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One of the best things to happen for the Albany High Times and its sidekick, "News & Clues, is the day Martha LeSueur Nicholson agreed to become a part of the Staff 5 years ago in April of 2007 (Click here: 4 2007 News & Clues).   In this issue you will see why!  She always wanted to be a reporter, and whoever gave her the nickname, Brenda Starr, it certainly fits our redhead from the Class of 1956!   




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Looking ahead to several reunions coming up in April, don’t forget – the US Post Office will NOT forward mail to an incorrect zipcode.  No siree – not even with an address you have had for 25 years, the envelope with your invitation will not grace your mailbox.  Remember, there is no way your class reunion committee can know your zip code has changed.  Find a way to let them know … if you don’t know your class contact, you are welcome to make that inquiry to albanyhightimes@aol.com.


A great way to get mailing and email information BEFORE you send the invitations, create PHONE BLITZ using a committee of “outside Albany” classmates in like kind areas to say “Hi”, and to check their information.  Classmates receiving a call out of the blue from a classmate LOVE IT, and it saves returned invitations, not to mention time.  Of course phone numbers are needed.


Also for those planning a reunion in the future, check out a collection of reunion ideas @ Click here: Reunion Ideas ... take a look! There is info on how to get a CD for singing the Alma Mater, info for popular food venues and music suggestions, ordering AHS gear, and finding lost or deceased classmates: Click here: How to Find Your Lost Classmates


We welcome and will add YOUR REUNION  IDEAS to the page!



*** Class of 1952 ***

60th Reunion

April 13-15, 2012


*** For complete plans and costs, plus a printable reservation sheet: Click here: '52 60th Reunion Reservation Form


@ Merry Acres Motel & Conference Center

* Friday night fellowship @ poolside

* Saturday evening Dinner-Dance in Ballroom


Planning Committee: Don Bravaldo, Reba Willis Stewart, Margaret Landford Rowe, Jesse Way, Mary Ann Blackshear Oakes, and B.B. Rhodes

 *** Other classes are welcome

by paid reservation


*** Class of 1962 ***

2012 50th Reunion

Information is available on our web at



Friday, April 20

@ Shackleford House on Dawson Rd

6:00 - 10:30 PM

Saturday, April 21

@ Doublegate Country Club

7:00-12:00 PM


The Planning Committee will meet for the last time Thursday, April 12, 2012, 6:00 PM at Sunset Grill to assemble "goody bags" and have dinner afterwards about 7:00 PM.


The invitations have gone out. If anyone has not received theirs they need to contact:

Joann Roark Arneson: jprarneson@aol.com

Charles Gillespie: crg@visuallink.com

or Virginia Johnson: vgj@bellsouth.net


Girls Luncheon

The Girls Luncheons are held quarterly

11:30 a.m. at the Sunset Grill

Join us

Thursday May 10, 2012

For reservations contact: Joann Roark Arneson or Carol Pate Stark at cpstark@att.net



*** Classes of 1972 ***

Albany High & Westover High

Combined 40th Reunion

April 27 & 28, 2012


Friday Night Activities: April 27, 2012

Starts at 6:30 pm

Austin’s Firegrill and Oyster Bar

 Saturday Night Activities: April 28, 2012

TIME: 7pm – 11pm

PLACE: Chehaw Park Creekside Education Center

BAND: The Hollywood Band

DRESS: Party casual

COST: $70 per person

There will be food, a cash bar, dancing, plenty of laughter and reconnecting with old friends.

For more information on this event please contact Gena Kay Shealy at gkshealy@gmail.com  or Donna Wester Gentry at dgentry3@live.com


Visit web page for ALL info: AHS Class of 1972


*** Class of 1967 ***

45th Class Reunion

May 4th & 5th, 2012

Contact people are:

Mike Patterson (229) 420-8654 and

Ginger Myers (229) 432-2947


*** Class of 1960 ***


May 5, 2012

Because we just couldn't wait!

