If anyone has information about the following
classmates, please contact me (contact info below) as soon as possible.
These classmates are:
John Blakey, Jean Padgett Clark, Buford Connell, Herman Giddens,
Leon Hatcher, Ben Jackson, Rebecca Jenkins Kerr, Jan Davis King, Jeanine
Phillips Law, Reginald Paige,
Mary McCrary Waddell, and Quinnon Walker
Call Linda Cullom Jordan 828
389-3911 (Home) or 828 516-8080 (Cell)
I am Hazel Sutton Brown's daughter. I believe she
graduated in 1960. Anne West Green told me you
were looking for info. She passed August 10, 2017. She was the 3rd of 4 sisters to pass.
was about 10 years younger and is still alive and living in
Douglasville, GA. I can find a link to Hazel's obit if you need me to.
Thanks, Kat Fisher
~ Thanks to Kat Brown Fisher, I was able to
inform Hazel's Class of 1960 of her passing.
*** From Jim :
In response to the loss of Hazel and
Sammy, I got a message from Carol Rifkin Levine
that I want
how those years
Our Genealogic Consultant,
Brenda Arnett Darbyshire ('67),
combs the Find-a-Grave website
for our deceased Indians. Many
times, a class year is not
listed. So, sometimes, I make
the wrong determination, as I
did in the November issue of
"News & Clues" with
Cohen's class. Thanks
to Ernest Sutton ('61)
who saw the incorrect
posting and claimed his
I would like to add my mom to list of deceased. I believe she graduated in 1954. However, I'm not 100% sure. She graduated with Myra Clark Johnson ('57). Her name was Rachel M. Kendall (Beasley). She was born Aug 3, 1938 and passed Aug 13, 2008.
Thank you, Sheri Beasley
*** Thanks for sharing, I remember Rachel well. We were classmates for years. Graduated together.
In Memoriam ...
Not where I breathe, but where I loved ... I
Gregory Holsey, Class of 1982
*** Rachel M. Kendall Beasley,
Class of 1957
*** Kathryn Beaver, mother of
Winnie Beaver Turoski, Class of
*** Hazel Sutton Brown, Class of
Benjamin “Sam” S. Engram, Jr., Class of 1960
*** Skippi Moncrief, Posey,
Class of 1961; sister of David
Moncrief, Class of 1963
***Jimmie Gordon Haire, Class of
*** Thomas "Tommy" Henry
Herrington, Jr., Class of 1956, husband
of Beverly Smith Herrington,
Class of 1955
*** Theodore "Ted" Knight
Cahill, Sr., Class of 1955
*** Brenda Douglas Glover, Class
*** Marvin Lewis, husband of
Katrino Hutto Lewis, Class of
*** Careen Hatcher Miller, Class
*** Marybeth Hall Davis, Class
of 1961; sister of Hazel Hall
Burger, Class of 1953
John "Bunky" Salyer, Class of
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:
If we make it to December 29th, Nancy (Winter) and I will celebrate our 64th Wedding Anniversary. We started dating on her 16th birthday while we were both in AHS.
She followed me to
Mercer where we were still dating only each other. Then
to the army at Ft Benning where we married in 1954.
Still very much in love.
Two children, seven
grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Class of 1947
Please send with
(first, last and
plus CLASS) firstname.lastname@example.org
We Welcome Our New
"News & Clues"
Please add Brenda Brashears
Charles, Class of 1960
~ Brenda Shemwell Bottoms, Class of 1964
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name ... please add (1) your last
name (plus girl's maiden and married names),
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look up that info for the many who do not.
Honestly folks ... I spend way too much time
looking up this information, and I can tell you,
one of the things people love, is to read
something from special a friend ... so if you
sign only "Mary" that means I have to look up
your full name and class ... HELP
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— Grace Walker turned 100 years
old last month,
hasn’t slowed her down. She said
strong faith, the decision to
keep moving and an unfaltering
commitment to serving her church
keep her happy, healthy and
focused on the good life.
“A priest once asked me when I
was going to retire,” Walker
said. “I pointed to my feet and
said as long as they keep
working, I will keep on moving.
Then I pointed to my head and
said as long as it still works I
will keep right on. I will never
On Tuesdays and Thursdays,
Walker, who says she has been
blessed with good health, can be
found working the desk in the
main office at St. Paul’s
Episcopal Church in Albany.
“I’ve been on this desk for
about 40 years,” Walker said.
“It’s just something I have
Walker’s duties include
assisting with church mailings
and preparing the Sunday
An Albany resident nearly all
her life, Walker said she was
christened and confirmed as a
child at St. Paul’s. She was
born on Nov. 11, 1917 — Veterans
In an interview with church
historian Leigh Hall, Walker
recalled a big white house that
sat adjacent to the church where
the parking lot is now located.
That was where she attended
Sunday school under the
direction of an instructor she
remembers as “Mrs. Fannie.”
Walker also recalled swimming in
the “blue hole” and attending
church picnics at Radium
At that time, downtown Albany
was a huge block featuring two
fancy hotels (the Gordon and the
New Albany) and two major stores
(Rosenberg’s which now houses
The Albany Herald offices and
Churchwell’s). Walker also
recalled swimming in the pool at
Tift Park, playing kick the can
and hide-n-seek out in the
At 5 years old, Walker said she
went to the cotton mill school.
She lived at 1415 North Monroe
St., right on the edge of the
She graduated from Albany High
School in 1934.
Before volunteering in the
office at St. Paul’s, Walker
helped prepare the alter for
every church service. Her
husband was a “staunch” Baptist.
On Sunday mornings, she said, he
would drop her off at her church
and he would go on to his.
“We never let any of that
matter,” she said. “He had his
church and I had mine.”
