September 2018



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

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

 139th Edition ~  September 30, 2018

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






!!! INDIAN PRIDE !!!  



~ John J. Beck ~

Class of 1935


For his Junior and Senior high school years, John J. Beck (of Morgan, Ga.) was recruited by Coach Lee to play basketball in Albany. So, in 1934 John transferred to Albany High School in Albany, Georgia, 35 miles away. There he lived with his Aunt, Mary Lou Bailey at the corner of Tift and Monroe, 515 N. Monroe St., where he would complete his secondary education that in the 1930's totaled only 11 years of school.

In his senior year (1935) Albany high School won the State championship in basketball.

He later attended Marion Institute and Annapolis Naval Academy and later when the war started he joined the Army Air Crops where he served form 1942 - 46 where he rose to the rank of Captain.


Albany High State Champion Basketball Team


The tallest player was 6’2”










Our Indians Who Served!!!


 * John J. Beck, Class of 1935
* Robert A. Purvis, Class of 1932
* Johnny Edward Killebrew, Class of 1963
* William Wayne Vinson, Class of 1963
* Robert A. Miller, Class of 1957




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 ***



*** Class of 1963 *** 

The Class of ’63 is having our 55th Class Reunion

October 5th and 6th 2018

We will have a block of rooms reserved at Merry Acres

6:00 pm Friday: Registration and a “Meet and Greet” at the Gazebo

6:00 pm Saturday: Dressy/Casual Dinner Dance will be at

* Chehaw’s Creekside*

 Check information posted on our face book page:
AHS '63 Reunion - Our 55th - Albany, GA
Our Facebook page: 

Our website link: 
Invitations were mailed on May 17th. If you did not receive yours, you might need to update your contact information by calling or emailing it to:

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

(229) 439-9664





*** Class of 1959 *** 

60th Class Reunion

April 26-27, 2019




     *** Class of 1962 *** 

The Class of 1962 is planning to celebrate their collective 75th birthdays!

April 6, 2019

Plans to be announced!!!!



1962 Girl's Luncheon


The girls of the Class of 1962 got together for another luncheon on September 13, 2018. We gathered at the home of Joann Arneson!


Attending were Eleanor Simpson Banks, Joann, Jonnie Holley Douglas, Ellen Schramm Folmar, Betty Glenn Driver, standing in the back are Donna Bland Dowling and Gladys Duke McDonald. Carol Mauldin Rathel also attended, but had to leave before the pictures were taken. She still works at what she loves, teaching riding lessons. 

*** Class of 1969 *** 

50th Class Reunion

Friday, April 26, 2019!


In conjunction with

The 60's Bash

Saturday, April 27, 2019!






*** Tribe Notes ***

  Sometimes, after spending hours putting together "News & Clues" ... I just want to get away from the computer (smile)!!! Have been working on this issue since last Wednesday, and up until 2:00 a.m. last night, working toward putting emailing it out today. But yesterday, a simple obituary to a class was blocked and I knew I would have to stop and get the problem straightened out, especially since "News & Clues" was waiting in the wings to go out to the Tribe today!

AOL thinks I'm sending SPAM.  So, through the years, I have had to request to be put on a
WHITE LIST  because I send about 2,000 emails out per month, not to speak of obituaries to different classes (perhaps you noticed "In Memoriam" last month ... there were over 40 obituaries).  UPDATE: Still unable to send News & Clues group mails 10/1/18 - was ready to go out 9/30/18.

So, through the years I divided the larger classes email addresses in 2 or 3 separate folders, depending on how many classmates.  Without being on a white list, you can only send 25 at a time. Some classes have close to 200!  I even divided classes like 1960 into three folders. But for some reason, out of the blue, AOL would arbitrarily take me off the White List ... and I would have to call and go through all the rigamarole and give all the info and explanations once again (ahem).

Last night, I tried to send an obituary to ONE class ... and that bounced. So back to the phones this morning to sign up for the White List again. This time it seemed a bit more organized, so hopefully I will never have to go through that again. And fingers crossed ... that it takes effect TODAY! 

So far (11:03 p.m. on September 30, 2019) it hasn't.
~ Beverly Smith Herrington

So many interesting things to read about in the July-August Edition of "News & Clues" starting with Mac Williams's touching eulogy by his brother. Tommy (Williams) did a great job, and I thank him for sharing.

