May 2018



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

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

 136th Edition ~  May 23, 2018

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. . .  just a small town in South Georgia that grew the best kids ever raised!!
                                                                                                                                         ~ Tom Herrington, Class of 1956



!!! INDIAN PRIDE !!!  


A Message from Principal Dr. Dorough to The Tribe!

    Every morning as I read the world’s news, I drink coffee from one of my two favorite cups that are a constant reminder of my 14 wonderful years as Chief of the Tribe where I was surrounded by a truly dedicated faculty and staff in a family atmosphere and I had the pleasure to interact with so many fine students and their families. If I ever failed to say thanks to anyone, then know that I tip my cup to you each and every morning!


Today, (Friday, May 18th) is a bittersweet day and the end of an era for the Orange and Green Indian Nation. Today would have been the 132nd Albany High School graduation.


The Alma Mater says it all!


  Albany High School Alma Mater





















On a brighter note, my congratulations to all graduates today and I leave you with this quote. “Behind you, all your memories. Before you, all your dreams. Around you, all who love you. Within you, all you need.”

 ~ Dr. Dorough 






Our Indians Who Served!!! 


*  Raymond E. Phillips, Class of 1945



Take Time to Browse the following!!!

*** 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:






*** 2018 & 2019 Reunions ***



Getting Ready for Class Picture!

(Nothing more fun than getting a bunch of Indians together for a picture!!!)

Most exciting event ... the surprise visit of Phillip Plummer!!!

NOTE: This is not the official class picture ...




*** Class of 1978 *** 

40th Class Reunion!!
June 8 & 9, 2018!


Albany High & Westover High
Classes of 1978's
40th Class Reunion 
 will be held
Merry Acres Inn & Event Center in Albany

* A casual gathering at the Manor House Pub will be held at Merry Acres Friday, June 8 at 6pm. The main event is planned for Saturday, June 9 from 7pm until midnight.

* Entertainment will be provided by RELAPSE - Southwest GA’s Party Band in the Merry Acres Event Center Ballroom. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided and a cash bar will be available.

* The cost to attend is $78 per person or $125 per couple
Checks and money orders can be made payable to AHS/WHS Reunion

Mail to: AHS/WHS Reunion, P.O. Box 71053, Albany GA 31708.
*** Please note on your check on the memo line
if you are AHS or WHS grad.

Out of towners are offered a special room rate at Merry Acres.

Mention AHS/WHS 40th Reunion for the group rate!
Merry Acres Reservations (888) 462-7721 or (229) 435-7721

Please help spread the word by sharing this post or copy and paste to share.

FMI contact any of these committee members: 

Angie Stokes Barber, Jill Miller Dervan, Lisa Duffer, Debi Hayes Farmer, Sheryl Nichols Giles, Dion Hurd, Mary Fox Newcomb or Eddie Williams. 

Make plans now for June 8 & 9, 2018! We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our 40th!!!

Keep checking the AHS/WHS Class of 78 Facebook page for more information!*

~ Sam Lee
321 Saint Clair Drive
Leesburg, GA 31763
(229) 446-2328

*** Class of 1963 *** 
55th Class Reunion
October 5th & 6th 2018!

The Class of ’63 is planning our 55th Class Reunion for October 5th and 6th 2018

We will have a block of rooms reserved at Merry Acres and will have registration and a “Meet and Greet” at the Gazebo at 6:00 pm on Friday.

The Saturday Dinner / Dance on the 6th will be at Chehaw’s Creekside

*** Time “to be announced”.  Check information posted on our face book page:

AHS '63 Reunion - Our 55th - Albany, GA

“Save the Date” cards were sent out in the fall of 2017.  If you did not receive yours, you might need to update your contact information by calling or sending it to:

*** Marian Chambless Sherman and John Sherman ***

(229) 439-9664

*** Class of 1969 *** 
50th Class Reunion
Friday, April 26, 2019!

and in conjunction with

The 60's Bash

Saturday, April 27, 2019!























*** Tribe Notes ***


A special thanks to Marian Chambless Sherman, Class of 1963, who kindly and voluntarily sends obituary information to "News & Clues".

Hi...just a note to tell you how very much I enjoyed reading ALL of the last issue. I hope I will hear from some of the folks I knew at Palmyra Elementary! Keep up the good work....
~ Elsie Jay Dunham, Class of 1958
There was a nice article on the front page of the Albany Herald on Thursday, May 3rd about Libby Smith Womack, Class of '61. Her husband donated $100,000 to UGA for scholarships because he found out that the UGA Foundation would match it. His name is Jim Womack. Libby was very dedicated to education and taught middle and high school for 20 years and part of that time was in Dougherty County.

