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The Albany High Times' "NEWS & CLUES"!!!


We look back....we look forward!!!


 119th Edition ~  11/21/2016


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. . .  just a small town in South Georgia that grew the best kids ever raised!!


Sometimes, not often enough, we reflect upon the good things; And those thoughts always center around those we love ...

And I think about those people who mean so much to me ... And for so many years have made me, so very happy.

And I count the times I have forgotten to say, "Thank you" ... and just how much I love them!

The words for "Sometimes" were written by Henry Mancini's daughter, Felice Mancini, and put to music by her father, Henry Mancini

NOTE: I was able to "fool" my web program this month! Most is as it should be this month!







*** Class of 1957 ***
60th Reunion

May 12 - 13, 2017 (date change)

@ Merry Acres Inn


The Class of '57 Reunion Committee has met and begun work on our 60th reunion! It will take place on the weekend of May 12th and 13th, 2017, and the venue for both nights will be Merry Acres.

We would like for our class members to e-mail their e-mail addresses as well as their mailing addresses to us, and if there are some who haven't quite figured out the computer/internet workings yet, they could call either Mariellen or me.

Merry Acres Motel has "blocked out" some rooms for us which can be accessed by calling them at 229.435.7721, and telling the reservation clerk that they are attending the Class of '57 Reunion.

By providing this much advance notice, it allows our classmates to go ahead and put a 2nd or 3rd mortgage on their home to pay for the face lift, tummy tuck, toupee and dental implants.

We haven't had a reunion since our 50th in 2007, which by all accounts was the best AHS Reunion ever had. Ray Ragsdale Stevens entertained us Friday night at a grand piano with a medley of his many songs, and then on Saturday night we danced to the music of a 16 piece orchestra that he brought down at his expense from Nashville. Albany had never seen nor heard a band like this one. They played all the songs from our era and sounded as good as if not better than the original artists.



Mariellen Johnson Bateman

Jerry Brimberry
229.435.1507 -


*** Class of 1962 ***
55th Reunion

May 19 - 20, 2017


We are planning a weekend to reminisce and update each other on our lives since high school. Please plan to join us on May 19 & 20, 2017. On Friday we will gather at the old Carnegie Library downtown. On Saturday, Paul and Debbie Wallace have again invited us to gather under the trees at their home. Invitations will go out after the first of the year (late January or February). I will also keep Albany High Times updated.

If you have any input or want to be part of the planning please contact:

Jonnie Holley Douglas (

Eleanor Banks Simpson ( or

Joann Roark Arneson (


~ 1962 Girl's Luncheon ~


Dorothy King Combs has graciously invited us to gather at her home in Gray on December 8, 2016. An e-invite has gone out to all the girls I have on my email list (If I have left you off, please let me know. Windows 10 erased my "groups".). Remember to RSVP please.

~ Joann Roark Arneson (

*** For other luncheon pictures ...


*** See our 70th Birthday Pictures ...








By Mack Lipsey, Class of 1950


It was not until we reached the eighth grade did we boys have our first male teacher. Until that time all our teachers had been women. They were smart, competent, challenging, and compassionate. In eighth grade the boys were required to take a shop class. (I assume the girls took home economics?) When we went into the shop, there he was, a tall man with a deep authoritative voice and a smile that told us he was not an ogre. It was Mr. Sowell. He was patient when guiding us through the process of deciding what woodworking project we would attempt, teaching us how to measure and make patterns, and learning how to use the saws, drills, and other (dangerous) shop equipment without cutting off a finger. My admiration and respect for him only increased as the course continued.

Mr. Sowell had played basketball at Georgia State Teachers College in Statesboro from 1934 until 1938 when he graduated. It was only natural, then, that he "worked with" the Junior High basketball team, such as it was. We practiced on the outdoor court since there was no gymnasium at the Junior Hi school. I considered myself twice blessed to have him both as a teacher and a coach.

After eighth grade we went to the high school. (Some students had already gone after seventh grade in order to take Latin.) I was delighted to discover that Mr. Sowell had also been moved to the high school to teach Industrial Arts AND coach the high school basketball team.

Those three years, 1947-1950, to paraphrase a famous author, were "the best of times and the worst of times" for me. They were the worst of times because it was during this time that my mother was ill with cancer, eventually dying in October, 1948. As a result, my family, as I had known it, was over. I lived with a foster family and my sister Elizabeth for a year. It was a time of personal upheaval and displacement.

