True love never dies. Don’t believe me? Maybe Clarence Purvis will be able to change your mind.
Four years ago, Purvis lost his wife Carolyn. The two were married for 64 years before her passing and his level of love and affection for her hasn’t dimmed a bit. Each day, Purvis visits Smith’s Restaurant in Reidsville, Georgia, for his “lunch date” with his wife. Before Purvis sits down to eat, he sets a photo of Carolyn on the table.
“Ain’t nobody loved one another more than me and my wife loved one another,” Purvis tells his local news station WTOC. “I wanted what she wanted, and she wanted what I wanted. Eat lunch, come back, watch television, go to bed, love one another. What more you want?” Purvis continues. “We had everything we wanted.”
Purvis says he visits the restaurant around 125 times per month. And when the restaurant’s owner Joyce James asks him why he comes so often, his answer is simple – “I love her that much. And miss her that much. And think she would with me.”
According to her obituary, Carolyn and Clarence met when she was just 16 years old in Glennsville, Georgia in 1948. The two had three children together, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. They also owned Purvis Garage, where Clarence says he fixed other people’s vehicles “better and cheaper than anyone else.”