10 2014



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Albany High Times NEWS & CLUES!!!

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

 93rd Edition ~ 10/19/2014

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












** Class of 1955 **

A combined group of classmates from Albany and outside Albany gathered with mates and family members to decide IF we wanted a 60th Reunion.  Asking these questions of the group, Harriet Ort Cornelius, chair, shared that we are probably ready for a laid back reunion and also asked for suggestions for date, and meeting places.  The 55ers said, “YES!” we did want a reunion, laid back … and held on Saturday night, in April or May.  It was decided that the “Phone Blitz Committee” would be used again.  Each committee member will CALL about 10 classmates in their area of the country to let them know about the plans, and verify or update their contact information.  This was a popular method for our 50th and 55th reunions - classmates were excited to receive a call, "out of the blue", from a classmate!

Plans are in the beginning stages but this is what we can share:

1955 60th Reunion

Spring 2015

Date To Be Announced!

Those who arrive on Friday can choose from a nice list of restaurants for get-togethers before the BIG NIGHT!



** Classes of 1964 and 1965 **

A Combined 50th Reunion


November 7th and 8th, 2014


No reservations after October 24, 2014



facebook  https://www.facebook.com/AHS.64.65

Click here: Albany High School 1964 & 1965


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





*** Class of 1962 ***


AHS Girls Luncheon
Stay Tuned!


Joann Roark Arneson (jprarneson@aol.com) or

Carol Pate Stark (cpstark@att.net)


*** Check out our other luncheons and pics at: Click here: '62 Girls' Luncheons


*** See your 70th Birthday Pictures @








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!


*** IF YOUR CLASS has great reunion ideas and 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 might be of help ...

Click here: Lost Classmates? How to Find 








? ~  How can I find The Albany Cardinals baseball team roster from 1949-1957?


Yvette Snell

Fort Lauderdale Florida


A ~  Hopefully someone can answer your question!


? ~ Ben Swilley is an old friend. My name is Bob Cochran.  If you could pass my email on to him, I would appreciate it.


A ~  It has been passed on!





50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ... 




  The Beaudet's, Gloria Branan, Class of 1955, and husband, David Beaudet, will celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary on December 3, 2014. They live in the North Georgia Mountains.


The Logan's, Sonny, Class of 1948, and Betty Dunn Logan, 1949, celebrated 61 years of marriage on October 10, 2014.


The Kofoed's: Roy and Sara Cox Kofoed, Class of 1958 celebrated their 54th Anniversary October 8, 2014. They live in Omaha Nebraska.

Send your 50th anniversaries beyond

to albanyhightimes@aol.com




 ~ CLUES!!! ~ 




*** A simple solution to save time and stress when you prune your shrubs, etc., this fall!  Lay an old sheet, tablecloth or shower curtain under your plants before you start to prune them.  All the leaves and twigs will fall into the fabric, so when you're finished, you can dump the debris, or gather up the material and get rid of everything at once.


*** When you open a new bottle of salad dressing, leave the paper seal on and use a toothpick to poke a few holes in it. this makes it easy to drizzle just the right amount onto your salad - you'll cut calories and the bottle will last longer!




Class Websites










*** 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) 

* (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!!



*** Betty Rehberg ('74) took this beautiful picture September 22, 2014 of the Gazebo at Radium Springs.  She was kind enough to share it with AHS Indians!



*** 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.

~ Betty Rehberg (’74)


Click here: Vintage Albany Georgia






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



*** Robert "Bobby" O. Hawkins, Jr., Class of 1956

***  Robert “Bob” Henry  McGarity III, Class 1963

*** Phillip Donald “Don” Maloy, Class of 1965

***  Patsy Laverne McLeod, Class of 1966; sister of Betty, Class of 1963, and Debbie McLeod

*** William E. “Bill” Whitney, Class of 1960

*** John W McBurnett, Class of 1959; brother of Carolyn McBurnett Parks, Class of 1971

 *** Carl E. Hadarits, husband of Joye Thomas Hadarits, Class of 1954

*** Patricia Ann Gleaton Walker, Class unknown

*** John Downing Savelle, Sr., Class of 1966

*** Betty Jo Ellis Adams, Class of 1952

*** Lawrence Charles Hancock, Jr, Class of 1960; husband of Oleta Cooper Hancock, Class of 1962

*** Phillip Donald “Don” Maloy, Class of 1965

***  Jim Coleman Class of 1967 (died July 20, 2011)

*** Maret "Mack" Burgess, son of Banks Burgess, Class of 1966

*** Sheryl “Sherry” Dervan Banghart, Class unknown

*** Karen Fennel, Class of 1968 died in the 70's.

*** Deborah Sue Salter, Class of 1969, died in 1971

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







Two Class of 1955 classmates enjoy Albany's Tift Park Market ... Harriet Ort Cornelius and Faye McFee "Mitzi" Cook. 







