10 2016



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


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


 117th Edition ~  10/20/2016


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


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

Just a reminder: this issue will start with emails submitted after September 15th, tho the last issue was actually published on September 28th because we were out of town for the wedding of my granddaughter. Then back home for only 2 days, we had to put our precious rescue, Ashley Dahlyn to sleep (11, but with us 10 years).  The next day Tommy was put in the hospital due to heart issues with operation following.  So from home at night, with him in the hospital, I was able to get September "News & Clues" out ... finally.  Now this month ... there are other problems even more than the usual problems (see below).

Thanks for being patient!

NOTICE: Due to the outdated Front Page and  Sharepoint Designer software programs I have used from the beginning (which are no longer supported by Microsoft), I have had to post the Albany High Times on the "News & Clues" Archives.  I have spent 2 days beyond actually putting the newsletter together trying to "fix" it when ARTICLES  are moved on the page - sometimes some of it or sometime all of it, in addition to font and color changes.  All of this is (sadly) out of my control. 






Class of 1961

55th Reunion ~ Class Picture

For more 1961 pictures:




*** 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 ~



The last ladies' luncheon for the Class of 1962 was a success with a dozen ladies comparing notes from our summers spent with Grands and families. Dorothy Combs has graciously volunteered to again host our December luncheon. A date has not been set so watch your emails for an invitation to the event. I hope more of you in the North Georgia area will be able to join us.
For information contact
Joann Roark Arneson at

*** See 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.

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 -







The Knight Owls Reunion!

The Knight Owls are a group of guys from the classes of 1961 & 1962 who shared a history of Boy Scouts, elementary, junior high and high school adventures.


By high school they would get together for coffee and dessert after church and began to include some of the girls they knew and dated. They would meet every five years or so to rekindle their friendship. This year it was decided to meet in Albany on October 14 & 15.


We met Friday night at the Merry Acres Manor House Pub and decided a trip to Albany deserved a trip to Gargano's (did you know they would shuttle you to other restaurants?!).


Saturday morning some went sightseeing or to the Tift Market. We met for lunch at the Mayberry Diner, where our waitress graciously took our picture. Saturday evening we met at my home early to allow for time to tell "tall tales" and catch up on family and then enjoyed a meal from Riverfront Bar B Q.


Those who came, thoroughly enjoyed themselves.


The treat was when Rev. Bob and Betty Dixon (above), from Thomasville, joined us at my home. He was the youth minister at First Methodist Church when we were in high school. It was delightful to see them again.

Before everyone left we spent a few minutes on Skype with Charles and Phoebe Ruehl in TX.


In the picture:

1st row: Ruth Haston Brisbois (AHS Class of 1942, Ralph’s Winter's mother), Virginia Johnson, AHS ’62; Perky Pollard, Charles (Bobby) Yarbrough, AHS 61

2nd row: Joann Roark Arneson, AHS 62; Tullie Yarbrough

3rd row: Ralph Winter, AHS 61; Sandy Patstone Stripling, AHS 62; Ed Stripling, AHS ’61; Gary Starrett, AHS 61; Fred Pollard, AHS 61



The Coach Graham Lowe Scholarship



The new Scholarship total is


Let's FINISH the GOAL of $10,000
Send your Donation to:
Deerfield Windsor School

Lowe Scholarship
2500 Nottingham Way

Albany, GA 31707






Jimmie's Hot Dogs
204 S Jackson St Albany, GA 31701


I think I am biased because Jimmy is my great great great uncle! But these are the best d--n hotdogs in the world. They are inexpensive and delicious. Only thing that they could change is to actually accept credit and debit cards. Right now it is cash only, and I think that loses some business. Other than that ... delicious hot dogs! Oh, and if you get onions ... your breath will suffer LOL!!!
(Author unknown)




. . . Honestly, it takes 3 to 5 days to put together and publish the Albany High Times' "News & Clues".  Sometimes, with well over 200 emails from the over 2,000 members, I can spend a total of one of those days just finding and putting in MISSING information from senders who have not included:

* a last name

* a maiden name

* and/or a class.


Please don't do that to me ... I'm coming up on my last year in the 70's.  Feel sorry for the old lady, and remember my request ... please!



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 beg to disagree!!  If I write, "My class is 1955" ... I accept that as lower case!  However, when I publish, "I was a member of the Class of 1955" ... I view that as a TITLE of something very important ... and deserves to be displayed as such!!!


A H S Class Websites







*** 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!!


~* HOME *~

Albany Georgia! 


A special video Betty Rehberg made with some of her photos.  Enjoy!!







None submitted













Walter Houser Strickland, Sr.

Class of 1949


Born January 15, 1931 in Macon, GA,  Walter moved to Albany to start first grade and graduated in the Class of 1949 at Albany High School .