Class of 1960 (website) for more information


*** Class of 1957 ***


Our 55th Reunion!

May 25 - 26, 2012

... is being planned for the Memorial Day weekend and asking our classmates to reserve that date. More information to come ...

The contacts are: Mariellen Johnson Bateman at : dahlin@bellsouth.net and Jerry Brimberry at : jwbrim@bellsouth.net


*** Class of 1955 ***


We have planned


75th Birthday Reunion

to be held June 22 and 23 2012

Registrations will go out ASAP

Mark these dates now!

It will be held at Merry Acres

All details will follow later ...


Contact: Charlie Foster: charlie.foster67@yahoo.com


*** Class of 1982 ***

(more info at Class of 1982 Website Link)


It’s here…. It’s time for our

30th Reunion

When: July 20-21st, 2012

Where: Merry Acres Event Center 1500 Dawson Rd, Albany GA

Time: 7:00pm each night

Cost: $55.00 per person for 2 nights

** Friday night is for AHS Class of 82 and guests

Snacks and beverages (sodas, beer, and wine) will be provided

**Saturday night is open to other AHS classes and our friends from other high schools. We will have a DJ, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar. Feel free to pass along information to friends you want to see again.


*** Class of 1956 ***

The Class of 1956 Planning Committee

met January 11, 2012

to discuss a "mini-reunion"

in the Spring of 2013!

We are thinking about a one night casual gathering at the pool area of Merry Acres similar to Friday night of the 55th Reunion.

*** We really hope to get more response from class members who aren’t able to attend the meetings. All class members please send your thoughts on this plan, any suggestions you have, and your interest in attending to:

Leon Perrett, k4gcr@bellsouth.net


*** Class of 1983 ***

30th Reunion

Saturday, June 22, 2013

6:00 pm

Location: TBD

*** Are there additional upcoming reunions? Submit your information to:








 Gone Fishing!

by Martha LeSueur Nicholson


Hey, folks, it’s SPRING down here in the Deep South in Allbenny! The azaleas are blooming, the birds are singing, the fish are biting…at least they are for Jack Ivey (’56)  who still holds the GA state record for the biggest black crappie…3lb.-7.52oz. big…which he caught at Lake Blackshear in December 2007.  We told you that big fish story in the February 2008 News & Clues which you can now read online in the archives at Click here: 2 2008 News & Clues.

Now, if you like to fish and think you might could challenge the record holder at his game, break out the fishing gear and grab a copy of the March issue of GA Sportsman magazine and turn to pages 33-34. There you will find an article telling all Jack’s tips and tricks from the color of the bait to the depth of the water and much, much more. You know this is a serious fisherman when you read about those 10 to 12 long poles rigged all around his boat! 

 A dozen poles to manage and a 3lb.-7.52oz. fish that handled like a big bass are nothing to this seasoned angler.   Try hauling in one of these monsters like Jack caught fishing off a pier at Santee-Cooper Reservoir in SC.  Using a half pound crappie for bait he landed this 55 lb. freshwater catfish after 20 minutes of man against beast struggle.

There is always a bigger fish out there to catch, so grab your poles and tackle, hop in your boat, and Happy Fishing!!! 





Edward (Ed) C. Martin, Jr, Class of 1945 recently received a postal letter from the Past-Chairman, UGA College of Environment and Design (CED) Alumni Association which stated that on Saturday, March 31, he will receive the highest award, "2012 Distinguished Alumni Medal" given by the CED for outstanding professional achievement!  One of four paragraphs in the letter states, "The CED's Alumni Association is honored and proud that 'one of our own' has accomplished so much for the profession of landscape architecture, for teaching excellence, and for taking such a tremendous leadership role in your profession and your community."



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~ Banks Burgess ('67)



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



Check out FaceBook for these

FaceBook Links


* Albany High Times Website

(be a fan of AHS)
* 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....

