Until death do us part- and beyond for this 93-year-old widower from Glennville, Georgia. He still sets up lunch dates for him and his beloved wife, even after her passing.
Clarence Purvis met Carolyn Todd when they were teenagers in 1948, and after quickly falling in love, they married the next year.
They were co-owners of Purvis Garage and had three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren over the course of their lives together.
They spent the next 63 years of their lives together, until Carolyn's passing, at the age of 81, in late 2013.
“Eat lunch, come back, watch television, go to bed, love one another. What more you want?” Purvis said of their lives together. “We had everything we wanted.”
Since her death, Clarence has spent much of his time keeping the memory of his wife alive. He isn't shy about expressing her love for her, and has become known around his city to carry a framed photograph of his Carolyn, which he sits up next to him while he has lunch at his favorite restaurant, Smith's Diner.
“She was always with me when we were livin’,” Purvis told the news station as he enjoyed a meal at Smith’s. “She’s with me now.”
Many people have offered their advice to help him grieve her loss, even suggesting he start dating again.
“They said if I get me a girlfriend things will be better,” he 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.”
That's not what's stopping him from moving on though.
His devotion to his late wife has turned many heads in the town, including diner owner, Joyce James.
“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,’ ” James told WTOC.
In his home, Clarence keeps a collection of memories of his dearly departed, including a lamp that remains turned on since Carolyn came out of the hospital five months before her passing. A picture of her rests underneath it.
“Ain’t nobody loved one another more than me and my wife loved one another,” Clarence said. “I wanted what she wanted and she wanted what I wanted.”
While Clarence, who used to spend his days fixing cars, now remains busy doing yard work around town, he still makes time to visit Glenville Cemetery to visit the love of his life at least four times a day.
“I imagine I come 125 times a month,” he said. “I love her that much. And miss her that much. And think she would with me.”