1952 - 55th Reunion ~
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thanks to Luke Simmons for contacting the Albany Herald, who published
the above picture and were kind enough to email it to him!
... From 55th
B.B. Rhodes ~
members of the class of 1952 attended the 55th reunion. We
met at Merry Acres on Friday evening for a social gathering
to welcome everyone. Saturday morning was on their own to
tour downtown, and to visit the River Aquarium and I-Max
theater. For lunch they inhaled 60 - that's right 60 Jimmy's
Hotdogs. We met at 5:00 for socializing at the old train
station. White's Seafood catered the dinner. A memorial was
given by Harry Helton, for those that are no longer with us.
Dancing until 10:00 O'clock - all over 70 years old had to
be in bed by 10 - that included everyone.
Attending the 55th was Don Bravaldo, Harry Helton, Bubba
Pippin. Dannetter Wingate, May Muse Nettawyl Oliver, Annelle
Stem, Luke Simmons, Frank Winderweedle, Rosemary Rhyne,
George Peach, Margie Webb, Jesse Way Charlie Hardin, Howard
Bedenbaugh, Tom Shadrick, Aubrey McClain, Rex Council,
Jeanne Baumgartel, Ed McCurdy, Burie McCurdy, B.B Rhodes,
Eddie Appling, Joel Hammond, Mary Alice Ramsey, JoAnne
Johnston, Cecil (Hambone) Hamilton, Anne Rouse, Mack McKemie,
Mizelle Pritchard, Warner Houston, Wisteria Simmons, Judy
Lee, Marie Mogford, Mary Ann Blackshear, Reba Willis, Jannie
Sheffield, Lillian Lackland ( Total with spouses - 63).
good time was had by all and we are looking forward to 2012
Hambone Hamilton ~
class reunion -just completed - was a great success. B.B. and
his support team did a wonderful job. We have not seen rain in
so long and needed it so badly that when we were leaving Merry
Acres Fri. evening the bottom fell out and we all enjoyed
getting soaked! ~ Hambone
class of 52 reunion was very nice. The planning left a lot of
time for us to just sit around and talk. If we did not have to
go to bed or back home we would still be there talking. Hambone
and I did not get all of our talking done, but I am in hopes
that he will be coming by here on his way to see his son in VA.
We can pick up where we left off. BB did a great job along with
the committee putting everything together. I have gone to
Barnes and Noble to order my 2012 calendar to write in the date
for the 60th reunion. You may have read in BB's comments that I
did the memorial for the classmates who have gone on to their
glory. It was short and to the point. I read off the list and
many stated that as I read the names they could picture each
person and had some positive thoughts about each one.
funny, when someone would get a few people together for a
picture, others with a camera would come running over to get
that picture. It took forever to get the group picture as there
was so many cameras. It rained just enough to cool it down so
we could be out side to dance without getting so hot. It was
hot! during the day. The ole home town has really changed.
~ 1952 - 50th Reunion ~
June 7 - 8 2002
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June 8th in front of Old AHS!
Gathering at Merry Acres
by Tommy Tarpley
by Beverly Smith (Zacharias) Herrington
Tour of AHS: June
by Tommy Tarpley
Also from 50th
David McIntyre (1952):
Ann and Don Shepherd were both
in my class of 52. Don and I were pretty close that year,
physically that is, for you see Don was Center and I was QB
on the football team in the fall of '51 when we were 9-2. It
really was a great reunion BB and his team put together. Dan
was class of '57 and has made more of my reunions than I
have. It was good to meet you and we missed you at the
Marion Underwood Gandy (1954):
I really enjoyed reading about the reunion. I'm really
sorry I missed it. Honestly, I didn't know about it. Maybe
when the news came out was about the time I was beginning to
have difficulty with my computer, so I didn't receive it.
(The computer finally crashed, went back to Compaq and is
like new now - literally, everything was wiped out). I was
with the Magnolias that weekend, and they all knew about the
reunion, so it was just me that was in the dark. I know it
was fun to see all those "old" people. :o) Thanks for
keeping us informed.
