here: Albany Herald | Bobby Deen to sign copies of new book in Albany

Read more about the cities Albany joins in Convention South’s list  and the magazine’s criteria for its choices in Brad McEwen’s article for the Albany Herald here: Click here: Albany Herald | National magazine lists Albany as one of South's top event destinations  












Class of 1933



100th Birthday



by Betty Nix Rouse (1960)



Miss Ruth Flanders graduated from Albany High School in the Class of 1933.  She retired from Dougherty County School System as the Bookkeeper in 1976.  Her office was in the old Flint Street School Administration Building.  She worked for Glen Sowell and Bo Fowler.


Three of her nephews graduated from AHS ... Ralph  (Foo) Flanders, 1945; Russell (Doodle) Rouse, 1959; and Lynn Rouse, 1963.


An invitation card in Miss Flanders honor reads: 


"One hundred years can't be celebrated in one day so we're inviting you to join us and start celebrating now with cards, calls and visits."


Magnolia Manor

2001 South Lee Street #114

Americus, GA 31709

Cell (229)977-1876


NOTE:  A new Albany High Times Webpage will be started for those Indians who have reached 100 years! Wonderful pictures of Miss Flanders, during her life, will be posted.  If you know of an Indian celebrating 100 years ... please let us know!






Mr. T. R. Finley


Mr. T. R. Finley taught mathematics to mostly boys at AHS on Jefferson Street.  He obviously loved his subject matter, loved sharing this love with students, and had a wonderful time doing so.


I was a mediocre clarinet player under Mr. William H. Gore, the AHS band and chorus director. and was so privileged to enjoy the interplay between these two legends. We called Mr. Finley Cap'n Finley and Mr. Gore Uncle Bill. There would be periodic skits of Cap'n Finley taking over the band and ofUncle Bill taking over trigonometry or algebra classes.....all loud, public and in good humor.


During this period,  the band would go all over Georgia and into Alabama on football game trips or trips to entertain veterans of WWII in military hospitals and invariably Cap'n Finley would be a chaperone, and we had great spirit, had fun and performed with enthusiasm and patriotism. Gore and Finley were true leaders and youth mentors....the finest.  Trailways bus drivers signed up to drive our busses, we behaved that well!


A group of AHS students in my class decided to go to GA Tech, noted at that time as being a tough school. Tech only had male students at that time, and the guys going to Tech from AHS included Roland Culpepper, Paul Nichols, Freddy Adams, John Lamar Arnold, Bill Dew, and me, Jimmy Sawyer.Mr. Finley took us under his wing, as he did all students, and really made trigonometry and algebra fun. He taught with enthusiasm, loudly, and constantly referred to the long wagon whip on his classroom wall. He even taught a class after hours on solid geometry not available at AHS which was required at GA Tech.


When we got to GA Tech we found freshman math mostly a review of Mr. Finley's class at AHS.  Most of us graduated with honor or with highest honor.


We worried about graduating from the 11th grade, competing with graduates from the 12th grade all over the US; we competed well, thanks to Cap'n Finley, an inspired and inspiring teacher and friend to all.


He was, to us, Albany High School's finest.


~ James E. Sawyer, AHS Class of 1948, Married to Shirley Neldon, AHS Class of 1949.




We Recommend …



*** Check out 3 NEW additions to Ed Faber’s photography web-page … Duck, Pond Dragon Fly and Smiling Mule.


Click here: Ed Faber, Photographer - Class of 1962


***  Visit here to check on pictures BEFORE AHS from YOUR school years  ...

Click here: Before AHS - When We Were VERY Young!









~ CLUES!!! ~



***  You are not going to believe what you see in this video . . .  Glenn Miller's Hooked on Swing

What a treat!

Click here: Glenn Miller Routine - Hooked on Swing - Mary Ray - YouTube

~ Ernest Sutton (’62)


***  Great Fruit Cleaning Tip:

  Fill sink with water, add 1 cup of VINEGAR and stir. Add all FRUIT and soak for 10 minutes. Water will be dirty and fruit will sparkle with no wax or dirty film. Great for BERRIES too, as it keeps them from molding. Do this with STRAWBERRIES, and they last for weeks!

~ Mike Johnson (’59)


*** Old photos (246) from the past ....your youth.... lots of photos....just point to any photo for a description!

Click here: Flickr: Railroad Jack's Photostream

~ Luke Simmons (’52)





Tribe Notes …



***  My name is James E. Sawyer.  I graduated from Albany High School in 1948, and from Georgia Tech with Highest Honors in 1952. I married my high school sweetheart, Shirley Neldon, AHS Class of 1949, the day after I graduated in 1952!


Some fellow GA Tech student graduates in my class include Paul Nichols, Roland Culpepper, and John Lamar Arnold.


I remember Mr. Thomas Rothwell Finley as the best teacher at AHS. He taught algebra, trigonometry, and for some of us, side courses of solid geometry. When we got to GA Tech, most students found college math (algebra, trig, analytic geometry) very difficult. For those of us from Cap'n Finley's class, the courses were easy until our sophomore year there, and then we were so well founded, we found GA Tech math quite readily learned.  I would like to do a short piece on Mr. Finley; how should I do it and send it to you?


