Our Oldest Known Living
Chester R. Green
102 July 9, 1917!
Class of 1933
Chester's Biography and picture submitted by
nephew, W. Walter Green, Class of 1967
- Born - July 9, 1915 in Albany
- Graduated Albany High School in 1933 where he was an
outstanding athlete in basketball and also playing on
the Albany Blues, a well regarded semi-pro basketball
- Military Service
- Served in the Navy during aboard the
USS Panda and in 1944 fought in the
battle of Leyte Gulf, near the
Philippines, the largest naval battle of
- Began his career driving a delivery
truck for Albany Dairies.
- Joined Kraft Foods in 1933 as an
entry level salesman in Albany. During
his 50+ year career with Kraft he lived
in multiple locations as he rose through
the executive ranks, eventually moving
to Kraft’s HQ in Chicago where is served
as Corporate Senior Vice President of
Marketing, Advertising, and Sales
- During his career he was an
innovator of marketing strategies. This
included sponsoring the Junior Miss
Contest and the launching of the Kraft
Music Hall on television where he worked
with top performing artists including:
Bing Crosby, Milton Berle, Perry Como,
Andy Williams, John Davidson, Roy
Rogers, Dale Evans, Dinah Shore, Woody
Allen, Johnny Cash and others.
- In 1968 he led Kraft to take the
bold step of televising the Country
Music Association Awards…the first time
the CMA awards were on television. This
new publicity helped expand the audience
for country music resulting in a
significant increase in recording sales.
For many years Chester and his wife
Doris, could be seen during the
televised broadcast of the CMA Awards
sitting among the front rows of the
- During his career he received
numerous industry awards and served as
the Chairman of both the Association of
National Advertisers and the American
Advertising Federation and served on the
Advisory Board of the International
Academy of Merchandising & Design.
- Chester was married for 65 years to
the former Doris Moore, (also an AHS
Indian) until her death in 2005. They
had two children, William Chester Green
(deceased) and Susan Green Baten, a
resident of Dallas, in addition to four
grandchildren and numerous nieces and
- When Chester retired in 1980 he and
Doris, moved from Chicago to Nashville
where they continued to enjoy celebrity
status among Nashville’s county music
community. Thought his home are numerous
awards and recognitions. Among these are
a 1979 Proclamation from the County
Music Association honoring Chester for
his development the of CMA Awards Show,
and a personal letter of thanks signed
by many top county music artists
including Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash,
Tennessee Ernie Ford, Eddy Arnold,
Minnie Pearl, Roy Clark, Glenn Campbell
- When Chester celebrated his 100th
birthday in 2015 he enjoyed a birthday
celebration that included the singing of
Happy Birthday by international country
recording artist Ray Stevens, also of
- Chester has had a long and
successful life and career and continues
to be a proud AHS Indian!
Submitted by ~ W. Walter Green
Our Oldest Known Living AHS Indian!
December 15, 1911 - October 26, 2016
~ Ana Lois Kingsley Green ~
Class of 1929
Ana Lois Kingsley Green passed away Wednesday
October 26, 2016 at Hospice of Charleston-Mount Pleasant in Charleston,
SC. The family will receive friends for visitation from 10:00-11:00AM on
Tuesday November 1, 2016 at Kimbrell-Stern. Funeral services will be
held for Mrs. Green at 11:00AM on Tuesday November 1, 2016 at Kimbrell-Stern.
Burial Services will follow the services at Crown Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Green was born December 15, 1911 in Albany, GA to Alexander and
Daisy Kingsley and was a graduate of Albany High School. She was a
member of First United Methodist Church of Albany and was a member of
the Fellowship Sunday School Class. She taught a bible study class out
of her home for over 30 years.
Mrs. Green 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; three grandchildren, Terri (Bob) Ridgeway of
Perryville, AR; Jimmy Crates of Mount Pleasant, SC; Bobby (Jan) Crates
and great grandson, Robert Crates of Mount Pleasant, SC; one niece,
Doris Fennimore of Orlando, FL.
Mrs. Green was preceded in death by her first husband, Lamar Parham, her
second husband Ambrose Green, a sister Clarisse Kingsley Johnston, and a
brother Wallace Kingsley.
Mother has had a small stroke, and is in rehab at
Mt. Pleasant Manor.
The Dr. asked her how she felt, and she said, "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"!
She is waiting on the Rapture!!!! She
will be in a nursing home from now on, rather than assisted living.
Mother was born December 15, 1911
in Albany. She graduated in
the AHS Class of 1929.
Loretta, Class of 1950, lives in Hot Springs,
~ Jane Green, Class of 1956
R to L: Grandson Bobby, Ana Lois, Jane Green Crates,
grandson Robert, Loretta, Bobby's wife, Jan,
and son Jimmy.
100 years August 22, 2011
died at her home in
Fort Wayne, IN, February 2012
Emily Beatie Holt,
was born in Atlanta, GA August 22, 1911, and moved to
Albany when she was very young. She graduated from Albany High
School in 1929.
She resided in Albany (less time in California during WWII) until after
the flood of 1994. She has been in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Her daughter, Cathy Norton (’52), writes, “Mom is
quite a woman. She danced with Arthur Murray Studios after Dad
died in 1983 and continued to exercise until just recently. She
only quit driving in 2004!” Cathy sent several copies of photos of her
mother’s younger days, including some class reunion pictures. She says,
“You will notice some familiar names on the back, Cornelia Haley
(Haley Ford Motor Co.), Maurice Gortatowsky (as in the Albany Theater),
and Wes Strom (as in Sunlite Cleaners).
On her 99th birthday, she celebrated by going out “to the
ballpark” to see her Braves play!
Her grandson, Tony, threw out the
first ball for her!
son, Jack Daniel Holt, Class of 1975,
died in Fort Wayne, Indiana on July
Back to Top