Jim and Diane Cooley are 2015 citizens of the year, honored at the February 12 Sweetheart Banquet in Port O’Connor. Married 49 years, Jim and Diane are the parents of two children and four grandchildren, and the doting parents of at least three four legged fur children they love.
Jim is a retired business man working in banking, mortgage and real estate development, and Diane worked as a mother and helpmate. They love to travel, enjoy antiques, are fitness devotees and avid fishermen. Their son Troy stated that he was completely blessed to have such great examples as parents. He said they were completely supportive and encouraging and he was lucky to have them. His dad still provides aid in his busy construction business in Austin, and declared they are the best parents ever and totally deserve this honor. Port O’Connor knows that very well.
Since moving here they have invested their many talents and strengths in this community. The guiding force in life for each of them is their faith in Jesus Christ. They sing, teach Sunday school and volunteer for many positions and jobs in their home church, First Baptist of Port O’Connor, Texas. Both are busy community volunteers, serving the POC Women’s Service Club, as past Lions Club Officers and as ready helpers anytime the need calls for them. Whether Diane, an accomplished cook, is providing food for a family or community event, or Jim is delivering candy and cookies for a youth event; they are involved together.
This formidable team with servants’ hearts comes with strong backs, ready hands, a warm smile and a can-do attitude. They are deserving recipients of 2015 Citizens of the Year. Congratulations Jim and Diane!
See “What’s Happening at First Baptist Church” for report on the Sweetheart Banquet.