Weddings are always meant to be a joyous occasion, a day to celebrate your love with your family and friends. But sadly, sometimes life has other plans and unforeseen circumstances can change everything.
When Sherri Webb set her wedding day for November, she never could have imagined the family tragedy that would occur during her engagement.
In June, Webb’s father, Clarence Green, was driving with his 13-year-old son, also named Clarence, home from a karate class.
Clarence Jr. and Clarence Sr. were in the car, when it was struck by another vehicle.
“We were just driving straight,” Clarence Jr. told CBS DFW at the time.
Reportedly, the other driver ran a red light and was driving with a suspended license.
The younger Clarence was okay after the collision, but he looked over and realized that his father had lost consciousness. He didn’t realize that his father was dead until later, when his sister broke the news.
“My dad is dead, and I had to tell him,” Clarence’s sister Sherri said.
The family was devastated—no one more than Sherri, who was so upset she felt she couldn’t go through with her wedding on November 11.
“I almost called it off because he wasn’t going to be here,” she told CBS.
Sherri thought the memory of her father would be too much to handle on her big day—especially when she walked down the aisle, knowing her dad wasn’t there to do it as planned.
“That’s something he really wanted.”
But Sherri knew she couldn’t call off the wedding. She resolved to work past the tragedy and make the most of it. But first, she needed someone to take her father’s place walking her down the aisle … and she had the perfect replacement: her brother.
The younger Clarence agreed to step into his father’s shoes for the wedding, escorting his sister to the altar.
It was the perfect solution, turning a potentially painful ceremony into an uplifting moment. Even though her father was gone, Sherri still had the support of a loving family. And everyone was impressed by the 13-year-old brother taking up the responsibility.
“I think my dad would be really proud,” Sherri told CBS. “He did a great job.”
“My dad’s favorite thing to say was, ‘That’s all right!’ So I know he’s saying, ‘That’s all right!”
While her brother gamely assumed his father’s ceremonial duties (he also filled in for the father-daughter dance at the reception), Sherri still wanted to keep a part of her father with her during the wedding.
She carried a photo of him with her bouquet.
In the end, Sherri overcame the impossibly difficult situation she was dealt with and made the most out of her wedding—a bittersweet but deeply special occasion. She knows that’s how her father would’ve wanted it.
“Daddy, we did it,” Sherri told CBS. “I did it with you in mind. My team did it with you in mind.”