11 2014



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Albany High Times NEWS & CLUES!!!

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

 94th Edition ~ 11/20/2014

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               HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!      HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!      HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!      HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!                          

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











** Class of 1955 **



60th Year Reunion

Saturday, May 23, 2015

at the

Thronateeska Heritage Center

Plans are coming together, but are not finalized at this time. Please mark this weekend date on your calendar ... AND be on the lookout for a friendly call from a member of the '55 Telephone Blitz Committee with additional information!!


Harriet Ort Cornelius, 60th Reunion Chair


Phone: 205 274 7981




*** Class of 1962 ***


AHS Girls Luncheon

Our next luncheon will be  ...

Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.


The luncheon is covered dish at Joann Roark Arneson's home on the Kinchafoonee. Please RSVP!



Joann Roark Arneson (jprarneson@aol.com) or

Carol Pate Stark (cpstark@att.net)


Check it out!

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


*** See our 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!


*** SHARE YOUR reunion ideas ...


i.e., successful venues, food/caterers and bands/music ...


Email info to albanyhightimes@aol.com with ALL CONTACT INFO!



This page might be of help ...

Click here: Lost Classmates? How to Find 








A ~  For Yvette Snell who wanted to find the team rosters for the Albany Cardinals ...


At the link below, scroll down to Albany, Georgia teams history. Find Albany Cardinals in the list. Click on any Cardinals link. There is one for each year. Scroll down that page till you find Team Roster and it will list the players for that year. All years are not there; however, some of them were in war time, and that may be why.


Click here: Albany, Georgia Minor League History | Baseball-Reference.com



RESPONSE:  Thank You so much.

~ Yvette Snell



One of the girls from the Class of ‘63 has gone missing. Sheri Bailey moved to New Mexico from Ft Worth several years ago and we’ve always stayed in touch thru the years. Her brother Brad and I were classmates at North Texas State University too. But when I called the last valid number I had for her today, it’s no longer in service.


When I talked to her last January she did not sound in good health so I’m not encouraged about what I might find out.


If anyone knows anything about where she is now or her general condition, I know I would consider it a personal favor if you’d let me and her classmates know what it is. Getting old really, really sucks.


Thanks in advance,

~ T.F. “Skip” Porterfield, Class of ‘63


? ~ Attention Sherwood Elementary kids!!! Does anyone have any class pictures from Sherwood Elementary?  We have none posted to represent your school ...


My three children (Calhoun's) attended Sherwood in the late 60's.  At the time, Jim in 6th grade, Dianne from 4th - 6th grade and Chuck from 3rd - 5th grade.  I would love to have any of those to post!

~ Beverly Smith Herrington


?~  Tim Owen posted this on Albany High Times Website's timeline:  

"The Class of 75 needs a 40 year reunion in 2015 - I'll help!" 

A ~  Respond to Tim on FaceBook!



? ~ Does anyone know the class year for Betty Jo Ellis, born in 1934?


A ~    Don't know whether anyone answered about Betty Jo Ellis Adams or not, but I found a Betty Jo Ellis in my 1950 annual and she would have been in the Class of 1952.


? ~ Does anyone know what class Dwight Thornton was in? He died in Vietnam in the 1960’s, and I know he was from Albany. Thanks.

~ Patti Bishop Savelle (’60)


? ~ I believe I worked for your Dad at one of my first jobs at Horne Wilson. Was the Smith there your father?  Bill Gilbert, my brother-in-law who worked there got the job for me.

~ Celia Davis Rogers (’52)

A ~   Oh my gosh Celia - I have chills!!! Yes Daddy was Luell L. Smith - and I well remember your brother-in-law's name!


Recently,  I was in Albany with my son, Chuck Calhoun (he attended Sherwood Elementary in late 60's), and who was one of the 9 Smith grandchildren!  Daddy would pile them in his little Green VW Beetle, and drove them down to Horne-Wilson (they loved the elevator) on Saturdays.  Even though the big white block letters were removed, the glass double doors were still there, and we could see the 6 or so steps going up to the main floor!  That was even exciting for me!  When I was a child, I loved to play there too, though I'm sure I messed up a couple of typewriters at the time!  I also worked at Horne-Wilson the summer of 1954 before my senior year!





