We Need Albany Ears
to Hear …
Martha LeSueur Nicholson
After 11 years of fun
and fellowship, the quarterly AHS
Blackbeard’s Gathering in Albany
may be history ... unless
someone is willing to step up to the
Greenway and Janice (Chastain) and
Bridges Simmons started the
popular gatherings in 2002 with
their classmates from 1950, and it
grew to include all AHS classes over
The years have taken
a toll on the organizers and Wynelle
for several years now
... with a beautiful smile!!!
She announced at the
April meeting that she is looking
for a replacement to do reservations
and bring supplies and cakes to the
gatherings. Now, it’s someone else’s
So… if you are
interested … or know someone who can
help keep the tradition alive,
please give Wynelle a call at
229-435-8746, or email her at
within the next 2 weeks …by
If no one is
interested in taking on the job
the July and October meetings
will be canceled and the curtain
will come down ...
Those of us who have
enjoyed the privilege of gathering
and reuniting with classmates over
the years give highest praise to
Wynelle, Janice, and Bridges for
all their work to bring us together.
from our hearts ...
we sincerely thank Wynelle Davis
Greenway and wish her all the
COMING SOON ...
*** Class of 1963
April 26 - 27, 2013
For more information,
visit our class website
or contact Bruce
or phone (229)
*** Class of 1960 ***
April 17, 2013
Spring is here! So
a gathering for all
of the Class of 1960 ... ladies and
And how about another luncheon at
Blackbeard's on April 17, 2013!
We will start eating around 12:30
We have had good
turnouts each time that we have done
this; however, the more the merrier.
It will be just a fun time to catch
up with each other.
Please call, email or
text me if you can attend. We will
need a count. Hope to see you all.
~ Raymond Barlow,
*** Class of 1958 ***
55TH Reunion for AHS
Class of 1958
Friday Night, May 3,
@ Merry Acres
Begin at 6:30 PM -
Dinner at 7:30 PM.
Dress is resort
~ Cash bar ~
Saturday Night, May
Dinner @ Merry Acres
Begin at 6 PM
Dinner at 7:30 PM
~ Cash bar ~
Dress is dressy
Band will play
Reservations are $70
Deadline for sending
in checks is
April 26, 2013
Room reservations at
Merry Acres for
AHS Class of 1958
classmates is $89 per
Please send all
reservation questions and
reservation checks to:
Linda Cullom Jordan
5004 Van Cise Lane
Class of 1958
Click here: '58
*** Class of 1993 ***
20th Class Reunion!
June 21 - 22, 2013
See weekend itinerary
Click here: Class
*** Class of 1983 ***
Saturday, June 22,
David A. Golden
posted in AHS Class of 1983
For more information:
Click here: Class of
*** Class of 1962 ***
committee for the Class of 1962 is
meeting on May 9, 2013, at
Hibachi Express at 6:00 p.m.
We'll discuss plans for our 70th
Birthday Party! Planning for the
party the first hour, and we'll eat
the second hour!
~ Girl’s Luncheon ~
The next Girl's
Luncheon for the Class of 1962 will
be held at Carol Pate Stark's home
Details will follow in an email. Put
the date on your calendar and plan
to join us!
Joann Roark Arneson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Carol Pate Stark
*** Check out last
luncheon and pics at:
Click here: 1962
Reunion Ideas ... take a look!
Click here: Lost
Classmates? How to Find ...
*** Are there
additional upcoming reunions?
New WebPage Additions
additions to this "new" section,
"Before AHS" and now has additional
schools and information ....
here: Before AHS - When We Were VERY
Special thanks to
Indians who mailed or emailed
Do you remember the
11th Avenue School for the
Flint River Cotton Mill? We moved
from Columbus, GA, to the
Mill Village in Albany in the
summer of 1955. I had just finished
the 5th grade. I believe that school
had just closed that year or maybe
the year before. I remember the
white wooden school building across
from Beasley's Store at the
corner of 11th Avenue and Madison
Street. I know it was not used
after we moved to Albany, and it was
torn down not long after we moved
there. I went to 6th grade at
McIntosh School, and my brother
went to 3rd grade at Mamie
~ Tom Cook (’62)
*** I attended 1st
grade in that school, then was moved
to Northside. The first
picture has Linda and Brenda
Owens in the back row, they were
our neighbors on 11th.
