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Posted: Friday, July 13, 2018 10:36 am

“I hope we see more of each other in years to come,” Jabo Cox wrote in his sweetheart, Doris’s, yearbook decades ago.  He signed the paragraph-length note with “yours always.”  The young lovers would indeed see more of each other in years to come.  Last weekend, Jabo and Doris Cox celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary.

Several of the couple’s children planned and organized a surprise anniversary party to honor their parents on their diamond anniversary.  More than 100 friends and family members gathered to celebrate the couple who has touched all their lives. Some guests came from as far as Florida.  

Jabo and Doris Cox, lifelong locals, first met in grade school and developed romantic interest in each other during their teenage years when Jabo was the driver of Doris’s school bus.  The two married in 1958, when Doris was 16 and Jabo was 19. By 1963, Jabo had opened his own business, Cox’s Repair Shop, and Doris was a full-time mother.  

Indeed, parenthood was a full-time job and joy for both of them. Over the course of their 60 year marriage, the couple had five biological children, adopted three more, and fostered a total of 25. 

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