May 2017



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

We look back....we look forward!!! 

 125th Edition ~ 05/26/2017

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... just a small town in South Georgia that grew the best kids ever raised!



The April issue of "News & Clues" went out to Indians via email because the website program, not to speak of the computer, was not working.  BUT thanks to Fry's who gave me great advice and also rebuilt my laptop ... I was able, starting Monday, to use the computer and web program again to publish April to the website (just click on April Issue to left), and the May issue.  Now, after a week, you are reading the May issue!!!  I have a new operating system which enables me to create and publish again ... Hallelujah!!! The hard part is finding where in the world this computer's Windows' 8.1 OS places features I need, not to speak of downloading all the programs and organizing all the folders and documents for nearly 15 years of "creations".  I just wish I had the patience of a younger me (smile)!!!  This is not a forever fix ... but the company who "hosts" all my websites, says I probably have 2 years before the web program will no longer work.  During that time, we will be searching for a good, but reasonably priced NEW web program.



~ Beverly Smith Herrington



Is This Really Happening???

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 serves as a high school, but instead houses 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 officials 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.

Note: I gave up trying to bring the above up to Billy Bragg standards ...





*** It's an honor to be a part of Albany High School, especially knowing how great it was and how great it's becoming. I am a part of the class of 2018, that's why it means so much to me. I am almost a graduate for the BEST SCHOOL in the nation! That is why they can't take our school from us. It means so much to be a part of a legacy! 


Thank you so much. It means a lot for you to even respond to my letter. I am beyond thankful and I hope something will come of everyone's efforts. We all are being affected by this.

~ Kei'Aunna Chavis, Class of 2018

*** Recently, something special happened to me!  A few weeks ago, a young Indian, Kei’Aunna Chavis, sent an email asking if I and other Indians could do anything about the closing of Albany High School.  I posted her messages on FACE BOOK, as well as dates and times of the meetings to be held in Albany for the VOTE.  Kei'Aunna is a precious young woman who faces graduating from a strange high school her senior year if AHS is closed.


I asked for her phone number, saying I wanted to call her when I was in Albany for the Class of 1957 Reunion.  And I did!!! 


We had a wonderful conversation, and as we concluded I said, “Well, Kei’Aunna, if AHS IS closed before your senior graduation … you and I will have something in common … I am a member of the first class, 1955, to graduate from the new AHS building, and you will be the a member of the last class, 2018, to graduate.” 

~ Beverly Smith Herrington (1955)


*** Just got word this week no more Albany High.  End of an era!

~ Dani Stevens Tippins, Class of 1978

*** There was a disturbing article in today's Albany Herald..."because the Dougherty County School System (DCSS) has been experiencing a steady decline in enrollment since reaching a record high of 16,894 students in 2004," DCSS officials propose to close and "repurpose AHS".  This would reduce the number of public high schools from 4 to 3.  Sadly, it appears that all of our cherished institutions and landmarks which are vestiges from our era are being obliterated, and we really have no voice in the matter because of the demographics.  I will keep you posted as the process develops.  Thanks for all you do.  Looking forward to seeing you soon,  

~ Jerry Brimberry ('57)


*** Since I can't read the Albany Herald anymore, I can't send stories about the meetings; but there is one on the website about today's meeting that was posted tonight and will probably be in tomorrow's paper if I can find a print copy.

I’m sending this video from WALB, but they haven’t posted anything about today’s meeting.

~ Martha LeSueur Nicholson ('56)


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 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? 



        Our Indians Who Served!!! 


*** Donald F. Moore, Class of 1958

*** Benjamin Toy Martin, Class of 1959

*** Jerome "Jerry" Schine, Class of 1943


 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!

  Email to:




In Honor of ...



Tom Herrington *** 5/27/2002

  I don't look upon myself as much more than average in most respects. But, I do find myself reflecting on Memorial Day in a way that, I guess, is private to me. Part of my thoughts have to do with where and how I grew up. Part is from having served in the military.


For most, this day is a day off from work. One can play, work in the yard, watch TV, cook out, or just lounge about ...


But for me:

I remember that I live in the best country ever known to mankind. We may differ in our attitudes about what (and how) our government should do for us (or, at times, to us), but we have freedom(s) that are envied by all those who do not live here and can understand the concept(s) thereof...


This freedom did not come to us easy. It may be written down on paper in the Declaration of Independence and delineated further in the Constitution, but neither of those documents gave us anything more than an intention to take charge of our own lives - and what the basic rules are for living together in this country.


Being documents, they cannot provide anything more than a framework by which we conduct ourselves.

What HAS guaranteed our way of life HAS NOT been political parties, laws, courts, etc. It HAS been THOSE who were willing to sacrifice their lives so that WE may continue on with what we do, and how we live ... I pause to remember ...  And to reflect....

