Valentine’s Day is a time to remember
the special people of our lives …
special people like you!!!
THANK YOU TO TOMMY PATTISON (TAP)
When I started the
Albany High Times
website in 2002, the help I received
(’54) was critical to the viewing
success of our website!! He spent hours
scanning many of the photos you see …
most of the snapshots, all
the annual covers. (http://albanyhightimes.com/class_annuals.htm)
and many of the Radium photos, and also
many photos through the years from the
This month he submitted Henry
Duggin’s (’59) Jack and Jill
Kindergarten photo, and Joanne
Hall McKemie’s (’54)
birthday party, both seen on (http://albanyhightimes.com/tiny-boppers.htm);
a wonderful picture of Lamar
Clifton (’46) and Morgan
Murphy (’48) with their “Skywater”
book about Radium Springs (http://albanyhightimes.com/skywater.htm);
and the sobering picture of the three
Alpha Tri-Hi-Y senior girls, …
Mary Anne Scherle, Ann Walker and Julia
Ann Hall, Class of 1947, who
lost their lives in the Winecoff Hotel
fire in 1946. (http://albanyhightimes.com/1940's.htm
scroll down to the year 1947).
could not have done it without you!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
~ NEWS!!! ~
Seen at Albany’s Blackbeard’s
Gathering last month … an 1928 AHS
graduate who was perhaps the oldest
living graduate from AHS. Sorry, she
prefers to remain anonymous (cute)!!!
Others attending were the founders of
the Blackbeard’s Gatherings, Bridges and
Janice Chastain Simmons (’50) and
Wynelle Davis Greenway (’50); also
first-timer “Hambone” Hamilton (’52),
Wilburn (’53) and Martha LeSueur (’56)
Nicholson, Ernest Frazier (’55), Hugh
Giles (’55), Leon (’56) and Wanda
Perrett, Brinson and Gail Barlow
Phillips (’54), Vivian Corbin Theel
(’56), Jack Ivey (’56) and Angie
Harrell, Carolyn and Harold Dean Cook
(’53) and of course several other
Wedding Anniversaries …
Featured This Month!!!
Glad to say on February 14, 2008,
Valentine's Day, Roy & I will have been
54 years, 6 months, and 4 days.
Hope this one matters. It sure does to
us. And, congratulations to all.
Roy (’55) &
Dot Bridges (’56) Staines
(Tyler) Johnston (‘55) and Proctor
51 years on
December 28, 2007. Pam & I were
featured last year in the Albany Herald,
in an article they were featuring
unusual engagements. I mailed her
engagement ring to her over at Auburn,
where she was in school. I was in the
Coast Guard, up in New Jersey. She left
the dorm to go to the post office and
when she came back she was wearing her
ring and announced that she was engaged.
Her sorority sisters did not believe her
just wanted to let you know Sybil and I
will be married for 50 years
March 21, 2008.
It sure has gone by in a flash.
We have two sons and five grand
My oldest grandson is in the Marines and
is fixing to go to Pakistan.
He has been to Iraq three times.
(Prayers requested for all the troops).
Thanks for everything you have done to
keep us all connected.
MAY GOD BLESS ALL.
Tommy (’55) & Sybil Bridges
and I will celebrate our 52nd
anniversary February 11, 2008.
Walter (’55) and Sue Kendall (’55)
On January 29, 2008, we celebrated our
52nd anniversary. I can hardly believe
it myself! The next day was Jerry's 75th
birthday. He was discharged from the Air
Force on the 28th, we married the 29th
and his birthday is the 30th.
Jerry and Harriet Ort (’55) Cornelius
Lee Davis (’55) Kimbrough and William
celebrated their 50th
February 8, 2008. They are living in
Douglasville, GA now with three children
I think you have a great idea to feature
all who have made the 50th
milestone. Our children didn’t just send
us on a cruise for our 50th,
but they and their wives came with us.
Two parents celebrating a very special
occasion with their four children and
wives was super time we will never
(NOTE: My sincere apologies to this
couple whose names were omitted)
Davis (’55) and Frances Shadburn (’56)
were married on August 18, 1956. Going
for 52 this August! Thanks again. Jack
(McDaniel) Mixon (1957) and Bobby Mixon
celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary Dec. 21, 1907.
The Albany Herald: Solon (Paul)
Skandamis (1952) and wife
(name not listed) were married fifty
years on December 30, 2007.