~ James E. "Tom" Sawyer


P.S., We competed internationally with graduates, mostly from "Yankee twelve-grade school systems", many of whom flunked outa Tech!


*** I want to add to the teachers who played big roles in my education: Mr. J.O. Allen. I had the privilege of sitting under his instructions for my Junior and Senior years at AHS (52 &53). To me he was the consummate "southern gentleman and scholar"!

He continuously challenged us to think and as sponsor of the Debate Team taught us the importance of thorough research, of all sides of an issue. He gave us the question to debate "could the USA ever become communistic?" He then took Motie Wiggins and I to give the affirmative side before the Albany Rotary Club. If there were a remaining copy of our debate in existence you would have thought Bill Ayres wrote it.


It is astounding to me to watch the changes taking place in the land of the free and I'm sure it would shock Mr. Allen who considered the USA a beacon of light on the hill.  How blessed Liebe Briggs was to have such a "role model" in his family. Mr. Allen wrote in my annual, "I've enjoyed having you these 2 yrs."  Having been somewhat of a boat-rocker and trouble-maker thru-out school that was music to my ears.


I went back to College at age 36 and became an RN to help instead of hindering.

~ Ducky Jones 53


*** Don Braswell (’55) is an old hero of mine. He and Billy (Swilley) would go for a beer at the Black Cat after late football practice and I would get to see the Black Cat in all it's infamous glory as a pre-teener.  


There were many stories about how tough and mean Don was. I remember the one in Graham Lowe's book about Don losing his glass eye in a regulation football game, and the game had to be stopped so they could find it. Billy had told me that one.


I also remember the little boys doing the hambone for the football players during practice at Mills Stadium. I think the kids were afraid of Don. The other players would pay the kids for doing "the hambone" but they would do it for free for Don for fear he would take out that glass eye and chase them with it in his hand. Sometimes they would just run from him.

~ Ben Swilley (’60) 


Note:  Ben Swilley is known for his southern humor, reminiscent of Lewis Grizzard!


*** Just finished your latest “News & Clues” - great job as usual!!!  I would love to see some pics from our '52 Jr. High days - but I can't remember which school we attended ... guess it would be '48.  I have some snapshots of Cleve Clark and me on the "playground".  Let me know if anyone can find out, and maybe we can post some pics.

~ Annelle Stem Griffin ('52)


 *** Many thanks to Indians Eddie Ort, Joanne Fitzgerald Gauntt ('49), Shirley Neldon Sawyer ('49), Patricia Dean ('48), John Davis ('47) Sonny ('48) and Betty Dunn ('49) Logan, Myrtis Adams Foley ('49), Richard Simpson ('48), Carleen Newell Flowers ('48), who answered an email requesting the correct graduation year of one of their deceased  classmates!  I can always count on their response!


Greetings to all and hope this mail finds you are all well. I am having to change e-mail address after 14 years due to my old carrier closing down!  Please update my email address.

~ Jim Mallard (’54)


*** In the "Us Now" WebPage picture that has Juanita Summerfield Long, her last name is Summerford. Thanks.

~ Gene Summerford ( her Brother ) Class of 1959


*** Just finished reading the latest issue of Albany High Times and as usual it was wonderful. If I have other e-mails, I save the AHS for last. It is my dessert and I always look forward to all the news. You do an excellent job and I appreciate all your time and effort.

~ Betty Spell Wooddy, Class of 1953.


***  A SITE TO INSTILL PRIDE: I was cruising the web this morning and I happened to visit the www.ahs1963.us class website.


Winston McDonald has refined and tuned the site to perfection. I seriously doubt that any class (with the possible exception of the magnificent Class of ’55) has any better information and memorabilia site in existence. I notice too that we have had nearly 1,900 visitors to our site. I seem to remember not too long ago the visitor count was at about 400. The class has chosen wisely to continue to fund the website.


Our class is truly blessed to have the talents of Winston Connie McDonald so willingly applied for our benefit. Well done Winston!

~ Bruce Garey ('63)


*** Under class of 1940 - 1941 in Memoriam, please change June Hunter toJune Council. Council was her maiden name and the name she had when she was in high school. Thank you,

~ Glenda Council Beall ('58)


*** I remember My Fav Jr High teacher was Mrs. Ford -so guess she went to High School with our grade.  Also in Jr. High, I remember Mrs. Collins/English - loved her! ... and our phys ed teacher was fabulous - I must have lost 20 lbs that year!

~ Annelle Stem Griffin ('52)


*** I was graduated with the Class of 1949. My siblings are Pat Adams Shays and Kenneth Eugene Adams.

~ Myrtis Adams Foley


***  Noticed this sweet sentiment which appeared (hard to read, but below) in the Albany Junior High 7th Birthday issue of  “The Papoose”  Amy Robertson (’68) Beaver’s wonderful parents were “Mr. Rob” (outstanding principal of AJHS for so many years) and his lovely wife, Virginia.



*** Hi could you please add my brother, Thomas Jordan, to the Class of 1978 list of Our Deceased Classmates.  He was killed in an auto accident in 1980.