* (22) "FlING BACK TO SPRING" 70'S kIDS!

(check out beach party for the 70's Kids)

* Albany High School Class of 1974 Albany, GA

* Albany High School Grads 1976-1983

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



* AHS Class of 1983

ANY OTHER CLASSES to be listed?


Messages from FaceBook!!


Gena Kay Shealy also posted her class reunion on Albany High Times Website's Wall

"AHS/WHS Class of '72 will have a combined reunion on April 28th at Creekside Education Center Chehaw Park.
The Hollywood Band is playing and there will be lots of food, fun, and a cash bar.
RSVP is required and the cost is $70 per person.

For more information on this event please contact Gena Kay Shealy at
gkshealy@gmail.com or Donna Wester Gentry at dgentry3@live.com.


How to Find Classmates on Facebook | eHow.com




“News & Clues”



***  Would you please add me to your monthly newsletter list. I’m David Taylor and I graduated from AHS in ’64.


*** I graduated from Albany High in 1967 and Ginger Myers forwarded the Times to me, which I thoroughly enjoyed....please add me to your email list.  Thanks so much,

~ Carol Mosser Broadwell (’67)


*** We would appreciate being added to your email list. My husband is Jerry Lawson.  If you need anything else from us please let me know. We will look for you at the reunion in may! Thanks so much!

~ Jerry's wife did not add her name ...



YOU ASKED … ? ? ?



Connections ... what a warm feeling when, through the Albany High Times "News & Clues" classmates are connected ... again!


? ~ Although I am not an Albany High Graduate, I'm married to one......Phyllis Lee who graduated in 1953. Both of us so enjoy and appreciate what you do, Phyllis for obvious reasons, and I because I went to Emory-at-Oxford and UGA with a number of Albanians, i.e. Luke Simmons, Tommy Tarpley, Mac McKinney, Fred Henderson and "Doober" Loughridge to name a few.

Someone in my Emory-at Oxford Class is organizing a reunion for the Class of 1954. Is it possible for you to email again the Albany High Times which contained the story about "Doober" which I'll pass on.  Also, you may hear from this same person with a request for email addresses for Luke, Tommy, Mac and possibly others.

Thanks so much for your attention to this request, and many thanks for making the Albany High Times happen and so enjoyable.

Bill Spier

A ~  The wonderful article on David "Doober" Laughridge ('52), sent by Annelle Stem Griffin ('52), appeared in the January 2012 issue of "News & Clues" Click here: 01 2012 News & Clues!

and so it continued!

? ~  Thanks to your Hightimes sent to me one of your subscribers, we now know what happened to David "Doober" Laughridge. But we are still looking for Luther (Luke) Simmons and Tommy Tarpley from that same class. I'm in charge of a reunion for Emory at Oxford classmates 1952-54.. All 3 of the names mentioned started there in 1952.  Plez help if you can.

~ Dan Brown

 and ...

? ~  I am an Emory at Oxford, Georgia classmate of Tommy Tarpley, Luther Simmons and Dave “Doober”Lockridge. If you have their email addresses available, I would really appreciate your sending them along to me.

Thanking you in advance,

~ Mel Kersey

and ...

A ~  Another gold star for you and more!Your brain child, Albany High Times, has brought two people back in touch after some sixty years. A guy named Dad that I knew while attending Emory at Oxford during the school year '52/'53 was trying to find me, and several others to advise about an up coming reunion. Another guy that I knew at Oxford married a woman, Phyllis Lee ('52) from Albany. She is a regular reader of Albany High Times, and told her husband that she had read about me, David Laughridge and Tommy Tarpley.  He (Bill Spier) in turn advised Dan about our email addresses. We are now all back together, at least in spirit. After 60 years I'm afraid that’s all that remains of an old friendship.

This story indicates how the little affects of AHT has produced such large, and powerful cumulative effects on so many over the years. The good Lord knows you deserve more than a simple Thank You.

