09 2013



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80th Edition ~ 09/15/2013


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*** Class of 1969 ***

45th AHS & Deerfield

June 20-21, 2014


Plans are underway for our 45th AHS/ Deerfield Class of 1969 class reunion. We are still in the infancy of planning BUT save the date of June 20-21, 2014.


Event will be at Merry Acres and we have a block of rooms set aside at Merry Acres motel for $89 per night plus tax.


Friday night will be a "Meet and Greet" and Saturday night will be a dance with The Grapevine Band out of Macon GA. If you have never heard The Grapevine Band you are in for a real treat! One of the members is our own Robin Hughes ... AHS Class of 66.

It will be an awesome weekend so please put this on your calendar!

Also in preparation for upcoming communications, please send your address and email address to erhinman@mchsi.com or send a FB inbox message.

Looking forward to a great reunion!!!!!”

~ Elaine Rabun Hinman


** Classes of 1964-65 **

A Combined 50th Reunion

November 7th and 8th, 2014


Once again, there will be a combined 50th Reunion celebration for the classes of 1964-65 again!

A temporary date has been set for November 7th and 8th, 2014 at Merry Acres.


Planning meetings have started, with the last being held August 14th at Merry Acres.

~ Glenda Shelby Cannon (’64) glendashelbyc@gmail.com


*** Class of 1962 ***

70th Birthday Party


The planning committee for the Class of 1962 70th Birthday Party is at work!


~ Girl’s Luncheon ~

The next Girl’s Luncheon will be at Joann Roark Arneson’s home on Sept. 19, 2013, at 11:30. It will again be a covered dish. More information will be put out in an email or you may contact one of us.



Joann Roark Arneson (jprarneson@aol.com) or

Carol Pate Stark (cpstark@att.net)


*** Check out our other luncheons and pics at: Click here: 1962 Girl's Luncheons


Are there additional upcoming reunions?

Submit your information to:




DID YOU KNOW? You can check out suggestions from other class reunions for your venues, caterers and great bands and DJs!!

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


*** IF YOUR CLASS has info you would like to share ... i.e., successful venues, food/caterers and bands/music, send info to albanyhightimes@aol.com with ALL CONTACT INFO!


*** Also ... looking for lost classmates? This page will give you help ...

Click here: Lost Classmates? How to Find







New elementary and junior high class pictures submitted by Mary Ann Caldbeck Allen (’63) ...

Broad Avenue Elementary: Broad Ave Elementary School

* Mrs. Howell's 3rd grade, 1956. AHS Class of 1966

* Miss Schmidt's 5th grade,1958. AHS Class of1966

(Recognize a few - Joe Allen, my brother, Kathy Fetters, Virginia Howard, Gay Forrester, Marie Tanner and Rodney Clark)

* Mrs. Howell's 3rd grade ,1960. AHS Class of 1970

Albany Junior High: Albany Jr. High School

* Mrs. Blount's 7th grade, 1957. AHS Class of 1963

* Miss Wimberly's** 8th grade, 1958. AHS Class of 1963


** Teacher Beth Wimberly West is an AHS Indian, too! Class of 1949.


Indian Responses

to August "News & Clues"


*** Regarding the Art Club picture last month ... on the front row, first boy (from left to right) is my brother Bobby Wills (Class of 59). I am,

~ Deborah Wills Watkins (Class of '66)


Sunny Rackley (’52), wrote: “I just read Annelle Stem Griffin's art class story on AHS Times! Great story! She is a great organizer and teacher. Congratulations again on that wonderful story.”

Click here: Annelle Stem Griffin, AHS Art Teacher


How to Purchase

Coach Lowe’s Book –


You may contact Coach either by e-mail, phone or mail. I will send the book through the mail and they can send me a check for thirty dollars.

My E-mail address is gblowe2012@gmail.com.

My phone number: 229-725-5551

My address: 773 Mill Pond Rd, Damascus, GA 39841


I am in Albany Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons at Deerfield-Windsor football field. If you pick up your copy in person you save five dollars ($5) postage and packaging. The cost is twenty-five dollars ($25).


Thanks a ton for helping me get the word out. I could not have done it without your help.

~ Graham Lowe

Click here: Graham Lowe, AHS Coach and Teacher




We Recommend These Links ...



Ed Faber

Class of 1962


*** Check out NEW additions to Ed Faber’s photography web-page …


Click here: Ed Faber, Photographer - Class of 1962 for larger photo of the Albany Oak Tree located in a backyard in the 500 block of 5th Avenue.