Also Eloise Fletcher Saba Passed away on April 27th at the age of 86 and she was an AHS graduate but it doesn't say what year. Her obituary is also in Thursday, May 3rd Albany Herald. I wish I was computer savvy enough to scan and send these articles to you but I'm not. I could mail them if you could send me your address. Just let me know, but I thought this would be some good info for the next newsletter. I remember Libby well from school.
Have a blessed day,
~ Wanda Olivent Proctor ('61)

BSH: Thanks so much Wanda! As to your efforts about Eloise Fletcher Saba ... I was able to locate her obituary and sent it to classes who could have known her, but received no response. How I wish folks would include their maiden name and class year. But please don't worry about sending me anything other than a name, a class and a mortuary (or city/state) if possible ... I can take it from there.
As you know, your class is special to me. How I wish Tina (Smith Cowan) were alive and able to participate in your gatherings!

Your comments in High Times continue to be welcome news . Thanks so very much.
P.S. I’m fine, still upright and moving forward ...
~ Karl Heinzman, Class of 1955

Please add my father, Raymond E. Phillips (Class of 1945) to the list of those that served. He was in the Navy, and he just celebrated his 90th birthday.
Thank you.
~ Anita Phillips Davis (Class of 1966)
BSH:  Anita ... please thank your father for his service!

I believe the movie referred to in this issue by Helen Blanchard Percilla Barnhart, Class of 1944, is "Biscuit Eater." My Daddy had a bird dog (Sue) that appeared in the Movie - not the canine star.
~ Jim Calhoun '50
During World War II, I lived on Second Avenue next door to Barbara Able (1957) and her pet cat. They were both cute.
~ Frank Wells (1948)
My brother-in-law, Dr. Walter Whitman Strom, AHS class of 1955, died this January,( 2018.) He was married to my sister, Kay Carlton Strom, AHS 1957.
Thank you for all that you do in keeping people updated on former Indians.
~ Corinne (Sister) Carlton Martin

With sadness I am passing along the obituary of my father, Edward Curtis Martin, Jr. from the Class of 1945. What a wonderful service you are doing on keep generations of Albany-ians informed.
I have fond memories of the many trips we made to Albany to visit my grandparents Ed and Mildred Martin of 2nd Avenue as a child.
All the best,
~ Curtis Martin

~ BSH:  I will truly miss emails from your father ... a true gentleman!
Another AHS successful graduate. A product of our excellent teachers of that time!
I never knew Ed, Jr., but bought lots of gasoline from his dad who owned and operated Ed Martin Sinclair Service on Jefferson Street. “Rat” Riley worked there. Rat was a little guy but one of the best football players who ever played for AHS. Don’t know of which class or year. His daughter Martha Glenn still lives in Albany, I think.

What ever happened to all those framed pictures that adorned the halls of our old AHS?
~ Bill Huggins, Class of ‘47
Beverly -- This information (regarding the death of Jesse Hill) was sent to my husband, Tommy Coleman, who was in the Class of 66, by Jesse's son. Thought you would be interested.
~ Charlotte Martin Coleman, Class of 1968

~ BSH: Thank you so much, Charlotte.

Do you have a cut off year for posting graduates?
~ Marian Chambless Sherman, Class of ‘63

~ BSH: We have Indian "members" from 1930's to 2009.  Some did not graduate from AHS because their family moved, they were sent to military school, or they made a bad choice with a required assignment.  I never hesitate to include them in their class folder.  My motto has always been ... "Once an AHS Indian, ALWAYS an AHS Indian, because ... most Indians, whether they "walked across the stage with their classmates or not ... are connected for a lifetime to the class in which they spent the most time. Imagine not receiving an invitation to a class reunion because you or your family made a choice that kept you from graduating?  Sometimes, I list a deceased Indian "In Memoriam" in two classes. In fact, I know an Indian who claims THREE CLASSES!   And I'll bet you've heard this story from more than one student ... "Mr. Bragg failed me for not memorizing "Thanatopsis".  Yet who can blame these students for wanting to wrap the comfort of his/her original CLASS about them, and partake of the joys of those reunions with treasured friends through the years of their life?

So ... with no apologies, I quote Mr. William Cullen Bryant ... whose advice is spot on!!!!