A ~ Connections such as these with all your friends are pure gifts to me!  Thanks!

? ~ I have a friend who was a year or two ahead of us. David James was his name and he lived across the street from me. Do you have a record of him? He went to Georgia Tech and graduated, I believe. 

~ Bill Wilson ('55)

A ~  David is in the Class of 1954 and I do have his email address.


? ~ I cannot find the lists for the Deceased Members of the Classes of 1950 and 1951 on our Albany High Times website. I find all kinds of information, but I cannot find this. Can you tell me what to type in to find them. I am trying to update both classes. I am trying to double check our list against yours and also add some later ones who are missing.

~ Evelyn Butler Clifton (’50)

A ~ Evelyn, you are correct - it has been difficult to find, so I have placed both the "In Memoriam" and "Missing Classmates" buttons on the Albany High Times Home Page (Albany High Times / AHS - Albany, Georgia).  So you should not have to search any more!  Thank you for helping to bring your class up to date.


? ~  Is there anyway I can find a Monthly News Letter?  I think it was last month there was a article on a "Book" about the way the Indians would use trees to travel by??  I thought I had saved the information, but alas I can not find it.


Also is there any archive of back News Letters??

Thank You!

~ Nunnally Brunson (’62)

A ~ The article you requested was in the January 2012 (01 2012 News & Clues ), and the book to which you refer was a document of Indian Trail Trees written by Don  & Diane Pulliam Wells ('57) ... “Mystery of the Trees”.


This issue was not archived when you wrote, but you encouraged me to start archiving again.  Not finished yet, but have all of 2012, 2011 and have just finished 2010.  Still to be archived, 2007, 2008 and 2009.  Whew – wears me out just thinking about it! 


Remember, there is a Search Engine and if you ever want to search a name or a subject use that resource.  It is not always perfect, but close!  To visit the Archives:

Click here: Archives of Albany High Times "News & Clues"


? ~  Looking forward to receiving your news and hope that you provided a list of ’64 grads who are deceased. Thanks.

~ David Taylor ('64)

A ~ Hi David! Welcome!  I only have classes listed in the "In Memoriam" who have provided a list of deceased classmates.  1964 has not submitted their list.  I will get a request off to your classmates I have and ask if anyone has one.




50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ….


  None were submitted this month! 

We have one but we don't meet the requirements (smile)!


Send your 50th anniversaries and over, to albanyhightimes@aol.com




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Sadly, We Say Goodbye to Our

Oldest Indian Princess



The oldest Indian, Emily Beatie Holt, Class of 1929, died recently at her home in Fort Wayne, IN.

She gave it a good fight but time just caught up with her.  At 100 years old she has seen and experienced a lot.

She is to be cremated and will be interred at Crown Hill Cemetery at
a graveside service on Saturday, April 6 at 12 noon in Crown Hill Cemetery.

All the family had been with her the last few days.

Thought you would like to know.

~ Catharine Holt Norton, Class of '52 and Daniel Jack Holt, Class of '67


The obituary can be seen in the Albany Herald

Click here: Albany Herald | Emily Beatie Holt




  State Honors

Kay Huston Hind

by Martha LeSueur Nicholson


The name Kay Huston Barnhill Hind (’47) is an Albany icon associated with senior citizens and the Southwest GA Council on Aging.  Many of you will remember when the Council on Aging was located in that first small house where Kay took the helm in the late 60’s.  Volunteers from churches and other organizations, picked up seniors to take them grocery shopping or to the hairdresser or doctor appointments, or picked up hot meals to deliver to shut- ins, the first Meals on Wheels. 


With the acquisition of larger quarters downtown on Pine Ave., hot meals were served daily to those who could come in on their own or on the buses provided to pick up seniors at home.


Entertainment, arts and crafts, and other activities were provided for all who wanted to participate. Some of our relatives and neighbors joined in these activities, and we still have some of the handmade gifts received from their efforts.