~ Charlene Middleton
*** yes i do remember
and went to the school thru 3rd
grade, my brother buddy holley
and betty holley, my sister
are in the pictures. thanks.
jonnie holley douglas ('62)
The school was
located at the southwest corner of
11th Ave. & Madison
facing 11th Ave. It
looked almost like a duplex
apartment with a three or four
step-up to a covered front porch.
There were two large classrooms.
Over time the building became an eye
sore as a result of deterioration
and vandalism. I believe a storm did
considerable damage to the structure
which led to it being demolished in
I used to play in the
school yard and it seems I remember
climbing on the monkey bars and what
was left of the big slide. There
were better places to hang out;
especially in the summer…..can you
I do remember the
sandspurs in the school yard, and
all over the mill village. We did
not know about sandspurs until we
moved to Albany.
~ Thomas L. "Tom"
NOTE: Anything from
newspapers, because of the pixels,
are almost impossible to scan well
enough to produce on the website.
ASKED… ? ? ?
Howdy! Could you tell
me how to order a copy of the
painting of Radium Springs
that I have seen before on the
website but cannot now find? I will
be grateful to you.
I am doing some
writing about Albany and Radium
and early memories. Anything about
Radium in particular is important to
me. I have ordered the new book:
"Albany Yesterday, Today, and
Thanks for helping
re: the Radium Painting.
~ John Huie (’56)
Thronateeska Heritage Center has
Today, and Tomorrow
chronicling life in Albany in the
past and present.
Albany Herald | Thronateeska unveils
new Albany book
Jean Weiner is
the artist who created several
incredible "visions" of Radium
while living there. She was
searching for info on Radium and
found the “Radium” section on the
Albany High Times and
contacted me. That was the beginning
of a wonderful friendship and
paintings, not only of Radium,
but The Pig and The Arctic
here: Jean Weiner, Professional
Thank you! I've
already been in touch with John
Huie. Thanks so much for sharing
my contact info with him. You are a
doll to give my Albany works
exposure in your alumni news and I
thank you from the bottom of my
~ Jean Weiner
I have been reading
about Radium Springs on your
website. I grew up in Albany
and have many memories of summer
days spent at Radium Springs.
Is Skywater (the book)
still available for purchase? I
would really love to have one.
I went to McIntosh
for 7th grade and then AJHS
for 8 and 9th. I’ve always loved
Ray Ragsdale Stevens. What a
great talent. Makes me proud to be
in such great company… Ray
Charles, Ray Stevens, Paula Deen…..
Thanks for the info
~ Cindy Dunston Quirk, AHS class
Here is a response
from the son of one of the authors,
Thank you for your
interest in Skywater. I would be
happy for you to post my e-mail
address for anyone interested in the
book. In addition if you would like
to contact me by phone please do so
at (229) 344-6224 or email at
It's always nice to
know people are still interested in
Radium Springs. It was certainly a
passion of my father and Mr. Lamar
Clifton as demonstrated in the book
Skywater. I am at your service to
continue making Skywater available
just as my father would have wanted.
~ Mark R. Murphy
Thanks for the
Albany High Times.
Would you send me
Carleen Newell Flowers' email so
I can write her and thank her for
finding out about Katherine
Dismuke. Katherine and I played
flute in the AHS Band and I
always wondered what happened to
her. I also knew Carleen.
there are fewer and
fewer things in the Albany High
Times from the earlier classes.
I GUESS WE ARE "TIRING OUT" ...
