April 2017



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

We look back....we look forward!!! 

 124th Edition ~ 04/26/2017

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*** Class of 1957 ***

60th Reunion

May 12 - 13, 2017 @ Merry Acres Inn

 NOTE: Merry Acres will release the block of rooms set aside for us on April 28th.



The Class of '57 Reunion Committee 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

229.395.5338  - dahlin@bellsouth.net 


Jerry Brimberry

229.435.1507 - jwbrim@bellsouth.net




... and 72 years ago …


*** I found this old picture of the boys of my 1st-grade 1945 class at the Broad Avenue Elementary School. I'm on the left 2nd row. Don't know the names of any of the other boys in the picture.  I don't know if the building is still there.

~ Jim Richter (’57)




*** Class of 1952 ***



Classmates ... we're sending up smoke signals for our last POWWOW ... our 65th!  And we're inviting all old Indians to return to the reservation one more time!!!  Here's what you need to know:

65th Reunion

May 19th and 20th 2017

@ Merry Acres Inn

Rooms available @ $89.00

w/ breakfast included

For Merry Acres reservations: call 1-299-435-7721


FRIDAY - 19th If you plan on coming in on Friday the 19th, we have rooms available @ $89.00.   We will gather at 5 o'clock in the Pub @ Merry Acres to welcome everyone.  There is food to order and a cash bar as well. 

SATURDAY - 20th Plans are to have a feast at high noon (12 o'clock) on the 20th in the Plantation Room C @ Merry Acres.  Many are unable to leave the teepee after the sun goes down and just can't ride/drive their pony like in the old days ... also don't shoot straight (poor eyesight) and can't dance with the drums anymore.  So, all events will be on the Merry Acres Campus!


Cost for the luncheon on the 20th is $25 per person and must be mailed in by May 1st.  After the 1st, the cost will be $30 per person.  Cut out registration form below!


Be prepared to share 2 - 3 minutes of the highlights of the last 65 years of your life!  We will ring a bell if you are long-winded!!!


Make your reunion reservation by May 1st with your check made out to Albany High Class of 1952 and mail to:

B.B. Rhodes

2612 Rhodes Street

Albany GA 31701


*** Class of 1962 ***


55th Reunion

May 19 - 20,  2017

Cost: $25.00 per person

Checks payable by April 20, 2017 to:

AHS Class of 1962

send to:

Virginia Johnson

1803 Lullwater Rd

Albany, GA 31707


We are planning a weekend to reminisce and update each other on our lives since high school. Please plan to join us on May 19th & 20th, 2017

Friday evening: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. We will meet at the old Carnegie Library on Jackson Street from We will have light hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine and soft drinks.

Saturday afternoon: 1:00 PM - till. We will gather under the trees at the home of Paul and Debbie Wallace, 5700 Old Dawson Rd. from  There will again be some light hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer and soft drinks. Around 4:00 PM Riverfront Bar-B-Que will provide a bar-b-que/chicken meal. If possible, please bring your own folding/bag chairs.

If you have any questions please contact:


* Jonnie Holley Douglas:  jonnieholleydaouglas@gmail.com

* Eleanor Banks Simpson: ysam04@mchsi.com

* Joann Roark Arneson:  jprarneson@aol.com



2018 Reunions


*** Class of 1958 *** 


60th Class Reunion

May 4th & 5th 2018

Dear Classmates:

Plans are now being made for our 60th class reunion in 2018.  We have booked Merry Acres Inn for Friday and Saturday nights, May 4 and 5, 2018.


Please mark this first weekend in May 2018 on your calendars and make your plans to attend. Please talk it up with other classmates and encourage them to come as well.


If you would, I ask that all of you please get in touch with me so I can get your updated information and can put together a current mailing list.


You may call me at my home (828 389-3911) or call/text me on my cell phone (828 516-8080). Or you can email me at LJordan848@aol.com or write me at 299 Old Homestead Lane, Hayesville, North Carolina 28904. I look forward to hearing from you.

~ Linda Cullom Jordan



Why Not a Reunion of the 40s?


?~  A member of the Class of 1943 wonders: “I understand the numbers are small and putting together a reunion is work. Why not a reunion of the 40s? Those in a particular year would possibly know people a couple of years behind and a couple of years ahead as they were in AHS at the same time for a year or two.


This would include the war years and the period immediately after WW II when things were getting back to normal.”

~ Jerry Schine


A~ On a day when I received news that the DCSS panel recommends shutting down AHS (see article below) it would be wonderful for some of us to make this  happen and honor our early Indians with a Reunion for the 30’s and the 40’s.  What do you think?