It was the best of times because of basketball and the influence of Mr. Sowell. Basketball saved my life. It was a source of self-confidence. It provided a significant identity, a sense of someone special in a school of hundreds of students. It provided discipline. Practice every afternoon meant we stayed physically fit. Learning plays, formations, and timing required attention to detail. It provided opportunities for travel - not far afield - but to places in Georgia I would not have gone otherwise. Perhaps best of all, were the friendships that emerged as we became a "team." For two years our "first team" consisted of James Daniel, Pete Cox, Bobby Phillips, Philip Clark, and me. We were a good team, but not a "great" team. The two great teams were Perry High and Lanier High (Macon). They both won state championships.

I remember these teammates fondly, but after graduation we went our separate ways. The person I remember and most appreciated was Mr. Sowell. He was a great teacher of basketball, not just a coach. He never yelled. He would correct our mistakes in a positive way, in a way that did not put you down but helped you grow. He gave compliments for good plays which built confidence. He was supportive to me personally during the difficult time when my mother died and my family fractured. I still remember once after I had played particularly well in practice, he gave me a wink and a subtle nod. No one else saw it, but for me it was a moment of recognition and confirmation from someone I held in high esteem. That was probably my best moment in high school.

I regret I did not maintain contact with Mr. Sowell after I left Albany for college in the fall of 1950. I saw him only one more time on a visit home. I was saddened when I heard that he had died.


I tried to find out more about him for this piece but could not. I would be grateful to anyone who could provide more biographical information about him.

Mr. Sowell was my teacher, my coach, and my friend.



The Old Cafeteria


Albany High School

Beverly Smith Herrington

One of the choices at our 1955 50th Class Reunion, was a visit back to Albany High School. We were the first Senior class, and mighty proud of it! Plans had been made with Dr. Gary Dorough, principal, to have the front door locked. Those who chose to attend stood outside the front doors, just like old times, and at the prescribed time, Dr. Dorough rang the bell and opened the doors!!!

We owe Dr. Dorough a huge debt of gratitude. He made a special announcement over the loud speaker to start things off! His AHS students had huge banners all over the school upstairs and down and he had a few members of the AHS Band play our Fight Song and our Alma Mater during which many had "something in their eyes"!!He had also copied our pictures from the 1955 Annual and posted the pages on the hall bulletin board, where those who had written special messages to Mr. Mac could read what they had written!!! Someone was heard to say, "I wouldn't have missed this for anything"

We had planned to picnic down by the Flint River that day but while we were touring, there came a sudden downpour! What would we do? Dr. Dorough had the answer!!! "Use our lunchroom", said he!!


And we did!!


It was very different from our lunch room in 1955. We didn't have "booths" but did we have a kitchen? Was our food cooked there? I don't remember!!


Ten years later after that reunion, Bruce Garey ('63) sent this interesting article from the Albany Herald. 


Look out!  AHS has a new cafeteria!!!

The New Cafeteria



Albany High School



The Albany High School cafeteria looked something like the scene out of a movie.


On Friday, the band played, the choir sung and the doors were opened for the first time. The $5.5 million SPLOST project was a long time coming.


Before construction, there was nowhere to cook food in the building. Breakfast and lunch were prepared every day at Dougherty Middle School and brought to the high school. "For my students, I do anything and that was about anything, so for them to come to a new facility I think it is well deserved," said Cafeteria Site Supervisor Markeith Paramore.


"I thought that only existed on Hollywood movies, but cafeterias really do have comfort food lines, TVs, water refillables and it's quite wonderful," explained sophomore Cameron Drake. Drake said that he enjoyed the time he spent with his friends in the lunchroom, but now it will be even better!



 The Coach Graham Lowe

Scholarship Goal Has Been Met!

The total is $10,015!!!!

to: Deerfield Windsor School Lowe Scholarship
2500 Nottingham Way Albany, GA 31707








WOW!!! Get your dancing shoes and get it on. This will make you young again. No matter your preferences in music, I bet you can't watch this and not smile or sit still. It will make your feet want to move!

Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino in one poorly-lit but still (click here) amazing video, with a then-barely known Rod Stewart on guitar.

~ Martha LeSueur Nicholson ('56)


*** The World's Most Famous Unknown Band!


Published on Aug 19, 2015. So who's that young guy at the piano?!!!


From March 1990, Chet Atkins presents "The World's Most Famous Unknown Band" in a salute to Ralph Emery, and that band is: Glen Campbell, Jerry Reed, Steve Wariner, Roy Clark, Ray Stevens, Ricky Skaggs, Lee Greenwood, Steve Gatlin, Barbara Mandrell, and Irlene Mandrell.


Click here: The World's Most Famous Unknown Band - YouTube

~ Tommy Herrington ('56) 



? ~ Who will be our new Oldest Indian? Do you know?