~ Ralph Calhoun (’47)
I’m sure Carleen will
love hearing from you!
"The Son" is back!!!
One reader wrote:
I thought "The Four Samaritans" was
a good as it gets, Doug Dahlgren's
Jon Crane is back, this time at the
request of the Feds. "Eight of Six"
is a tight follow-on and another
Kindle version to be available
Doug recently spoke
the Button Gwinnett Chapter of
the Sons of the American Revolution
Click here: Doug
Dahlgren – Author, Class of 1965
My mother, Frances
Nix, was Director of the
Intermediate Department at Albany
First Baptist church. I recently
found this picture, and recognized
Ray Ragsdale Stevens, Ed Jordan
and Bobby Wills. The other faces
are “so familiar” … maybe someone
can identify them?
~ Betty Nix Rouse
Buster Wasden ('55)
Two Photos ~
from Harriet Ort Cornelius
Girls at Pine Mountain Camp
Mrs. Culpepper, Counselor
Check out the jeans
Class of ???
AHS Class Websites
Class of 1960
AHS Class of 82
*** If your class has
a website - please email your link
Check out FaceBook
NOTE: You must be a
member of FaceBook
and signed on
for these to work.
Albany High Times Website
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....
Albany High School
Class of 1974 Albany, GA
Albany High School Grads
* Email for '71
AHS CLASS OF 1980
AHS Class of 1983
ANY OTHER CLASSES to
Thank you for another
wonderful AHS newsletter! I saw that
Jeana Stewart's (Class of 1962)
contact information had been sent to
someone. I, too, would love to
contact Jeana. May I have her
contact info? Thank you.
Helen Pafford Bennett
(Class of 1962)
Note: Jeana does not
have an email address, but will send
the info her brother gave us!
~ ALBANY INTERESTS ~
OUR RADIUM …
Posted on FaceBook, March 22, 2013,
by Lisa Johnston Robertson, daughter
of Proc (54) and Pam Tyler (’55)
I just cannot explain
the extreme emotion that filled me
when I was standing at the old
original platform by the “boil.” The
spring was bubbling up like it
always has. The water is so clear
and beautiful. The staff there were
so friendly and helpful and excited
about the water. They have put
picnic tables out on the island and
built a little bridge so you can
walk over there. The promenade and
the gardens are just lovely and it’s
all very well done.
At several strategic
points, they have erected stands
with old photographs of all the
things we remember – the casino, the
pavilion –all of it. My son,
Charlie, and his family and I
are already planning another trip
and plan to have a picnic on the
island. DO go and enjoy. I’ll be
interested to see if you get as
emotional about it as I did!
Pat Adams Shays ('56)
*** I found your site
by looking up Radium Springs.
just curious to know what has been
done since it was closed.
Well around 1970 or
so I went to visit my cousins (in
Georgia). Being from Boston ... what
a shocker for me! People spoke
funny! I never realized my mom had
that same accent ... but over, time
... lost a little of it.
We went out to Radium Springs for a
day, and wow! I was so amazed at
this place ... I never will forget
it. Got to wear my first 2 piece
Still today I think about that day
we spent there. It's etched in my
memory for eternity!
Albany was my mom's
home town. I'm a yank but I'm a
southern bell at heart. Sure do hope
I can see this place like it used to
be ... what a shame it closed to
public. I'm 52 and there's always
hope I guess.
NOTE: I replied to Mary ...
"Radium is open to
the public again; however the
beautiful Casino was taken down a
few years ago ... killed my heart.
But come on back down!"
She replied: That's
awesome its open again and I sure
will be back. My mom and dad are
both buried in Doles, GA. So we take
trips down to visit the graves. She
was born either 1923 -24 and I've
been searching for her roots and its
My name is Mary
Coombs my mom was Helen Mae
Bennett. Her father was
Charles Bennett. I still have
Bennett cousins who live in Albany,
but have not seem them since mom
Thanks so much for
!!! INDIAN PRIDE !!!
