Darrell and Zenobia Pope were both raised in Hutchinson and they still make it home. Darrell is retired, but he still keeps busy with community work and in his role as president of the Hutchinson NAACP. With 49 years under his belt, Darrell is the longest serving president of any NAACP unit in the country.

Zenobia works at the Hutchinson Correction Facility as a dental hygienist.

Where did you honeymoon? In Hutchinson, we didn’t have any money so we didn’t go on a honeymoon. We even had to borrow a friend’s ring to get married.

When was the first time you became aware of your spouse, and what was your impression? We met at school and I thought he was the bomb. He was always dressed so nicely, he wore winged tipped shoes and his clothes were nicely pressed.

Did you go to the same school? Yes, he was a grade higher than I was.

How long have you been together? 59 years, 3 months.

Where was your first date? We attended a high school dance at Joe’s Tavern, it was on a night that the girl had to pay for everything.

Who said I love you first? I don’t remember who told who first we probably said it at the same time.

Which of you proposed, where and how? He did after a date while we were sitting in the car. He just said let’s get married and I said yes.

What is one thing, apart from you, that your spouse would save in a fire? Probably his cologne and his clothes. He loves to smell and look good. Back in the day he wore Old Spice or Polo. Today he loves his John Paul cologne and he loves to wear freshly laundered and pressed clothes.

What do you like best about your spouse? Everything; he is such a good man, a good husband, a good father and a good grandfather. He has always shared the household responsibilities. We worked different shifts so that one of us was always home with our sons. He took care of them just as good as I did.

What are the special names you have for each other? We don’t have any special names, whenever he’s talking about me, he says ‘my wife’ and whenever I’m talking about him I say ‘my husband’ nothing special though.

Where do you go most as a couple?( besides church) As we’ve gotten older we really enjoy eating out. Our favorite place to go was always Red Lobster, but we don’t have one in Hutch anymore. But anytime we go over to Wichita we go to Red Lobster.

Who is more social? We are both pretty social. However, sometimes it’s a little hard to get me out, but once I’m out I really enjoy myself.

Who is the neat freak? We both are. Darrell is really a clean freak. He likes his clothes washed daily (which he does) and folded neatly (he folds them just like they do at the store) and put away.

Who does the cooking? We eat out frequently, but I do cook a big dinner every Sunday and after church our boys and their family come over to eat. Darrell usually always does the cleanup after I cook.

Who’s the most sensitive? Darrell doesn’t let much bother him. Me, I used to get so angry about things and brood over them and he would always ask ‘why I was letting it bother me?’ I’ve gotten a lot better with time, but it took him constantly telling me that I shouldn’t let things that I have no control of bother me.

How many children? 2 sons, 8 grandchildren and 5 great grand children.

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