DCSS panel recommends shutting down AHS


Wednesday, April 26th 2017, 1:46 pm EDT

Wednesday, April 26th 2017, 1:54 pm EDT

By Dave Miller

A committee made up of Dougherty County School System employees is sending a recommendation to the school board that Albany High School, which began in the 1800s, no longer serve as a high school, but instead house the offices currently at Walter Judge Academy, the GLRS facility and ESP Center.

DCSS issued a release that said what they term a "realignment" would "better allow students to progress along a track that supports and fosters academic success, improves school climate and culture."

Built in the early 1950s to hold 2,000 students, Albany High’s enrollment has for years been dwarfed by Westover, Monroe, and Dougherty High Schools.

School official believe that projected student levels couldn't support four high schools in Albany.

DCSS says that repurposing AHS will allow the district to consolidate programs and offices into one, centralized facility that will maximize efficiencies to the district, while strengthening both academic and extracurricular programs at the remaining three high schools.







by Martha LeSueur Nicholson, Class of 1956 


Kay Huston Hind (Class of 1947) leaves behind an illustrious legacy as she retires as executive director of the Southwest GA Council on Aging after nearly half a century. Kay chose March 31, 2017, as her retirement date, but she made it clear she is slowing down, not stopping. She has been a tireless advocate for senior citizens in Southwest GA since 1967 when she went to work for the Information Referral Center for the Elderly, an early forerunner of the Council on Aging.

Kay intends to retain her position on the GA Council on Aging and as a board member of the GA Gerontology Society, so she will continue to work for the betterment of all our senior citizens. Her retirement plans include travel, especially to visit children and grandchildren, but she will also be utilizing the various opportunities offered at the Senior Life Enrichment Center which bears her name. She is interested in participating in exercise, computer, and art classes. “Who knows? Maybe I’ll be another late-coming artist”, said Kay. Whatever she chooses to do we hope it brings her pleasure, and we know she will excel in it all.

Kay’s long career includes many awards and outstanding achievements which we have written about in more detail in her page on the Albany High Times website. Please click on the link below and enjoy reading about this very accomplished alum!



Kay’s retirement created the first vacancy ever for her position. After much deliberation the search committee selected Debbie Blanton, who has served as Kay’s Assistant Director for 10 years, as her successor. More information on Kay’s retirement and Blanton’s plans for the future can be found at the following links:





        Our Indians Who Served!!! 


*** Bill Dyess, Class of 1968

*** Charlton Douglass Tounsley, Jr. (D), Class of 1953

*** Hollis Howze (D), Class of 1957

David B. Fuller, Class of 1963


 Take Time to Browse!!!




*** If you have served, let me add your name! I will need: 
1. Your full name: (maiden and married names)

2. PLUS your AHS class year!


And email to: albanyhightimes@aol.com



*** Tribe Notes ***



*** Congratulations to Ms Ouido Thompson, Class of 1939 … who just celebrated her 94th birthday  (News & Clues: 3/2017)

~ Richard Stalvey, Class of ‘62


***  I haven't been consistent in reading the Times, unfortunately, and somehow missed everyone telling their stories of serving in the military. 


I had 4 years of Air Force ROTC, (after my father forced me to go to Tech, which I did not want to do - I had always wanted to go to Georgia and become a lawyer), but did not graduate from Ga. Tech on time, after being forced out of the ME department my last quarter (had been VP of the Chi Phi Fraternity in spring of '54, but was thrown out of school with the other officers of the fraternity that quarter because we had been caught selling beer out of a drink dispenser in the basement (which I voted against and tried to get them not to do it, since we knew it was against rules).  At any rate, the head of the ME department would not let me register the next fall, so I had to change majors to IE, which put me back in my junior year.  After two quarters (I got concerned, because the AF would give you six months to finish if you were late for any reason, the Army came out with the 6 months program - you went on active duty for six months as a private, and then served 6.5 years in the reserves) I went into the Army for the 6 months.  When I got out, my father had retired, so I had to work at Rich's for six months and went back to Tech the following fall.  Standing in the fraternity house right after I got back, I thought to myself, "this is ridiculous", so with help from my oldest brother, got a transfer to Georgia to get a degree in history (but when I registered, decided I could finish quicker in Business School) and finally go on to law school. 


