a mantachie couple reaches a milestone in their marriage, one that friends and family thought should be celebrated. wcbi's parker king spoke with the couple while attending the event. he joins us live in the studio with more. every anniversary is special for a married couple, and the cockrell's are celebrating 70 years of life together. their story is one out of a story book, and they were more than happy to share with those who would listen. take a look. many love stories begin with how the couple met. some say high school, some say college, and some say church. for clifton and kathryn cockrell, their story begins before all of that.
"we grew up together; we were neighbors. and we played together when we were kids. they lived about 200 yards from my house, and every day she'd come out in the yard and wave at me and i'd wave back." clifton served in world war ii, and during his time overseas, kathryn would cross his mind.
"every once in a while, i'd thik about her because i wondered how she'd look now. well, we got to writing letters after i was in the army a good while." after returning from war, clifton worked for kathryn's dad, and before too long made kathryn his wife.
"we got married on march 13th, but everybody said 13 is unlucky. it will never last." but 70 years later, their marriage stands strong. those who know the cockrell's thought this kind of a milestone deserved cockrell's thought this kind of a milestone deserved recognition.
"when he told us we are going to be married for 70 years in march, i said oh my goodness, we've got to do something for you people." the cockrell's children, cousins, and friends from all over were contacted to attend the celebration. all reflect on the influence they have as a couple.
"oh! it's wonderful! it's just wonderful. he just loves that little lady to death." their daughter, sheila lockwood, talked about the many trips and adventures her family shared growing up." "it's doing things together as a family. i try to pass that on to the children. you know, let's go fishing, let's go do something different. let's have a new experience, so that's what we try to do." "it makes you really happy to know that you have lived that kind of life in front of them." in tupelo, parker king, wcbi news. they look pretty good for 93 and 90 don't they?! the cockrell's children said every day with them is a gift, and they hope to be celebrating 71 years together this time next year.