South Georgia Archives


South Georgia Archives Building


Submitted by

Martha LeSueur Nicholson ('56)

Thronateeska Heritage Center held a dedication ceremony on October 1st to mark the opening of its new South Georgia Archives located next to the Wetherbee Planetarium.  

The Archives collection is the result of a collaboration between Thronateeska and the City of Albany to organize, create a digital database, and properly store an extensive collection of artifacts and documents of historical significance for Albany and Dougherty County as well as surrounding areas of South Georgia. Citizens are invited to donate items pertaining to the history of the area to be stored at the facility and shared with the public. The Archives enhance the Heritage Center’s group of facilities and has spawned new organizational and employment opportunities to staff it.

While the work at the Archives is still in progress, the staff at Thronateeska is excited to share the items with the community and is currently working to find the best way to do that.

   Executive Director, Tommy Gregors (son of Joyce Fitzgerald Callahan, Class of 1955) said the plan right now is to allow visitors on Thursdays and Fridays to come in and use the research area, which will have a computer to search electronic items. Hard copies of documents can be requested as well, but have to be retrieved and many times handled by archive staff. 

“We’re kind of figuring that kind of thing out as we go along,” Gregors said. “Right now, we don’t anticipate charging people to visit the archives, but naturally if we get requests from people, like students researching for a paper, that requires a lot of staff time, we’ll have to make it feasible.”

Gregors said that even though the Archives might only be open on certain days, the staff is available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and will work with people wanting to schedule an appointment to visit.







    Tribe Notes …




*** Wow!! Thanks for the tremendous plug you gave my book in this September issue of the News & Clues! I am humbled and so very grateful for the response that I have received.


~ Harriet Ort Cornelius, Class of 1955


*** Many thanks for all you do with the Albany High Times.

~ Ed Martin, Jr. ('45)


*** Somehow my e-mail address got turned around. I could not figure out why I was not getting the monthly news until just a few minutes ago. Please change! Thanks.

~ Jim Cline ('61)


*** Thank you again and again for all you do to keep us connected. It becomes more and more special to us, as we are in our lower 80's.
~ Betty Logan, Class of 1949


*** I particularly thank you for two stories:


I was saddened by the news of Marilyn Barfield, a fellow Seminole.


My smile was returned by the stories and memories of Tift Park. I bicycled over from my Grandmother's home on North Madison. And, I loved the fact that the pool was so close to the Georgia clay tennis courts -- where I honed my dubious skills...

~ johnny boesch. '57 (Albany ex-pat)


*** I am SO proud of Harriet Ort Cornelius!  I didn't know she had written a book. I plan to include it in my next Amazon order.

~ Martha LeSueur Nicholson ('56)


*** So very sad. Bobby Hawkins was a wonderful person.

~ Marie Fowler Howe (’56)


*** In the picture submitted by Jack Corbin Albany Jr. High (Old Hi School) on Jefferson Street, Miss Miriam Floyd’s 8th grade, AHS Class of 1959. The boy identified as John Burnett was shown as being the 2nd boy from Ms. Floyd. However, I’m pretty sure the boy next to Ms. Floyd is my brother John McBurnett. Better known to me as Johnny but known to most of Albany especially AFD and APD as “Chief Mac”. John W McBurnett retired in 2001 as Battalion Chief of AFD with just short of 40 years service. He passed away on January 17, 2011.

~ Carolyn McBurnett Parks, AHS Class of 1971


*** I just remembered a Tift Park home movie which we uploaded a couple of years ago. It is only about a minute long and is of poor quality but maybe it will bring a smile.


~ Glen Gosa Class of '60


*** Patsy McLeod was a graduate in the AHS Class of 1966.  Patsy's sister, Betty McLeod Bowen was Class of '63.  I don’t believe her sister, Debbie graduated from AHS.

Her brother, Johnnie McLeod (deceased) was Class of '65

~ Mary Ann Allen Caldbeck ('63)


*** You might want to make a note of the death of Robert Henry “Bob” McGarity III for the AHTimes.

~ Bruce Garey (’63)


*** Thanks for posting the obituary of Bob McGarity. He will be missed.

~ Jimmy Norris (’63)


*** Earlier I sent a copy of an obit for Patricia Ann Gleaton Walker. I mistakenly identified her as a member of the AHS class of 1963.

She was apparently in another class.

Again, I apologize for my error.

~ David Fuller


*** It is a huge help, when we ask for class of a deceased Indian.  So often it is not mentioned in the obituary, and I add a note asking for help!  That was the case for Betty Jo Ellis Adams.  Many thanks to several who responded: Luke Simmons (’52), Annelle Stem Griffin (’52), Tom Tarpley (’52), Tommy Pattison (’54), Connie Thomas Pinkston (’50), Howard Law (’52) and Cathy Holt Norton (’52).  Also other responders are: Donna Dixon Wren (’65) and Bobbie Young Wade (’62).