A quote from President Bush at Normandy today. ''Each person buried here understood his duty, but also dreamed of going back home to the people and things he knew. The day will come when no one is left who knew them. ... The day will never come when America forgets them. Our nation, and the world, will always remember what they did here, what they gave here, for the future of humanity.''


I have been to Normandy, it is impressive. But it is not the only place where our fallen are resting. There are other sites almost literally all over the world where our loved ones gave their lives that we might live as we do. They were not selfish - they GAVE ALL THEY HAD.


I am thankful.....

When the portable "Viet  Nam Wall" was being moved about the country, I gave a good sized donation so that it could be viewed in our remote part of the country. I know some of those names on that wall. I count myself very lucky indeed that my name is not also there. It may have been an unpopular war, but those who died there did their best, and gave the ultimate - FOR US!  


I don't want to sound too "gooey," but I do understand that except for those who gave their all for us, I would not have what I enjoy


I hope that I will always be able to remember ...     




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

*** Class of 1952 - 55th Reunion *** 

Great time together with classmates of 1952!  High noon lunch in the Wigwam with presentations from many Indians about their life and times at AHS and beyond!!!  Below are special keepsakes!


The cup came with a reasonable charge! 



Jim Barbre brought  bottles of water (in cases) as a gift to his classmates .  He had a picture of the old building on Jefferson, where the '52 class attended AHS, on one side! On the back was reunion info!





*** Class of 1962 - 55th Reunion *** 

 A Big Success ... Rain or Shine!

By: Joann Roark Arneson

Edited by: Kay Smith Pedrotti


Dorothy King Combs, Cecelia Looney Jordan, Jonnie Holley Douglas,

Pam Jordan Newton, and Joann Roark Arneson


Dorothy King Combs, Cecelia Looney Jordan, Gladys Duke McDonald,

and Connie Cordell Barnard

Earl Sauls, Gerry Hall, John Wolfe, and Carlos Phillips


On the deck: Paul Wallace, Cecil Fowler, Kay Smith Pedrotti, Ladd King

The Class of 1962 celebrated their 55th Reunion on May 19 & 20, 2017. We had 83 (54 classmates) attending each day. Almost everyone came both days, but a few showed up at only one event (funny how the numbers worked out!). Friday night at the Carnegie Library, was full of joyous squeals as friends found each other again after five years apart. Conversation was fast, loud, happy, ecstatic, touching and tender. Several made plans to meet earlier on Saturday.


Saturday folks trickled in to Paul Wallace's yard, happily greeting friends again. Unfortunately the thunder warned of rain - and as the rain came, the umbrellas came out. A few folks hid from the rain, but most just continued on. After the rain Paul had us gather around his deck where Cecil Fowler gave us an update on the Graham Lowe scholarship that Paul Lockhart started. Kay Smith Pedrotti reminisced with anecdotes from high school. Jay Beck talked about Hamilton Jordan and gave out copies of his book: No Such Thing as a Bad Day. Ladd King shared the story of why Bobby Briggs was walking with a cane, his tractor ran over him. As he was sharing the story Bobby arrived. Ladd also read a message from Philip Whitman, who is still fighting health problems but said he hopes to make the next reunion! Shortly after that I found Phillip Littlejohn searching the ground - he had lost a hearing aid. Would you believe it was found by Bill Brown!


We were happy to see Barbara Shelby Witek and Jimmy Henley on Saturday, who had not attended a reunion before.


Janet Belflower Hegenderfer flew in from Phoenix, AZ, just for the occasion and said "I'm so glad I came! I had a great time!"


Claire Reeves Walker got her weekends mixed up. She was in Nashville on business and planned to come for the Saturday event. When she realized her mistake, she came anyway and several of the girls got together for lunch with her. It was a mini reunion.


After a delicious meal from Riverfront Bar-B-Q, folks still didn't want to give up. Many kept on visiting. A few left to meet again elsewhere - I heard Gargano's mentioned a few times. All in all we have received very positive feedback. Many want to do it again for our 75th birthday! So we'll see!


All attendees were very grateful and appreciative of the "Albany guys and girls" for their long hard work to put on a truly great event. Constant threads through the two days were loving greetings, happy nostalgia and some "wildly" interesting conversations!

AHS62 Reunion  Comments from Classmates


Richard Stalvey: A delightful time to refresh and enjoy our genuine relationships birthed out of AHS, and with some since childhood. Time passes on but an ole Indian never forgets the honor/privilege of good friendships. So much laughter and real joy being together during both days. Even the rain was pleasant, eh. We are still just kids inside these older bods! Thank God we can be together! Let's do it again in a couple of years…really encouraging those who missed the fun of this one, to "make it happen" on our 75th b'day bash! I'm grateful for the gatherings! And, also very grateful for the hard work of those who planned it and worked the plan. We are a grand ole bunch, from a really grand ole school!

