August 2017




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

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

 128th Edition ~ 08/30/2017

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Friends of AHS ... last week, I had intended to send out the NEW "AHS CLOSING" WEBSITE section of Albany High Times before I sent out "News & Clues".  Then I realized, as I completed the 9th page of the project, if I published it first, I might receive a good bit of email responses, and frankly that could be interruptive.  So I switched plans and created this August "News & Clues". 

Now that N&C's is out, I'll take another 2 to 3 days to create the final 2 pages of "AHS CLOSING" and just make sure everything is okay before clicking the button to PUBLISH! 


It has been a big project, and one done out of a great love for my/our AHS.  I wanted to make sure that we had this sad information posted for history's sake  ... similar to the history I created for the destruction and loss of Radium Springs Casino and Pavilion. 


God bless all our AHS Indians ... especially our Texas Indians!



P.S.  Don't miss this great news: Scroll down to "INDIAN INTERESTS" ...  just after "CLUES"  for information you will need to buy your AHS Easter Seals Christmas Ornament!!! You're going to want this ornament!  Why?

The 2017 Easter Seals' Ornament  ...

Will Feature Albany High School!!





NOTE:  I heard from Bill Upton before the "AHS Walk Through" saying that he was sorry he could not attend, but that there would be a gathering of people celebrating the Pigeon Community Development Center property receiving the deed to the property and why! 


I asked if I could publish it? He asked for time to think about it, later wrote and said he would agree, but please give him some time to do the story justice.  And I did and he did!   Make sure you read to the very end ... there is a very interesting conclusion! ~ BSH



~ As Written by Bill Upton, Class of 1960 ~


This is Bill Upton with Lin Forney, the Executive Director of the Pigeon Center. The picture was taken a few days after the new roof had been installed.  Needless to say, they were very happy. 


After almost 20 years in hot, humid Florida, we decided to retire to the mountains of Western North Carolina. In 1999, we purchased acreage atop Wolf Pen Mountain in Waynesville, NC. Waynesville is the eastern gateway to Smoky Mountain National Park. Asheville, NC is about 25 miles west. I began construction of our retirement home September 1999 and we moved in November 2000.  After building our home, adjacent property owners asked me to build three additional homes on the mountain.


After my construction career ended, I became aware of a community center located in a grammar school built in the 1950's. I learned that the school was left over from the segregated era and was the only African American grammar school in the area.


The Pigeon Multicultural Community Center, a qualified, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, leased the building from Haywood County for $ 1 per year and serves a predominately African American community. Apart from a community gathering place, the Center provides an emergency food bank. They also offer an after-school service as well as a Summer Enrichment Program for school children. Haywood County School System does not have summer school, so the Center's program attracts a broad group of students including African Americans, Hispanics and Whites. They attend 5 days a week from 8 AM to 5 PM. They are served 3 meals a day and receive instruction in math, English and other activities including field trips to educational and entertainment venues. The program is a blessing to working parents who might not otherwise be able to afford child care during summer months.    


I met the Director and was given a tour of the building. The fuel oil boiler that provided hot water for the steam heating system was not working and even if it had been working, she told me they could not afford to purchase fuel oil. Consequently, heating was provided by portable, unvented, kerosene-fueled, space-heating devices. These heaters emit carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide and are not meant to be used for indoor heating. The original 1950's roof leaked like a sieve and on rainy days there could be as much as 2 inches of water on the floors. The electric system needed some serious upgrading as did the potable water lines. Given these conditions, I was astonished that the building and the organization was as effective as it was.


I decided they needed help, so I joined the organization's Board of Directors and began to seek financial help from my church and other area churches. We began to work with county offices, including Facilities Maintenance, County Manager and County Commission to focus their attention on the services the Center was providing and the deplorable condition of the building.


My church funded the installation of a donated propane fired furnace that I installed in the dining area. This provided much-needed heat to the building's central gathering and dining room.


We were able to persuade the County Commission to fund a complete roof replacement at a cost of approximately $ 100,000. After we got the building completely dried out and cleaned of mildew and mold, we worked with County Facilities Maintenance to locate a good used 480-amp electrical entrance panel to replace the original 1950's panel. The 230-volt breakers were worn out and if tripped (which happened frequently) were difficult to reset. We located an almost new unit for $ 12,000, which the county paid for and installed. At the same time, we were able to get the county to pay for re-piping the potable water system.  All in all, the county spent almost $ 200,000 to bring the building into acceptable and usable condition. We also were able to have a 10,000-gallon underground fuel oil tank removed. I feared that the tank might be leaking and if I was able to convince Haywood County to sell the building to the Center in the future, I didn't want to get stuck with the cost of ground or ground water remediation.


In the ensuing year, we concentrated on finding funding and financial assistance for Center operations and programs.  We were able to sustain a year without having to call on Haywood County for maintenance assistance.


In April of this year, we asked the County Commission to sell the property to the Pigeon Center for $ 1. After a couple of public hearings, the property was deeded to the Center in June and we received the deed June 22nd. I was pleased to have had a hand in obtaining ownership of the property as that had been a long time wish of the African American community.