ALSO ... another beautiful Faber addition ...

Two Owls!







Please give consideration to the first question … it is actually THE most asked question on “You Asked …?”:


?~ Hi, I lost my AHS yearbooks when my mother’s home was flooded in Albany back in the 1990’s. Are you aware of any sources that might sell yearbooks from 1983-1985? Thanks!

~Teresa Dill Mills (’85)


?~ How can I obtain a copy of Graham Lowe’s new book? I would love to have it autographed for my mom, but I am not in Albany. My mom was Class of ‘62 - Judy Fulmer (and my dad too - Richard Patterson). My brother Doug and I both went to Deerfield while Coach Lowe was there, so I know what to buy for my brother when Coach Lowe writes the Deerfield book! Why don't you add my mom. Her email address is below. She is in Gainesville now - so she is close to us too. Thank you.

~ Connie Haywood/Constance Patterson Haywood


?~ How would I get a copy of Graham Lowe's Book, "It's A Grand Old School?" Thanks.

~ Sandra Brunson


A~ Sent Coach Lowe’s information to Connie and Sandra (see questions above)


?~ This is a photo (from 1951 or 1952) of a Christmas Dance at the American Legion in Albany.


(Click to enlarge)


Missing from this old photo is Hope McKemie and her date. The newspaper photo of that part is torn away. If anyone knows anything about Miss McKemie's date, or anything about the dance please let me know. Why was this group photographed? Thanks,

~ Luke Simmons (’52)



?~ I am looking for a picture of the original Radium Springs Elementary School back in the 80’s. Thanks!

~ Kay Simmons


A~ I was put in contact with someone who did make the copies for my friend from my Sunday School class who had lost all her annuals, and was looking for a copy of pictures from her 1950 senior class annual ...Thank you very much!

~ Barbara A. Robinson, Class of ‘62




50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ...




Peggy Jo Irwin Davis, Class of 1954 and husband, Jack, celebrated their 56th anniversary August 25, 2013!


55 years and counting ……………


On September 21st, 55 years ago, we promised each other to spend our lives together……


For better or worse……..been up and down that roller coaster ride a few times!


For richer or poorer…..we did the poorer part so well that we never got around to the richer!


In sickness and in health…..we didn’t like that sickness stuff, so decided to stay healthy!


And to love each other to death …….. we’re still working on that part!!!


In today's world we are an endangered species!

~ Wilburn (’53) and Martha LeSueur (’56) Nicholson


Send your 50th Anniversaries

and beyond

to albanyhightimes@aol.com




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




You must be a member of FaceBook

and signed on first to open these pages.


* Albany High Times Website @ Facebook

* 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....

* Albany High School Class of 1974 Albany, GA

* Albany High School Grads 1976-1983

NEW!* AHS/WHS Class of 1978



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


* AHS Class of 1983

ANY OTHER CLASSES to be listed?




from FaceBook!!


*** Carlton Fordham posted on Albany High Times' FaceBook timeline: My sister Jackie (Fordham) Jarman passed away 8/25/13. I believe she was a member of the Class of 1950. Obituary is listed at Spring Hill Memorial Chapel website, Spring Hill, TN." She was a fine person. She had been on dialysis for the last three years and was miserable and elected to discontinue the dialysis and go be with our mother and dad and Jesus. She will be missed by all who knew her. My son, John, told Brenda and me that his Aunt Jackie was the only Angel he had ever met.


*** Ben Swilley: I just read where Russell Cross passed away. He was 90 and the father of Jeanie Cross ('76) who was Miss Georgia and, as I recall, a finalist in the Miss America contest. What was impressive to me was his incredible war (WWII) record. He truly was one of the "Greatest Generation!"




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We Recommend …


*** Check out The Complete History of the FIRST Albany High School! Click here: Albany Academy

*** You'll enjoy this section dedicated to several AHS teachers, with memories and tributes submitted by AHS students. Click here: Remembering Our Teachers: Students Share Memories


Includes webpages for:

  • Helen Long Cordell

  • Billy Bragg

  • A Tribute to Bernie Reid

  • Graham Lowe

  • Annelle Stem Griffin

* The Gift of Lessons

  • Billy Bragg, Mary (Ma) Hudson, Helen Myers Long, Maynard Sell and Thelma Plant

* A Tribute

  • Coach O'Brien

  • Thelma Plant

  • Billy Bragg

In addition a list of teachers of the 50's, addresses and obituaries of some teachers.