I agree with you 100% on using your maiden name as part of your name whether hyphened or not. Mine is engraved on my gravestone as well as on all legal documents. It not only clarifies who I am, but also preserves my family name since there are no men left to carry it on.
~ Martha (Brenda Starr) LeSueur Nicholson ('56)

Lorie Farkas Van Linden aka Lala Van Linden (AHS Class of 1968) has published her 1st book, "Blue Moon Soliloquy:A Journey with Grief", and it is now available on Amazon! 

It tells of her journey of grief as her beautiful husband slowly slips away. It is the only publication on grief that includes a workbook. The personification of “grief” will reach into your very soul.  Her descriptions of the feelings someone has after losing a spouse must be “spot on”.
~ Amy Robertson Beaver, Class of 1968

NOTE:  Ironically, we have two newly published books by two lovely Indians this month and neither uses the name you may have known!!!  Just so you know!!!  They are introduced in "INDIAN INTERESTS" where one  uses a seudonym and the other her new married name!

 In looking up an Amazon link, I found this interesting family history re: Lala Van Linden. She is the fourth generation born in the sleepy small town of Albany, Georgia. Her grandchildren can now boast of being the sixth generation born there. Lala has two sons. Her eldest has a theatre that has been an incubator for the careers of Luke Bryant, Zak Brown Band, The Lost Trailers, Florida/Geogia Line, Brantly Gilbert and Blackberry Smoke. Her younger son has become a noted sculptor who has gained world-wide notice for his creations that inhabit a surreal universe.

Lala's father, Sam Farkas, managed the family-owned New Albany Hotel, where he gave Ray Charles a job playing piano in the famous Continental Room!

And consider this information found on the back cover: Even though little known Albany is situated in southwest Georgia, it has been the location for several major motion pictures that include, "Goodbye My Lady" and "The Biscuit Eater". It was also the birth place of famous bandleader Harry James, Ray Charles, Paula Deen ('65), star of TV and Southern cookbooks.  Also, Ray (Ragsdale ('57)) Stevens, started his incredible career while at AHS ... and all, at some time, called Albany GA home!!!

~ Beverly Smith Herrington, '55

Wesley Darley served in Army from 1958 to 1961.

I have received word that thankfully, that Patti Jo Medley is still with us!  Please, would someone send her class year to me?  Sometimes, when classes send their lists of deceased classmates to me ... in rare instances mistakes are made.  I would really appreciate someone from Patti Jo's class letting me know.

Great job as usual. Thanks for all you do to keep us connected.

~ Eloise King Newton (‘61)


Miss Cochran, bless her soul. She made me go to summer school for not memorizing “x” # of verses of Macbeth.

She died of Alzheimer's.

She was my aunt’s room mate in the nursing home in Thomasville.

I held her hands to talk to her but to no avail.

She like many of our teachers are legends.

~ Bill Huggins, Class of 1947


Johnny Edward Killebrew, Class of 1963, was in the US Air Force from 1965 - 1968.


He completed: basic training at Lackland Air Force base (Texas), Tech Training in Montgomery, Alabama; served in the Dental Clinic of Hickam AFB, Honolulu Hawaii for the remainder of his enlistment.
~ Elizabeth Megginson Killebrew


Thank you for all you do for AHS!
~ Any Robertson Beaver, Class of 1968

Any news as to a reunion of the class of 1944 Indians?? Just curious.
~ Joe Ed Simmons ('44)

Had a call from Hannese Barber Tison, Class of 1947!  She sounded great as always!!!

~ Beverly Smith Herrington ('55)

We had a classmate by the name of Jimmy Lee (if I’m correct) and he should have been Class of 1994. He was hit and killed by a car while riding his bike one day. I can’t remember what year he died but we were in the 9th or 10th grade at that time. Please try and find his information and add him to the "In Memoriam" list.
~ Submitted by "unknown indian"

~ Does this ring any memories with anyone? Also I need a surname.

 Beverly Smith Herrington ('55)

Your last email was so touching. Two of my close friends lost their husbands in the the last two years. It’s a struggle. Don’t worry about the AHS Indians. We love you and appreciate you.
Sending you a hug...

A footnote - your sister Tina (Smith Cowan, ('61) and I not only graduated in the Class of ‘61, but we were classmates at Wesleyan as well - Class of ‘65. I am a retired educator. I majored in elementary ed at Wesleyan but after getting a graduate degree I spent most of my career in high school.

