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Tennessee husband, spouse of 65 years die minutes aside holding palms

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — After 65 years of marriage, a Joelton, Tennessee couple is now spending eternity collectively.

Charley Ray and Martha Jean Harris each ended up within the hospital for various causes and simply minutes aside, they each peacefully handed away whereas holding palms.

Charley Ray and Martha Jean Harris (Image taken BEFORE their deaths) (Courtesy Richard Harris)

“I totally anticipated them to come back dwelling, however that’s not the best way it performed out,” their son Richard Harris mentioned.

As an alternative, their story performed out the best way they’d at all times written it.

“They fell in love, and it was ceaselessly.”

A love that started at simply 12 years outdated.

“They began going collectively and by no means broke up,” Harris defined. 

At 19, they tied the knot. Their love blossomed over time as they raised three youngsters.

“Daddy was a Sunday faculty trainer and sang within the choir and mother was actual concerned in girls auxiliary,” mentioned Harris, who’s the youngest of the three youngsters. 

Their dedication to one another and their household by no means wavered.

As they aged, their well being began to say no from completely different illnesses, and two weeks in the past, they had been transported collectively in the identical ambulance to TriStar Skyline Medical Middle in Nashville.

“They had been within the emergency room collectively and each obtained admitted.”

Over the subsequent 14 days, nurses would wheel Charley and Martha to at least one one other’s room to go to, the place the dialog principally consisted of the identical three phrases.

“I really like you,” Richard mentioned, as his voice started to interrupt, and his eyes stuffed with tears.

On Monday, Charley who was speaking and consuming, went to say goodbye one final time to his middle-school sweetheart when his personal well being took a flip for the more serious.

“I may see Daddy getting worse quickly. He was chasing her,” mentioned Harris. 

“She was pronounced [deceased], and 42 minutes later Daddy joined her … holding palms.”

A heartbreaking, but stunning love story that the household says nonetheless continues in the present day.

“ that is simply conjecture after all, nevertheless it’s good to consider that they held palms going by way of the gates,” Harris mentioned, smiling.

The Harris’ could have a joint funeral service at New Hope Free Will Baptist Church on Saturday. They may later be cremated, and the household has determined to commingle their ashes and bury them collectively on the church.

It’s the identical church the place the couple mentioned “I do” 65 years in the past.

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