J.B. and Claudette Davis celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends Feb. 27 at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.
The couple first met while in grade school in Celeste. J.B. tells the story about their first date, he was 14 and she was 13. He took her to the picture show, spent about 35 cents to get her in the show and bought her a coke and some popcorn. He walked her home and expected a kiss but that did not happen; back then the girls did not kiss on the first date.
They tied the knot on Feb. 19, 1955, in Celeste where they went to school together.
Mr. Davis worked for the MK&T Railroad at the time; they wanted to make a change and J.B.’s mother and dad lived in Killeen. He interviewed for a job at First National Bank and went to work Sept. 4, 1955. He retired from the bank April 16, 1988. When he retired, he had worked his way up to vice president and was in charge of installment lending and also made commercial loans.
Mrs. Davis worked for the Killeen Independent School District from 1967 through 1986. She then worked at their furniture store until 1995. They were partners with Chuck Davis, their son, for several years at Davis Furniture.
They have three children: Chuck Davis and his wife, Cindy; Elizabeth Dutcher and her husband, James; and Michael Davis.
They have five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
They have been a part of this community for almost 60 years.