Herbert Paulk (1952):
had a great time Friday and Saturday. Just seeing old
friends was wonderful. Did not realize that we had gotten to
such a young old age. I had not seen Barbara Lipsey since
graduation but she looked just great! Finally had time to
spend with Curtis Floyd as I had been hunting him for over
40 years and was so glad he came. Hope to spend some more
time with him now that I know where he lives. I was
surprised that so many classmates knew me. I related to my
wife that I could not rob banks, too easily identified. If
you missed this, you missed a wonderful opportunity to
re-know your classmates. After all, most of us went from the
3rd grade thru graduation together. I have been remiss in
not attending the other classes reunions but will from now
on. Just hope I can find out when and where. If anyone knows
in advance, please email me at
email@example.com. Thanks Bev for having
Smith Zacharias (1955):
if steep hills to a young girl can turn into slopes in her more
mature years, 7' giants can turn into regular guys at class
reunions!!! Bob Gotsch said the same thing happened to him when
he saw Joe Wallis at another reunion. Well I, too, saw Joe
Wallis at the 1952 Fiftieth Reunion, as well as Hambone
Hamilton, Tony Cushenberry, Howard Bedenbaugh, Harry Helton,
Cleve and Jerry Clark - all of whom were at least
7 feet tall when I bashfully looked up to them as a lowly
Freshman - and I discovered at the Friday Reunion function that
they really had not shrunk in stature - I just had grown up,
matured, gotten old ... or something!!! (Note: brother Jackie
Clark was tall too, but he doesn’t count since he was a freshman
with me, as well as my poker buddy!). Funny how things change
... in many ways!
indeed an evening for memories. Tommy Pattison and Janice Hayes
McClendon had met me at the motel where I was staying and
together we walked into a room full of people who, like us, were
trying to put “new faces” with pictures of the 1952 seniors. A
few were immediately recognizable, but for fear of being on a
hit list, I refuse to name them (but email me and we can
a goof right off the bat! Standing at the sign-in table, I saw
classmate Charlie Foster come in … a woman right in front of
him. Briefly thinking the woman belonged to Charlie, I went up
and hugged and greeted her, then turned to Charlie to do the
same. It was only a couple of embarrassed moments before I
realized she was NOT Charlie’s lovely! That lady kept looking
at me all night wondering who the heck had hugged her with such
enthusiasm when she came in (just a frivolous blonde!!).
entering the Merry Acres banquet room, the buzz I heard
immediately was … “is Barbara Lipsey here yet?” The 50th
Class Reunion was to be Barbara’s first … and remembering how
“popular” Barbara was, it was not surprising that folks were
looking forward to seeing her again. And when she appeared, you
had to wonder … her 50th class reunion? … she hardly
looks 50 NOW!!! I took a picture of Barbara and Tony
Cushenberry sitting at the table, deep in chitchat … both
looking hardly a day removed from their high school days!
several from the Class of 1955 and it was great to visit with
them … Janice Hayes McClendon, Dottie Reeves Crosson (with
husband Pee Wee), Jackie Clark, Wayne Kennedy, Charlie Foster,
Ernest Frazier, Kenneth Barr, and John Chambliss (who had been
on our “lost list” for some time – but we’ve found him now!).
Sylvia Lewis Knight and Bobby Wingate (who is now a dashing
adult – but I must confess, I did not recognize him), Brinson
Phillips, Gale Barlow Belcher, Jerry Clark, David and Don
McIntyre, Otis Terry, Ponny Manuel (who attends every function
offered – and we love it!) and the aforementioned Tony and Joe,
were a few of those attending from other classes.
Rhodes (I understand why Thelma loved him so much) did a great
job in hosting the Friday Function. And I am so glad he and his
class made the effort to include other classes! Just wish I
could have gotten in on the shaggin’ on Saturday night!
Sylvia Lewis Knight (1956):
really had a good time Fri. and Sat. nights. Danced my feet off
with Dan McIntire, Ponny and Bobby, and Bobby does not even like
to dance. I got him up anyway!
Tommy Pattison (1954):
Although I was only there for about an hour the first night, I
saw quite a few friends. Some I have known since early
childhood days. It was so good seeing Barbara Lipsey England
again after about 30 years. She and I worked together at First
State Bank and Trust in the early 60's. In fact, she was my
immediate boss (and a good one too). She looks the same -
was also good seeing Solon Skandamis after so many years. I
recognized him also pretty quick but the gray hair almost
stumped me. Solon joined the Navy after high school and after
our graduation in 1954, Bobby Pitts and I joined the Navy. I
eventually was stationed in Yokosuka, Japan in 1956 and was out
one night with my buddies in a bar when all of a sudden a bunch
of swabbies came in and there was Solon. Man, it was great
seeing someone from home after so long a time.
were a lot more: Jean Baumgartel, Harry Helton, Ann Railey,
Catherine Holt, Howard Bedenbaugh, Mary Anne Blackshear, Lorene
Cooper, Betty Ellis, Joel Hammond, Annelle Stem, Nan Mercer....I
could go on naming names but won't. They all looked great. I
missed some by leaving early but will catch them at another
good seeing other classes present. After 50 years --- just
being together as friends is what it is all about.
