When we get married we commonly say ‘until death do we part’ but for this amazing guy it goes beyond this for his wife that passed away, but he still truly loved… He continued to eat at the restaurant that they used to enjoy together. Now he takes her framed photo and has it on the table next to him as he eats, to feel close to her!
Clarence Purvis, 93, has found love in his life. Her name was Carolyn Todd when she was only 16 when she first met at the age of 24.! About a year later they married each other.
It should be the beginning of 63 years together, during which time his love became stronger and his life closer and closer, all the time full of love and understanding.
As Clarence tells the story their time together was the stuff of fairy tales, it was a one in a million example of true love that fairy tale that everyone searched for, but very few actually find!
“Ain’t nobody loved one another more than me and my wife loved one another. I wanted what she wanted and she wanted what I wanted”
Clarence and his wife had lunch at the same place for the last 13 years and went to Smith’s Restaurant in Reidsville with religious devotion. Even when four years back Carolyn died he still didn’t leave her out, he took her photo to the restaurant and placed it on the table to remember her!
“She was always with me when we were livin’. She’s with me now”
Many worried people tried to convince Clarence that he felt a little lonely and that he would feel much better if he went ahead and tried to move on. It’s simply the case that some people just don’t believe in the concept of true love as Clarence knows that it exists for his wife and him.
“They said if I get my girlfriend things will be better. I could ask her, could I get me a girlfriend? Do you know what she’d say? If you want too. That’s how we operated”
Around four times every day Clarence visits the grave of Carolyn a the Cemetery Glennville, he said it’s because he loved her so much and he misses her!
“I imagine I come 125 times a month …I love her that much. And miss her that much. And think she would with me.”
Clarence’s behavior could seem a little over the top and worrying, and that Clarance can’t move on with his life. The other side of the story, however, is that they have found true love between them. Clarence really shows that true love never dies!