Just 2 quarters from getting my business degree, the Cuban missile crisis had me called up, and to avoid that and finish school, I ran over to the 12th corps reserve headquarters in Atlanta, found the M/Sgt. in charge, and told him I had to finish school.  He started listing critical fields that would allow me to finish, and when he said Math, I said "Stop - I've already had 25 hours of Math at Tech; so I just became a Math Major.  It was past the time to change classes, much less majors (the Cuban missile crisis was in late October), but I ran back to Athens, and Dean Tate, God Bless his soul, allowed me to change majors late in the quarter, and I graduated from GA in Fall '63 with 325 quarter hours and a degree in Math (and almost three other degrees in ME, IE and business), none of which I wanted nor could use.  I eventually wound up having a career in selling software, etc.

~ Richard Harper, Class of ’54

NOTE: Richard Harper was an AHS cheerleader, a four year honor student, and received the McIntosh Award at graduation in 1954.


*** Alice Hill Pierce, of Albany, GA, lived 100 years and died peacefully on Monday, March 27, 2017 at the home of her son in Orlando, FL. She was the wife of Graydon Pierce, AHS guidance counselor in 1955; and later served as vice-principal.  NOTE:  If anyone has further information on Mr. Pierce, please send to albanyhightimes@aol.com.

Mrs. Pierce taught in Dougherty County for 30 years and touched the lives of countless children. She was a member of the Georgia Retired Teachers Association, the Thronateeska Chapter of the DAR, and the Albany Women's Club. 


*** Mrs. Alice Hill Pierce was married to our AHS vice-principal, Graydon Pierce. She also taught at Palmyra Electuary.  She taught my son.

~ Bruce Garey (’63)


*** Thanks for letting us know about the loss of our classmate and friend, Wayne Goolsby


~ Phil Cook, Class of ‘67


*** I am saddened to learn of the death of Walter Flint.  The last time I had any contact with Walter was via a phone call several years ago... actually two phone calls, since Walter couldn’t tell me everything he wanted to tell me in one call! I was privileged to work with Walter at WGPC radio station back in 1954-56 (as an “engineer”! HA!)  Walter was a good friend to my parents (my father’s childhood pastor Baptized Walter), and a good friend to MANY people in Albany and southwest Georgia.  He will be missed.

~ Don Poole, AHS Class of 1956 


*** Not an AHS graduate, but Walter Flint was an Albany “institution” for many. I listened to him on radio for years and took my kids to look at his Christmas lights every year. It doesn’t seem like Christmas since he stopped lighting his home. ~ Bruce Garey ('63)


*** Remember the April Fool’s Day in the early 50’s when, getting ready for school, you turned on your radio which was set to your favorite station, and you heard “the other station” broadcasting?  Bill Bowick (AHS ’46) and Walter Flint swapped stations that morning and had Albany High School Indians confounded!!!

~ Beverly Smith Herrington (’55)


*** Hollis Howze, Class of 1957, passed away in December 2013, due to cancer.  He served in Viet Nam and retired from the US Army some years ago.  As some may know, he was with the Albany Sheriff's Department for some time, retired and moved to Florida.  Thank you for adding his name to the deceased classmates list.

~ Janis Howze Polin, Class of 1955


*** Charlton "Doug" Tounsley, Jr., was a friend before we were paired for a '53 graduation party.  I was delighted when I received that invitation!  He was a gentle young man and so very special.  Recently I was in touch with Tommy Greenstone ('54), and he mentioned one of his children was a friend with one of Doug's children.  I asked Greenstone to see if he could find a way to contact Doug ... I really wanted to contact him and say "Hi!" to a very special Indian ... I'm so sorry I didn't get the chance to speak with the man he became!!!

~ Beverly Smith Herrington (’55)


***  I am sorry to hear about Doug Tounsley’s death. He and I were roommates our freshman year at Georgia. We were also fraternity brothers. He was always smiling and enjoyed working on an old car he had brought to school. My condolences to his family

~ Duffy Frank (’53)


*** I was deeply saddened to learn of Doug Tounsley’s death. We were very close friends and spent a lot of time together during our school days. He was a great friend.

My family shipped me off to a Military Academy for my junior and senior years, and I lost contact with Doug. It was not until I read his obit that I realized how much we had in common other than we both enjoyed working on our cars.

I learned that we both joined Phi Delta Theta fraternity, so we are Brothers in the Bond. He joined the Coast Guard, and I joined the Navy, He was a Blue Nose when he crossed the Arctic Circle in a Navy submarine, I became a Blue Nose when I crossed the Arctic Circle in a Navy aircraft en route to a tour of duty in Iceland, and we are both Life Members of the National Rifle Association.

My funeral is already planned, paid for, and I will also be buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Albany next to my late wife, Betty (38 wonderful years together), and the Mother of our two daughters, Kay and Karyn.