Under Kay’s excellent guidance as Executive Director the programs grew and grew and spread throughout southwest GA to include 14 counties.


As we grew older and became eligible we took advantage of free services such as legal aid and tax preparation help.  Many of our classmates still volunteer there delivering Meals on Wheels or building wheelchair ramps among other things.


Kay’s dream for many years has been to build a new senior center large enough to house all their offices and programs in one central location. After enormous efforts on her part that dream is finally coming true.  Bids will be put out this month for this new state of the art facility to be built on land donated by Phoebe Health Systems.  It is the site of the old Byne Memorial Baptist Church.


The multi-talented Kay has won many awards over the years for her services including Woman of the Year.  From the glamour girl of the 60’s singing in a talent show to the octogenarian of the  year, she has worked happily and tirelessly inspiring all around her.  This year on February 23rd she was honored at the State Capitol in Atlanta with the prestigious Distinguished Older Georgian award, a special honor given to noted citizens 80 years old or older.  Kay said of the award, “Yes, that’s really special. I certainly do not do this job for that kind of thing, but it’s nice to be recognized for my passion. In social services, what you do is never about large salaries.  And it’s not about some 9-to-5 job. It’s about the people.  And it’s about being there for them. It’s just what I do.”


That’s what it has been to Kay for 44 years, her passion,  a labor of love. Nobody deserves to be honored and rewarded more. Congratulations, Kay, on a job very well done indeed!!!

Be sure to see Carlton Fletcher’s excellent feature on Kay’s life and career recently published in the Albany Herald. Check out all the pictures and read all about the great lady who was born at home on Pine Avenue and spent her lifetime making Albany a better place for all of our senior citizens.  Albany Herald | State to honor Hind



~ CLUES!!! ~


My Cell Phone

by Sharon Smith Spies ('58)


Last summer, I had an opportunity to purchase a cell phone I had been salivating over for about a year. The family I was working for at that time had just acquired this phone on a promo of buy one get one free. The extra phone went to the grandmother who was my age. I was in awe of what this phone could do and of course observed all the ways my employer used it. I was not subscribed with her phone company nor did I want to be because of the contract issue. In the beginning, the phones were priced so high, I didn't think I would ever own one.


As fate intervened, my old phone was fading out and finally died. I looked at new ones but just couldn't get the one I wanted out of mind. I went to the website of my provider to see if there was anything new. Not only was there a new phone available like the one I wanted but it was on sale. I ordered it.


When I got it, I wanted to read the book and acclimate myself before activating it. Finally, after two weeks, I called a store that sells the same phone to ask if I could come in and get some help. They invited me in and I spent two hours learning very basic ways to use it. They also transferred my list of names with phone numbers into the new phone. I eventually found a book for beginners for this new technology, ordered it and had it downloaded onto my new phone. Whenever, I am waiting in any kind of waiting room, I read my book. I am constantly learning about my phone.


One time I did something (who knows what) that wiped out a feature I had come to depend on. I called the phone manufacturer to find out how to restore that function. I explained to the young lady that I was not a techie and was 70 years old. She almost yelled and said "you're 70 years old and you have an Android phone?" She also stated that she was much younger than I was and was scared to buy one. Boy, did I feel puffed up. We got the problem resolved.


This phone is a computer, as described by its inventors. Imagine being able to have your calendar/phone & address book along with your personal schedule all right there in your hand. It will store books, music, games and most anything you can think of in it. It sends and receives email, accesses internet, search engines, shopping, paying bills, gets sports scores – you can even watch your favorite teams games if you want to subscribe to that teams streaming network (not free).


Since I got my phone, a friend and two family members, all in their 70's, have all purchased the same phone. I think it is safe to say we are all having fun with our new toys.