Geraldine Humphrey Poe: I don't think there is anything you could have done to have made the reunion any nicer. I think everyone had a very very good time. Wayne and I were late getting there, and I'm sorry about that. But from the time we got there until we left everything was just great, and I really appreciate all the effort that was put into it to make it such a great day.


Dorothy King Combs: One thought: Even though it rained on our parade, it didn't dampen our spirit. Our celebration continued.

Jonnie Holley Douglas: Really think all had a good time, everyone seemed to be more caring about people that were not there. All lingered more than usual both nights. They seemed to want to come back in a couple of years. I was so happy for the people that have never attended, kind of sad at the end though.

Great example of a mailout invitation!!!



*** Tribe Notes ***


*** Staff member, Martha LeSueur ('56) Nicholson aka Brenda Starr, sent a wonderful article for the April issue ... KAY HIND RETIRES AFTER 50 YEARS.  Part of what makes up special news in "News & Clues", are articles about our AHS Indians, Radium and Albany.  So of course I published it last month ... but shame on me - I forgot to give her credit for her work.


I did the same thing to Joann Roark ('62) Arneson ... she sent an interesting "bit" I placed in the "CLUES" section.  It had to do with Downton Abbey and coloring books!!!  But I left out her name too.  Read on ...


The bad thing about sending News & Clues via email ... you can't go back and correct mistakes!  Now that my computer is repaired, I can publish and correct errors again!!!  And the April issue has been re-issued!  Simply scroll up and click on April 2017!!!

 ~ Beverly Smith Herrington ('55)

*** On the front page of the Herald, this morning, was an article on the proposed closing of Albany High School.

~ Proc Johnston, Class of 1954

 *** Yesterday, May 16th, the Albany Herald started restricting access to online obituaries. They are no longer available to the public without a paid subscription.

I intend to continue to monitor the two major funeral homes (Kimbrell Stern and Mathews) on a daily basis for names I think I recognize.  But I will no longer scan every obit as I did in the past on the Herald’s site.

~ Bruce Garey, Class of 1963

NOTE:  Bruce is a "shepherd" for his 1963 class, and not only sends information to them, but to Albany High Times as well.  He is very much appreciated!


*** Please change my E-mail address. Thank you very much.

 ~ Grace Bailey Brown, Class of 1955


*** I have a new email address:

~ Gloria Drake (Class of '59)

*** I am unable to receive the Albany High Times. At one point I received the Times.

Thank you very much

~ James E Blewett, Class of 1966
 NOTE:  James ... I checked and your name had "slipped out" from your class address folder ... unfortunately it happens every now and then because there are nearly 2,000 Indians listed, by class, in the Albany High Times' Address Book.  Thank you for letting me know ... otherwise, I would have no way of knowing!

~~ Beverly Smith Herrington

*** Please change my Email address. Thanks
~ Jimmy Dickinson, Class of 1957

*** We would like to thank you for your going to the trouble to join us for our 60th reunion.  You are such an integral part of Indian unity, and as such should be an honorary member of each class.  Your presentation was clear and informative, and hopefully will reap some helpful suggestions.  Everyone enjoyed seeing you and your presence enhanced our festivities.  

~ Respectfully, 

Jerry Brimberry, Class of 1957

*** What a "most excellent" time I had at ('57 Reunion).  Lots of time for talking and getting re-acquainted.  Amazing how little time the re-connection takes.  Albany friendships run deep!
~ Johnny Bosch ('57)

*** You were the first person I thought of to attend our reunion, you are a part of us through your Albany High Times every month. You, through AHT's, bring back memories of our lives, the best times. We will never be able to thank you enough, but we can thank the Good Lord for giving you the talent you share each month. Keep in touch and thanks for attending our 65th reunion.


~  B.B. Rhodes ('52) ... here's to the good old AHS!!!

*** Just wanted to thank  you for the many great issues of information that you have sent.  I like keeping up with "old" classmates and how their lives were lived.  I became an RN, wife and mother, grandmother and still rather healthy, and really enjoyed my time at AHS.

Thanks again,

 ~ Ethel (Bunny) Dame Demeo, Class of 1954


 *** Thank you for all that you do for all of our classes.    I live in DE so all of this information is very important to me to be able to be informed about all of the AHS classes.

Thanks again, 

*** Cynthia Youngblood Jones, Class of 1964
~ Thank you so much Cynthia,

~ Beverly Smith Herrington


***I would hope someone has already mentioned that Mr. Pierce was actually Principal following Mr. McNabb at AHS. He became principal in my senior year, 1970-71. That was when Mr. Mac moved over to Flint Avenue as Superintendent.  My mind is getting feeble but I’m pretty sure Mr. Pierce also went on to Flint Avenue sometime in the 80’s while I was working at Monroe High. I believe he became Superintendent of Secondary Education prior to Dr. Judge.  