(Send your 50th
anniversaries, plus, to
Class of 1955
Class of 1955 – his father managed the
Pig & Whistle in Albany and Macon
Class of 1955
I would like to post a notice of:
Sara Beth Stewart Hackett,
of 1949, Lake
Geneva, Wisconsin. She is the sister of
Ann Stewart West,
of ‘43; John Stewart,
Dioneca Stewart Denson,
of 57. Sara died on
January 8, 2008, in Lake Geneva.
brother of Ray, Warren (’53),
Johnny (’56) and Mariellen
Johnson (’57) Bateman
Thomas Haley II,
Albany High Class of 1978
will have its 30th reunion on June 7,
2008 at Doublegate Country Club. The
cost is $50.00 per person. There will be
live music, food and a cash bar. The
attire is dressy casual.
If you are
interested in attending, or know of a
classmate who might, please email us at
We will be
sending the information to you real
Rosalynn Duke Carswell
1958 Fiftieth Reunion
- 26th, 2008
Linda Cullom Jordan
April 25th -
View webpage at:
additional upcoming reunions? If you
have one, do you want to update your
webpage – or does your class want one?
YOU ASKED … ? ? ?
Does anyone know whom our oldest living
AHS graduate might be?
far as we know,
the oldest known living alum
comes from the Class of 1928 – but she
prefers to remain anonymous!!!
The oldest living graduate with an
email address is Wilda Slappey
Pryor, a 1932 AHS graduate and
Albany Junior High English teacher.
Wilda celebrated her 93rd
birthday February 5, 2008. Her email
you could post a question for me. I am
trying to locate a cousin, Martha Sue
McCrary. I think she may have been in
the class of 1960 or around that time.
She lived just south of Radium Springs
on Radium Springs Road. If anyone has a
clue as to her married name, that would
Thanks, Gloria Williams Polis
If any of you can help Gloria, contact
or respond to
Can you help? Below is the microscopic
photo of a birthday party given for
Joanne Hall McKemie. Some of
the attendees have been identified. Can
anyone identify others?
It has been posted on the
web page at:
(you will be able to enlarge the
picture and see the adorable guests on
Here are the identified attendees: Glenn
Chapman, Barbara Easom, Sybil Jones,
Otis Terry, Parmelee Ward, Patty Jones,
Tommy Pattison, Diane Gortatowsky,
Joanne Hall, Hope McKemie, Rachel Greer,
Janice Bass, Cay Stokes, Shirley Carter,
Leah Prisant, Mimi Holzendorf, Barbara
Lipsey, Carleen Newell, Billie Jean
Anderson, Harry Helton, Eve Adams,
Marthola Hitchcock, Rosemary Ryan,
Phyllis Lee, Sandra McKemie, Richard
Cherry, Van Whaley and Wilbur Clifton.
NOTE: New Henry Duggin 1959 Jack and
Jill Kindergarten photo also posted
on the same webpage. Names will be
posted if anyone wants to send names (in
row order). Respond
(’55) and I have been trying for a year
or more to come up with the name of our
4th grade teacher. We can recall all
grades from 1 to 6 except the 4th. Could
you please ask if anyone who was in our
class at Flint Avenue School in
the academic year 1946-1947 remembers?
Here is what we remember for the other
grades: 1st, Mrs. Gregory; 2nd,
Mrs. Chaney; 3rd, Mrs. Holt;
4th _________ ?????; 5th,
Mrs. Parker; 6th, Mrs.
Mallette. Thanks, Bobby Mallard (’55)
If you can help Bobby or Chuck, please
contact Bobby Mallard at
or respond to
Do you send The Albany High Times to
subscribers? Is there a cost? Sorry
don’t know much about this; I only
stumbled across the
newsletter when someone attached
it to another email. Thanks!
Linda Edwards Wells,
AHS Class of ‘62
There is absolutely no cost* for the
Albany High Times and you subscribe just
by allowing us to add your email address
to your class group. *We are fortunate
to have some wonderful sponsors each
What is the progress of Frank Orgel
since his trip to Mexico for treatment?
Frank went to Mexico and took the stem
cell treatment two week ago. The doctors
tell him that he should be able to tell
some difference in 3 or 4 weeks. He does
not have to take pain pills as he did in
the past and he looks better, does not
seem to get as tired. Hopefully in the
next month he should notice some changes
in the movement of his left arm and leg.
Just keep him on your prayer list.
OH SURE ….
IT’S A REALLY
The above picture of Jack Ivey and his
record setting fish was published in GA
Outdoor News in the February edition.