50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ... 





The Randles:  Frieda Howard Randles, Class of 1954, and her husband, William. S. Randles were married on November 20, 1955.


Frieda writes: “Our anniversary is November 20, 2014, and it will be 59 years of wonderful togetherness and family!” 

The O’Connor’s: John and Anne Watson (Class of 1961) O'Connor celebrated their 50th Anniversary August 1, 2014.  Classmate Ellen Williams Pearlman was a bridesmaid!


The Tarpley’s: Tom and Pat Tarpley celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on September 28, 2014.


The Cooks:  This from Dan ('54) and Faye McFee Cook celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary November 20, 2014! 


Faye writes: What a miracle milestone it is for us! In view of Dan's health challenges in the last year, it is an anniversary that I did not always expect to reach! I am so grateful to God that He has allowed it! Dan is still in rehab, but he has an expected release date of Nov. 28, only eight days away! As wonderful as Wynfield Park is, it will be good to have him home at last. He has been gone since April 21st (of this year). I cannot believe how strong and determined this man is and I am blessed to share this journey with him and I hope to have the opportunity to share his path for many more years! I love you, Dan Cook!

Send your 50th anniversaries and beyond

to albanyhightimes@aol.com




 ~ CLUES!!! ~ 





Good site for looking up zip codes: Click here: USPS.com® - ZIP Code™ Lookup

*** For those of us who are gracefully “aging”, click the link below and have a laugh or two!


~ Martha LeSueur Nicholson (’56)










This picture was taken in my front yard at 1402 Eager St. You can see the street was not yet paved, and the trees and shrubs planted after the subdivision was built are just starting to grow.


(click to enlarge)


Play acting like we were in a football game for my mother to photograph are (left to right):


Bill Arnold, Hamilton Jordan (holding the ball), Richard Stalvey being faked blocked by me (Jay Beck), Bobby Boesch leaning on Buddy Dial and Ronnie Cannon. Not sure who the blond kid stooped-over in the foreground is.


This would have been about 1951-1952 …  we all look about 7-8 years old.

~ Jay Beck (’62)





On Last Month’s Articles


~ A Lobster Tale ~


Your story of the lobster was most interesting to me as I  recently returned from Nova Scotia Canada where I looked forward to  having a whole steamed lobster with clarified butter before I left. They have great cold water seafood and fishing is their major economy now.


The first restaurant we tried told us they did not have fresh lobster at this time, October, as they were molting and the lobsters were soft inside the shell, as you found. The next day I told a local woman how disappointed I was not to get the whole lobster I had wanted.


She sent me to  Lobster Suppers in Baddeck where I was presented with a big old lobster cracked in all the right places so the meat came out in large pieces. They said it was fresh so I assume they had tanks with live lobsters in them. My sister had a huge plate of crab legs. Hmmm, good.

~ Glenda Council Beall ('58)




Class Websites










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





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AHS FaceBook Links



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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!!



*** 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








“News & Clues”





*** Please add me to the list for “News & Clues!

~ Micki King Tanner, Class of 1962








Clippings and pictures


Jack Ivey, AHS 1956


and with captions by

Martha LeSueur Nicholson, AHS 1956



It was a spectacular sight on May 5-6, 1973 at Naval Air Station, Albany…formerly Turner Air Force Base…when the Navy’s Blue Angels headlined the last air show in Albany. Sharing the spotlight with the Blue A’s were famous stunt pilots Bob Hoover and Corky Fornof, the Flying Pierces wing walkers, and our own Jack Ivey (’56) with his Pitts Special Aerobatics and Dan Stevens (’53) with his model airplanes.