? ~ Does anyone know the class of Robert Beckham?  Could be around 1975

? ~ Does anyone know the class year for Bernice Lippitt Thomas?


A~  I'm pretty sure she was a Classmate at AHS of my late sister, Betty Jean Adams. My sister was born in 1929.

~ Myrtis Adams Foley  Class of 1949


A~  She was in the 1942 annual as a Sophomore but did not find her in the 1944 annual.

~ Connie Thomas Pinkston, Class of 1950



~Robert Doan, Class of 1944


A~ I read the obituary on Bernice Lippitt Thomas. I believe there is an error in her age - listed as 85 - born in 1929. Since I am 85 and was born in 1931 there is a discrepancy of two years. IF she was born in 1929, more than likely she would have graduated from AHS in 1946.  There was a Rena Lippitt in the Class of '46. She is/was a really nice person as I recall. Maybe "Bernice" was a middle name???  I looked in annuals from 1946 , 47, and 48 and Rena was the only one that fit the description. Don't know if this is helpful or more confusing! Hope all is well with you and yours - fondly,

~ pat dean ('48)



A H S Class Websites


*** If your class has a website - please email your link to: 

Check out FaceBook for AHS FaceBook Links


IMPORTANT NOTE: You must be a member and signed on to FaceBook to open these pages. Make sure you "like" their page!

* Albany High Times Website @ Facebook 
* Ahs ClassofFiftyfive
* Ahs ClassofSixty
* Albany High Class of 1961 (4)
* (1) Albany High School Classes of 1964-65 Reunion
* (1) AHS-1965
* (1) Class of 64 and 65
* 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
* AHS/WHS Class of 1978

*** Email address for Class of '71 FaceBook:

* AHS Class of 1983
* RIP Classmates of DHS AND AHS
* Click here: (60) Friends of Tift Park


ANY OTHER CLASSES to be listed?


Messages from FaceBook!!


***  Janice Butler Tanner: To the Class of '65: Our precious classmate, Patsy Cline Main, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, at her home .



~* HOME * ~

Albany Georgia!

A special video made by Betty Rehberg

with some of her photos.








~ Previously ~

Our Oldest Known Living

AHS Indian!

 Class of 1929 

Ana Lois Kingsley Green

December 15, 1911 -  October 26, 2016


She would have been 105 December 15th!  She was still beautiful, diminutive and precious to all who knew and loved her!

Ana Lois had been our oldest known living AHS Indian since we lost Emily Beatie Holt, Class of 1929, in February of 2012.

Jane Green Crates ('56) sent a message some time back that her mother had suffered a small stroke, adding that her doctor had asked how she felt, and she responded, "Fine .... but if the Lord is ready for me to go I'm ready to go; but I would like to stay around a little longer!"

Ana Lois passed away Wednesday October 26, 2016 at the Hospice of Charleston-Mount Pleasant in Charleston, SC.

She was a member of Albany First United Methodist Church and was a member of the Fellowship Sunday School Class. She taught a bible study class out of her home for over 30 years.

She is survived by her two daughters; Loretta Robinson of Hot Springs Village, AR, Class of 1950; and Jane Crates of Mount Pleasant, SC, Class of 1956.









Robert "Bobby" Mallard, 1955

Sam Hammond (D), Class of 1956

Frank Hurst, Class of 1956

Billy Branch, Class of 1956

Billy Howell, Class of 1955

Robert C. Sutton, Jr., Class of 1964

James Warren Clinard (D), Class of 1950



A Letter from Bobby Mallard, Class of 1955

February 22, 2016

Jimmy Watson ('55) called me and said he had talked to you about my having some information on classmates who served. I do. Following is what I know.

1.   I served in the United States Marine Corps from 1959 to 1980.

2.   Sam Hammond ('56), served as a Navy Corpsman in the early sixties. He and I were in the same company in the Second Marine Regiment in the early sixties.

3.   Frank Hurst ('56) was a Master Gunnery Sergeant in the Marine Corps in the early 70's. I ran into Lee Payton ('54) at New River Air station in the early 70's and he told me that Frank was incoming and was trying to get assigned to his squadron. I don't know if he was.

4.  Billy Branch ('55) enlisted in the Marine Corps in the early 50's and I think he made it to Korea before the armistice was signed in 1953. I know he served at Paris Island maybe in the late 70's or so because I was visiting friends there and saw his name listed as the Commanding Officer of one of the organizations there.

5.  The only other thing I know about serving in the Marine Corps was Billy Howell. I think he enlisted as soon as he was old enough and that might have been before his freshman year. I don't have a freshman annual so he might be in the '51-'52 edition (he was). You might check it out. I do remember being in several classes with him at AJHS. I think I caught a glimpse of him in the Post exchange in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in the late 60's but I didn't get a chance to talk with him.

