The Huie Family



~ The Huie Family ~

Mildred Nix Huie - Class of 1922 (deceased)

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The original of the above charcoal portrait, by Charles C. Pierce, hangs at the Museum.

Mildred Nix Huie, a remarkable woman, managed WALB Radio and TV from 1941 to 1953.  She was Named Albany's Woman of the Year in 1950 for her efforts to found the Albany Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center when her daughter, Carlton, was in need of rehabilitation and there was none to be had in the area.  She also established the junior college in Albany, now Darton College. In 1962, Mildred moved to St. Simon's GA and opened the Left Bank Art Gallery.  Some of her beautiful original paintings are permanently on display in the historic Mediterranean House built in 1929 on St. Simons Island. An avid historian, Mildred researched the former plantations on St. Simons and created models, which are also on display.  You will want to browse through Mildred’s Landmark Scenes of Coastal Georgia website at:



Mildred Huie Wilcox - Class of '46

Mildred Huie (’46) has led a lifestyle of mystic and romance.  She comes from generations of painters and writers, and as Karen Powell suggests in the magazine article just below, "... from tea with Picasso in France to crabbing with friends on St. Simons Island, Mildred Huie Wilcox enjoys interesting people with inquiring minds."  You will want to click and enlarge the article just below and "read all about" this fascinating AHS alum!!

Mildred Huie Wilcox, President of Left Bank Art Gallery - This wonderful magazine article is a must read!!! (click to enlarge and read)

Presentations at the Mildred Huie Awards Banquet

Mildred speaking at Albany Easter Seal Mildred presenting 2007 Award Kenneth Hodges (Albany District Attorney), Beth English, (Executive Director of Easter Seals Southern Georgia, Inc) Mildred, Jim Williams and Anne Churchwell Stokes



Mildred and Ryan Odens, Iowa National Adult Ambassador 2006 Easter Seals 


Other Pictures of Interest

Millie modeling in Rome - early 1950's (click to enlarge) Robert and Mildred Wilcox - Thanksgiving at the Cloisters - 1975 (click to enlarge) Mildred, Sr. and Mildred, Jr. (click to enlarge)
 Carlton Huie Childress - '50 (deceased)

On the night of March 16, 1941, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Huie raced against time to carry their daughter, Carlton, to an orthopedic team at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.  This was the beginning of eight years of treatment.  Her mother made a vow that nothing would stop her until she had activated a rehabilitation center in Albany to serve people with disabilities in southwest Georgia.  And the Southwest Georgia Easter Seal Society, Inc. was born.  In the fall of 2007, the Carlton and Wade Childress Family Resource Center was opened.  Carlton Huie Childress, now deceased, was Class of 1950 and Wade Childress is her son.

Mildred Huie Wilcox. her sister, presented three pieces of art for the center: one from her mother, one of Carlton's and one of Wade's.  These will hang in the resource center in their honor.

Painting of Radium Springs by Carlton

The painting was originally a gift from Carlton to Evelyn Butler Clifton ('50) who gave it to Mildred to present to Easter Seal's for the Carlton and Wade Childress Center



John Carlton Huie – Class of 1956


Awarded Order of the Long Leaf Pine


“Turning over a new leaf  – A native Albanian receives the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award in North Carolina for his work with young people.” 


by Ashley Hindsman, The Albany Herald, Thursday, July 26, 2007


ALBANY – John Huie calls himself "an Albanian from way back."   He grew up on Rawson Circle and played basketball and pole vaulted and high jumped (state champion in both) at Albany High School where he graduated in 1956.  He was named “Most Outstanding Athlete of Albany High School and presented with the Hal & Ed’s Award by Athletic Director and Football Coach, Bernie Reid.   John was also the recipient of the McIntosh Citizenship Award his senior year, and he wrote a teenage column and feature stories that ran every Sunday in The Albany Herald.  


As a young boy, John sold peanuts and chased balls for the Albany Cardinals farm team and rose to the job of “statistician” for the WALB sports announcer for the games.


Albany is not just where John happened to grow up.  Albany, he says, is where he developed the sense of community and service to others that led to his receiving the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award in North Carolina, the highest civilian honor in that state.


The award, given by Governor Michael Easley, has been granted to outstanding North Carolinians who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the state.  Past recipients include Maya Angelou, the Rev. Billy Graham and Michael Jordan.


Huie, 70, served as executive director of the North Carolina Outward Bound School for nearly18 years.  During his tenure, over 40,000 young people graduated from this world-renowned character-building, wilderness adventure program.  The Longleaf Pine Award honored Huie for his Outward Bound leadership and for his work as executive director of the Environment Leadership Center at Warren Wilson College, a four-year liberal arts college which emphasizes work, study, and service.  The Center, founded by Huie in 1995, focuses on environmental leadership and service work for college students, especially in the mountain region where the school is located.


Huie said his love and respect for nature stems from his days growing up in Albany.  "In my mind, it goes back to growing up in Albany where I enjoyed freedom to roam woods and forests, and countless adventures at Radium Springs experiencing the beauty of the natural world and taking it for granted," he said.


"Young people need to have that connection with the natural world more than ever.   Today there are so many distractions – the obsession with television, video games, cell phones, computers and all the technology.   In the 1950’s we spent our time roaming and rambling in the woods – exploring what was out there.   It gave us a sense of belonging in the natural world.”


Huie said he took for granted the beauty and wildness of Albany's natural environment – “the rivers, streams, creeks, springs, caves, lime sinks, and endless woods all over the county.”


Huie graduated in 1960 from Davidson College in North Carolina where he majored in history and captained both the basketball and track teams.  He later earned his Master’s Degree in American Studies at Emory University and his Ph. D. in education from the University of California, Santa Barbara.   Huie’s love for the natural world was re-kindled when he started working summers in the 1960’s for the Minnesota Outward Bound School.


Huie said growing up in Albany gave him a deep-seated commitment to help young people raise their sights, demand more of themselves, and make a difference in the world.    “I wanted to be part of an effort that helps people understand themselves and learn to understand and respect each other.   Coming from Albany, I had a strong desire to help young people from all backgrounds learn to work together.  I could see that Outward Bound was a unique kind of program that would do exactly that.   One Outward Bound graduate put it this way:  ‘While so many forces are pulling us apart, Outward Bound is a rare bridge pulling us together.’”


Over his time as director of the North Carolina Outward Bound School from 1977-1994, Huie’s school expanded its programs from North Carolina to Florida and Georgia, graduating more than 40,000 young people.


Currently Huie remains active as an educational consultant for struggling teenagers and young adults with offices in Asheville and Charlotte.   “I’m really not suited for retirement.  Just because you’ve got some things behind you doesn’t mean you sit on the bench.  I’ve had a long career working with young people, and I’m still at it, and it’s very meaningful.   I take considerable satisfaction in being able to help," he said.  


You can visit John Huie’s website at

His email is



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