Barbara Lipsey (1952):
Got home tonight and it actually was a bit of a let down. I am dead
tired but it's a good tired. I had such a wonderful time seeing
everyone and laughed until my sides still hurt. I wish I could have
stayed longer and visited so many people I didn't see Friday night.
I really didn't get to visit even Friday night very much with you or
some others I would have liked to see more but maybe we can get
together before another 50 years go by, I HOPE SO ANYWAY.
B. B. Rhodes (1952):
We enjoyed having you at
our 50th reunion, and thanks for helping us celebrate. We had a
great turnout Saturday night, the band was great and most of us
turned into pumpkins after midnight. Thanks again for attending our
Janice Hayes McClendon (1955):
I had a really good time
last night! Not as many people there last night which was
surprising to me but the Exchange Club building very nice and the
food excellent!! Jean Owens catered it. The band was very good, not
sure of their name but Nell Berry or Beary or Peak (I remember her
as a Peak) son, Mark, is in the band. They played "oldies but
goodies" of course! I certainly didn't know Dan McIntyre could
dance soooo well but he can truly "shake a leg"!!!! I sat with
Sylvia and Bobby and Ponny some after dinner and danced some
to have cramps in my feet ALL night!!! Haven't danced in heels in
years! Everybody seemed to be having a great time .... Barbara
Lipsey, Tommy Tarpley, Tony Cushenberry, Jean Baumgartel, Lillian
and her husband, Carlyle, David and Nancy Garrison Both McIntyre's
love to dance it seemed! Would you believe the band stopped playing
at 11 PM!! Truly shows our age ... HA! Hope this gives you a bit
of a view of Saturday night ...
Annelle Stem Griffin ...
and 40th Reunion Memory Poems by Annelle Stem
June 7 & 8, 2002
BACK TO THE FUTURE - ONE MORE TIME
So as not to confuse you,
I need to explain,
That - in order to amuse you and entertain -
The theme I've chosen, for the 50th Reunion Rhyme,
Is the Top Hits of the 50's! Music of our time!
So - DEAR HEARTS & GENTLEPEOPLE of the Class of 52.
Let's take a walk down memory lane & the songs that we once knew.
I've heard it said the Past is just a memory away.
But now we can't remember, just what we did today!
We lived life like a song. Lyrics were so sweet.
Growing up on the SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET.
THAT OLD GANG OF MINE - none could compare!
BECAUSE OF YOU - and the fun that we shared.
Those days were so innocent - A SIMPLE MELODY.
MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC - and YOU BELONG TO ME.
COME ON TO MY HOUSE - that was THE THING.
Senior Parties galore - you were told who to bring!
We were CRYING IN THE CHAPEL. (Sam served spaghetti, you know.)
The Methodist Church on Sunday nights, or we couldn't go to the
The Senior Day Picnic - dressed in little kids' style.
And Sock Hops and Hayrides, ONCE IN AWHILE.
The BLUE MOON above us cast its magical glow
At our Senior Prom where we danced really slow.
HOW HIGH THE MOON over Radium Springs.
These fond memories - are a few of our favorite things.
So here we are again, joining in the fun,
Remembering that Father Time waits for no one.
IT ISN'T FAIR - that some have passed.
VAYA CON DIOS. Our memories of you will last.
Since 9/11, things are just not the same.
So much we took for granted has gone right down the drain.
And, with this Reunion, we focus our wishes anew
On those who fight for freedom - who cherish the red, white & blue.
Now, I'm borrowing these last few verses, ok?
I guess this is a time in life when you look back to when -
Thinking of all the things you've done, places that you've been.
What boils down to be the tops and certainly life's true measure -
Family and the friends one makes in life is really your best
So thanks for being a part of a life that I won't soon forget.
What makes it even better is that "life's not over yet."
If the past is a sign of the future, at least as of this date,
Then bring it on for life's been good and I can hardly wait!
C'EST SI BON
1952 40th Reunion
Submitted by Luke Simmons
BACK TO THE
June 26, 1992
Annelle Stem Griffin
Class Reunion!!! It’s hard to comprehend.
Seems like only yesterday when we were young (& thin)!