In case anyone is curious, at my age I don’t do contracts anymore. My cell phone is no different. Yes, there are companies who don’t require it. Mine is Boost. Everything is unlimited, no roaming, good coverage using the Sprint network across the US. One of the best unique features is called “shrinkage”. Pay on time for six months and your bill drops $5. That can happen up to three times. I started out at $50 a month and in two months will be down to $35. This is simply information on what mine is – not a sales pitch.


***  This is a new CPR technique which is much simpler. This is a very important video regarding the latest CPR procedure. Please watch and forward to your friends and family if you haven't already done so. You never know, a life may be saved utilizing this new procedure.

Learn Sarver Heart Center's Continuous Chest Compression CPR | College of Medicine

~ Bill Wilson (’55) and Thomas Cook (’62)


***  How to Tell if a Link Is Safe Without Clicking on It - By Justin Phelps, PCWorld

Even the best security software can’t protect you from the headaches you’ll encounter if you click an unsafe link. Your friends can unknowingly pass on unsafe links in emails, Facebook posts, and instant messages. You’ll also encounter unsafe links in website ads and search results. Use these link-scanning tips to check suspicious links. All of these solutions are free, fast, and don’t require you to download anything.

How to Tell if a Link Is Safe Without Clicking on It | PCWorld






Southwest GA Living

by Martha LeSueur Nicholson


Editor K.K. Synder and staff outdid themselves on the March/April issue of Southwest Georgia Living magazine.

Feature stories in this issue include a touching memorial on Bob Fowler by Vic Miller('60)…a must read for all AHS Indians who knew and loved Bob.  Also check out a look back at the history of Merry Acres and a look forward to the new Merry Acres Inn planned by Bo Henry and Stewart Campbell.  Cool black and white golf course photography by Albany native Rob Matre, a travel piece on the historic King and Prince Beach Resort at St. Simons Island, and the exquisite gardens at the Albany home of Annette and John Cromartie round out this issue. Don't miss it!


For a list of where to purchase a copy, visit the website at www.southwestgeorgialiving.com. To get a subscription call the office 229-883-8610. $18 one year or $30 two years - 6 exciting issues each year.



Tribe Notes …


*** What fun listening and watching "The Diamonds". Special thanks to Tommy Herrington for providing happy memories.  I thank you for Albany Times every month. Albany Indians are so blessed to have this special newsletter to read about former classmates and to keep up with everyone. Great job!!!!

~ Betty Spell Wooddy, l953. (even tho' I did not graduate).


*** Got a new e-mail address.

~ Carolyn Schraeder Unruh (53)


*** I saw mention in the write up for the Class of '52 reunion that they were looking for Karl Schilling.


I believe that is the German exchange student who lived with my family and me on Slappey Drive. On the chance that it is, please forward this to B.B. Rhodes, or someone who is on the reunion committee.


His full name was Horst Karl Schilling. He was from Frankfurt, Germany. I saw him once, in 1962, when I was stationed in Mainz. We did not stay in touch.  I do not know if he is still living. However, I feel certain that, if he is, he will be found somewhere in Frankfurt.

Yours truly,

~ Johnny Boesch, Class of '57


*** Hope that folks come to their senses and save Memorial Bridge. I wanted to sign the petition many more times than I did!  Sort of like destroying the Iwo Jima Memorial, in my mind. A sacrilege.

But, in addition, there are so many productive uses ahead...and so much history behind...http://cdn-cf.aol.com/se/smi/0201e05f95/03...

~ Johnny Boesch, Class of '57


*** Mom, I think I have heard Dad (Jim/James Calhoun – ’50) reference Mr. Mills a couple of times over the years. The newsletter is incredible. I wonder how many schools are keeping up that level of communication?  Thanks for sending me the info.

~ Jim Calhoun, Jr.


*** Another packed issue !!! Great work !!

~ Doug Dahlgren (’65)


*** I look soo forward every month for the Albany High News and Clues, thank you soo much for all you do for us, it is soo good to read of someone we knew back when!!!  Keep up the good work and thanks again.