Walt Walker owned and operated
Walker Cooling and Heating Co.
Grace Walker said she helped him
out in the office. Before that,
she worked at the Air Force Base
in Albany. She also volunteered
at Phoebe Putney Memorial
Hospital for many years. In
2011, she was honored by Phoebe
as volunteer of the year.
“I put in 147 volunteer hours at
Phoebe,” she said.
Asked what she did as a
volunteer at the hospital,
Walker said she visited the
“When the lady I worked with
retired, I stopped, too,” Walker
said regarding her time at
Walker was 40 years old when she
decided she wanted children.
“My husband asked if I was sure
I wanted to do this and I said
yes,” Walker said. “I had two
children — both born on Dec. 15,
a couple of years apart.”
Before starting a family, Walker
said she and her husband did a
lot of traveling.
“He sold York products, and they
were always giving him trips,”
she said. “Our first trip was to
Bermuda. We could see the Rock
of Gibraltar right out of our
The couple also went to Rome,
Germany, Copenhagen, Acapulco
and several other places.
“We had some wonderful times,”
Her husband was killed in a
motorcycle accident in 1981.
Today she lives in the country,
near Dawson, next door to her
daughter, Francis, and her
son-in-law, Danny Smith.
“I have my own house and they
have theirs,” she said.”We are
close, but we each have our own
Walker said she still handles
her own cooking and cleaning.
When she isn’t volunteering, she
enjoys sitting outside and
watching for deer in the
“My children got me a swing for
my 80th birthday, and they put
it up in the carport so I can
sit outdoors,” she said. “In the
summertime, I can watch the
children playing in the backyard
Her secret to health and long
life is simple: It is a state of
“I have good genes,” she said.
“I keep moving, and I don’t slow
up. I know God is going to take
care of me.”
YOU DON'T SAY?
Submitted by Bruce Garey, Class of 1963
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Good Life City may
soon be the set of a horror film. Producers and
writers with Londonderry spent the day in Albany
on Tuesday, scoping out places to shoot the
And they've got their eyes on
Albany High School.
"The name of the movie is Exorcism at Lincoln
High. Essentially it's about a haunted high
school," explained Kevin Connolly, an actor,
director and producer you may be familiar with.
Connolly spent time touring a few schools in
Dougherty County on Tuesday, looking for a place
to film the movie he's co-producing.
MORE: Georgia named top filming location
"Not a whole bunch of films have been shot here
so it's all fresh territory," explained
Connolly, along with Jay Seals and head of
Londonderry Films, Chip Flaherty will be
producing the movie. Horror-film legend Steve
Miner will direct.
"So to think that he (Miner) is going to come to
Albany and be part of the dream team we have
coming down here is just great," said Flaherty,
who was the co-founder of Walden Media, before
being hired as EVP of Londonderry, LLC, and
President of Londonderry Films.
Londonderry, led by Patrick Millsaps has been
working with the Albany, Dougherty County EDC,
Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitor's
Bureau for the last year to get to where they
are today with the film. As a film-ready
community, they saw Albany as a perfect fit.
"We're hoping that the Atlanta film miracle,
that really has exploded in Georgia, makes its
way to Albany and we hope that we are the first
people to get the ball going," explained
The producers said it's been great to be in
Albany, learning about a new city and culture.
MORE: 'Camera Ready' works to bring more films
to South GA
"It's been just a really great experience to
come down here, everybody is opening the doors,"
said Co-producer Seals. "They are so happy to
have us and we couldn't be more excited to be
The crew expects to be in Albany for about 10
weeks starting in January to shoot the movie at
a number of different locations.
"Albany High, Monroe High," said Connolly. "We
are going to use a mix and match of those
schools. We're going to shoot at a church and a
few houses, local houses."
Producers said they know the movie will be a
great success. They hope it will come to
"Hopefully before you know it everybody will be
in their seats, drinking big giant sodas seeing
the Exorcism at Lincoln High," said Seal.
Members of the Dougherty County School system
were part of the tour on Tuesday.
The crew is ready to move forward, but the
school board must decide before the producers
can use the buildings.
And good news for future actors and actresses,
the crew said they're hoping to hire a few
locals to make their movie debut.
SPECIAL ALBANY MEMORIES
More Billy Chancey, etc !!!
Dave Sherman, Class
Your November edition brought back more
memories. I well recall Billy Chancey downtown
with his six shooters. On occasion, he could
really take someone from out of town by surprise
when he would pull them both out of their
holsters and point at them, they not knowing
him like the rest of us did. It could be fun to
My father, Mercer Sherman, was
the adopted son of M.W. Tift and
spent his entire career working
with granddaddy as VP of M.W.
Tift Wholesale Grocery Co. They
did business with many small
grocery stores located all over
SOWEGA until the company closed
in 1957 when he continued to
manage grandaddy’s rental
properties and his farm in
offices were in
owned by the
1857 and was
It has many
along both sides
that were used
for loading and
would pull up on
on either side
of the building,
and it was those
doors that Mary
would check out
one by one to
see if they were
That building, and the Old Bridge House, both built before the Civil War by Col. Nelson Tift, are now the two oldest commercial structures that have survived in Albany. Thronateeska Heritage has partially restored some of the deteriorating brick walls.
My father would sometimes ask Mary when he saw her down there what she was doing it for, knowing the answer in advance, as it was always the same “Looking for Junior”.
And I recall that 1950’s (?) movie with, I
think, tryouts being held in Tift Park about
where the Teen Center was later located. The
cameraman’s camera was a hand cranked affair
where he put his head under a black cloth to use
it, and I have never seen one like it used
before or since. I think the product was shown
one time only somewhere in Albany, and I think
parents had to pay a fee of some sort for their
kids to be in it, but I am really vague on this.
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