"So live, that when thy summons comes to join
The innumerable caravan which moves
To that mysterious realm, where each shall take
His chamber in the silent halls of death,
Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night,
Scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed
By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave
Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams."

~ William Cullen Bryant


In Memoriam ...

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


Mary Joe Cawley McGee

Albany High School Teacher, Social Science
April 10, 1932 ~ May 7, 2018 (age 86)

Mary Joe Cawley McGee passed away on Monday, May 7, 2018.  A memorial service will be held at Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 12 at 10 o’clock in the morning, followed by a reception in the parlor. Her remains have been cremated.

Widow of the late Dr. Jeff D. McGee, Jr., she was born on April 10, 1932 in Springfield, Georgia, the daughter of the late L.V. and Alma Lee Day Cawley. The family moved to Quitman, Georgia where she grew up. She later attended Wesleyan College in Macon on scholarship and graduated in 1953. She wed Dr. Jeff D. McGee on June 12, 1954. They moved to Albany where she helped him run his dental practice and raised their four children.

Mrs. McGee is survived by her children, Dr. Robert J. McGee of Albany, Georgia and his wife Connie Meier McGee; Mary Day McGee of Apalachicola, Florida; Martha Joe McGee of Houston, Texas; William Davis McGee of Seattle, Washington and his husband Lee Heck; granddaughter Jaime McGee Coley and husband Will Coley of Savannah, Georgia and their children Louisa, Willa James and Witt Coley; grandson Davis Jefferson McGee of Apalachicola, Florida; and step-grandsons Jay White and Joshua White of Leesburg, Georgia. Also surviving is her sister Katie Lee Cawley Ashmore of Greenville, South Carolina: sister-in-law Willene McGee Castleberry of Forsyth, Georgia; sister-in-law Anne McGee Morganstern of Columbus, Ohio and husband Jim. She was preceded in death by her sister, Louise Cawley Chandler of Evergreen, Colorado.

Mrs. McGee lived her life in tireless service to her Lord, family and community. She was a member of Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church where she served as a teacher of the adult Sunday School class, Church Council, Board of Trustees and the Jones History and Resource Library. She was also a member of the Junior League and the Charity League of Albany, where she served both as president and volunteered in many capacities for countless philanthropies. She was also a board member of the Albany Symphony Association and Thronateeska Heritage Foundation, as well as a Trustee of the Dougherty County Public Library.

The family would be most honored by your service to any of the above organizations in her memory and spirit. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer Foundation of America at  or the library at Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church in Albany.


Mary Jo Cawley McGee, AHS Teacher

  Bobby Strickland, Class of 1959, husband of Rita Strickland, Class of 1959

  Julian Dell Bush, Class of 1957

  Eloise Fletcher Saba, class unknown

  Elizabeth Marcelyn "Marcie" Geeslin, Class of 1953

  Cynthia "Cindy" Lillis Collin, class unknown

  Albert Lee Freeman, Class of 1968

  Dorinda Lightfoot Hardwick, age 68, class unknown

  Edward C Martin, Jr., Class of 1945

  Tammy McDade Hammock, Class of 1979

  Jesse Watson Hill, Class of 1966

  Jerry Curtis, husband of Belle Melton Curtis, Class of 1958




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:






Suggested by 1961 Classmate, Wanda Olivent Proctor

Submitted by Martha LeSueur Nicholson, Class of 1956


Jim Womack sets up UGA Scholarships in Memory of Late Wife

 Libby Dean Womack, Class of 1961

By Terry Lewis

Two scholarships will help future teachers find their footing at

UGA’s College of Education!

That’s why when Womack saw the opportunity to double his money by creating a scholarship in memory of his late wife, Libby, for students at the University of Georgia, he jumped at the chance.

“When I realized that two $100,000 scholarships could be set up, and I would get $200,000 by investing $100,000, I said, ‘Why not?’” said Womack, who took advantage of UGA’s Georgia Commitment Scholarship program to have his donation matched by the UGA Foundation.

As a result, he created two scholarships that will help future teachers find their footing at UGA’s College of Education.

“The university invests it, and it’s a scholarship in perpetuity — how great is that?” Womack said. “And then, look at the kids that these teachers are going to help. It builds a strong root system.”

Libby Womack, a native of Albany who attended the University of Georgia for her undergraduate degree in mathematics education, taught in middle and high school for 20 years, part of that time in Dougherty County. After receiving her master’s degree from Emory University, she continued to work in education by teaching in college and providing workshops for teachers in Atlanta and other local district.