We’ve passed 100,000
ALBANY HIGH TIMES
HEAP BIG INDIAN
~ CLUES!!! ~
PLEASE HELP ME OUT!!
for ALL e-mails concerning the
"News & Clues":
w/your first (maiden also) and
last name ...
your class year.
Our newsletter would
not be as interesting without
full names and classes ...
people love to recognize names they
know! It wears me out to do it
for you ... HONEST!
For the most part, my
request last month did not work.
Thanks to those who did as I asked!
Beverly Smith Herrington ('55)
Starry Starry Night, Secrets of Old
Age …This is beautiful . . .
and, in many ways, profound. Enjoy!
Click here: Starry
Starry Night, Secrets of Old Age -
~ Pat Adams Shays
*** See how quickly
you can put this puzzle together. If
you have problems putting it
together, you may need to seek
~ Luke Simmons (’52)
*** Take a
ride in a Chevy …
Click here: Pepsi MAX
& Jeff Gordon Present: "Test Drive"
~ Marion Hay (’55)
Had a great visit
with Helen Long Cordell. She
was really a busy lady for her
101st birthday! You
should have seen her room,
overflowing with flowers. She had
many guests and one group took
ice-cream & cake. She truly is a
~ Carleen Newell
*** Pam & I
had a wonderful visit with Mrs.
Cordell on Sunday. She is in
good spirits and looks great! She
sends her regards to all of you.
~Proc ('54) and Pam Tyler ('55)
Just a reminder! Our
favorite 101 year old teacher,
Helen Long Cordell is unable to
view or respond to cards or letters.
Being the gracious lady she is ...
she has very high standards and
feels the proper response is not
possible for her … and since she
can’t … well perhaps you can
understand why she asks that Indians
not remember her in this way. BUT
... drop by if you are in Albany …
you will be amazed!
*** I was sorry to
hear about the passing of Durward
Pennington, but I have a
slightly different recollection of
his heroics at UGA. The obit
indicated he kicked a 52-yard field
goal, but my recollection is that it
was a 54-yard field goal.
It was the 1961 game
against the University of
Kentucky, and Georgia was
having an awful year. Kentucky
was ahead, 15-13, and time was
running out. The Dawgs lined
up for a field goal, and Durward
kicked it 49 yards. Problem was,
the referees flagged Georgia for a
five-yard penalty. So they moved it
back five yards, and Durward coolly
and calmly kicked the ball 54 yards
for the winning field goal, and
Georgia won 16-15. If memory
serves me, it was the first of only
three victories the Dawgs had that
year. The head coach then was
Johnny Griffiths who won only
ten games in three years at Georgia,
before the legendary Vince Dooley
replaced him for the 1964 season.
Durward's record lasted for years.
It was the high point in my first
year at Georgia.
~ Henry Barker
(AHS, 1961; UGA, 1965
*** I am in the
picture of Anna Bland's piano
recital. I am looking over the
shoulder of the boy in the black
suit. I took lessons from her for
many years, from around the age of 6
or 7 through high school. I loved
that lady and am so happy now to be
friends with her granddaughter,
Mary Allen Caldbeck (I have
known her since around 1st or 2nd
grade. Love that lady, too). Also,
the fourth girl from the left
(standing to the right of Mrs.
Bland) is Dian Thompson.
~ Shirley McDaniel,
Class of '63
*** We located a
missing classmate, Jeana
Stewart-Overcash, thanks to the
outreach from Jim Faircloth
and response from Jeana's brother
Tommy. I notice that Jim
indicated he is associated with the
Class of 1962. I don't have
him on the class roster. Would you
share his email address or send him
mine so I can see if he wants to be
added to the class roster and/or
~ Charles Gillespie
*** Loved the March
News & Clues! Thank you,
you're the best!
