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“We got him over to the nursing home with mama,” the couple’s daughter, Donetta Nichols, told the news station. “They had pushed their little beds together, and mama was laying right there, facing him. She was asleep, and Daddy goes, and he reached over there, and he grabbed a hold of her hand, and he just laid there with her, and it was so sweet.” Tom Ledbetter died a short time later. His wife followed not long after.
“Their love was a testimony to many, and was surely a match made in heaven,” the death notice read. “Although the family is filled with sadness, they are left with many loving memories until the time comes that they are all together again.”
Tom and Delma Ledbetter met while in their early 20s and living in Florida
Tom held Delma's hand on their first 'date' and they married three weeks later
They had two daughters, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren
Within days of Delma falling ill in April, Tom got sick and joined her at the hospice
Tom passed away first, with Delma following just an hour and a half later
Their relationship started and ended with the loving couple holding hands