An Alabama man who refused to leave his wife’s side despite her COVID-19 diagnosis succumbed to the virus — but relatives say he wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Jimmy Smallwood, 77, decided he wasn’t going to part ways with his wife, Mary, when she was diagnosed with the bug following a Christmas family gathering that infected at least 16 relatives, the Anniston Star reported Friday.
The couple’s daughter, LaDonna, said she pleaded with Jimmy to quarantine at her home just several hundred feet from the couple’s residence near Weaver, but he refused to follow a doctor’s advice even in the face of his existing medical conditions.
“I knew with his heart, he couldn’t make it,” LaDonna told the newspaper last week. “He said ‘hush,’ that he knew he was going to heaven if he died, and he wasn’t losing his wife.”
Mary Smallwood, Jimmy’s high school sweetheart and wife of six decades, was diagnosed with the virus