Pat Rose (’63)
***As I was reading
the obituary for Hal King, I
noticed that the junior high school
he was Principal of was referred to
as McIntosh Junior High. I
attended McIntosh School in
the 4th, 5th, & 6th grades - 4th &
5th in the building which was the
"old" McIntosh (originally Albany
High School @ Monroe & Society)
and 6th in the McIntosh which was
originally Albany Junior High
(behind Mamie Brosnan & "old"
McIntosh). I attended 7th & 8th
grades at Albany Junior High (the
2nd Albany High School) on N.
Jefferson St. I never knew of a
school which was referred to as
McIntosh Junior High. Was the
Albany Junior High on N. Jefferson
changed to that name?
I never had Mr. King
as a teacher but remember him from
my Albany school days. I did not
know until recently that he was the
brother of Virginia Robertson (Mrs.
Paul Robertson). Mr. Rob
was Principal of Albany Junior
High when I was there - worked
in the office for him. He was a
wonderful educator & he and his
family certainly left a lasting
legacy of dedicated Albany teachers
who will always be remembered.
You always do such a
good job with "News & Clues" and are
much appreciated. Keep up the good
~ Ernest Sutton(’61)
Note: The answer can
be found here, thanks to Mary Ann
Allen Caldwell (’63), as well as
a couple of other Indians.
For a very short
time, maybe two years, the
McIntosh Elementary School
became McIntosh Jr. High and
only the 7th grade. This
was during the time when 9th
grade was changed to Albany Jr. Hi
and before Dougherty High
was built. My brother, Joe Allen,
was in the class that went to 7th
grade in 1960 at McIntosh as can be
seen on the sign in the class
picture I sent. I guess this was
done because of overcrowding at the
junior and senior high schools but I
really don't remember for sure why
it was done.
*** This makes more
sense now. My class (and Tina
Smith Cowan's) was the last
9th grade to be the freshman class
at Albany High School ('57-'58
school year). After that, the
8th & 9th grades were at the Albany
Jr. High (N. Jefferson) & it
sounds like they were then calling
the old AJHS (on Society)
McIntosh Jr. High.
Were they calling
both schools (Society & N.
Jefferson) junior high schools at
I don't know how many
years that arrangement was in place,
but I have heard that the 9th grade
was moved back to AHS. Thanks,
~ Ernest Sutton(’61)
*** I saw the "Bear"
article and had to add this. I
worked there for a few months in
'66. Mr. Freeman was friendly and
patient teaching me the duties.
Everyone that he served at the
window was a friend to him. He also
would spend time talking to us
teenagers outside near the tables.
~ Bill Dyess (‘68)
*** I'd like to
correct something that was posted in
the February issue regarding the
demise of the Class of 1962
website (AHS62.org). The website
was designed by Bill Satterfield
and created by his son Joel.
They were the webmaster (together).
I did maintain the
Announcements page but Bill & Joel
put far, far more time & effort into
the website than I did and they
deserve the recognition and
appreciation for that website.
Committee will decide whether we
create a new website or not.
Feedback from classmates that
enjoyed the website might help sway
Also, please remove
Jeana Stewart from the
Class of 1962 missing classmates
~ Charles Gillespie
*** And I am so glad
to be connected to you, and now
Charles Gillespie. Locating
Jeana and Tommy was the
primary mission, but now I have
knowledge of lost friends like
Charles Rainey and Dottie Bunch.
I'm going to reach out to Charles
again to see if he has any details
he can share on these and other
unanswered questions I have,
especially concerning the '62
You made this all
possible, and again I thank you for
the good work and dedication.
~ Jim Faircloth ('62)
*** My name is
Lady Harcrow. I am Durward
Pennington's niece. Loved
reading all the nice articles on my
uncle & his amazing life. Just a few
corrections....The correct spelling
of his name is "Durward" not
"Durwood". He was Thomas Durward
Pennington Jr. Also someone said he
was found slumped over the steering
wheel. He was on his way home from
Amelia Island but had stopped and
was not in the vehicle. I know how
people hear different stories as
word goes around but wanted to make
The celebration of
his life was wonderful & a perfect
tribute to him. There are not too
many people like my uncle in this
world. We will miss him more than
anyone could ever know.