~ Debra Pate


*** With much sadness, I am sending you this obituary notice of my dear, precious friend, Gail Dennis Bales, Class of '66.  She was the sister of my dear friend, Rebecca Kay Dennis, Class of '63. She is survived by her loving husband, Al Bales, Class of '61.


~ MaryAnn Allen Caldbeck ('63)


*** I knew Al Bales in high school. He was one of the sweetest boys in our class, and it sounds as if he had a long, interesting and happy marriage. Thank you for letting us know.

Anne Watson O’Connor (’61)


*** I saw on the Kimbrell-Stern site here in Albany that Jacquelin “Jackie” Gladin Evans passed away on September 2.  (I am afraid I was not able to copy the obituary.)


She graduated with the Class of 1960 and was living in Albany. The write-up mentioned she passed away after a lengthy illness.


~ Linda Edwards Wells (’62)


*** Thanks to an unsigned e-mailer for sending the obituary for Dianne Pruett Riley, Class of 1969, who died January 25, 2004.


*** I learned on Facebook that Larry Lake died on 17 September. I believe he was in the class of '60. Larry's family and my family spent a lot of time together while we were growing up. Larry was a fixture in the AHS Band. We lost touch after High School and had just caught back up with him last year on Facebook. Apparently he was quite a success in his chosen field.

~ Pete Brandon (’61)


NOTE: See more information of musician, Larry Lake under “Indian Interests”.


*** Larry Lake was a Class of '60 member. Thanks for the message. He was not a close friend but he was always happy, affable and friendly and that was a good thing. It's tough that we lose so many classmates as we age.


I also saw where another classmate, Billy Banks, lost his wife. I've known Billy Banks since the 5th grade in 1952 or '53. He and his wife lost a daughter a few years back and it was really hard for them as you might imagine. Thanks for the news about Larry. He was a good soul.

~ Ben Swilley (’60)


*** Ah yes, loved Gail Dennis Bales, (66) dearly and enjoyed her so much on our first Chix of “66 Cruise” a few years ago. So glad to read that something will be done here in Albany at Porterfield.

~ Margaret Green Brannan (’66)


*** I had the opportunity to add a short paragraph that addresses Gail's joyful and adventurous spirit and unequivocal love for others and provides details of the services in Albany. I truly love the fact that Mary Ann (Allen Caldbeck, ’63) and you all are reaching out to help me in my time of need and to get the word out. This is one of the truly wonderful things about the South.

Love you all,
~ AL BALES (’61)


*** Note: Al added: Gail always exuded a positive, joyful, and exuberant spirit. She loved her husband, family and friends deeply and unequivocally. She basked and thrived in their returned love. She always felt that the hardest or most distressed of hearts could be eased or softened by a simple act of grace, a smile, a kind word, a compliment, or an expression of encouragement or appreciation. Hers was also an adventurous spirit, whether parasailing, scuba diving, or riding elephants through the jungles of Thailand. She loved life's simple pleasures; walking on a remote beach; drinking hot chocolate by a fire; country drives, walks, shopping, and antiquing in the mountains of Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. She shared with her mother a love of gardening, flowers, and caring for God's simpler creatures.”


*** Mr. Rob's son, Paul (Rob) Robertson Jr., (AHS 73) is married to our daughter Lisa Johnston  Robertson (Deerfield, Class of 1976).  Monday afternoon about 7:00 P.M. he was injured in a 4 wheeler accident and is in Phoebe Hospital in critical condition. He received blunt force trauma to his chest & heart and has no other visible signs of injury. His heart stopped and he was without oxygen for an unknown period, until family members administered CPR. He has never regained consciousness and has very little brain activity.

Please keep Rob and his family in your thoughts & prayers.
~ Proc (‘54) and Pam (‘55) Tyler Johnston (9/19/2013)


Note: Sadly "Rob" Robertson passed away shortly after this email.


*** I am just sick over this.  Please let Lisa (Johnston Robertson) know that I've thought of nothing but her since I heard this dreadful news Tuesday. I cannot imagine how agonizing this week has been for her (and the family). I will continue to have my best and purest thoughts.

Much love to all,




In Memoriam ...
Not where I breathe, but where I loved, I live ... 
*** Gail Dennis Bales, Class of 1966; wife of Al Bales Class of 1961
*** Larry Lake, Class of 1960

*** Dianne Pruett Riley, Class of 1969, died January 25, 2004


*** Beth Banks, wife of Bill Banks, Class of 1960


***   Paul "Red Rob" Robertson, Jr. Class of 1973, husband of Lisa Johnston Robertson, Deerfield Class of 1976, and brother of Amy (’68), Jill (’70), Beth and Robin.  His parents were “Mr. Rob”, (AJHS principal) and Virginia Robertson, both deceased.   Rob’s wife, Lisa is daughter of Proc (’54) and Pam Tyler (’55) Johnston.

*** Bennett Dixon Cotton, Jr., M.D., Class of 1971
***  John Edward Martin, Jr., Class of 1956
*** Martha Hammond Knight, Class of 1949


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