~ Kathryne Meeks (61) Sanders

Just wanted to let the Class of '64 know that our dear friend and classmate Saundra Clegg went home to be with Jesus last night...she was a precious soul, and I know many of you knew and loved her dearly...she will be missed...
~ Gayle Hughes Vorse, Class of 1964

Thank you for the information on Saundra Kay Clegg, Class of 1964. I remember Saundra in the youth groups at Byrne Memorial Baptist when we were teenagers.
~ Gail McDaniel Luckey, Class of 1964

I received this obituary for Ellen (Williams) Pearlman ('61) today from Wanda Proctor. You may already know about this but wanted to make sure.
~ Eloise King Newton ('61)

I went to and googled William Wayne Vinson and found this:
b.  4 Mar 1945 - d.  26 Jul 2015
Buried:  Arlington National CemeteryMemorial

Inscription:  US Army Interred January 26, 2016

There were no other details on where/when he was born or died, and no obit included.  This would be about the right age for "our" guy.  Maybe someone knows a few more details.  I hope this helps.
~ Sandy (Redding) Bell, Class of '63
Sandy B

~ Thank you so much Sandy.  Have added him to "They Served".
Beverly Smith Herrington ('55)


In Memoriam ...

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


  Lawrence "Larry" Akins, Class of 1962

  Laura Eleanor Martin Hunt, Class of 1963

  Margaret Purvis Williams, Class of 1929

  Robert A. Purvis, Class of 1932

  William Allen (W.A.) Daniel, Class Unknown

  Melba Jones Collins, Class of 1961

  William Wayne Vinson, Class of 1963

  Philip James Clark, Class of 1950; brother of Jerry ('54) and Jackie ('55) Clark

  Dorothy R. Clegg Pettis

  Chester (Chet) Morris Clark, Class Unknown

  Ellen Williams Pearlman, Class of 1961

  Oscar Tommy Conley, Class unknown

  Laura Eleanor Martin Hunt, Class of 1963

  Saundra Kay Clegg, Class of 1964

So many Indians gone ...

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:



*50th Wedding Anniversaries* and Beyond 

 Pete Brandon, Class of 1961, and Jane Powell Brandon, of Athens, Tennessee (Class of 1963), celebrated their 52nd Anniversary on August 20th.

We met at Georgia Southern College in 1963 and were married in 1966. We now live in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Pat McGirt Joffrion, Class of 1961, married Doug Joffrion from New Orleans, LA August 31,1968

On June 9th 2018, Helen Burton Kinney, Class of 1966, and Tommy Kinney, Class of 1962, celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary!!

On Nov 2, 2018 Donald Pollock (Class of  1966) and Joann Levie Pollock (Class of 1967) will celebrate their 50th.

We are leaving for a 12 day trip to Europe on Oct 19th to celebrate. Will be in Rome for the 2nd.
~ Donald K. Pollock,

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






Blue Moon Soliloquy: Love's Journey With Grief

Paperback – August 21, 2018


Lala Van Linden (Author)

AHS Class of 1968




At precisely four in the afternoon on Halloween 2015, I lost my sense of direction, while on a long, bleak highway. This road was very unfamiliar, and I had no idea where it would lead me. In the midst of my initial confusion I began to experience ten emotions, which emerged out of the darkness one by one. Over the next eighteen months they traveled with me at different point along my long walk home. At some point along the way I realized the 'work' my emotions were putting me through was developing into a book. In hindsight, I could see that they were helping me cope. By the time I walked out of the dark night of my grief into the brightness of a new day, I realized that just maybe this work book could help others who were grieving. It became clear, the ten emotions that were born at the moment of my husband's death eventually enabled me to feel alive and vital again.


"Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation"

                                  ~  Kahil Gibran 


On AMAZON: click below


Blue Moon Soliloquy: Love's Journey With Grief: Lala Van Linden: 9781721137770: Books




  I am sending you news about my new novel that has just been published! 


I was Class of 1960. My schoolmates will remember me as Alice Connell (my maiden name), but I am now Lacey King (my married name).


My sincere thanks.

THE SNITCH: An Agent without a Badge 

  Based on a true story: The FBI on Trial in a Sensational Case!

Charismatic, ambitious attorney Larry Strong gets the chance of a lifetime when he is appointed to defend career criminal Rocky Hamilton, who agreed to infiltrate a gang of bank robbers for the FBI. It seemed like a good deal for Rocky, who would otherwise have spent his life in prison. But when the gang kidnaps and then murders the young bank manager, Jamie MacDonald, Rocky stands accused of aggravated murder. It’s up to the defense to prove to the jury that Rocky acted at the direction of the FBI—even if calling out the government puts Larry in danger. Fast-paced, character-driven, and expertly written, The Snitch is a fascinating examination of the gray areas between right and wrong, and a shocking exposé of corruption.




Kindle eBook: (You can "look inside" to read the first 5 chapters)


Barnes & Noble:   The Snitch: An Agent Without a Badge Based on a True



We Welcome Our New

"News & Clues" Subscribers!!!