Didn't mean to sound
too defensive ..... he just meant
the world to me! I went to AHS
from 82-84. Graduated from
Lee Co. Both my parents,
Rebecca Pennington & Sammy Murphy,
graduated from AHS … as did my
brother. The Gainesville Times
had a wonderful article on my uncle.
He touched so many lives and never
wanted credit :)
*** Thanks for the
article about Hal King. It
brought some memories.
Hal King was
my homeroom “teacher” for all of my
four years at AHS. Because his room
was in the shop building, I was
always late for my 1st period class.
Hal King was
one of the easiest going and
friendliest teachers in the school.
As a freshman, I took wood shop
under him and to this day I still
have the special little wood box
we made in his class.
Everyone made this
little wood box as Mr. King
specially designed it to introduce
us (the class) to the majority of
the machines and to the wood
building process: it went from raw
wood to the totally finished
product, including the use of wood
glue, sanding and varnishing. I use
this box the same way a little kid
would; special little keepsakes. It
stays in the closet in my office.
Hal King was
one of my favorites and according to
the article, he was also a very
special person. Little did either of
us realize, at the time, that this
little wood box would be a forever
tie to my old Alma Mater.
Thanks for the
Jim Tolbert, Class of
*** Hi, by now
someone else has probably told you
the "class year" for Sara Floyd
was 1953, same as mine.
~ Claire Rice (’53)
*** Patricia Mock
Benton (deceased) was in the
Class of 1942. Her son is my
dentist in Macon.
Thanks for all you do.
~ Connie Thomas
*** Thanks for
sending me the newsletter for
Albany High. I always enjoyed it
so much and my computer was "shot"
before I moved so recently got a new
one. I'm living in Annapolis, MD
now but do miss Ft. Lauderdale.
Always so good to get news from old
classmates. Thanks again.
~ Barbara Lipsey
*** I am retiring.
Please change my e-mail. Thanks,
Barnes, Class of 1957
The last Albany
High Times that I received was
in January. Please check and
see if my email accidently dropped
off your list. Thanks!
~ Kathryne Meeks
Sanders, Class of 1961
Note: Indeed it had
vamoosed! But you’re back on!
*** Thanks for all
you do for AHS Memories....!!For
some reason my brother’s name did
not get added to the AHS Class of
1972 list of deceased classmates.
His name was
Stanley Eugene (Gene) Callaway.
He died on Sept 22, 2008. I
have attached his obituary from the
Sept 25, 2008 Albany Herald.
I would like to get
his name added to the 1972
Also, there is no
Class of 1936 listed in the
“In Memoriam Section”...so this
may not be something you want to use
... you can only realistically go
back so far ... but our mother,
Gladys Eileen Hayes Callaway, Class
of 1936, died on May 28,
~ Don Callaway, Class
NOTE: I have added
your brother, Gene Callaway
to his class 1972 "In Memoriam".
I also created a 1936 section
for your mother, Gladys Hayes
It is with much
sadness that I report that Ed, my
little brother, died overnight in
his sleep. His health was not good,
but, this was not expected.
Arrangements have not
been finalized at this time;
however, a memorial service will be
held in the future in Perry, GA
where he lived and practiced
medicine since 1975.
~ Troy Strickland '54
*** I am so sorry to
hear about Tommy Gilliam ('61).
I knew him only through the AHS
band, and he was absolutely
always in the center of the fun. I
know he will be missed.
~ Anne Watson
*** Here is another
loss to report. Jodie McNeil
Gooch AHS ’76 died 3/26/13
~ Sam Lee ('78) -
Kids’ of the 70’s
*** Please change my
email address. Thanks.