~ Chris Clifton Gibbs, Class 1946


*** Please add me as a sponsor. It is a terrific thing you are doing. Thanks for the great work.

~ Howard Law (’52)

Note:  Howard, we don’t ask for sponsors until May – but thanks for thinking ahead!


*** Please change my e-mail address.  I am closing the one at Windstream.  THANKS.

~  H. Beecher Taylor ('57)


*** Class of 52/52Oldies/20th Reunion: at top of page, some of the 6 middle black & white pics showed wrong pics when clicked on....just so you know....

~ Annelle Stem Griffin

NOTE: That is one of the things I hate about the program I use. But I think I can take care of that. It happens when photos have the duplicate numbering.


***  Thank you so much for posting our 1972 reunion on your website; please thank your husband as well.


I was so pleased to see Lacey King's write up; she is my ex-sister-in-law. I was married to her brother. She is a fabulous person! and so deserving of all her success. Sincerely,

~ Susan Griffin


***  I was looking at the home page, and ran down the list of missing people.  I found the name of Reba Nichols. I grew up next door to Reba back in the '50's.  Her name is Reba Yoda. I also found the name of my sister, Janice Ford.  Her name is Janice Register. I don't know who takes care of this kind of info, but I just thought I would pass it along.

~ Jerry Ford, Class of '60

NOTE:  This is great, Jerry.  I have removed their names from the missing list, and pass along the names and information you gave me to the two clss contacts!


*** My email address has changed.
~ Vernie Musgrove (’60)


*** I regret hearing about Wally Crouch with whom I used to play in Albany, and with whom he, and other boys, we took dancing lessons from his mom, Mildred, who had a dancing school business then in Albany.

~ Ed Martin (’45)


 *** You make me feel like a celebrity! Thank you for the good press. I hope to hear from some of my classmates.  Although they have read article, my sisters are going to love the article on News & Clues.  Wishing you all the best,

~ Mary Alice "Lacey" Connell King ('60)


*** Oh, I am so sorry to hear about the death of Emily Beatie Holt.  So glad she made it to that 100th birthday, though!  I guess the torch passes to Ana Lois Kingsley Green, Class of 1929 now. We are so fortunate to have all these centennial princesses among us!  And Helen Long Cordell turns 100 this month!


*** Thanks for this update (Emily Beatie Holt).

~ Myrtis Adams Foley (’49)


*** We try to make sure information is correct, but sometimes things go awry (smile)!!!   The following is why I suggest that maiden names and classes be included in obituaries if at all possible.


Back in January I sent an email to classmates in the early classes asking if any remembered someone with the name of Mrs. Sarah Grace Janelle who was born October 10, 1932 and died December 23, 2011; however, no maiden name and no class year was given.  We received several responses, and felt, since many suggested the same maiden name in that age group, we thought we had the answer.  We did not!   Shortly after the last “News & Clues” was published, I received the following email:


"Just want to make a correction. Sarah Grace HaginsTarpley is alive and well and living in Marietta. She is my first cousin. Sarah Janelle Wallace Grace did work at Belk's at some point in time but was not related. Thanks for this correction."

~ Linda Roberts Minton (’61)


My response: Well Linda, I am so embarrassed. I will remove that post right away. We thought we had the answer.  Next time, I’ll know before I “think”. Thanks so much for letting us know.


And then, barely before her name was removed from the “In Memoriam” section, I received an email from Sarah Grace Hagins Tarpley!  She wrote:


"My name is Sarah Grace Hagins Tarpley, AHS class of 1948. My husband, John E. Tarpley Jr., AHS class of 1946, died in Feb. of 1996.
My cousin, Linda Minton, said that you are in charge of the Albany High Times, and I would very much like to receive it. Thank you,

~ Sarah Grace Hagins Tarpley (’48)


My response read: Well wonderful to know that you are alive and well!  I have just removed every reference to ... now what was that Mark Twain said about the reports of his death??!!!  Something about “greatly exaggerated”, I believe!  Anyway - I tried to stop the re-publishing, so you could see all the people who wrote trying to figure out who the Sarah Grace was who died, but the changes had already been made.  I'm sorry ... obviously we all goofed!