While in high school, he was very active in sports. He played football and baseball. He was MVP in football his senior year and played in the All-Star Game in Atlanta.

He was drafted to the Dodgers Franchise in 1950. He once pitched a shutout in fourteen innings. He also officiated high school football for twenty years and coached little league baseball.

He then went into the Navy from 1950-1954 during the Korean War.

He entered Auburn University in 1954 and graduated in 1958. He was a member of The Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he had been an usher and was President of The Hudson Malone Sunday School Class and the family coordinator.

He was inducted into The Albany Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and later served on the Board of Directors.



Wayne Watkins, Class of 1965

Bobby Pitts (D) Class of 1954

Lee English (D) Class of 1957
Tony S. Jones, Class of 1969
Ted Cahill, Class of 1955






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!








*** I am so thankful for the Indians who take the time to respond to my question ... "Does anyone know the class year for Xxx Xxxx?"  It is so important to have the class year for a deceased Indian because it is the very identification needed to place them with their class in the Albany High Times website  "In Memoriam".  Yesterday after emailing  a message included with an obituary to the classes of 1964, 1965 and 1956, asking for the class year for the deceased.  I quickly received responses from six Indians ... Janice Butler Tanner ('65),  Donna Dixon Wren ('65), Donald Pollock ('66) and Tommy Weekly ('65/'66), Dian Thompson Clark ('64), Bruce Garey ('63) who were quick to respond with the class year!  The difference their responses make for "In Memoriam" is whether I notate, "No class given", or "Class of 1965.  That is HUGE to me!
~ Beverly Smith Herrington, Class of 1955
*** Max Hill's father, like mine, was a Spanish-American War Veteran, so I've known Max all of my life. My parents were among the founders of Morningside Methodist Church. He was the pastor during its founding, the struggling days and they, like all those church members, dearly loved Max. I join the church, and all of his many admirers, in sadness at his passing. He was truly a wonderful, Godly man.
~ Grayson, Class of 1950.
*** I appreciate Bruce Garey ('64) sharing his memories of Max Hill and I was really touched by his description of a very humble man.
~ Patti Bishop Savelle, Class of 1960
*** I know you had a wonderful time celebrating the marriage of your granddaughter (in Colorado)! We will be going out to Highlands Ranch in October to see our son & his family. Colorado is beautiful but too far away!
~ Pat Rose Duggan, Class of 1963
NOTE:  As I mentioned in the opening  note last month, we were on a trip to Colorado for the wedding of my only granddaughter.  Yes! We had a wonderful time! Had to take it easy ... 4 days and 3 nights out and back because of my Indian's health problems. Wonderful, quick visit over lunch outside of St. Louis with Jimmy Johnson ('56).  The wedding took place at a ranch in a meadow with the Colorado mountains as background, she was radiant and beautiful in her traditional white wedding gown ... with cowboy boots! Oh yes, I wore jeans and boots ... haven't wanted to wipe the meadow dust from those boots (just me)!!! The memory is forever!  ~ BSH
*** Please change my email address: Thank you,
~ Brenda Tanner Shemwell Bottoms, Class of 1964
*** Thank you for all you do! I look forward to seeing the news from Albany and hearing about school mates.
~ Dian Thompson Clark ('64)
*** Marie Derry DeLamar (D), Class of 1939, was instrumental in interesting our Brenda Arnett Darbyshire  ('67), Genealogic Consultant for "In Memoriam", in Genealogy and history. Brenda has greatly increased our ability to send notifications to classmates of their loss through her work in Genealogy and also with her knowledge of "Find A Grave".
*** Hey, young lady.....thanx for ALWAYS keeping us informed....... have an email change to report. Please note new address.
~ Embree H. Bolton ('58)
*** In the latest newsletter, in the names of those who had served in the military, my date of graduation from AHS was wrong. I was in the class of 1959 not 1968. I could use a few years off, but I need to live with the correct date. Thank you in advance for the correction.
~ Grady Sceals ('59)
NOTE: Oh no!  Corrected with apologies!
*** Thanks for sending out this information on the passing of Andrea Marie Middleton Hendrix. I didn't know her, but I knew her sister Gloria Middleton Haguewood ('67), who was a class mate. Thanks again,
~ Phil Cook, AHS Class of '67

*** Thanks to her interest in genealogy, Gerry Hill Brown (friend of Class of 1955) happened to be in touch with the daughter of Travis Dean McLemore. She shared that her father graduated from Albany High School in 1958, and that he had passed away in 1998. Our thanks to Gerry for passing on that information. The Class of 1958 has been notified.
~ Beverly Smith Herrington, Class of 1955

*** I regret reading about the death of my cousin, Pam Tyler Johnston ('55). I recall Bennett ('51), Pam's brother, being killed in a plane crash in the Pacific while in service. My mother, Mildred Tyler Martin, was a sister of Pam's father, Thomas Leon Tyler.
~ Ed Martin, Jr., Class of 1945
*** Please add Flora Strickland, my first cousin, to "In Memoriam" in the Class of 1939. Thank you.
~ Troy Strickland AHS 1954

*** I just got word my brother Bobby Franck died today. We moved his senior year, but he would have been in the Class of 1957. Thank you.
~ Duffy Franck ('53)


In Memoriam ...


