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I am sharing some of the wonderful emails that come my way,
especially during Sponsor month!! There were many ... so please
understand time and space require I cannot use all ...
wish to be a Sponsor for the coming year in honor of my mom,
Ouida Jane Ellis, graduate of AHS in 1939.
This is her senior picture. She was only 16.
~ Shirley Thompson Rogers, Class of 1960
am going to be 80 in December. In a way I can not imagine that this is
my age, but it is! When I flew to New Orleans for my brother George’s
memorial service I did not take my shoes off. Someone was about to
correct me but then person who checked my ticket and drivers license
yelled, "She is 80!" My daughter is still kidding me about it.
Very soon now I am taking both of my daughters on an Alaskan Cruise. We
are all excited about it and have been making all kinds of plans.
When I was in Albany years ago, I did contact Mariellen Bateman
Johnson ('57) and several of us went out to lunch together. At one of
the reunions a group of us girls went out to lunch on Saturday. I did
not know that groups were taking trips together! I am in Gainesville,
have been here since 2004, when Sydney retired. For the last 10 years I
have continued to live here in this big house. Many of us look forward
to reading your publications.
~ Pauline Sterne Schochet, Class of 1957
the Albany high Times has brought back many memories the past few years.
What a wonderful job you do and how awesome to provide this service to
Indians! I would love to be a part of the sponsors for this.
~ Anne Stinson Porter 1961
you for your response to my attempt be a sponsor. I was likely late, but
also previously made the list. If I knew I could only sponsor once l
forgot, but I’ll make note. Not a mental one, they seem to get erased
I know how hard you work on this and we appreciate all you do. You've
had computer / web problems in the past and I want you to know if ever
additional funds are needed I’d be glad to help. At some point if the
need arises to hire some help I would be happy to pay a membership fee
and I believe most others would also. If some can’t afford the fee you
wouldn’t have a problem getting enough money through sponsorship.
I’m sure you’ve considered all of this, I just want you to know
how thankful we are for this wonderful creation of yours and I hope it
will continue long after we are all gone.
~ David Cuthbertson, Class of 1960
*** That depends David ... on someone being willing to take it on
journey that at once is an incredible experience ... yet sometimes the
waves seem overwhelming. But that day will come ... I wish I knew
~ Beverly Smith Herrington ('55)
would be glad to do more, but glad I finally made it!
~ Don Bravaldo Jr., Class of 1952
you, for this and everything you do for us. Your efforts, caring and
expertise bring joy to so many!
~ Shirley Austin Wright, Class of 1957
for allowing me to participate.
~ Art Spies, Class of 1962
would like to make my sponsorship In Honor of my mother, Dorothy Manning
Hackney, AHS Class of 1939. In February 2017, at the age of 94 and after
living in Albany her entire life, she moved to Bainbridge Island,
Washington to go into assisted living near me. She will be 96 in
September and she is doing well, enjoying her bingo games and all the
beautiful gardens and other vegetation of this lovely island. She does
miss Southern cooking, however!
Kay Hackney Grant, Class of 1961
am so appreciative of what you do that I will probably volunteer to help
every year. If there is anything I can do to help, please don’t hesitate
~ Joe Mann, Class of 1964
am standing by if you need me.
~ Jay Beck, Class of 1962
Carleen Newell Flowers ('48): We grew up together in the First Baptist
Church here in Albany. Then we were at Mercer together. She was a Chi
Omega as Nancy Winter ('49) Huggins was. Those were good days. We were
all poor but none of us knew.
Dub (Carleen's husband) was an amazing guy. A real WWII hero.
He was very unassuming. When
he said something, it was well thought out.
The Flowers were good people. We welcomed in the new year together until
Dub passed away and Carleen moved.
~ Bill Huggins Class of 1947)
ran across an original of my daddy's AHS Class of 1940
Graduation Program. I have no idea if anyone would be ever
interested in seeing it but just know that I have one. It is a small
treasure I hold.
~ Nancy Martin Bryan (AHS Class of 1976)
daddy, Joseph F. Purvis, graduated in 1934, back when they only went
through 11th grade.