*** None this month ...


*** CLUES ***  

If you are as much of an admirer of Neil Diamond as I am, and if you were sad to hear the news of of his illness ...

and if you just plain LOVE HIS MUSIC ...



Friday October 5, 2018

The article says 9:00 p.m. EST, but my schedule says 10:00 p.m.

"Sweet" Neil will be honored along with Queen and Emmylou Harris



Thanks to Leon Perrett for this special poem ... it hits home!



A Poem That Was Us ...

A little house with three bedrooms,
One bathroom and one car on the street
A mower that you had to push
To make the grass look neat.

In the kitchen on the wall
We only had one phone,
And no need for recording things,
Someone was always home.

We only had a living room
Where we would congregate,
Unless it was at mealtime
In the kitchen where we ate.

We had no need for family rooms
Or extra rooms to dine.
When meeting as a family
Those two rooms would work out fine.

We only had one TV set
And channels maybe two,
But always there was one of them
With something worth the view

For snacks we had potato chips
That tasted like a chip.
And if you wanted flavor
There was Lipton's onion dip.

Store-bought snacks were rare because
My mother liked to cook
And nothing can compare to snacks
In Betty Crocker's book

Weekends were for family trips
Or staying home to play
We all did things together –
Even go to church to pray.

When we did our weekend trips
Depending on the weather,
No one stayed at home because
We liked to be together

Sometimes we would separate
To do things on our own,
But we knew where the others were
Without our own cell phone

Then there were the movies
With your favorite movie star,
And nothing can compare
To watching movies in your car

Then there were the picnics
at the peak of summer season,
Pack a lunch and find some trees
And never need a reason.

Get a baseball game together
With all the friends you know,
Have real action playing ball –
And no game video.

Remember when the doctor
Used to be the family friend,
And didn't need insurance
Or a lawyer to defend

The way that he took care of you
Or what he had to do,
Because he took an oath and strived
To do the best for you

Remember going to the store
And shopping casually,
And when you went to pay for it
You used your own money?

Nothing that you had to swipe
Or punch in some amount,
And remember when the cashier person
Had to really count?

The milkman used to go
From door to door,
And it was just a few cents more
Than going to the store.

There was a time when mailed letters
Came right to your door,
Without a lot of junk mail ads
Sent out by every store .

The mailman knew each house by name
And knew where it was sent;
There were not loads of mail addressed
To "present occupant”

There was a time when just one glance
Was all that it would take,
And you would know the kind of car,
The model and the make

They didn't look like turtles
Trying to squeeze out every mile;
They were streamlined, white walls, fins
And really had some style

One time the music that you played
Whenever you would jive,
Was from a vinyl, big-holed record
Called a forty-five

The record player had a post
To keep them all in line
And then the records would drop down
And play one at a time.

Oh sure, we had our problems then,
Just like we do today
And always we were striving,
Trying for a better way.

Oh, the simple life we lived
Still seems like so much fun,
How can you explain a game,
Just kick the can and run?

And why would boys put baseball cards
Between bicycle spokes
And for a nickel, red machines
Had little bottled Cokes?

This life seemed so much easier
Slower in some ways
I love the new technology
But I sure do miss those days

So time moves on and so do we
And nothing stays the same,
But I sure love to reminisce
And walk down memory lane.

With all today's technology
We grant that it's a plus!
But it's fun to look way back and say


*** YOU ASKED ***



My sister, Tina Smith Cowan ('61) and I used to meet here for breakfast between Sunday School and 11:00 a.m. Services.  She played at First Baptist and I played at Covenant Presbyterian ... but I have no memory of the name!
~ Beverly Smith Herringto'55)

 In your last newsletter was a note from Joe Simmons about getting together for a reunion for the class of 1944.

I would love to be able to get in touch with him to discuss, but did not see any contact information from Joe in the newsletter. Would you be willing to connect us? Please feel free to share my email address and/or phone information.

*** Tascar Williams, Class of 194

*** I did send an email to Joe with your information ... hope he responded, Taskar.  I am really interested in helping y'all get something together!

~ Beverly Smith Herrington



Vintage Albany Georgia

was created by Betty Rehberg, Class of 1974. 

If you have not joined ... you are missing many treasures of Albany!


Betty's done it again ...


~ Albany Georgia! 

A special video made by Betty Rehberg ...with a trip through Tift Park ... now and then!!!!


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 
* Click here: (60) Friends of Tift Park

  ANY OTHER CLASSES to be listed?




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