Tuesday, December 4, 2012
ALBANY -- Thomas Gene (Tommy) Ragsdale, 75, of Albany, GA, died December 3, 2012 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11:00 AM at the First Baptist Church of Albany. Dr. William E. (Butch) Knight and Dr. John Ed Mathison will officiate. Entombment services will follow at 3:00 PM at Park Hill Cemetery in Columbus, GA.
A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Mr. Ragsdale graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in 1956 and attended the University of Georgia on a basketball scholarship where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Social Fraternity. He transferred to Huntington College and played with the Hawks on their first inter collegiate basketball team and was elected as a charter member of the Huntington College Athletic Hall of Fame.
I greatly admire you for keeping memories of a great high school alive.
The fine education I got there served me well as I made my way through college and a teaching career, eventually retiring from a junior college as Professor of English. The high standards I held my students to were inspired by my time in service with the Navy and Marines, but especially by the standards I was held to at Lanier. I didn't graduate with my classmates, some since elementary school, because I lacked a half-credit in typing. I got my diploma in the principal's office in July after making up my difficiencies.
Daniel Harris Rhyne, Jr., 73, died after a brief illness on June 14, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel Harris, Sr., and Mary Rosamond Rhyne. Mr. Rhyne was born in West, Mississippi and at an early age moved to Montgomery, Alabama where he remained a lifetime resident. He graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in 1956 and continued his education at the University of Kentucky where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree.
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In the 1950s Sidney Lanier was chock-full of outstanding teachers. I never ran across a mediocre one or one who did not care for his or her students.