The Orange and Green Forever

~ Bobby Mallard, Class of 1955


Note: I owe an apology to Bobby Mallard, my friend and 1955 classmate. As you can see by the date on his letter, quite a bit of time has elapsed since I received it. So as an expression of true remorse, I share these memories of a very special classmate: It was wonderful to see him again (the first time since our 1955 graduation) at our 40th Reunion held at our Radium Springs Casino!


That night I was paying tribute to 3 teachers who were no longer with us ... first, Coach Jack O'Brien, Thelma Plant and then Billy Bragg.  As I began the words of Thanatopsis, the poem we all associated with Mr. Bragg ... "To him, who in the love of Nature holds Communion with her visible forms, she speaks a various language ...", I looked out at my classmates and saw Bobby mouthing the words with me!!!!


Some of us just memorized and recited the words because it was required, but Bobby understood the poem was a "meditation on death".  That was quite evident, when at our 55th Reunion, I asked him to pay tribute to our deceased classmates.  Before reading their names, he memorialized them by reciting Thanatopsis.  It was a moment many of us will never forget ... and as another Indian in another class says from time to time ... "something in my eyes" ...



*** ALL who have served are welcomed to submit your name or that of an AHS relative or classmate (living or deceased).  If I have omitted listing any Indian, previously submitted, I do apologize. Please let me know.

~ Beverly Smith Herrington ('55)

*** Let me add your name! I will need:
1. Your full name: (maiden and married names)
2. PLUS your AHS class year!






*** It is with regret that I inform you of the death of David S. Orgel at The Willson Hospice of Albany. David is Frank Orgel's  ('56) brother. He was a 1953 graduate of Albany High School and the University of Georgia in 1961.  He and I were roommates once while at Georgia.


Marilyn and I found out Tuesday, from his wife Lois, that David was under Hospice care.   We (drove to Albany and) visited David on Wednesday at Willson Hospice House.  He was in need of a shave and I was privileged to have the opportunity to shave him and massage skin cream on his face.  He was one of my dearest friends from the time I first met him in 1947 until his death.


We talked by phone on numerous occasions recently as we had something in common, and that was cancer. We kept up with one another's progress.


David was born June 11, 1934, and one of his final wishes was to reach the age of 82, and he did this past June 11, 2016. I will truly miss my friend. I now have only a few close friends left in Albany. ~ Marion Hay, Class of 1955


*** Thanks (for the notice).  David Orgel was a friend of mine, back in the olden times.

 ~ Tommy Greenstone, ('54)


*** So sorry to lose another friend. David Orgel was a true FRIEND.  He got my oldest son, Jimmy Lee DVM, interested in Pigeons when in High School.  He is into them today. David was a good friend of Doc Lee. Thanks for all you do for AHS Folks.

~ Teddie  (Alma) Ellis Lee ('53)


*** While looking at FB this morning, I saw a post by Steven Brimberry about his uncle David Orgel passing away.  I couldn't find anything on him at both funeral homes so I called B.B. Rhodes ('52) and he had not heard anything but said he'd check on it. He called back a few minutes ago and said that David passed away yesterday afternoon.  He said he thought about David about a week ago and called him and they talked for quite a while including AHS school days, etc.

~ Tommy Pattison ('54)

 *** David Orgel was in my brother's (Robert Garey) class at AHS. He would have known my brother. Everybody did. Not because we were popular. To the contrary, we were Yankees and that was not a popular thing to be in Albany (or anywhere in Georgia) in 1950.

~ Bruce Garey, Class of 1963

*** Robert C. Sutton Jr., Capt US Army & Reserves 1971-1978. Class of 1964. I did not graduate from AHS as I went off to school, but I have many fond memories of growing up in "Albinny".

 Note to Robert:  Once an Indian ... Always An Indian!!!

***  Oops! I think I may have forgotten to give you my new e-mail address. Thanks for your untiring efforts with this publication!

~ Reamon Beaty ('57)


*** On Wednesday, October 19, at MS State U. Bost Extension Service Auditorium, I lectured for the 61st Landscape Design Symposium to nearly a full house. My lecture title was A Low Maintenance Home Landscape of A Landscape Architect and my lecture photos were of our former home site in Black Mtn., NC which was low landscape maintenance as I had planned it.

~ Ed Martin ('45)

*** Has anyone told you that Harry Neil Dorsey, MD (AHS Class of 1965) is retiring from medical practice? He, as far as I know, is a founding partner of Albany Internal Medicine. He has been my primary care physician for about 35 years. He plans to retire from active practice effective December 15, 2016.