Doug was a world traveler while I was an East Coast sailor with several Mediterranean cruises and spent time in Cuba, Bermuda, and several smaller islands in the Caribbean Sea; I have never seen the Pacific Ocean!

One last thing, and the most important thing, I learned that Doug was a Christian, so we are also brothers in Christ! All of the years I missed fellowshiping with Doug on planet earth, we will have eternity to swap sea stories, etc.  Doug, I am sorry we did not have some quality time together during our retirement years, but hopefully I will see you and Betty soon. I pray you had, and I will have, a wonderful voyage Home with fair winds and following seas. I hope to see you soon my brother.
~ Sunny Rackley (’53)


*** Thinking of you, Jeri Fordham McDowell, and sending my love and prayers to you! 


~ Pat Johnston Mathews (’58)



In Memoriam ...

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



*** Geraldine Hines Barronton, Class of 1941; sister of Doris Hines Boyd, Class of 1941,and sons: Dee (Class of 1963) and Steve (Westover) Barronton


*** J. Harris Cook, Class of 1960

***  Martha Ann Hackney Livengood, Class of 1956

*** Hollis Howze, Class of 1957; brother of Janis Howze Polin, Class of 1955


*** Charles Russell "Russ" Cowart, Jr., Class of 1963


*** Bob Bickerstaff, Class of 1964


*** Doug Tounsley, Class of 1953 was the great-great-grandson of Nelson Tift, the founder of Albany, GA.


*** Alice Hill Pierce, wife of Graydon Pierce (D), counselor and vice principal at AHS


***  Joe Kieve, Class of 1962


*** Alan McDowell, Class of 1956; husband of Jeri Fordham McDowell, Class of 1958


*** Marie Hagains Price, Class of 1945


*** 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.

Class 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 parent(s), 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:http://albanyhightimes.com/in_memoriam.htm

Please send any corrections or additions to albanyhightimes@aol.com


*50th Wedding Anniversaries* and Beyond 

None this month


 NOTE:  Please send your full name (first, last and maiden name) to albanyhightimes@aol.com   



*** CLUES ***



*** Just read this morning, of interest to Downton Abbey fans.  A new coloring book will be available on Amazon, May 2, 2017.  I don't know how many folks admit to coloring, but it is relaxing!


As a teacher I spent many a night watching television and coloring games for my students.  Envelope games as a teaching reinforcement tool were popular on the kindergarten and first grade level.

~ Joann Roark Arneson, Class of 1962



Tift Park Community Market

in Albany still going strong

Tift Park suffered major damage during the first Albany storm last January 2nd  … but never fear … it’s going … full steam ahead …





*** Indian Interests*** 





The Class of 1956 is attempting to find the date of death for all its deceased members. We have all but nine (9) of our classmates and we hope some of you might be able to help us. 

Please send info to:

Leon Perrett, at k4gcr@bellsouth.net, 229-405-2244 or

Martha Nicholson, at mlnicholson@yahoo.com , 229-436-3857.

                      The list is as follows:

(1) Curtis Wayne Carlton

(2) Charles Lee Jackson

(3)  Shirley Ann Johns (Turner)

(4) Connie Nell Moore (Finlay)

(5) Warren Douglas Shiver

(6) Lynn Douglas Colquitt

(7) Patricia Green (Mock)

(8) Henrietta Hill

(9) Sylvia Diana Irvin (Mergenthal)

Thanks so much for your help!!!


*** YOU ASKED ***



? ~ Do you anticipate that the Class of 43 will have a 75th reunion in 2018?

~ Jerome Schine (’43)

A~ Jerome ... I love your question! You are one of only a couple of Indians in the Albany High Times' address book from the Class of 1943


I have not heard of a 75th reunion for your class; and  I will tell you - I haven't heard of any class that has had a reunion after the 65th.  To be honest, putting a reunion together is a lot of work and I know how hard it is to plan a successful reunion.  For instance, the Class of 1952 is having their 65th next month, and they have said it may be their last.  Others have not had one since their 50th.  It honestly depends on the class. 


? ~  In last month’s “News & Clues”, a cousin of John Lee Croft asked if we could locate a photo of him. 

A~  Betty Rehberg (’74), founder of Vintage Albany Georgia responded: “I’ll see what I can find” … and she found a picture!!

A~  The cousin’s response was: Oh my goodness, yes, yes, thank you ladies soooooooooooo much”.


*** Life is good in the tent!!! ~ BSH


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~ Carlton Fordham (’55), brother




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* 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

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* AHS CLASS OF 1980 
* AHS Class of 1983 
* RIP Classmates of DHS AND AHS 

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