For the rest of the story, I encourage you to visit this new webpage for this and other stories and pictures at:









Kathy Nicholson Hanson (L), Class of 1983, and daughter of Wilburn (’53) and Martha LeSueur Nicholson (’56); and Billy Lightle's little sister, Katy Lightle Sweat (R), Class of  1981, were very good friends back then, and made some mischief of their own!









Brenda Arnette Darbyshire ('67), our Genealogic Consultant for the website "In Memoriam" has found many Indians on the Find A Grave website.  Many died several years ago, and if we can find their class year, we add them to their class.


Hopefully you will take time to check your class at:  http://albanyhightimes.com/in_memoriam.htm (on the Albany High Times' website) to check for additions or corrections. 


Please let us know at albanyhightimes@aol.com if you find any errors.


Many Indians do not include their "Class Year" in their obituary, and it is often difficult to know where to place them. 













Over the River



and through the woods ...


Are you dreaming of a





    Tribe Notes …




*** Love all the news!  Please change my e-mail.  Keep up the good work.  Blessings to you and yours

~ Jo Wright Hughes (’54)


*** Connie Cannon, Class of 1965, is not missing, but is married to Tom(my) Flowers, Class of 1964.  They reside in Villa Rica, GA.   Thanks,
~ Connie Cannon Flowers (’65)


*** Just now read the News and Clues. As usual it is well done! I really enjoyed your description of the trip to Maine for the lobster. LOL!  So happy you got to take that trip.

~ Frieda Howard Randles, Class of 1954


*** WE ELOPED!  Ernest Hall of Watkinsville and Connie Oare of Athens were married October 22, 2014.

~ Ernest Hall, Class of 1958


*** Great edition of the N&C. The trip out to Tift Park was one of the highlights of my recent trip to Albany. The magnificent oak trees provide a natural cover for almost the entire area. I was so impressed with the cleanliness of the park.


My friend Faye McFee Cook (’55) remarked as we were leaving that there was never a scrap of paper anywhere. Even after all of the vendors leave. People are so proud of what is happening out there. There were lots of very good craftsmen, good food and music. Just a perfect way to spend a Saturday morning!


There was a special group of ladies there that make bean pies. They are so good. It is worth the trip out there just to get a slice of bean pie!

~ Harriet Ort Cornelius (’55)


*** Laurel Mixon posted a picture of this old house on Jackson Street.  I just remembered and found the old painting I did of it years ago.


~ Linda Leeger Preston ('57)


*** Thank you all for making it possible to journey back to a previous time. And with style and grace.

~ Tommy Tarpley (’52)


*Tommy’s web site can be seen at:


(including 1952 Reunion Pics)


*** You never know when or where you might run into an AHS Indian!  At a gathering where previously I had made a new acquaintance, I ran into this same  friend again in early November!  This time, I learned that Barbara Allen Forrester was not only an AHS Indian, but she had been in the same class as my sister, Tina Smith Cowan … the Class of 1961! 


Barbara’s brother, Buddy Allen, is probably in the Class of 1964 (anyone know?). 


She expressed her sadness that AHS was closed. I told her I didn’t think that was so – that I was sure I would have been notified by many Indians in Albany if that had been the case!  However, I assured her I would find out.


Much to my delete … the news is GOOD!  See article under “INDIAN INTERESTS”.


*** Please update my email address.

~ Mary Britton Brown (’53)


 *** Viola Johnson Shier - Class of 1965 - died in the Value Jet crash in the Everglades in May,1996.  She had a twin brother in the same class named Arne. There are a few other Johnsons, but I didn’t see Arne listed. His first name may have been something else. 


She married Steve Shier from Albany; but he was older, and I’m not sure what class he was in.  Her daughter was with her when she died. Her family owned Elite Realty on Slappey Drive for years.

~ Kathy Ragan Harper (’65)


*** So sorry to receive news about Sammy Mansfield (’55). It’s good of Charlie Foster (’55) to update us on this.

~ Karl Heinzman (’55)

*** Sad news, losing two of our 1963 classmates (see
In Memoriam).  A good reason for us to seize and enjoy each day and every blessing! Thank you for sharing.