If anyone would like more information about the center, they can contact me at 828-734-8040 or  


Coincidentally, the 1950's era African American high school for the area is in Canton, NC which is adjacent to Waynesville. The facility was recently purchased by school graduate, Mr. Billy McDowell, who hopes to turn the building into a community center. Mr. McDowells wife is the Grammy Award Winning R & B Superstar, Gladys Knight.


        Our Indians Who Served!!! 


***  Olin Brimberry, Class of 1954

*** Randy Brimberry, Class of 1966

*** Neal Moore, Class of 1955

*** Stacy E. Hall, Class of 1960
*** D
anny P. Hall (D -1969), Class of 1965

*** David Wolfe (D),  Class of 1961



 Take Time to Browse!!!

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

2. PLUS your AHS class year!

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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 or write me at 299 Old Homestead Lane, Hayesville, North Carolina 28904.

I look forward to hearing from you.

~ Linda Cullom Jordan


*** Indian Interests*** 




2017 Easter Seals Ornament  ...

Will Feature:  Albany High School

You may want to order early because they normally order only 1,000.  I have just emailed 2,000 Indians giving this information!  Keep in mind, "the reveal" does not take place until November.  You have to trust their judgement!  I've ordered mine!

Start Date: Thursday, August 24, 2017
                              End Date:  Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The total cost including the mailing fee is $21 per ornament

(all on-line orders include a $3.00 fee for mailing)



An Email from: Mary Braswell, The Albany Herald

Due to overwhelming interest in this year's ornament we are allowing you to pre-order the 2017 Easterseals/City of Albany Official Ornament which will be depicting Albany High School. We are currently working on several designs and the final approved design will be revealed in early November.  All pre-orders completed online will be mailed after the reveal in November. 

August 21, 2017/ALBANY: In keeping with a tradition that started in 1992, Easter Seals Southern Georgia moving forward with plans to issue the 2017 limited edition Christmas ornament. And this year's ornament is sure to generate excitement as well as sales. Permission was recently granted by the Dougherty County School System to commemorate Albany High School on the upcoming Christmas ornament.

Easter Seals Southern Georgia Executive Director Beth English provided this information well ahead of the official release, which is scheduled for November. We normally only order 1,000 ornaments, English said. Prepaid orders are guaranteed. All others are sold as the supply lasts. So fresh is news of the 2017 ornament that its design has not even begun yet.

The Rhode Island company we work with is great in helping with design, English said. At this point, all options, from the (AHS) building to the Indians (mascot), are possibilities. Following this year devastating storm of January 2nd, numerous requests were made for copies of the 2011 ornament, which features the Third Avenue Tree Canopy. So great was the volume of calls that an additional 250 ornaments were ordered. All sold quickly. Another 150 were ordered and, for those who missed out, English reports there are a few remaining.

All proceeds from ornament sales benefit Megan House, a respite care facility for special needs and/or medically fragile children that is operated by Easter Seals. To order any ornaments in stock and to pre-order the 2017 Albany High School ornaments, call (229) 439-7061.
Thanks for spreading the word!   
~ Mary Braswell, The Albany Herald                             


*** Tribe Notes ***



*** Please update our new Email address. Mary (Boydston, Class of 66 DHS) and I will celebrate our 50th next year on June 9th.  Will remind you later!

~ Bob Thrower, Class of 1966 

*** Jim Herschell, Class of 1969, would like to be on the mailing list. Can this happen? My father taught at industrial arts for many years and then was an assistant principal, before he was tapped to be the first Principal of Dougherty High in the early 1960's and then the first Principal of Westover in 1968. I lot of history in our family of AHS.

~ Welcome Jim!!!

*** There are times when I make a mistake and publish an Indian's incorrect school year; and so I made that mistake with Bobby Bartley's class when he was kind enough to respond to my request for a picture of the "Totem Pole" at AHS/Residence.  The picture he sent was shot by his friend, Merril Jones (see July issue).

As a gentleman, he sent the following email: "Glad you located the picture. Thanks for the acknowledgement. I graduated in 1960, not sure about Merril. Thank you for all of your time and work these years. It is a labor of love. Sincerely, Bobby Bartley

~ Beverly Smith Herrington ('55)

***  I also walked the halls that day.  I had visited with Jack's brother and his wife in Dawson first, and got there about 2:30 p.m.  A lot of people had already arrived so I signed in, got my fan, signed the banner, walked the halls of a school that looked in really good condition to me.  I had never seen the inside of this building.  I waited around until about 3:20 and never saw anyone I knew!  I heard someone say we were going to the stadium at 4:00 p.m. for photos and I decided I had been there long enough and drove home! 


I heard someone say why they were closing the school and that the building would be repurposed and not just torn down.  The neighborhood was nothing like I remembered it for several streets in all directions.  Albany has grown in outward directions and the inner city homes have gone down to put it nicely.  It is a shame.  I wish I had run into some of you that I knew and stayed a little longer, but I was in limbo as to what to do! Thanks,

~ Hazel Britton Newman, Class of 1954

*** Over the years as I have sent out notices about fallen classmates (we have lost about 73 so far). One of the first to respond back to me was always Denese Flowers Uebelacker (Class of 1960).  She was a very caring person and a loving member of our class.  She would always express her regrets about the lost one and obviously cared for our whole class.   I wish she could read some of the ones that have come back to me from her classmates about her. 

