Reunions Edition




The Albany High Times'

 Special Reunion Edition ~ 03/23/2017

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NOTICE TO: Class of 1952;  Class of 1957 w/ Classes of 1956 and 1958;  Class of 1962; Classes of 1964 & 1965; Class of 1967; and AHS Classes of the '70's; Class of 1958 (2018) ... check out your information below. 


If your class has a "Missing" list, check that and see if your name is there, or perhaps you might see someone you know ... please send that info to those in charge of your reunion. 


So ... here we go!

~ Beverly




*** Class of 1952 ***


Classmates ... we're sending up smoke signals for our last POWWOW ... our 65th!  And we're inviting all old Indians to return to the reservation one more time!!!  Here's what you need to know:

65th Reunion

May 19th and 20th 2017

@ Merry Acres Inn

Rooms available @ $89.00

w/ breakfast included


SATURDAY - 20thPlans are to have a feast at high noon (12 o'clock) on the 20th in the Plantation Room C @ Merry Acres.  Many are unable to leave the teepee after the sun goes down and just can't ride/drive their pony like in the old days ... also don't shoot straight (poor eyesight) and can't dance with the drums anymore.  So, all events will be on the Merry Acres Campus!


Cost for the luncheon on the 20th is $25 per person and must be mailed in by May 1st.  After the 1st, the cost will be $30 per person.  Cut out registration form below!


Be prepared to share 2 - 3 minutes of the highlights of the last 65 years of your life!  We will ring a bell if you are long-winded!!!


FRIDAY - 19thIf you plan on coming in on Friday the 19th, we have rooms available @ $89.00.   We will gather at 5 o'clock in the Pub @ Merry Acres to welcome everyone.  There is food to order and a cash bar as well. 


For Merry Acres reservations: call 1-299-435-7721


Make your reservation by May 1st with your check made out to Albany High Class of 1952 and mail to:

B.B. Rhodes

2612 Rhodes Street

Albany GA 31701




Name _________________________ Number of People ____________________

Name: Spouse/Friend _________________________

Sorry, I will be unable to attend (send a note to your class below):


*** Class of 1957 ***

60th Reunion

May 12 - 13, 2017

@ Merry Acres Inn


NOTE: Merry Acres will release the block of rooms set aside for uon April 28th.



The Class of '57 Reunion Committee will take place on the weekend of May 12th and 13th, 2017, and the venue for both nights will be Merry Acres.

We would like for our class members to e-mail their e-mail addresses as well as their mailing addresses to us, and if there are some who haven't quite figured out the computer/internet workings yet, they could call either Mariellen or me.

Merry Acres Motel has "blocked out" some rooms for us which can be accessed by calling them at 229.435.7721, and telling the reservation clerk that they are attending the "Class of '57 Reunion".

By providing this much advance notice, it allows our classmates to go ahead and put a 2nd or 3rd mortgage on their home to pay for the face lift, tummy tuck, toupee and dental implants!

We haven't had a reunion since our 50th in 2007, which by all accounts was the best AHS Reunion ever had. Ray Ragsdale Stevens entertained us Friday night at a grand piano with a medley of his many songs, and then on Saturday night we danced to the music of a 16 piece orchestra that he brought down at his expense from Nashville. Albany had never seen nor heard a band like this one. They played all the songs from our era and sounded as good as if not better than the original artists.



If we missed anyone, we would love to be contacted by email or phone:





Mariellen Johnson Bateman

229.395.5338  - 


Jerry Brimberry

229.435.1507 -  




In alphabetical order they are: Faye Perry Bryant, Jimmy Culpepper, Raymond Gotko, Hollis Howze, Joan Stamps Kelsey, Ellard V. Nunnally, Jackie Phillips, Sonja J. Pritchard, Tommy Rackley, E.L. Spivey, and Ruth Russell Stern.

If any are located please contact us ... Mariellen (229.395.5338) or Jerry (229.435.1507) in order for us to send the reunion paperwork to them.

Also, we would like to remind our classmates who plan to come but have not made motel reservations, that on April 28th Merry Acres will release the block of rooms set aside for us.

Lastly, we have received considerable interest from members of classes surrounding our's, and accordingly have sent invitations/paperwork to most of the Classes of '56 and '58, and some members of the Class of '59 who specifically asked for an invitation. Because in all likelihood this may be the "last hoo-rah" for our class, and we wanted to go out in style and enjoy the company and fellowship of as many "near classmates" as possible.


*** Class of 1962 ***


55th Reunion

May 19 - 20,  2017

Cost: $25.00 per person

Checks payable by April 20, 2017 to:

AHS Class of 1962

send to:

Virginia Johnson

1803 Lullwater Rd

Albany, GA 31707



We are planning a weekend to reminisce and update each other on our lives since high school. Please plan to join us on May 19th & 20th, 2017

Friday evening: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. We will meet at the old Carnegie Library on Jackson Street from  We will have light hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine and soft drinks.

