Engelhard High School Class of 1959 gathers for reunion

Published 8:39 pm Saturday, July 27, 2019

Engelhard High School’s Class of 1959 held its 60th year reunion on Saturday, June 29 at Martelle’s Feed House Restaurant in Engelhard. Seven of the 11 living class members were present:  Tommy Etheridge and wife Barbara, R.S. Spencer, Judy Tomlinson and husband J.W., Jesse Gibbs and wife Dottie, Jackie Gibbs and son Sully, Mary Ann Marshall Gibbs and Walter Baum and wife Clare.


Joining Class of 1959 members in celebration were spouses and one classmate’s son. Courtesy Clare Baum

The plentiful meal included fried shrimp, seafood casserole, pork tenderloin, lima beans and spinach salad along with banana pudding and cobbler. Martelle’s had also made pone bread, following the Hyde County tradition, especially for the group.

Memento bricks from the Engelhard High School classroom building, which has recently been torn down, were presented to each classmate along with a postcard of the school.


A memento brick from the classroom building of the Engelhard High School. Courtesy Clare Baum

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A short program was led by president Walter Baum and included reminiscences of times during high school years and spontaneous comments from many classmates which sparked lots of laughter as the group re-lived those times long ago. Before departing, a group picture was taken recording the special evening spent together and there was some discussion of another time together in five years.



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