Very touching.  Same on Facebook.  She will be missed by many...

~ Jim Hall, Class of 1960

You may have already received a notice about Katherine Jones, but just in case, I wanted to let you know that Katherine died July 16, 2018, after a long battle with leukemia.  I talked with her husband, Darrell Mack, yesterday and asked if he would mind if I notified you of her death.  He said he knew she would want it to be posted on the Albany High Times website.


Katherine was 81 yrs old, was born on November 9, 1935, and was in the Class of 1954. Thanks for all that you do.

~ Marion Underwood Gandy ('54)

*** So sorry to hear this... [death of Michael Clarence McNamee].

~ Carol Mosser Broadwell ('67)


*** I just learned that James Robert Burt, Jr., one of my AHS 1959 class mates, passed away on October 6, 2016. Please add his name to "In Memoriam". Thank you for your great work.

~ Jack C. Corbin, Class of 1959


In Memoriam ...

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


***  Denese Flowers Uebelacker, Class of 1960

*** Jennifer Lee Jones, Class of 1963

*** Alden B. Lanier, Class of 1976

*** Katherine Jones Mack, Class of 1954

*** Royal Denson Wood, husband of Jacqueline Geiger Wood, Class of 1954

*** Michael Clarence McNamee, Class of 1967

*** John C. Harris, Jr., Class of 1963

*** Tommy Norras, Class of 1954; brother of Milton, Class of 1953 and Elizabeth Norras Wolfe 1957

***  Fredrick Hubert Tetro, Jr., Class of 1963

*** James Robert Burt, Jr., Class of 1959

*** Robert "Bobby" Summerford, Class of 1957


FYI: 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 then added the following month to the Albany High Times' "In Memoriam" webpage:

Please send any corrections or additions to



*50th Wedding Anniversaries* and Beyond


Armine Bolton Russell, Class of 1952, and Gail Eugene Russell celebrated their 51st Anniversary with family and friends at their home in Tifton, GA on July 31, 2017.

Edward Curtis Martin, Jr.. Class of 1945, and Roberta Parker of Wilson, NC., celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary, March 15, 2017

NOTE:  Please send with your anniversary information, your full name (first, last and maiden name, plus CLASS) to


Carla Sterne Linn, Author -  Class of 1961

Visit on Albany High Times:


A Roller Coaster Ride Is Short

To access Carla's website and to purchase her book through Amazon, click below ...


 A Roller Coaster Ride is Short, the title of Carla's bookcomes from a poem written by her daughter, Laura Genender, when she was only thirteen years old.

The Roller Coaster Ride

by Laura Genender

Everyone dreams of flying. It is normal.
But I have flown with the eagles, soared at their side.
And I did it all strapped into a seat of a roller coaster.
It was my class trip. We went to Universal Studios and I had the most fun ever.
We rode the rides, ate the food, did the do . . .
but nothing, nothing compared to the glory of the Hulk.

It was wonderful. I was flying. I was in the sky.
I was floating off my seat.
I was doing loops and diving at the water and going under bridges.
I was stopping, starting, stopping, starting.
And then it was over.

I guess life is like a roller coaster.
It goes fast, doing relapses and loops.
It dives down and jumps up, goes under and over.
It stops, it starts, it stops, it starts.
And then it is over.

I was flying. I was living. I will never forget that.
And I will never forget that no matter what,
there is one roller coaster around me, always.
It is life. I close my eyes, let the wind blow through my hair, and I am once
again doing loops and diving at the water and going under bridges.
And I am stopping, starting, stopping, starting.
But I know to savor it all now, because a roller coaster ride is short.



Looking for a great Night of Music?

Banks Burgess, Class of 1966

... of the group

Can Deliver...

On Saturday, September 2nd,  

Banks & Shane returns

to one of the greatest venues anywhere...  


The Red Clay Theater, in downtown Duluth!

It is without a doubt, the best place to watch a show or play a show!

Location: 3116 Main Street, Duluth, Georgia 30096

 For Reservations, Call: (404) 478-2749




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*** YOU ASKED ***


?~  Hello, my grandfather Glenn Null brought bowling into Albany back in the day. 


I was wondering if you have any pictures of Midtown Lanes when it was that. I'm Jason Warren and I'm very interested in them if y'all have any.  Thank you very much.

Note: Jason ... if I get a response/responses ... will certainly let you know.  Hope you'll have some!

?~  Does anyone have information on Ann Rainey, Class of 1959?

 A~   Someone was asking for information on Ann Rainey.  She and her family were friends of ours and lived in the neighborhood where I grew up.

Ann Rainey married Ronnie Griffeth, who was a former headmaster at Deerfield School in Albany. They moved to TN many years ago.  As of 2013 when her brother Tommy ('69) passed away, they were living in Franklin TN. Her mother, Mabel Rainey lives in Albany.
~ Martha LeSueur Nicholson, Class of 1956.


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~ jonnie holley douglas, class of 196

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