Feel free to add your favorites and/or give any updates you may have.


*** Visit here to check on pictures BEFORE AHS from YOUR school years ...

Click here: Before AHS - When We Were VERY Young!



Coming Next Month


LOTS of new pictures ... from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Herrington ... parents of Kay ('62), David ('60), and Tom ('56) Herrington. The family moved to Columbus GA in 1956, and David and Kay entered Columbus High School where Kay was Head Majorette:

  • Palmyra Program: 1950 - "The Maid and the Golden Slipper" (Cinderella)

  • Palmyra Grammar School: Classes (1) Teacher - Hardy, 1953; (2) Teacher - Mrs. Hogue, year unknown; and (3) teacher and class unknown

  • AJHS: The Papoose - September 1950

  • AJHS Band: 1953

  • AHS Band: 1953

  • Zell's-A-Poppin' Band Program - 1954

  • AHS - First Miss Albany Pageant Program - 1956

  • AJHS Band: 1957

  • AHS Band - Christmas Parade - 1957

  • Mrs. Mary Baugh Watson Recitals: 1949 - 1957

  • Maude Evelyn Murphy Dance Recitals - 1949. 1952 and 1953

  • Costume Material Bill


~ CLUES!!! ~



*** White-tails ... yes, but more! Wait until you see these unusual deer! The location is near Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, near the state line with Michigan's Upper Peninsula. And there's beautiful music as well! Click below, turn up the sound and enjoy!



Click here: news + public affairs player: video

~ Billy Hawthorne (’60)


*** I found this site while we were up in North Georgia. You can enter search criteria like "Albany" and it will show old photos:


~ Clark Riffe is the brother of Susan Riffe O'Neal ('54) who moved from Albany her freshman year at AHS. Clark was born at Phoebe Putney in 1944. He remembers getting his hair cut at the Gordon Hotel Barber Shop. The family moved in the fall of 1950, so he never attended school in Albany.

*** Enjoy! .... especially if you love “Bolero” … (and water) … https://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=ThjY6GizZqc

~ Pat Adams Shays (’56)


*** For my musical friends! This BOOGIE WOOGIE will put a smile on your face! No … you don't hear boogie woogie like this much anymore; and likely you have never heard it played on twin pianos. They use all 88 keys!

Click here: Boogie Woogie Twins / Dr. John - YouTube

~ Martha LeSueur Nicholson ('56)



Tribe Notes …


*** Happy 11th Birthday ... and for all the hard work we get to enjoy !!!! Another great issue … Thanks so much !!!
~ Doug Dahlgren (’65)


*** Dear Martha (LeSueur Nicholson): Wow, what a lovely presentation of our AHS Art Class in '56. Wonder whatever happened to Frank Sadler? Keep up the good work!!!!

~ Annelle Stem Griffin (’52)


*** I know Frank (Orgel ’56) will enjoy keeping up. When we moved to Auburn in February, we changed providers, etc. Lots of changes but all positive!!

Thank you so much,

~ Sarah Orgel


*** Philip Watson, Class of 1965 and wife Anita have been added to “US NOW”.



Philip writes, “We were dressed to attend a graduation ceremony for graduating Doctors from the residency program from Mercer School of Medicine. Anita did not graduate from Albany High, but she did get her Masters Degree from Albany State University in the Nurse Practitioners program.


Click here: Us Now (Add your picture and check out other Indians!).


*** Your newsletter stopped coming several months ago. Would you please put me back on the list? I enjoy reading it so much!
~ Katherine Meadors Ahouse ('61)


*** At one time I was receiving the albanyhightimes but not lately. Please add my name again. It is an email I always look forward to reading. It is so much fun to keep "in the loop" on our friends from the past as well as present. Thank you for keeping us connected.

~ Brenda Tanner Shemwell, Class of 1964


*** Hi, I am not receiving the News and Clues anymore. Please add me back to the list! Thanks! J

Teresa Dill Mills (’85)


NOTE: I have been separating the classes in my address book – it makes class notifications much more simple! My apologies – on occasion I make a boo boo and leave an Indian outside their class tent!