GA Outdoor News
At 70 years old, none of the shine has
worn off the fun of going fishing for
Jack Ivey of Leesburg. On Dec. 9, Jack
and his girlfriend went to the north end
of Blackshear crappie fishing. They put
in at Campers Haven, hit the river and
turned right. After motoring a short
distance, they pulled into a left-hand
bank to fish a hole 22 feet deep. Jack
dropped a minnow to the bottom, then
pulled it up 3 or 4 feet. When a big
fish hit, Jack thought it was a bass.
"When it came up and flashed, I thought
it was a good bass," he said. "I had
never seen a crappie that big." The fish
was 17 1/2 inches long. Jack delivered
the fish to WRD Fisheries Biologist John
Kilpatrick who identified the fish as a
black crappie and weighed it on
certified scales. The fish weighed
3-lbs., 7.52-ozs. and becomes the new
Lake Blackshear record.
The previous Blackshear lake record
black crappie weighed 3-lbs., 4-ozs.
GA Outdoor News
purchased places like
American Outdoors Adventure.
Thanks for including our anniversary in
the news, but there was an error. You
have my name and have me married to
Robert. I know it was an honest mistake
and really does not need to be
corrected. I am sure that everyone who
knows us will know that I am
married to Howard. You have his
name correct in part of it. Keep up the
good work. I really enjoy getting this.
was an article about the Artic Bear.
When I was in Junior High and even at
the beginning of High School, my Mother
worked there. I have fond memories of
hanging out there and I loved their ice
cream sandwiches. Good and fond
JoAnn (Royal) Norfolk (’56)
of you had wonderful things about my
daughter’s part in the making of the
Albany High Times … I forwarded them to
her – she was most appreciative!
Smith Herrington (’55)
just read the beautiful post from Ben
McKemie and was so touched. If he's not
a writer, he should be. Pat Conroy has
nothing on this guy. I tried to email
him to thank him for his lovely words.
Long story short, my ISP isn't allowing
emails to wherever he was writing from.
If you ever hear from him again, please
let him know how much I appreciate his
Radium remembrance and that I remember
his parents fondly.
Garrison (’82) Johnson
Fellow AHS Grads, I had the funniest
thing happen to me a few weeks ago.
Having being raised in the great
city of Albany and living in
Mississippi for many years. I have
our beloved distinct Southern
accent. I now reside in Virginia and
my two oldest sons are off at
college and grad school, one in
Michigan, and the other in Scotland.
Someone from Michigan called our
home and I answered. They told my
son it was like getting Paula
(Heirs) Dean (’65) on the
phone. I laughed and told him that
was a compliment since I had
graduated from the same high school
as Paula. My son in Scotland loves
to have people call our house just
to hear "Mom's South GA accent." It
is so fun to watch Paula Dean's
cooking shows and feel transported
back to my days at AHS where
everyone spoke good ole' South
Georgian. Thanks for the AHS news.
It's a blessing to stay connected
wherever life leads us.
~ Lori Gold King-Class of 1982
Hi Guys – I followed the Artic Bear
Picture link in Beverly's recent
newsletter and came up with all this
great info on Albany... thought you'd be
interested. Naturally I'll be looking
for a pic of Stems Restaurant as well as
Igloo Girl... Annelle Stem (‘52)
Gordon (Stem, ’50)
found a pic of Booger Seely - but no
Stems Rest or Igloo Girl.
My move from Dahlonega, GA to Cotton, GA
is almost complete. I have two
granddaughters going to FSU. The old
GATOR does not mind. They are getting a
good education. If you see the name
Sarah Hamilton in the sports pages, it
will be my granddaughter who will be
(fast) pitching or the Lady Seminoles
(freshman this year). I might become a
Gentleman Farmer. Best wishes to all the
(Cecil Hamilton – ’52)
story on Sissy Reames brought back many
memories for me. She and my mother and
sister (Dot Mock) were the best of
friends. I was just a tag along with the
group. I was "Little Harry". We used to
get in the 1939 Studebaker and go
anywhere there was something happening.
There was always a lap for me to sit on.
My dad loved to be with them. Dot was in
the band so she got to ride on the bus.
