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Our Oldest Known Living AHS Indian!


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 team
  • 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 WWII.
  • Career
    • 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 Worldwide.
    • 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 audience.
    • 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.
  • Family
    • 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 nephews.
  • Personal
    • 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 and others.
    • 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 Albany.
    • Chester has had a long and successful life and career and continues to be a proud AHS Indian!
Submitted by ~ W. Walter Green

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Previously 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.

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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. 

 Sister Loretta, Class of 1950, lives in Hot Springs, Arkansas.   

~ Jane Green, Class of 1956

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Group picture - R to L: Grandson Bobby, Ana Lois, Jane Green Crates,

grandson Robert, Loretta, Bobby's wife, Jan, and son Jimmy.

 

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Formerly

Oldest Known Living AHS Indian

100 years August 22, 2011

 

Emily Beatie Holt

Class of 1929

 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 since then.  

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!

Her son, Jack Daniel Holt, Class of 1975, died in Fort Wayne, Indiana on July 27,2013.

 

 

 

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