~ Pat Rose Duggan (’63)


~ Am very sad to report the death last month of our AHS schoolmate, Ernest Bivans, Class of 1937 (if I recall correctly). He still remembered Messr's. Cordell and Allen from AHS, also several of his classmates as I reported earlier.

Ernie was a special person who lived a fascinating life, made many contributions to society and to the country.

The story of how we followed separate paths 3000 miles from Albany to the same cul-de-sac, and discovered each other's past in a casual conversation is interesting enough. That we subsequently ended up at the same "old folks farm" is singular.

PS. and I hope we survive as well as he did.
Best wishes,

~ Adair Mellichamp (’54)

*** Thanks to Stevie Knight ('83) for this information, plus the full obituary (previously sent to class): Carl Lanier Settles, 49, of Albany, GA, passed away Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at his residence.


*** Luke Simmons (’52) passed away this morning about 4:00 A.M. His oldest son, Bubba called to let me know. There will be a funeral in Bartlett, Ill, cremation, and he will be buried in Albany at a later date.

~ B.B Rhodes (’52)


*** Oh my! I am crying right now because I really liked Lukie (Simmons) in High School! Came to know him and his wife at reunions and thru emails. He will always be Lukie to me.  Much love to his wonderful wife and family.

~ Cathy Holt Norton (’52)


*** Lukie Simmons was my friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

~ David McIntyre (’52)


*** Deana Brown Warren was our classmate. She was married to Percy Warren (’55, now deceased). She died years ago according to our records when she was quite young.

~ Linda Cullom Jordan (’58)



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



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


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


*** Jan McDaniel Hall, Class of 1969


*** Robert A. “Bob” Gillette, Class of 1963


*** Ginger Martin, Class of 1963


*** Ed Bateman, Class of 1965


*** Charles Ronald “Ronnie” Mixon, Class of 1967


***Bob Gillette, Class of 1963


*** Bob Howard Wright, Class of 1958


*** Johnny J. Johnson, Class of 1958; brother of Jim Johnson, Class of 1956


*** Samuel “Sammy” Lee Mansfield, Jr., Class of 1955


*** Waddell "Waddy" Mobley Hagins Jr., Class of 1953; brother of Sarah Grace Hagins Tarpley, Class of 1948 and  Eleanor Hagins Bradwell, Class of 1958


*** Donald " Donnie" Roberts Singletary, Class 1968

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







Paula Hiers Deen (’65) was in Albany for her 1964 & 1965 Combined Classes Reunion!  She was also on hand at Albany’s Lord’s Pantry for a check presentation from her charitable organization, The Bag Lady Foundation.


She had a lot happening during the weekend, which included a lunchtime visit to Jimmie’s Hotdogs downtown!!!  


Paula said in an interview with The Albany Herald. “I’m actually here to celebrate our 49th class reunion from Albany High. The classes of ‘64 and ‘65 combined reunions and, of course, the Class of ‘64 is celebrating their 50th year and us young chickens are celebrating our 49th.



2014 Easter Seals Ornament Easter Seals of Southern Georgia unveiled it’s 2014 collectible Albany Christmas ornament at a ceremony on Monday, November 3rd. This year’s ornament honors Paul Eames Christmas Tree Lot...an Albany icon at Christmastimewhich has provided trees for Albany families for 51 years. Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard read a proclamation showing the city’s support of the local organization and the annual ornament project.


Members of the Eames family, Paul’s widow, Dot, and his two children Glenn and Stacey, were on hand for the unveiling of the ornament and shared their appreciation for the business being chosen as the ornament’s subject. Albany businessman Glenn Eames, whose father Paul started Paul Eames Christmas Tree Lot in Albany over 50 years ago, carries on his father’s legacy by running the tree lot from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve every year.


Glenn is also involved in the Tift Park Market selling pizzas cooked on the spot in his portable wood-fired oven every Saturday.  He will soon open a new restaurant, Smoke and Fire, featuring pizza and barbeque in the old Beef O’Brady building on Gillionville Road.


