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We Need Albany Ears to Hear …

Bye, Bye, Blackbeard’s???


by 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 organizer’s plate.


Wynelle (Davis) 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.


The years have taken a toll on the organizers and Wynelle has accomplished all duties, single-handedly, 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 turn!


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 gwtwjwjw@mchsi.com within the next 2 weeks …by April 30.


If no one is interested in taking on the job by April 30, 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.


And now, from our hearts ... we sincerely thank Wynelle Davis Greenway and wish her all the best!







*** Class of 1963 ***

50th Reunion

April 26 - 27, 2013

@ Merry Acres


For more information, visit our class website

at http://www.ahs1963.us

or contact Bruce Garey at brucegarey@bellsouth.net

or phone (229) 439-0546


*** Class of 1960 ***

April 17, 2013


Spring is here! So let's have a gathering for all of the Class of 1960 ... ladies and men! And how about another luncheon at Blackbeard's on April 17, 2013! We will start eating around 12:30 p.m.


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, picalow@mchsi.com

or 229-881-4616


*** Class of 1958 ***

55TH Reunion for AHS Class of 1958


Friday Night, May 3, 2013:

Barbecue/Picnic Dinner

@ Merry Acres Conference Center.

Begin at 6:30 PM - Dinner at 7:30 PM.

Dress is resort casual.

~ Cash bar ~


Saturday Night, May 4, 2013:

Dinner @ Merry Acres Banquet Room.

Begin at 6 PM

Dinner at 7:30 PM

~ Cash bar ~

Dress is dressy casual.

Band will play


* Reservations are $70 per person.

* Deadline for sending in checks is

April 26, 2013

* Room reservations at Merry Acres for

AHS Class of 1958 classmates is $89 per


* Includes full breakfast


Please send all reservation questions and reservation checks to:

Linda Cullom Jordan

5004 Van Cise Lane

Albany, Georgia 31721.

Telephone 229 888-5098


Our webpage: Class of 1958

Click here: '58 Misc. Pics


*** Class of 1993 ***

20th Class Reunion!

June 21 - 22, 2013

See weekend itinerary ...

Click here: Class of 1993


*** Class of 1983 ***

30th Reunion

Saturday, June 22, 2013

6:00 pm

Location: TBD

David A. Golden posted in AHS Class of 1983

For more information:

Click here: Class of 1983


*** Class of 1962 ***

*** The planning 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 on June 20, 2013. Details will follow in an email. Put the date on your calendar and plan to join us!



Joann Roark Arneson (jprarneson@aol.com) or Carol Pate Stark (cpstark@att.net)


*** Check out last luncheon and pics at: Click here: 1962 Girl's Luncheons



Click here: Reunion Ideas ... take a look!


Click here: Lost Classmates? How to Find ...



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New WebPage Additions


Albany High Website!!!


New additions to this "new" section, "Before AHS" and now has additional schools and information .... Click here: Before AHS - When We Were VERY Young!


Special thanks to Indians who mailed or emailed priceless information.


Some responses:

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 Brosnan School.

~ 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 Clark ('65)


*** 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 the mid-60s.


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 say “sandspurs”?

~ Gerald Cook ('65)


*** 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" Cook ('62)


NOTE: Anything from newspapers, because of the pixels, are almost impossible to scan well enough to produce on the website. Just FYI!



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?~ 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 Tomorrow".


Thanks for helping re: the Radium Painting.

~ John Huie (’56)


NOTE: Thronateeska Heritage Center has unveiled Albany Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow chronicling life in Albany in the past and present. Click here: Albany Herald | Thronateeska unveils new Albany book


A~ 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 Bear!

Click here: Jean Weiner, Professional Artist


R~ 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 heart! :)

~ 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 1976


A~ Here is a response from the son of one of the authors, Morgan Murphy!


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 mrmlpta@gmail.com.


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.


Seems there are fewer and fewer things in the Albany High Times from the earlier classes. I GUESS WE ARE "TIRING OUT" ...

~ Ralph Calhoun (’47)


A~ I’m sure Carleen will love hearing from you!






Doug Dahlgren’s Latest …

"The Son" is back!!!



One reader wrote: “Just when 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 5-Star winner!”


A Kindle version to be available shortly....


Doug recently spoke to 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 (’60)



Buster Wasden ('55) on Tympani






~ Two Photos ~

from Harriet Ort Cornelius


Girls at Pine Mountain Camp

Mrs. Culpepper, Counselor


Check out the jeans and shoes!



The very handsome

Stafford Williams

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Messages from FaceBook!!


Helen Pafford Bennett

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!





*** Posted on FaceBook, March 22, 2013, by Lisa Johnston Robertson, daughter of Proc (54) and Pam Tyler (’55) Johnston


*** 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. I was 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 bathing suit!
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 hard.


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 passed away.


Thanks so much for your reply.












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*** 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 special lady!!

~ Carleen Newell Flowers (’48)


*** 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) Johnston


NOTE: 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 &1967)


*** 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.

11th Avenue Elementary School

~ 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 email list?

~ Charles Gillespie (’62)


*** 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 work.

~ 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 housed 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 that time?


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.


The Planning Committee will decide whether we create a new website or not. Feedback from classmates that enjoyed the website might help sway their decision.


Also, please remove Jeana Stewart from the Class of 1962 missing classmates list.

~ Charles Gillespie (’62)


*** 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 class.


You made this all possible, and again I thank you for the good work and dedication. Regards -

~ 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 this correction.


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 article …

~ Jim Tolbert, Class of ‘59


*** 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 Pinkston ('50)


*** 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 England (’52)


*** I am retiring. Please change my e-mail. Thanks,

~ Judith Madson 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 deceased list.


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, 1997. Thanks,

~ Don Callaway, Class of 1964


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 Callaway.


*** 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 O’Connor (’61)


*** 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 (’56)


*** 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 reached.

Thank you for all you do to keep everyone informed.

~ Pam Pannel Woody (’72)


*** 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 Medals."

Take care.

~ Brenda Hitchcock Creasy (’61)


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!


*** Elizabeth "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 ago.

~ Margaret Green Brannon (’66)


*** 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 Hightower Payne.

~ Bruce Garey (’63)


*** 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) Fordham (’61)

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 life is.

~ 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 (’57)


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.


Each deceased classmate is then listed “In Memoriam” in the "News & Clues" the following month, and also posted on the “In Memoriam” Albany High Times webpage.



In Memoriam ...

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


*** Stanley Eugene Callaway (September 25, 2008), Class of 1972, brother of Don Calloway ('64)


*** Gladys Eileen Hayes Callaway, Class of 1936, died on May 28, 1997; mother of Don Calloway (’64)


*** 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


*** Elizabeth 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 Topshe Ernst


*** Jodie McNeil Gooch, AHS Class of 1976, daughter of Joanne Fitzgerald 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 Strickland ('54)


*** Claude E. Surface Jr., Class of 1961


*** Peggy Eubanks 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 at In Memoriam - Our Deceased Classmates


Please send corrections or additions to albanyhightimes@aol.com






“News & Clues” Subscribers!



*** Please add me to your email list. Thanks.

~ Linda Fordham Cauley, Class of 1970





50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ...

Eugene ('52) and Dorothy Reeves ('55) Crosson celebrated their 58th Wedding Anniversary April 10, 2013.


Tommy (’53) and Linda Plummer (’56) Mansfield celebrated their 56th Wedding Anniversary March 17, 2013.


Terry 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 (’61)


Send your 50th anniversaries and beyond

to albanyhightimes@aol.com








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