~ Carolyn McBurnett Parks, Class of 1971

NOTE:  Thank you Carolyn ... truly he was a great man!!!

*** I did not know Charles Justice, Jr., but I have checked my yearbook.  His picture is in our Class of 1964.  
 ~ Cynthia Youngblood Jones, Class of 1964 

*** I was born in 1944 and Charles Justice was born in 1945, then he surely was a member of the Class of 63. I did not know him.

~ Barbara Anderson Robinson ('62)

*** Just read sad  news about Bob Bickerstaff's (Class of 1963) death back in September of 2016.  It so sad to see our old mates pass on. He was one of our finest!  Although it has been a long time since we last spoke, he was a wonderful gentleman and will be sorely missed. God's mercy and grace to his family.
~ Robert Margeson, Class of 1964

*** Cathy Dean Hicks, AHS class of 1964, recently lost her husband, Burry "Chip" Hicks in September of 2016 Chip and I were in the same Officer's Candidate School class at Ft. Gordon, GA, graduating as 2nd Lieutenants in November of 1966.  According to the obituary, Cathy Dean Hicks lives in Jamestown, NC.

~ Brian Claypool, AHS Class of 1963

*** Harry Helton ('52) was truly "a good person.  He enjoyed and never forgot his roots! And deeply loved time in Albany and AHS! He and I went way back together.

~ Tommy Tarpley, Class of 1952

*** Thanks for letting us know about our friend and classmate, Stan Collins ('67).  Very sad news.

Best regards,

~ Phil Cook (Class of '67)

*** Friends ... I saw a post on FaceBook that Hugh Wallace ('58) died in his sleep.  He attended the 1957+ reunion last weekend - his presence there seems all the more precious!
~ Beverly Smith Herrington ('55)

*** Hugh Wallace ('58) and I were sitting next to each other reminiscing about our past together when Jerry Brimberry made his remarks to our group that for many of us this may be the last time we hug each other—WOW –he seemed so healthy and vibrant just a few days ago! He was a delightful fellow, and I am sure will be missed by many people!

~ Dan McIntyre ('57)


In Memoriam ...

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



*** Robert Humber Bickerstaff, Class of 1963


*** Charles C. Justice, Jr., 71, Class of 1964


*** Terry Lee McDade, Class of 1976


*** Henry Harrison "Harry" Helton. Jr., Class of 1952


*** Stanley E. Collins, Class of 1967


*** Hugh S. Wallace, III, Class of 1958


*** Charles Thomas Broadaway, Class of 1965

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:

Please send any corrections or additions to


*50th Wedding Anniversaries* and Beyond 


Tom Flowers, Class of 1964, and Connie Cannon Flowers, Class of 1965, celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary, April 29, 1967

On June 5th, Jerry Deen, Class of 1957, and Peggy Tanner Deen, Class of 1958, will be celebrating 59 years of marriage--so blessed!!!


 NOTE:  Please send your full name (first, last and maiden name) to   



*** CLUES *** 

*** The classes who meet together, stay together!!!

*** Reunions are work, and those who are willing to do the work are the glue!!!




First Coach Graham Lowe Scholarship Awarded

Paul Lockhard, AHS Class of 1962,  worked tirelessly to implement The Coach Graham Lowe Scholarship Coach at Deerfield.  This year brought the just rewards!

Garrett Smith was presented with the inaugural award by Graham Lowe at the Upper School Honors Day. 

Garrett is the son of Mark and Anita Smith of Leesburg.  A member of the varsity football and basketball teams, Garrett is one of the top students in the Class of 2019.  In fact, he was the winner of the three-year full academic scholarship for grades 6, 7, and 8, winning that through a competitive exam including about 20 students.  Garrett is a polite, respectful young man whom Graham coached in middle school football!


*** YOU ASKED ***



? ~ Please let me know if you have or get any information for a reunion for the 1967 class.

~ Linda Massey Hanner, Class of 1967



We Welcome Our New

"News & Clues" Subscribers!!!


*** Indians who signed up or updated their email addresses at Reunions of 1957 and 1952 are:

Fonda Starnes Marbury ('57), Bill Halford ('57), Linda Halford ('59), Lynne Ventulette ('57), Elizabeth Norras Wolfe ('57) and Don Bravaldo, Jr. ('52).


*** I would like to receive updates.

~ Linda Massey Hanner, Class of 1967 




A H S Class Websites


*** If your class has a website or has been replaced by a new website, please email your link to:  



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* Albany High Times Website @ FaceBook 
* Ahs ClassofFiftyfive 
* Ahs ClassofSixty 
* 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

FB address for Class of '71 below   

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

  ANY OTHER CLASSES to be listed?



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~ Jerry Brimberry, Class of 1957


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