Clarence Purvis’ wife, known as Miss Carolyn, was his whole life. Every breath he took, every beat of his heart, it was for her.
According to TODAY, Clarence was 24-years-old when he met his true love, Carolyn Todd, in 1948 when she was a 16-year-old senior at Glennville High School.
The two were wed the following year and spent the next 63 years in love.
“Ain’t nobody loved one another more than me and my wife loved one another,” Clarence told WTOC. “I wanted what she wanted and she wanted what I wanted.”
And the Purvis’ great romance continued even after Carolyn’s death in 2013.
Clarence, 93, continued he and his wife’s tradition of eating lunch at Smith’s Restaurant in Reidsville, Georgia.
And he even takes his wife with him.
“She was always with me when we were livin’,” he explains. “She’s with me now.”
He brings his wife’s picture with him every time he frequents the diner so that they can continue eating lunch there together. Clarence’s devotion to his wife has warmed the hearts of hundreds of people who eat at Smith’s Restaurant.
“I asked my husband, I said, ‘You know if something happened to me, will you put my picture on the table?’ He said, ‘I don’t think so dear.’ He said, ‘I love you but, that might be a little much,’” said the restaurant’s owner Joyce James.
Many have told Clarence, who had three children with his wife, that he’s lonely and should try and find a new girlfriend but he remains dedicated to his wife thus far.
“They said if I get me a girlfriend things will be better,” Clarence said. “I could ask her, could I get me a girlfriend? You know what she’d say? If you want too. That’s how we operated.”
He is so dedicated to his wife that he never turns off her favorite lamp and visits her grave at least four times a day or 125 times a month.
“I love her that much. And miss her that much,” he explains. “And think she would with me.”
He sits and talks to her and will kiss the portrait of her that is attached to her marble headstone.
“I love you, baby. I wish you could go home with me,” he says kneeling at her grave. “Come on let’s go. You can’t go or you would, wouldn’t you? I would stay in your place.”
You can hear more about the Purvis’ beautiful never-ending love affair in the video below.
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Source: WTOC Extras