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How This Elderly Man Eats Lunch Every Day Will Break Your Heart

A 93-year-old man in Georgia was married to the love of his life for 63 years. The marriage got cut short not because the couple stopped loving each other, but because the beloved wife passed away in 2013. The husband continues to keep his wife a part of his everyday life, though. The way he eats lunch has touched many hearts in his local area and is now going viral on the internet.

Clarence Purvis was spotted at a restaurant in Reidsville, Georgia having lunch at a table. On the table, he had a framed picture of a beautiful older woman. Someone was curious and asked Purvis about the photo.

As it turned out, the photo is of Carolyn Purvis. She and Clarence began dating back in 1948, were married and had a long and loving life together. Since her death a few years ago, Purvis has remained close to his wife.

In addition to having lunch with Carolyn's picture perched on the table next to him, he visits his wife's grave several times per day.

“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,” he tells her.

“Ain’t nobody loved one another more than me and my wife loved one another,” Clarence told WTOC. “She was always with me when we were livin’. She’s with me now.”

Some people have tried to urge Clarence to move on. They've tried setting him up and urged him to find a new love, but he adamantly declines.

"They said if I get me a girlfriend things will be better,” Clarence explains. “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."

But the fact is, he just doesn’t want to. Purvis' home is like a living shrine to his wife's memory. He props her picture up against her favorite lamp. Carolyn loved the light it gave. "This here, that lamp ain't never turned off, not since she came out of the hospital five months before she passed," he said.

When he's not spending time with his wife's grave or picture, Purvis likes to go out and do odd jobs, like helping to rake leaves. He usually does it for free at his church or for local community members. But then it's always home to Carolyn, home to their memories.

Purvis reveals the secret to a long and happy marriage: "Eat lunch, come back, watch television, go to bed, love one another. What more you want? Go to church. We had everything we wanted."

To some, the elderly man's grief is extreme. Others are touched by his undying love and say that if keeping his wife's memory alive keeps him happy, there's nothing wrong with that.

According to Clarence, "True love never has a happy ending, because true love never ends."

Source: Good News Network, WTOC
Photo: WTOC

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