Submitted by

Beverly Smith Herrington ('55)


Recently, I was in Albany for a 1955 Reunion Planning Meeting.  Before we left town we always drive by my old home on Orchard Drive, Crown Hill and a visit to visit with my favorite high school teacher, Mrs. Helen Long Cordell! As always I enjoyed my visit with her ... somehow an angel has been left among us!! 

While there, Virginia Johnson ('62) dropped by.  It was so good to meet the sister of an old friend of mine ... Charlie Johnson ('54), who photographed Albany and beautiful AHS girls back in the mid-50's!  Our annual was full of his magazine-worthy snapshots of our life at AHS, and which were used in our annuals.  I took a quick picture of the two, but I did not do justice to Virginia, so my apologies to her.

On the way to visit Tift Park Market, I was overcome by the majesty and beauty of the mossed trees on 2nd and 3rd Avenue!!! 

Loved The Market!  What a wonderful use of a special place in the lives of many AHS students in the 40's and 50'sSteven Brimberry has done a great job!

And then a trip to Crown Hill to see a special bouquet of flowers left by a special friend ... Bill Dorough ('69) and his pet, Daisy.  I had posted a story about my mother, Morry Smith on the 25th anniversary of her death on FaceBook (Click here: A Cherished Gift from Mother).  After reading the story, Bill, having picked up flowers for his parents, also picked up THREE yellow daisies with brown centers for my parents.  If you read the story, you'll understand ... if not, I'll just say ... Indians are special ... REAL SPECIAL!!!


A Real Lobster Tale



When my husband, Tom Herrington ('56) was planning a recent trip, he tried to work in as many "bucket list" wishes as possible, and did a great job!  However, before it was set in stone, he asked if there was anything else I wanted to add ... to which I responded ... "A REAL MAINE LOBSTER ... CAUGHT, STEAMED and DEVOURED in MAINE!

So he added Portland, MAINE to the northern tip of the trip!!!

Once there, we drove up to a lovely hotel about a block from the water front. We asked the lady at the front desk where we could find a great Maine lobster. She recommended a couple of places that had great Lobster Rolls! I explained to the lady ... I want nothing but pure LOBSTER, real butter and a squeeze of lemon! So, she recommended a place that was a bit fancy - and another not so fancy. We chose the latter, since we were tired and did not want to change.

Off we went ... my mouth dropped when we drove up to a little shanty ... but I thought, "sometimes little out of the way places like this are absolute 'FINDS'!!!" The tables (picnic style) were set up on a long dock over the water, surrounded by lobster boats, with a tent-like cover and heaters (which were wonderful since it was a bit chilly in there).

We each ordered 1 1/2 lb. lobster, steamed. Tommy picked it up when our number was called, and brought our orders back to the table on a large tray. It looked beautiful ... two bright red lobsters, baked potatoes, and perfectly cooked corn on the cob, plus a serving of tasty slaw. Of course we were provided with metal shell crackers, a little red plastic "digger", and plastic-ware.

Tommy, wasn't sure where to start, so I told him to twist off the claw, crack it and get the meat out with the little red digger. Once I cracked my first claw, water gushed onto my plate ... not a little, but a major part of the ocean - I quickly held it over the tray, and let it continue to gush there, instead of in my plate. Out of that claw I retrieved practically nothing ... same for the other claw and leg joints, which were close to empty.

So, one more opportunity for a taste of REAL MAINE LOBSTER ... I opened the tail, and pulled out a very small piece, which together with the "meat" from the claw and legs, rendered just enough lobster to fill my little 1' round container of butter ... and THAT my friends, was my chance at a Maine Lobster!!!

It was as if there was an undeveloped baby lobster in the big shell (it could not possibly have weighed 1 1/2 lbs)!!!

You ask, "Why didn't you take it back"? All I can say is - we were too tired for words, and just wanted to go rest our heads!!!

NEXT morning as we were leaving ... a manager type asked us how we enjoyed the evening ... we praised his hotel, but told of our experience at the lobster shack!!! "AH!", he said ... "you got a soft shell lobster! I responded that I had never heard of such a thing. Then he explained that when a lobster molts he has to grow INTO his shell - a soft shell lobster is when the lobster has NOT grown into the shell. So in a round about way - I had figured out the problem ... but not the reason why!!! Next time, I will know to ask for a "hard shell lobster"!!  It was a long drive from Georgia to Maine to eat an undeveloped Lobster! 

HOWEVER, to tie this back to Albany, GA … THE ABSOLUTE BEST LOBSTER TAILS I EVER HAD IN MY LIFE … was at the Victory Club when we first moved to Albany in 1948.  I was in the 6th grade!!! 

For the history of the Victory Club at 2125 Newton Road, submitted by David M. Sherman, Class of 1961, click here and SCROLL DOWN! 








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