Saturday afternoon: 1:00 PM - till. We will gather under the trees at the home of Paul and Debbie Wallace, 5700 Old Dawson Rd. from  There will again be some light hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer and soft drinks. Around 4:00 PM Riverfront Bar-B-Que will provide a bar-b-que/chicken meal. If possible, please bring your own folding/bag chairs.


If you have any questions please contact:


* Jonnie Holley Douglas:  

* Eleanor Banks Simpson:

* Joann Roark Arneson:



*** Classes of 1964 & 1965 ***



Date: April 22nd, 2017
Time: 7 PM

                                             @ Merry Acres

Merry Acres has given us a rate of $89 per night, which includes a free breakfast buffet each morning.  Reservations must be made 30 days in advance because there are a couple of other events that same weekend. The AHS Class of 1967 will be having their 50th reunion on Friday and possibly Saturday night at Merry Acres.

Dress: Casual
Food: Hors d'oeuvres Drinks: Cash Bar
Location: Merry Acres Gazebo/Pool Area Cost: $O (See Below)


Merry Acres has given us a rate of $89 per night, which includes a free breakfast buffet each morning. We suggest that you make your reservations this week. Mention AHS Celebration of Life. Their numbers are: 229-435-7721 or 888-462-7721.


There will be no set cost to you for hors d'oeuvres or the use of the gazebo. However, we will be taking donations in any amount comfortable for you. Should there be money donated in excess of the actual cost incurred, it will be applied to costs at our next reunion. Again, this event is to pay tribute to all of our deceased classmates. We do not want to omit anyone. Please tell your friends and advise us of any classmates who have passed away in recent years.


This information, along with your RSVP can be emailed to:


We ask anyone planning to attend to RSVP at least 1 week in advance, so that we will have enough seats & food for everyone. It looks like we are going to have a good crowd. If you have any questions or suggestions, my contact info is: Henry Aldridge, Phone 404-915-7931, and



 We look forward to seeing you there, sharing stories of these classmates and your current lives!


CELEBRATION OF LIFE UPDATE We did not anticipate donations from our generous AHS classmates who could not attend this function. Anyone desiring to make donations can do so at the event or mail a check payable to AHS 64-65 and mail to:

Glenda Shelby
671 Flintside Drive

Cobb, GA 31735


We appreciate your generosity!


We are sorry to miss seeing those classmates who cannot be here, and look forward to visiting with classmates who are able to attend.

See you at Merry Acres April 22nd!




*** Class of 1967 ***


50th Reunion


Friday April 21, 2017


6:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Stonebridge Golf & Country Club




* Cost - $30 per person: dinner, entry fee, etc.
* Cash Bar

* To Register and pay: Send checks and information to:

Colony Bank Attention: Phil Franklin
2609 Ledo Road Albany GA 3170

Payable to: AHS Class of 1967


It will soon be 50 years since we left AHS in 1967 ...

              ... a good reason to have a party on Friday, April 21, 2017.


Your committee has been working for several months to make it fun and memorable!

Reunion Committee Details are forthcoming!!


Email your questions or suggestions to:

Gloria Middleton Haguewood or Walt Green at 


Also on  Saturday, April 22nd ...

Let's join with other AHS 60's classes for the 4th Annual

"AHS Class of the 60's Birthday Bash"


*** Register separately to round out your weekend!!




!!! 4TH Annual !!!


AHS Classes of the '60s Birthday Bash!!!


April 22, 2017


If you have attended any of the first 3, you already know what a fun time we have and what a great opportunity it is to reconnect with old friends.  If you haven’t been to a Birthday Bash yet, what are you waiting for?  An invitation?  OK….here’s the invitation.  If you graduated from or attended Albany High School any time during the 1960s, you’re invited.  If you have ever been married to someone who went to Albany High during the 60s, you’re invited.  If you “wish” you had attended or been married to someone who attended Albany High during the 60s, you’re invited.  Did I leave anyone out?

Please don’t miss this chance to re-live those good times and great memories from days gone by.  If you remember dances in the gym on Friday nights after a football game, the Junior-Senior Prom, and partying the night away at the Old Shrine Club out Lovers Lane Road then you definitely want to come to this year’s Bash.  Our theme is “Shaggin’ on the Boulevard” (Jerry Hobbs would have loved this) and we have an iconic band from Raleigh, NC that will play that good old Carolina Beach music til you can’t dance anymore.  I have been trying to get The Band of OZ to leave Myrtle Beach and venture down to south Georgia for 3 years and we finally made it happen.  I promise you will enjoy them….check them out on YouTube.

If you want more information or have questions, please feel free to contact me*


* on Facebook

*email me at

* mail me @ 2517 Ridgewood Lane (Albany/31707)

* or by phone at (229) 420-8654 (H) or (229) 407-0385 (cell)


I hope to hear from you soon and see you on April 22nd. 

Don’t miss out……’s going to be sooooooooo much fun!!!

~ Mike Patterson

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



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