~ Bruce Garey ('63)


*** Add to your list of AHS graduates who have died:

1937 - Myron Schine

1940 - Murray Feingold

1941 - Norman 'Buddy' Cohen

1943 - Walter Goldsmith

 ~ Jerome Schine, Class of 1943


*** Just to let you know, James Warren Clinard /Class of 1950/ passed away on September 16, 2016. He lived in Lee County at the time of his death. He served in the Navy during the Korean War.

~ Sara F. Cox Kofoed - Class of 1958


*** Thanks for the notification of Bobby Franck ('57).  He  was a good friend to all.

~ Barbara Able Burton ('57)


*** Bob Blaylock was a 1965 grad of AHS. He lived down the street from me.  Hope that helps

~ Barbara Baxley Mebane ('65)


*** Bob Blaylock  ('65) was married to Kaye Blalock of Southern Elegance Catering.  Though she was not a graduate of AHS, she was made an honorary member of the Class of 1955 when she catered their 60th Class Reunion.


*** Thanks to Phil Youngblood ('65) for verifying the class year for Linda Jalain Harris.


*** Jalain Harris was in my 5th grade class at Palmyra. She had surgery on her back, I believe, and spent the day in the classroom in a hospital bed so as not to fall behind. Our teacher was Mrs. Barkley.

~ Marie Kelley Jones, Class of '65


*** Jalain Harris WAS a member of the Class of '65!

~ Janice Butler Tanner, Class of '65



In Memoriam ...

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



*** Ana Lois Kingsley Green, Class of 1929; mother of Loretta Green Robinson, Class of 1950 and Jane Green Crates, Class of 1956

*** James Warren Clinard, Class of 1950

*** George Robert Surface, Class of 1972

*** Myron Schine, Class of 1937; brother of Jerome Schine, Class of 1943

*** Murray Feingold, Class of 1940

*** Norman 'Buddy' Cohen, Class of 1941

*** Walter Goldsmith, Class of 1943

*** Linda Jalain Harris, Class of 1965; sister of Wren Harris, Class of 1961

*** Patsy Cline Main, Class of 1965

*** George Robert Surface, Class of 1972

*** David Orgel, Class of 1953; husband of Lois Huff, Class of 1960, and brother of Frank Orgel, Class of 1956



*** Note: Thanks to all who send notices and/or obituaries of AHS Indians inside or outside of Albany. We may not otherwise be aware of our losses.


FYI: Email notices and/or obituaries are first sent to the deceased's class, and if relatives are Indians, to the classes of the spouse, child, or parents, as soon as possible.  Each is then listed, in the Albany High Times' "News & Clues", and also added the following month to the Albany High Times' "In Memoriam" webpage: In Memoriam - Our Deceased Classmates - AHS Albany GA


Please send any corrections or additions to






50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ...


  Russell (Doodle)Rouse, Class of 1959, and Betty Nix Rouse, Class of 1960, will celebrate their 55th Wedding Anniversary November 24, 2016.






"News & Clues" Subscribers!



*** Would you please add Karen Page to your address list for the News & Clues? 


Karen is a Westover graduate from the Class of 1972. She is our secretary/receptionist at Albany Community Hospice. She was with Copeland Insurance before joining hospice. With that background she knows a lot of Albany folks. Her husband is Bernie Page, Class of 1969. But she said she is the one who will enjoy the N&C's the most!

~ Joann Roark Arneson ('62)





2017 Easter Seals' Ornament

by Martha LeSueur Nicholson


Easter Seals brings back memories every year with its iconic "Christmas in Albany" ornaments depicting unique places and special things in Albany. They have a sure winner this year with Gargano's Restaurant. How many of us ate our first "pizza pie" at Gargano's? And remember Mama Susie dancing with a wine bottle on her head? If you are old enough, you can remember the original restaurant at Five Points. Always a fun place to go!


The ornament comes with an interesting history of the Garganos' immigration to America and subsequent move to Albany where they opened their first restaurant.


The ornaments are $18 and can be purchased at Easter Seals office, 1906 Palmyra Rd., Albany, GA 31701, or mailed for a $2 fee.


Call 229-439-7061 for more information.


All proceeds go to Megan's House, a children's facility with no other funding but fundraisers such as ornament sales. They are currently building a new, larger facility making funding even more necessary.


Ornaments From Past Years


Some past years ornaments are still available if you are interested in adding to your collection. A list is available at the Easter Seals office and on the Easter Seals Facebook page. Read more about this year's unveiling in the Albany Herald at this link at

Easter Seals Southern Georgia reveals 2016 Christmas ornament | Local News |










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