*** New FaceBook page!

AHS/WHS Class of 1978


~ Sam Lee (’78)


*** The Ed Faber article was really interesting and I learn something new about the Albany area every time I read the News & Clues. In my 20 years living in Dougherty County I never saw one bald eagle! It looks like at that time they were in decline but have made a come back! Very Interesting article!

~ Joe Henderson Class of 1957


*** Had fun reading your article about going back to Albany ... (http://albanyhightimes.com/going_back.htm). We lived on 9th Avenue for many, many years. Long, long time ago. I sent my kids up to Hillcrest many times for one thing or another. Used to push my babies in the stroller to "get milk" or "bread" ... We had an account! It was a good life ...


My husband is the Albany native. He is Dennis Everson ... a '68 graduate, but he went to Leesburg for his senior year.


His father was L. M. Everson, a contractor, built so many of the homes around Albany. They lived on Gillionville for the majority of his life ... then Mr. Everson built an impressive house in Lee Cty.


I am writing a novel set in Albany in 1968.

~ Eva Marie Everson, President

Pen In Hand, Inc.


*** Thanks to Pat Dean (’48) for sending her classmate, Janet Marks Sobel’s obituary. We are extremely grateful to those who take the time to notify us.



*** My sister in law, Carolyn Arneson Purrier, Class of 1960, just told me about Jackie Gladin Evans ('60). Herbert (Gladin ’59) and Steve (Arneson ’57) were good friends.

~ Joann Roark Arneson (’62)


*** Thanks so much for getting the information about my brother’s death out.

~Catharine Holt Norton ('52)


*** I just wanted to note that John Margeson’s widow is Jennifer Gwaltney Margeson, AHS Class of 1976. She and I are BFFs.


~ Nancy Martin Bryan (’76)


*** Please add Jay Paul Elwood, Jr. ,Class of 1979. Jay died in a car accident almost 30 years ago, but was never added to the “In Memoriam”. I know it would mean a lot to his parents to know that we remember him. Thanks!

~ Angel Bradford, Class of 1979


*** Ted Sparling just passed away, 8/18/2013.

He was a 1955 graduate of Albany High School. He had been living in Carrabelle, Florida, after moving from Albany a few years, ago. The services will be private.

~ Patsy Melvin Donnelly ('57)


*** You had Gene Crawford's 1944 class right in last month's Times. My class was 1947. Thank you for the notice of our anniversary and all the news. I'm sure we all want to repay you for all you have done but I don't know how to go about it. Love.

~ Aloha Mallard Saye


NOTE: Aloha ... What I receive from many of the people signed up to receive the newsletter, ranging from classes of 1933 to 2009, fills me with joy. not to speak of the connections with people, like you, that otherwise would have never happened … and those connections are GOLD!


*** Thanks to Jackie Phillips, ('57) for sending Dale Holland's obituary last January, and to Jack Corbin ('59) who notified us of his death and additionally his AHS class.


*** So many obituaries don't mention where the deceased Indian attended high school, nor the class year. Great to have Brenda Arnett Darbyshire’s (’67) help. She's doing a great job of sending them in.

~ Martha LeSueur Nicholson ('56)




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


*** Jacquelyn "Jackie" Gladin Evans ('60), sister of Herbert Layton Gladin, Jr. ('59)
*** Daniel Glynn Bullington, Class of 1968


*** Janet Marks Sobel, Class of 1948


*** Daniel Jack Holt, Class of 1967; brother of Catharine Holt Norton ('52). He was predeceased by his mother, Emily Beatie Holt, AHS Class of 1929, who at the time of her death February 2012, was our oldest living Indian.


*** Iris Matthews Brooks, mother of Sandra Brooks Dollar, Class of 1961


*** Ted Sparling, Class of 1955


*** Steven Vaughn Paul, Class of 1978


*** Jackie Fordham Jarman, Class of 1950; sister of Carlton (55) & Jeri Fordham McDowell


*** Marian Peacock Haley, September 21, 1918 - August 30, 2013


*** Frederica "Freddie" Cody Coleman, Class of 1940; mother of Tommy Coleman, Class of 1966

*** Russell Eugene Cross, father of Jeanie Cross Allen, Class of 1962
Note: Thanks to all those who send notices and/or obituaries of AHS Indians inside and outside of Albany. We would otherwise not be aware of our losses.
FYI: Email notices and/or obituaries are first 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 Click here: In Memoriam - Our Deceased Classmates and also in the next issue of "News & Clues".
Please send corrections or additions to albanyhightimes@aol.com



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