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93-Year-Old Man Devotes Every Day to Late Wife and Has Each Lunch Looking at Her Face

Stephen Thompson
Apr 26, 2022
04:00 P.M.

True love between a couple is an affection that cannot be hidden from the public. In due time, it finds its way out and inspires everyone around, and this story of a faithful widower proves it.

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True love is one of the best emotions two or more parties can have for one another. It is eternal, infinite, equal, pure, perfect, inexhaustible, and without violent demonstrations. It is seen with white hairs, and it is always young at heart.

In addition, true love is regarded as a constant commitment to someone regardless of the past, present, or future circumstances. In today's world, genuine love is so rare that it is beautiful and to be cherished once encountered in any form.

[Left] Clarence Purvis' wife, Carolyn Todd ; [Right] Retired Mechanic, Clarence Purvis | Source: youtube.com/CBS Sunday Morning

[Left] Clarence Purvis' wife, Carolyn Todd ; [Right] Retired Mechanic, Clarence Purvis | Source: youtube.com/CBS Sunday Morning

True love can be found between parents and children, friends and spouses. For the latter, true love is found when both parties are soul mates. In this instance, they can never let go of each other, and even in death, they hold memories of each other dear to their hearts.

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This eternal love was found between Clarence Purvis and his wife, Carolyn. Even after she died, the widower kept going on lunch dates with his wife's picture. His story has since gone viral, and netizens witnessed that true love does exist. Here are the details of the intriguing story.

93-year-old retired Mechanic, Clarence Purvis | Source: YouTube/CBS Sunday Morning

93-year-old retired Mechanic, Clarence Purvis | Source: YouTube/CBS Sunday Morning

PURVIS AND TODD'S LOVE STORY

Before his demise, Clarence Purvis was a retired mechanic. He met the love of his life, Carolyn Todd, in 1948, when she was only 16 years old, while he was 24. The pair tied the knot the following year, and they lived in bliss for the next 64 years.

For years, the lovebirds had lunch at Smith's restaurant in Reidsville, Georgia, six days a week. Their love for each other was so apparent that it could not go unnoticed. "They were unbelievable. I mean, you could tell they adored each other," Joyce James, the restaurant owner, said.

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Pictures of 93-year-old retired Mechanic, Clarence Purvis's wife, Carolyn Todd | Source: YouTube/CBS Sunday Morning

Pictures of 93-year-old retired Mechanic, Clarence Purvis's wife, Carolyn Todd | Source: YouTube/CBS Sunday Morning

Indeed, Todd was Purvis's soulmate, and apart from the restaurant owner, the late mechanic said everyone could attest to their beautiful bond. Speaking about his wife and marriage, Purvis admitted:

"She's a perfect wife if ever been one. Ain't nobody loved one another more than we loved one another. Everybody said that."

93-year-old retired Mechanic, Clarence Purvis during a lunch date with his late wife, Carolyn Todd | Source: YouTube/CBS Sunday Morning

93-year-old retired Mechanic, Clarence Purvis during a lunch date with his late wife, Carolyn Todd | Source: YouTube/CBS Sunday Morning

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TODD'S DEATH AND PURVIS'S TOUCHING ACTIONS AFTERWARDS

Sadly, Todd passed away in 2013, leaving Purvis heartbroken. Dale, one of the couple's children, revealed that the mechanic stopped smiling after she died. In Dale's words:

"The pictures of him after mom passed, you hardly saw him smile. As opposed to when we had pictures of him before."

Overall, it was a difficult time for Purvis. Following Todd's death, the widower did not give up on the love he had for his wife. He continued going for lunch at their favorite restaurant and took Todd's picture.

93-year-old retired Mechanic, Clarence Purvis | Source: YouTube/CBS Sunday Morning

93-year-old retired Mechanic, Clarence Purvis | Source: YouTube/CBS Sunday Morning

The restaurant owner revealed that she was not surprised by Purvis's act. Going for lunch dates with Todd's picture was not the only way the mechanic proved his love for his wife after her death. Every day, Purvis would take a trip to Todd's grave.

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He would drop down on one knee at the cemetery, remove his hat, and kiss Todd's portrait attached to the marble headstone. Then he would say:

"I love you, baby. I wish you could go home with me. Come on, let's go. You can't go, or you would, wouldn't you? I would stay in your place."

93-year-old retired Mechanic, Clarence Purvis during a lunch date with his late wife, Carolyn Todd | Source: YouTube/CBS Sunday Morning

93-year-old retired Mechanic, Clarence Purvis during a lunch date with his late wife, Carolyn Todd | Source: YouTube/CBS Sunday Morning

Purvis revealed that he knew people thought he was going too far with how he grieved at some point. He also explained that many tried to convince him that he was lonely and needed a new love. In his words:

"They said if I get me a girlfriend things will be better. I could ask her, could I get me a girlfriend? You know what she'd say? If you want to. That's how we operated."

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93-year-old retired Mechanic, Clarence Purvis at the cemetery | Source: YouTube/CBS Sunday Morning

93-year-old retired Mechanic, Clarence Purvis at the cemetery | Source: YouTube/CBS Sunday Morning

Despite everything he was told, Purvis was not moved, and he insisted on loving his wife till his death. In his Glennville home, the widower had a stained glass lamp on his television cabinet, which he never turned off after Todd died because she loved the light it produced.

The lamp was one out of many things Purvis kept in memory of his wife. Overall, he confessed that they had a good life and there was no other girl for him except Todd.

93-year-old retired Mechanic, Clarence Purvis at the cemetery | Source: YouTube/CBS Sunday Morning

93-year-old retired Mechanic, Clarence Purvis at the cemetery | Source: YouTube/CBS Sunday Morning

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THOUGHTS ABOUT THE COUPLE'S LOVE

On April 23, 2021, the widower passed away at Ogeechee Area Hospice. He left the world and his children with the most beautiful love story.

The widower's daughter, Dianne, made it known that the love her parents shared was not in existence anymore. According to her:

"That's what this world needs today. The kind of love they had for one another."

Another of the widower's children, Donna, also explained that Purvis and Todd were finally together forever, smiling and talking to each other.

This story remains an inspiration and motivation to the world. Today, the type of love between Purvis and Todd is scarce, so if anyone finds it, they should hold on to it as long as they can.

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