The ornament is available for $15 at Easter Seals Southern Georgia, 1906 Palmyra Road, Albany, GA 31701. Add $2 per ornament for shipping.


For more information call 229-439-7061. Read more details about the ornament and ceremony at this link………


Click here: Paul Eames Christmas tree lot honored in new Easter Seals ornament | VIDEO | Albany Herald




Thanks to Jon Crawford, Class of 1954, for sending this wonderful and interesting article!


Jon writes that Grayson Peters (’50) sent it to him!


There's nothing like a little mystery and oddity … and Albany, Georgia is full of both. Perhaps the most unusual feature in the city is a line of prehistoric eolian (wind-blown) sand dunes in East Albany, located about a quarter-mile east of the Flint River.


The dunes in Albany begin just south of the Flint River Dam and are scattered roughly 2 miles south, although it's said that the dunes originally extended 30 miles.


For the rest of the story … and just about anything and everything you ever wanted to know about the Sand Dunes in Albany can be found in this article! 


Don’t miss it at: http://matthewinatl.com/pasado/fossil_dunes.php


*** Stephanie Medlin Franks, is a member of the AHS Class of 1977, who with her husband, Ken Franks, delights those attending reunions and parties with their great music with their band ...





Call Ken at 229-349-4042 for booking information. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H3v3ysjT_I





Deerfield-Windsor School names new Health Center in honor of Graham Lowe

Graham Lowe came to Albany to coach at Albany Junior High in 1954. Three years later he became the head basketball coach and French teacher at Albany High


In 1966, Lowe received a call from a friend, Spec Dozier, who was in the process of creating one of the first private schools in Southwest Georgia. The job was the first headmaster's position at Deerfield-Windsor, located on Stuart Avenue. In 1970, he became the school's first head football coach, and became the school’s first headmaster in 1966.


For the rest of the article Click here: The Lowes of Deerfield have come full circle | Albany Herald










Albany High School stood out as the lone shining star in the Dougherty County School System's graduation report for 2014 with a 76.6% graduation rate, a 9.9% increase over last year.


Overall the system showed a drop as the other 3 high schools had lower rates than the previous year.


Albany High's success is credited to its becoming a SIG (School Improvement Grant) school 3 years ago. Required reforms were put in place for programs, initiatives and corrective action that are still being intensified and will benefit the other high schools in the system as they become eligible for SIG status.


The focus has been on remedial instruction before and after school to be sure students were ready to pass the state graduation test.


Teachers, coaches, school personnel, and some Albany State University students assisted with this endeavor. The plan going forward is to implement these reforms in all of Albany's high schools and bring them up to the state level. See the full report at this link.


We are disappointed in our results except for Albany High," Mosely said. "We feel we have the game plan in place to deal with this. I also think that with Monroe and Dougherty moving into SIG status, we will be able to achieve the same results we have seen at Albany High."


Click here: Dougherty County high schools combine for 59.1 percent on 2014 cohort graduation rates | Albany Herald




Bill Lightle ('75)

…. AGAIN!!!




Indians just keep on doing noteworthy things!  Bill Lightle ('75) recently had a book signing for his 5th book at Merritt Pecan in Weston, GA.


This one is about getting into mischief with his cousins during his childhood in Indiana. Billy grew up next door to me after his family moved to Albany.

~ Martha LeSueur Nicholson (’56)


For more about Billy and his new book ...

Click here: Former Albany resident holds book signing | Albany Herald


The latest from Bill Lightle, now a teacher at Fayette County High School, sports the longer than average title of “Don’t Tell Your Mother: My Adventures with the Kevin Simpkins Gang.”


The light-hearted account of Lightle’s experiences with his uncle Kevin, his cousins and brother in Gas City, Indiana, is told through the eyes of a 9-year-old boy, Lightle said.

Click here: Don't Tell Your Mother: My Adventures with the Kevin Simpkins Gang: Bill Lightle: 9780692228388: Amazon.com: Books







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