~ Betty Holt Pattison
*** Thanks for
remembering us older graduates. I’m
Class of 1949. Ken and Pat
Adams Shays are my siblings.
~ Myrtis Adams Foley,
Class of 49
*** Just letting you
know about the passing of another
one of our classmates. I just
received a FB message from Donna
Bullington King (AHS 1972)
letting me know that her husband,
Ashley King (AHS 1972), died
Saturday, March 9. He had been
fighting a long battle with cancer
and was at the Willson House
when he passed.
It seems there are
more and more every year; I suppose
that is the season of life we have
Thank you for all you
do to keep everyone informed.
~ Pam Pannel Woody
*** Are you aware of
Tommy Gilliam's death - just
checking - don't remember any emails
re him. My sister, Gloria Gaughf,
told me today. Here is something
from his obituary …
"Tommy Gilliam was a
career pilot having retired from
Walter Energy Corps in 2010 after 26
years of flying their jet. He served
as a U.S. Air Force Fighter Pilot
from 1966-1973, flying the F4
Phantom. He served two Vietnam tours
during which he flew over 300 Combat
Missions into North & South Vietnam
and Laos. He was decorated three
times with the Distinguished Flying
Cross for Heroism and over 20 Air
~ Brenda Hitchcock
NOTE: No I had not
known. But thanks so much to you and
all the many Indians who are so good
to send notices. I’d rather get
many, rather than none!
"Liz" Berg Barry died in a fire
this morning at her home. She
graduated in 1964 and was Miss
Albany High. She was a member of
our SS Class at FUMC, and lost her
husband Don only a couple of years
~ Margaret Green
*** I am tremendously
saddened by the passing of Tommy
Gilliam ('61). I knew him in
passing at AHS, but we were
extremely close friends and
fraternity brothers (Delta Tau
Delta) at The University of Georgia.
We also served together in
Advanced Air Force ROTC, and we
were both commissioned as Second
Lieutenants in the Air Force in
1965. We both served during the
Vietnam War, but Tommy was a
true hero as a fighter jock.
I had vision problems, and I had to
fly an LSD-6 (a Large Steel Desk
with six drawers), but Tommy was
an admirable pilot.
He was also a
terrific drummer, who frequently
played at our fraternity parties.
Some of my fondest memories of my
college years center around the
times when Tommy, a couple of other
fraternity brothers, and I would
quaff a few brews at The Old
South, which was then a pub in
downtown Athens. We would
sing along with the Juke Box songs,
frequently harmonizing on Kingston
Trio songs. Tonight, I shall
raise a glass to Tommy and to those
memories, and I will pray for his
family and those of us who will miss
him, and the times we had.
~ Henry Barker (AHS
1961; UGA 1965 & 1967)
*** Ed Cooling
reports that AHS Class of 1963
classmate Brenda Kay Hightower
died several years ago of
pancreatic cancer. She was Kay
~ Bruce Garey
*** This is bad. I
have lost two wonderful friends from
the AHS Class of 1961 and
from the UGA Class of 1965 in
less than a month. First Tommy
Gilliam, and now Claude
Surface? The thing they had in
common was strange senses of humor,
which is probably why I enjoyed them
both so much. When I knew Claude, he
was the proud owner of a 1958
Ford Fairlane 500 Convertible,
which he kept in immaculate
condition. A couple of summers when
we were at UGA, we worked
together at the Marine Corps
Supply Center warehouse in Albany,
and we would carpool, alternating
between his wonderful car, and my
1955 Chevy Bel-Air. We got off
work at 3:00 pm, and we would go to
the municipal golf course, which had
a 50-cent green fee for students,
after 3:00 pm, and we'd play as many
holes as we could get in before
dark. We sometimes played on
Saturdays too. We were both masters
of one particular shot: "Top the
ball, curse, fling the golf club."
We had some great times. Both
Claude and Tommy were the same age
as I. I am looking over my shoulder.