And Sarah, who apparently has a wonderful sense of humor, replied: "Thanks, Beverly. I'm going to really enjoy catching up. Yes, I thought of what Mark Twain said, too!  Have no idea who the other Sarah Grace was, but glad I'm still here!

~ Sarah Grace Hagins Tarpley (’48)


*** Lillian Lackland (‘52) Sullivan was one of the BEST!  So talented & so much fun!!!!!!!  We were neighbors in Albany & both ADPi's at UGA - it just breaks my heart.

~ Annelle Stem Griffin (’52)


*** Charlie Culbreath was a good friend and classmate, 1948.....I knew him well. He was good Christian man and a true believer. He was the kind of person that believed in what he was destined to become. God Bless him.
~ Richard Simpson (’48)


*** Thanks to Ernest Sutton (’61) for sending Mr. Lonnie Holloway’s obituary.  He also commented: “ My only memories of him are when we were at AJHS during the school years of '55 & '56 and he was one of the two Shop teachers - Glenn Martin was the other. I do recall that he was quite a character - and a good teacher.


*** I called “my source” of information for remembering back to the good ole days, Bill Huggins, and he said the Mr. Holloway taught him shop at AJHS. I checked through the annuals from 1945 to 1954 and I could not find his picture in the AHS annual, so I would say that he just taught at AJHS and not AHS.  If I can ever help you I would be glad to.

~ Carleen Newell Flowers ('48)


*** BINGO!!!  For a while, girls had to take shop at Albany Jr. High for one semester (or maybe 6 weeks), and THAT is why I remember Mr. Holloway! 

~ Beverly Smith Herrington (’55)


*** I remember one time a group of us young foolish boys were throwing dirt clots (sp) onto the street at cars.  Mr. Holloway got us and took us to the shop. Our punishment was either to call our parents or three licks from his paddle. Our choice was the paddle. It was long, thick, narrow and had holes in it.  It hurt!  Needless to say we boys stayed on the straight and narrow for the rest of the school year!

~ Leon Perrett (’56)


*** Charlie Culbreath’s smile was his trademark. One friend said that you did not have to turn on the lights when he came into a room, his smile brightened the whole place. Charles Culbreth set the standard for ministers.  Rev. Culbreath passed away on March 3, 2012.



In Memoriam ...

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


*** The oldest Indian, Emily Beatie Holt, Class of 1929, mother of Catharine Holt Norton, Class of '52 and Daniel Jack Holt, Class of '67.


*** Flora Ethel Cox McMillan, August 28, 1923 - February 13, 2012.  No class listed, but was listed as Valdictorian.


***  Lillian Lackland Sullivan, Class of 1952, sister of Bill William Saville “Lack” Lackland, Class of 1946.


*** J.W. “Bo” Wortman, Class of 1947


*** Just wanted to let you know that David Goff passed away after a brave five-year battle with brain cancer. He was such a wonderful soul and was loved by so many. The classes of 1981 and 1982 (both Westover and AHS) have been alerted. Thanks,

~ Lynne Garrison Johnson (’82)


*** Agnes Grimes Smith, Class of 1938


*** Charles Augustus Culbreath, Jr., Class of 1948


*** George Daniel "Dan" Goodroe, Class of 1958; brother of Don Goodroe, Class of 1955


*** Mr. Lonnie Holloway taught 32 years and was remembered for wood shop classes at Albany Junior High. He retired as principal of Merry Acres Junior High School. Albany Herald | Lonnie Holloway


Note: Notices and/or obituaries are sent to the deceased’s class, plus the classes of the spouse, child, or close relative, as soon as possible. Each is then listed on the “Our Deceased” webpage (if the class has submitted a list) and also in the News & Clues at month’s end.

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