So come with me. Let’s “Drag the Main”.
Back to the Past, down Memory Lane.
What fun we had in the 50’s. So innocent & naive.
Growing up in Albany was just like make-believe.
We hung out at the Pig‘n Whistle. Spent weekends at Radium Springs.
Afternoons at football practice - a few of our favorite things.
We cheered our team, the Orange & Green, the pride of Albany High!
Those Indians almost won the Region - only one point shy!
Sunday night dinners at the Methodist Church & then went to the
Cheehaw Park, a little kiss - Cleve was my first & oh -
That first kiss was so special from that tall & lanky guy.
My Paw Paw met us at the door with baseball bat held high!
We hunted rabbits & stole pecans, found turtles in our lockers!
Our skirts were long our sweaters tight - did we show off our
All our teachers were the best. They cared & taught us well.
Mary Hudson, Thelma Plant, Pat & Bernie, Maynard Sell.
So clever was that Billie Bragg. Mrs. Dobbins, a Latin fable.
Thornton & Long, Mrs. Paul for P.E., & Mr. Loveless even danced on
Ina Randitt & Mrs. Collins. In the shop was Mr. Sewell.
VanCise for Art. Hughes for Speech. Biology - Mr. Howell.
Mr. Mac, our Principal, at times was quite the lion.
Annella & Milward in Home Ec. & we all had a crush on Jack O’Brien!
Our favorite teacher in ‘52 was Ms. Ford - Marguerite.
‘Twas through her inspiration that our lives were more complete.
Nicknames were quite the thing, like Cleve was “Cherokee”,
Cecil was “Hambone”, Motie was “Mort”, & Tommy was “T.T.”.
Barbara - “Tiger”, Mangum - “Bubba”, & “Nook” was David G.
I was “Lump” & “Doity Nelle” & “Crash” was for Don B.
Oscar was known as “Dash” or “Burt”, & “Doober” was David L.
Charlie was “Grits” & Lee was “Flip”, & Carlton’s “Muke” was really
The Sr. Dance - a Blue Moon Theme. Remember Lee & Dolly dancing?
Corsages, silver stars. Jean & Bobby still romancing.
Kids’ Day, the Sr. Picnic & Sr. Parties galore.
Then came Graduation Night. >High School Days no more!
But, let’s get Back To The Future!!! Let’s meet & celebrate
That we‘ve lived & loved LO these 40 Years - June 26, I can’t wait!
Don’t be embarrassed, girls, if you have no waist
Or if Mean Old Mr. Gravity has done weird things to your face.
Don’t worry you guys, if you’re bald or fat.
You can’t all be Don Bravaldo. Being YOU is where it’s at!
For inside of each of us is who we were in ‘52.
A little better - maybe worse - but ALIVE & LIVING, too!
I looked in the dictionary to find the definition
Of the word, “reunion”. Here’s Webster’s rendition:
“GATHERING TOGETHER AGAIN”
See you there....
by Herbert Paulk
Motie Wiggins, Carlyle Sullivan and B.B. Rhodes
Mayor Motie Wiggins presents Key to Class President, Carolyn Hayes
The Gals: Kneeling: Ann Rouse and Joann Johnston. Standing - Judy Lee, Shirley Way, Ann Adams, Nettie Will Oliver, Lillian Lackland, Honey Cheatham, Helen Rhodes, Betty Jo Ellis, Margaret Langford, Hilda Farrow, and Doris Roberson.
The Guys: Kneeling: B.B. Rhodes, Bubba Pippin, Motie Wiggins, Carlyle Sullivan. Back Row: Chief Harry Helton, Jesse Way, Josh ?, ____, David Garrison, James Barber, Mel Daniel, Carlton Mulford and Luke Simmons
Honoring the Teachers: Jim Barbre, Mrs. E.M. Dobbins (Latin), Hambone Hamilton, Miss Mabel Hogue (Librarian), and Mr. G.B. Howell (Chemistry, Biology and Guidance)
Remember the Lux Girls Contest?
(These Girls Were 15?)
Going thru some old pics and
thought you'd get a kick out of this newspaper article I had
scanned to send to Lillian Lackland a few years ago....can't
remember who won, but sure Lillian knows....hope you can
enlarge enough to read some of the ads & articles! I still
have the original newspaper. The contest was based on
how many Lux wrappers were sent in for the contestants!
~ Annelle Stem Griffin
Click to enlarge - sorry
could not make the small newspaper print readable!
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