Dr. C.M. and Jo Ann Cocanougher of Decatur will celebrate their 60th anniversary Aug. 28.
Charles and Jo Ann Gary were married Aug. 28, 1954, in Fort Worth at Matthews Memorial Methodist Church.
They have five children: Gary Cocanougher of Decatur, D’Ann Moore of Dallas, Beth Short of Flint, Scott Cocanougher of Shelbyville, Tenn., and Mary Kay Battaglia of Madison, Wis..
They have 11 grandchildren.
Charles is a veterinarian and owner of Cocanougher Properties Inc., and Jo Ann is a housewife. Both are members of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur, where Jo Ann helped organize rummage sales for many years.
She also partnered with Martha Hughes and Kitty Beth Dodson in finding and selling collectible items.
Charles has been named Decatur Citizen of the Year, and he’s a past president and member of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse and the Wise County Division of the American Heart Association. He’s been a Rotarian and Decatur city council member.
Charles served in the U.S. Air Force and as a reserve. He is a former member of the Texas Aggie Band and in 2010 was named Outstanding Alumnus of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Charles and Jo Ann met at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion, and after they married, they lived in College Station, where Charles finished vet school while Jo Ann worked for The Battalion, the school newspaper.
After he graduated, they moved to Denison where Charles began practicing veterinary medicine. They subsequently moved back to Charles’ hometown of Decatur where he set up his own practice in the old Cocanougher Feed Store. He was then was called to serve in the Air Force and was stationed on Long Island, N.Y.
After his military service, he set up what became the Wise County Animal Clinic in Decatur. He and Jo Ann also were busy raising five children.
Charles began other business ventures including a self-storage facility and a manufactured home community and also managed family businesses.
He and Jo Ann have traveled around the world with family and friends, and they enjoy spending time and visiting with their children, grandchildren and other family and friends.