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


*** Andrea Marie Middleton Hendrix, Class of 1961; sister of Gloria Middleton Haguewood, Class of 1967, and brother Bob Middleton

*** Jeanette Marsh Geeslin, Class of 1942
(thanks to Connie Thomas Pinkston, Class of 1950)

*** Travis Dean McLemore, Class of 1958

*** Flora Strickland, Class of 1940; cousin of Troy Strickland, Class of 1954

*** Paul McLemore, Class of 1962

*** Jimmy Ray Houston, Class of 1953

*** Robert "Bob" Crawford Franck, Sr., Class of 1957; brother of Duffy Franck, Class of 1953

*** Pamela Tyler Johnston (Pam), Class of 1955; wife of Proc Johnston , Class of 1954

*** Willis Bowles, Class of 1956

*** Charles Dwight Slocumb, Class of 1956

*** Jack "Leonard" Buce Jr., Class of 1968

*** Walter Houser Strickland, Sr., Class of 1949

*** Lucy Manning, Class of 1935; sister Dorothy Manning Hackney (class unknown)

*** Shirley "Jan" Wimmer, Class of 1954

*** Robert "Bob" P. Blalock, Class of 1965

*** Rebekah "Becky" Simmons Whitacre Class of 1971; sister of Mary, Class of 1995, and Angela Simmons, Class of 1961

Note: Thanks to all who send notices and/or obituaries of AHS Indians inside or 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




50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ... 

Correction: Bob, Class of 1961, 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.

  I have been married 61 years to Donald E. Lee.   I am Alma Winifred Ellis Lee "Teddie", Class of 1953


My husband Roy and I celebrated our 56th Wedding Anniversary on October 8, 2016.

~ Sara Cox Kofoed, Class of 1958

Omaha, NE 

Dian Thompson Clark,  Class of 1964, and John R. Clark will celebrate their 52nd Wedding Anniversary on November 10th. We settled Dallas in 1991 after having lived in Tallahassee, Denver and Phoenix over the past 52 years.


  Embree Bolton, Class of '58, and Sue (Owens) Bolton of Marianna, FL recently celebrated their 51st anniversary. Embree and Sue have recently moved to Batesville, MS to be closer to their two children and five grandchildren.

Gene Summerford, Class of 1959, and Joy (Hobby) Summerford (from Worth County), will celebrate their 53rd Wedding Anniversary on October 25th. They currently live in Conyers, GA and have two sons and four grand children.






“News & Clues”



*** Please add Doris Glover Hutchinson, Class of 1967. Thanks,
~ Doris Hutchinson

*** Please put me on your email list. I graduated in 1967 with Gloria Middleton Haguewood ('67) and we are at beach. I have not been getting the Albany High Times.
~ Carol Mosser Broadwell ('67)
NOTE: Carol ... I found the problem - your email was once located in your 1967 class email folder, but with over 2,000 Indians ... on rare occasions someone will slip out; so you were actually still on the FULL list - just not in your class f1967 folder. But YOU ARE NOW!!!! So sorry you had this experience!!! Thanks for wanting to be put back in!!!






Municipal Auditorium's

Centennial Celebration!!!

October 14th 2015




The stage is set, as performers prepare for the Municipal Auditorium's Centennial celebration. The 100th anniversary event is scheduled for Saturday night.
For 100 years, the Municipal Auditorium has been a staple in the Albany community. Tomorrow night, they're celebrating its restoration after being closed for nearly 20 years. Performers say they are blessed and truly honored to be a part of this celebration, which is all about art, culture, and history, bringing together groups in our region to show off their talents at the same venue.
It's a first for the Albany Civil Rights Freedom Singers' founder Rutha Harris. She says she doesn't know what to expect, but she's excited. "I hope they walk away with, that Albany is trying to do something positive and incorporating different groups into the centennial celebration."  The Freedom Singers are scheduled to perform a song that everyone can enjoy: Georgia.
"I hope that we will have the older audience that remembers the auditorium," said Claire Fox Hilliard, A.S.O. Music Director. "I hope they see the revitalization, and the beginning of the revitalization of downtown. The newer audience, I hope that they realize that we have this gem in the center of our city. I think it's a gathering place for the whole community. I think this performance on Saturday evening is going to be evidence of that. Different types of performances that you might not ordinarily think of hearing from a symphony, but everyone collaborating and coming together in the same central part of downtown," Hilliard said.




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