93-year-old man’s wife passed away, but what he takes out when he goes out to eat—that’s true love

October 13, 2017 9:32 am Last Updated: January 20, 2018 5:37 pm

Those who find true love are truly blessed. When you find your soulmate, it feels as though you have found another part of yourself. And even if they pass away, a part of them will live within you forever.

93-year-old Clarence Purvis was one such individual who was lucky enough to find true love. Even when his wife passed away, he remained devoted to her. And that devotion and their love continue to touch the hearts of those around him.

Clarence met his late-wife Carolyn in 1948, and for the next 63-years they would build a love like no other.


Clarence met his late-wife, Carolyn, in 1948 when she was 16 years old. She was a Glenville High School senior when the 24-year-old Clarence met and wooed her. From that point on, the two spent 63 years with one another, building a life, a family, and a love that inspired everyone who met them.

“Ain’t nobody loved one another more than me and my wife loved one another,” Clarence said according to NBC 12. “I wanted what she wanted and she wanted what I wanted.”

Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever and Carolyn passed away on November 22, 2013. But even though she died, Clarence never stopped loving her.

Even in death, Clarence is devoted to his beloved wife, Carolyn.


Today, you can find him at Smith’s Restaurant, in South Georgia, where he often goes to eat—it was a favored place for him and his wife. But he does not go alone. He always brings Carolyn along, too.

Whenever Clarence sits down to eat, he always places a picture of his beloved wife next to him.

“She was always with me when we were livin’,” Clarence said according to NBC 12. “She’s with me now.”

Clarence’s devotion to Carolyn, even in death, has inspired everyone who is fortunate enough to meet him. In some cases, his devotion has even made a few people jealous.

“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,’” Smith’s Restaurant owner Joyce James said.

Some people think Clarence is just lonely—but when they suggest he try to move on, he has an answer for them.


Clarence cannot imagine living his life without Carolyn. Because of that Clarence even visits her grave nearly 125 times per month. When asked why he visits her grave so much, his answer probably surprised no one.

“I love her that much,” Clarence said according to NBC 12. “And miss her that much.”

While his devotion has inspired others, some people wonder if Clarence is just acting out of loneliness. But when they suggest he get a girlfriend, he just smiles.

“They said if I get me a girlfriend things will be better,” Clarence said according to NBC 12. “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.”

Clarence no longer works, but sometimes fills his days with odd jobs he does for free—but when he comes home, his devotion continues.


Clarence used to fix cars, but is no longer working formally. But he sometimes does yard work and odd jobs for the local church, or for other people—many times for free.

Yet, when he comes home his devotion to his wife continues. Carolyn has an honored place on the mantle, where Clarence always keeps the light on for her.

“Eat lunch, come back, watch television, go to bed, love one another,” Clarence said according to NBC 12. “What more you want? Go to church. We had everything we wanted.”