His school was the school on Jefferson, near where Phoebe Putney
I have all three of the Purvis children's annuals, which is sort of
rare. Usually the annuals get lost or torn or whatever. Robert Purvis,
Margaret Purvis Williams and Daddy was the baby. Uncle Robert went into
the Navy in 1932, and as an Ensign, he was at Pearl Harbor (eating
breakfast very early when the Japanese strafed our ships). I always get goosebumps when I see that in a movie....... the hum of those Zeros
coming in low from far away, then closer and louder, then all that chaos
of the bombing. Uncle Robert lived through that, but sadly, died from a
fast-acting leukemia not long after returning stateside. I am sorry that
I never knew him, but I do have his Ensign's log from the ship he was
on. Because he joined the Navy so early in the 1932s, he had many
adventures all over the world, with the annoyance of being in a war.
Wish I could remember the name of his ship, but at nearly 68, a lot
eludes me. Luckily, I do have that paperwork.
want to thank you for all the work you do for us. I love getting each
Julie Purvis Montgomery, Class of 1968
to Joanne Simmons Smith, Class of 1958, who was able to
find the following needed information for a deceased Indian from a 3rd
generation relative: Jeri Stevens, deceased, graduated from AHS
in 1960. She was the sister of Dan Stevens, Class of 1953. Dan's
daughter Dani Tippins, a former student of Joann'e, said that this Jeri
Louise Stevens is her dad's sister. She was in the Class of 1960.
should have been telling you thanks every month for years! So
please forgive that oversight as I say THANKS for all that you do to
keep all us old Indians together.
~ Jim Bell, Class of 1956
makes little or no difference now, but I don’t have Joe Saba
in the class of 1947. I’ve been keeper of the roster since our 50th
reunion. Joe’s obit is still listed on Google and it says 1947. His
brother, Jamil ('56) is our sheriff. Joe was born in 1927 while most of
the class of 1947 were born in 1930. I remember Joe well as a very nice,
~ Bill Huggins, Class of 1947
~ NOTE: Bill Huggins has been the Class of 1947's
"shepherd" for a long time! He was a huge help in the beginning
stages of the Albany High Times! He had phone numbers, addresses
and email addresses!!! He has continued to help with helping me
has been my proud privilege to be a sponsor this past year. If
there are unpaid bills related to the upgrade, or additional needs, I'd
like to know so that I can help resolve them.
I understand this is "sort of cheating," but I hope that I can pull an
old baseball "trick," and "steal the sign" that you are about to call
for sponsors next year.
I really enjoy helping the effort, since my distance limits my
opportunity to do other things for the Indians, and the Class of '57...
~ Johnny Boesch, Class of 1957
Class of ’64
San Clemente, CA
I appreciate the correspondence that Robert Sutton sent
through the AHS website regarding the passing of Bob Bickerstaff. Robert
spoke very highly of Bob and I would like to piggyback on his thoughtful
Photo: Bob is third row from bottom, second from left. I’m person to
right of him.
issue of The Albany High Times'
"NEWS & CLUES" states, “... just
a small town in South Georgia
that grew the best kids ever
raised!” Those words say it all
about Bob Bickerstaff.
Bob and I were very close in
Junior High; we were in the same
class (Miss Combs in Eighth
grade and Mrs. Farris in Ninth).
He worked part time at our
family business during the
Spring and Summer of those
years. We all toiled long and
hard; opening at four am,
working all day and frequently
into the late night. Our
Headquarters, catered to
Southwest Georgia’s fishing
population and we were open to
accommodate their needs.
One learns a lot about the
character of a person under
stressful and challenging times;
especially at 14-15 years old
when there are many other things
we would rather do. I saw Bob’s
work ethic, his integrity and
his reliability as being beyond
reproach. My sophomore year I
transferred to high school in
Atlanta and shortly afterwards
Bob and my brother, Jack,
enrolled in Lyman Ward Military
Academy. We saw each other on
some weekends and holidays when
we visited our families in
Albany over the following few
years; then off to college and
fifty- plus years went by.
I spoke with him briefly about
two years ago but never saw him
since high school. When I read
the article that Robert sent
with his note I know he had a
good life, a wonderful family
and made and will continue to
make a very positive
contribution to our world
through his son, daughter and
his nine grandchildren and
through the many people he
inspired along the way. I am
sure those he worked with at The
Carpenter Company have never
encountered a better employee.
I thank God for Bob Bickerstaff
and what he gave us.