The Womacks also have been long-time supporters of the Albany Museum of Art.

After her death in 2012, Womack realized one way to celebrate Libby’s love of education was to continue involvement with the UGA College of Education.

“We had established already a trust to honor her favorite professor and support graduate students in advanced STEM education courses,” he said. “By creating scholarships to support future teachers, it helps infuse the next generation of teachers with her spirit.”

And, thanks to a new initiative by UGA to support students from rural Georgia, it’s one more way Albany residents can find a pathway to the state’s flagship university.

“This program is set up so that students in rural areas will be given specific consideration and specific assistance when they are accepted into the university — a big reason why students from these areas don’t come to universities is because they don’t have the resources,” Womack said. “But if you can get a HOPE Scholarship, and if you can get this assistance, you have a significant amount of money that is going to help you.

“It’s an altruistic, and a humanistic, principle of making your money really go far. I don’t think there’s a better deal.”


*50th Wedding Anniversaries* and Beyond


  Peggy Tanner Deen, Class of 1958, and Jerry L. Deen, Class of 1957, celebrated 60 years of marriage June 5th.  "God has blessed us so wonderfully!!"
Sandra Redding Bell, Class of 1963, and Dick Bell will celebrate 50 years of togetherness on July 8, 2018!!

Diane Cowan and Jim McLaughlin will be married 50 years on June 16th.  Dianne graduated from AHS in 1963 and Jimmy graduated from AHS in 1964!!

Jerry Brimberry, Class of 1957, and Lynda Glass Brimberry, Class of 1959, will celebrate our 58th Wedding Anniversary on June 5, 2018.  We started “going steady” in my senior year, and never looked back. We have been truly blessed with 5 children, 12 grandchildren and our 1st great grandchild due in July!

Tommy Kinney, Class of 1962, and Helen Burton Kinney, Class of 1966, will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary June 9, 2018.

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



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*** YOU ASKED ***



?  ~  Not long after moving to 2nd Avenue, my father and I walked to the stadium to watch a game I didn't recognize between two teams of men. The game stopped suddenly, the men fell into formation and marched out of the stadium. I don't remember any announcement before we left for home.
Later we learned of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The men were some of the British airmen the United States was training before we officially entered World War II. They returned to their base south of Albany.

I have since read two accounts of this experience by other Albanians who were in the stadium. I wonder if any readers of this were there?

Many of these British trainees were under 20 years of age. We invited some of them to lunch on Sundays. Some were killed in training, and about seven are buried at Crown Hill a few yards from my parents' grave.
~ Frank Wells (19

? ~   I could not open the Albany High Times' site to list a deceased classmate but would like to list my husband of 56 years, Bobby Strickland. He passed away on Nov. 25, 2017. He is a 1959 graduate of AHS.
~ Thank you,

Rita Strickland, Class of 1959


A ~ I'm sorry, Rita.  The website, which is nearly 16 years old, is created with an ancient program!  Only one person can work with it, and that person is me.  You did what you needed to do ... sent the information via email.  Thanks.

?  ~  Hello, I've lived in Albany in the late 1980s and early 1990s. So, I went through the flood of 1994. I live in Florida now but my husband is working in Tifton with frequent trips through Albany. I told him about a restaurant that was destroyed by the flood. I worked there one summer. It was the hottest thing in town for a year or two. It was a very large wooden building set right on the creek and I bartended outside when they had a band. It was a seafood restaurant named "something on the creek", I believe. It flooded up to the eaves of the building and was probably torn down but it's driving me crazy that I can't remember the name. Could you please, please help me with my brain fart?
Thank you so much,
~ Barbara Dobson

A ~    I believe the movie that someone was asking about was “The Biscuit Eater”
~ Judy Holman Deriso, Class of 1965

A  ~    The movie was The Biscuit Eater just got my copy.  Hope to look at it today

~ Helen Percilla Barnhart 1944

?  ~  Looking for Rosemary Flint, Class of 1964. She was very good friends with Vickie Clause.
Best Regards,
~ Don Grego

A ~    Is Flint her maiden name? I am putting together the Albany High Times' "News and Clues" and I will ask that question in "You Asked", and see if there is a response. She is not listed in the Albany High Times' e-address book.  Will let you know if there is a response.


NOTE:  I never reveal a person's address or email.  I contact the person being sought, and add the email from the person seeking them.  At that point, I'm no longer involved, unless the answer is "NO"!





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