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Zippy Duvall and Jennifer Cochran were married Sunday in a private ceremony.

In October 2019, during a ceremony at the White House in the Roosevelt Room hosted by President Donald Trump, the United States and Japan signed the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement that eliminated or reduced tariffs on approximately $7.2 billion in U.S. agricultural exports. According to 4mwb.com, here is a snippet from the ceremony:

THE PRESIDENT: I would particularly like to recognize Zippy. Zippy Duvall. He’s been with us from the beginning. Zippy? Zippy?

MR. DUVALL: Hey, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT: Where’s my Zippy? Hi. Very good. Thank you for being here.

MR. DUVALL: Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: Zippy is always — he’s always — he’s always here trying to make good deals for your folks, right?

MR. DUVALL: Yes, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: He’s the President and CEO of the American Farm Bureau Federation. And we’re doing really well. I — in fact, we’re doing a deal with — a big deal with Japan. But, you know, China is big — buying again. You see that China is buying very big.

MR. DUVALL: We see that, Mr. President.

Fast forward a few years from the Roosevelt Room ceremony to Lake Country in 2021 only a few weeks before the dawn of 2022, and if someone was to ask this week, “Where’s our Zippy?” the answer would be “Enjoying being a newly wed!”

Duvall, a third-generation dairy farmer from Greshamville, walked the matrimonial aisle on Sunday, December 19 in a private ceremony with Jennifer Bone Cochran of Morgan County. Not only are the two the most absolutely adorable couple you could ever encounter, their Christmas love story is such a heart-warming and uplifting moral of overcoming grief that even the most-jaded among us might get misty-eyed.

“We both lost our spouses to cancer,” said Cochran.

Cochran, an early-riser who answers pre-7 a.m. texts with a heartfelt good morning greeting, is a gracious and gregarious former educator who has all the effervescence (and more) that you would expect from a second-grade teacher at Morgan County Primary School. Upon a departure after a recent introduction as his fiancé by Duvall, she didn’t hesitate to wish Merry Christmas to someone she just met.

Cochran was married to Bill Cochran — a member of Madison Baptist Church, former president of the Morgan County High School Touchdown Club and 30-plus year member of City of Madison Fire Department. He was an uber-talented woodworker who had a successful business building cabinets. He died from cancer complications in 2012.

Bill Cochran loved the Georgia Bulldogs, and so did the late Bonnie Louise McWhorter Duvall.

Bonnie Duvall, a UGA grad an ultra-avid football fan, was a product of Nathanael Greene Academy in 1976 who married Vincent Mearl Duvall in 1979. She was a faithful member of New Hope Baptist Church in Greshamville, a member of the Greene County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee and a “hostess with the most” who once sent a reporter home from a function with a steak grilled to perfection wrapped in tin foil.

Bonnie Duvall made it through Christmas in 2019 before passing from cancer two years ago in January.

Duvall, one of the rare people given a nickname at birth following a C-section procedure, spends six months a year in Washington, D.C., with the American Farm Bureau Federation, but was home for holidays in Greene County. He readily agreed to announce his marriage after being ambushed by a reporter in a dark parking lot following a meeting.

“We’ve been together for about a year now,” said Duvall, who exchanged heart-warming grins with Cochran along with a tender embrace. “Sure, you can tell everybody.”

And now, the Christmas Love Story of 2021 can be told.

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