~ Henry Barker (AHS,
1961; UGA, 1965 & 1967)
*** I was a '61 class
mate of Tommy Gilmer's and
was in the band with him. I saw him
at a class reunion 30 years or so
ago but have not had any contact
with him since. Do you have any
contact info on either Gloria
Gaughf and her husband,
Ronnie? Ronnie was a '61
classmate and the last info I have
on him was that he lived in Indiana.
Thanks for your help. I currently
live in Jacksonville, FL.
~ Ernie (Ernest)
Note: Neither Gloria nor Ronnie are
in my Albany High Times Addressbook.
*** Both Tommy
Gilliam and Claude Surface
were part of a group of alums that
sat in the lobby after our 2011
reunion dinner on Saturday night to
laugh and share stories. I'm so
grateful to have had that time with
them and be reminded how precious
~ Kathryne Meeks
Sanders, Class of 1961
*** You haven’t sent
out a notice yet about Ed Strickland
so I assume you don’t know about his
passing. The attached link below
will tell you the story.
~ Jackie Phillips
Note: Ed was in the
Class of 1956. When I am
notified, I have no way of knowing
friends from other classes who might
be interested …so this has become my
way of notification ...
* Notices and/or
obituaries are sent to the
deceased’s class, plus the classes
of the (AHS) spouse, child, or close
relative, as soon as possible.
classmate is then listed “In
Memoriam” in the "News & Clues" the
following month, and also posted on
the “In Memoriam” Albany High Times
In Memoriam ...
Not where I breathe,
but where I loved, I live ...
Callaway (September 25, 2008), Class
of 1972, brother of Don Calloway
*** Gladys Eileen
Hayes Callaway, Class of 1936, died
on May 28, 1997; mother of Don
*** Ashley Delano
King, Class of 1972; husband of
Donna Bullington ('72)
*** Stanley E.
Harp, Sr., Class of 1961
*** Jean Seigler
Pace, Class of 1943
*** Courtney E.
Howe, Sr., husband of Marie Fowler,
Class of 1956
*** Joyce Metts
Grubbs, Class of 1945
Wilkerson Berg Barry, Class of 1964;
sister of Susan ('67) Berg
*** Jim Gilmer,
Class of 1962; husband of Cornelia
“Corky” Kulp Gilmer (‘65)
*** Nora Lucille
*** Jodie McNeil
Gooch, AHS Class of 1976, daughter
McNeil Gauntt (‘49), niece of Joyce
Fitzgerald ('55), and Buddy
Fitzgerald (AHS ?).
Donald L. Hill,
Class of 1957; husband of
Susie Whitaker ('56)
W. Edward Strickland,
Class of 1956; brother of Troy
*** Claude E.
Surface Jr., Class of 1961
Salvesen, Class of 1956
*** Marguerite Webb
Corr, mother of John Price Corr,
Jr., M.D ('67);
Librarian at Mamie
Brosnan Elementary School
Note: Thanks to all
those who send obituaries of AHS
Indians inside and outside of
Albany. We would otherwise not be
aware of our losses.
* 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 “In Memoriam”
webpage and also in the "News &
Clues" the following month.
Check out your class
In Memoriam - Our
corrections or additions to
“News & Clues”
Please add me to your
email list. Thanks.
~ Linda Fordham
Cauley, Class of 1970
Anniversaries and beyond ...
Eugene ('52) and
Dorothy Reeves ('55) Crosson
celebrated their 58th Wedding
Anniversary April 10, 2013.
(’53) and Linda Plummer (’56)
Mansfield celebrated their 56th
Wedding Anniversary March 17, 2013.
and I celebrated our 50th Wedding
Anniversary on February 2nd.
We had a wonderful time sharing our
memories and the life we have had. I
feel so blessed to have him as the
love of my life and my best friend.
We traveled a lot in the military
and never made it back to Albany
except for visits with family. We
had to depend on each other all
those years far from our families.
~ Joan Hand Murphy
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anniversaries and beyond