If Sissy was a cheerleader, she should
have been on the bus, too. This must be
after she got out of AHS. Sissy came
close to getting Dot to attend the
nursing school that she went to. Now,
there is a sister we called "Little
Sissy". She married "Rat" Rally and they
had a daughter and a son. The last time
I saw "Little Sissy" was one day I was
jogging around Seventh and Eight Avenue
while visiting my mother. This lady was
getting out of her car on Eight Avenue,
looked at me and said, Aren't you
"Little Harry?" I had to stop and think
for a minute, I had not been called that
in many years. At that time I was 6'4"
and 230 pounds. Well, as folks from
Albany do, the two of us hugged one
another right there in the middle of the
street. I have seen "Big Sissy" a time
or two but can't remember when. I guess
I need to come back to Albany and go
around a visit with ole friends. One
thing I nearly forgot, both Sissy
(Little and Big) could play a mean game
of softball. When I was in the fourth
grade, I had a classmate that lived next
door to them and I would go over to his
house and we would get up a game of
ball. Those gals could "sho nuff" hit
and field that ball. Thanks for the
~ Harry (Henry) Helton (’52)
don't know if this would be an
appropriate thing for you to print in
the Albany High Times or not. Many
students from Albany went on to Georgia
Southwestern College in Americus. I have
been calling Mrs. Ewing
from time to time to check on Prof
Ewing, one of the great
instructors most of us will ever know,
who taught at GSC. He had polio as a
young man and wore a brace on his leg.
Today I learned that he passed away on
October 12th. (I hadn't talked with Mrs.
Ewing since the end of September because
my husband became ill on October 9th and
passed away October 22nd). Anyway, if
you think the news is worth printing,
his name was Charles Ewing
and he was 87.
Gloria Williams Pollis (1958)
for sending out the info on our brother
Bill. Bill was the oldest of my five
siblings and is actually our
half-brother. We loved him dearly. He
was sixteen years my senior so none of
my friends were even aware he was in the
family as he was off in THE WAR by the
time I was in kindergarten. My earliest
memories of him are seeing him in his
navy uniform when I was very young.
noticed on the website that Ruth
Sasser Garrison (’57) requested
an address for Sybil Hodges Boggs
(’57). I sent her a message that
the address is in our class directory
and mailed a copy of our directory, as
she did not attend the reunion in May.
pleasure reading about your lovely,
bright, creative daughter. Thanks a heap
to her for all the joy she brought into
so many lives by giving birth to the AHS
website. Thank her over and over for us.
Johnson Bateman (’57)
Small world we live in. When my
daughter, Sala lived in Avondale I would
visit Ace Hardware to purchase a few
odds and ends for her. One day a man
waited on me and as we talked I
mentioned Albany, Ga. Quickly he said I
have brothers and a sister that live
there. Ray, Warren and I grew up
together at the YMCA and Ray and I were
at FSU at the same time. I never knew
they had a half brother until that
moment. Sorry to hear of his passing.
B.B. Rhodes (’52)
I am Elaine Johnson,
Johnny Johnson’s (’56) wife.
Today Tom Williams (’57)
called to extend his sympathy, and he
said the notice was in the AHS website.
I told Tom we missed your emails so much
because I forgot to tell you our email
address had changed.
(Regarding the Arctic Bear picture in
the last News & Clues)
What a great nostalgia shot that was for
me! Thanks. It brought back sights,
sounds (and smells) of the day. In 1951,
when it was taken, my dad and Mr. Ralph
Allison owned the Purina Dealership that
was 3 doors down on Oglethorpe, in one
of those Quonset buildings.
of the school year (especially 5th
grade, when I was across the street, at
Highland) I went to the store after
school, rather than take the school bus
home out Old Pretoria Road. Most every
afternoon, I'd try to slip down to the
Arctic Bear for a small cone, while I
was supposed to be cleaning out from
under the "biddies in the brooders."
Animal feeds combined with chicken
"poop" is a scent that you never forget!
Johnny Boesch, '57 (but
transferred out after freshman year).
***Take a trip down
memory lane! Enjoy!!!!
Take Me Back To The Sixties !!!
Martha LeSueur (’56) Nicholson
*** I think you will
really like this collection of music,
especially the songs from our high
Also …. Take Me Back To
Thomas Cook (’62)
(1947) of Winston Salem, NC,
recently won third place
in a competition for a colorful collage
on a five-foot square canvas, sponsored
by the Hanes Family Corporation for
their new offices. To see some of
Ralph’s work and view his webpage, click
The latest book from the techno-thriller
Chuck McCorvey, Sr.
The new book is entitled WRATH OF
THE KAFFIRS. The word
Kaffirs is an Arabic word used in the
Koran (Qur'an) meaning infidels. The
Sunni Muslims believe that anyone that
is not a devout Sunni is an infidel,
including the Shi'te Muslims. The
al-Qaeda terrorists are Sunni.
Details about a major attack against
America, just prior to the national
elections on November 4, 2008, and the
reactions to the attack by a small group
of recently retired Delta Force
operatives are the subject of the new
Have a good one.
Chuck McCorvey, Sr.