Johnny Lee Peoples and Cathy Darlene Peoples suffered for around 30 days before passing away.
Some marriages restore your faith in true commitment. Johnny Lee Peoples and Cathy Darlene Peoples had such a relationship. Their marriage was so precious that they could not let go off each other in death, too. According to People, the couple passed away just minutes away from each other with their hands still holding each other tight and firm.
The couple from North Carolina died after months of battling the coronavirus at Novant Health Rowan Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Johnny aged 67 and Cathy aged 65 had been battling the deadly illness for about 30 days. Though they were initially placed in separate rooms, as their condition deteriorated, the medical staff brought them into the same room to say their final goodbyes to each other.
However, their family did not expect the couple to pass away in the same time. Recalling their death, their son Shane Peoples stated, "Everything just went south, everything just got worse. The next day [medical staff] put them in the same room, same ICU room, they put their hands together, the nurses gathered around and they passed within four minutes of each other."
Speaking of their symptoms, Shane said, "It was mainly the fever and loss of taste. My dad started showing symptoms two days later. About two weeks later they were both put in the ICU," according to New York Post.
They didn't have to die!— s'wonderful🦑 (@JBrandonbarry) September 10, 2020
Shane Peoples says he was cheated. His mom and dad, 67-year-old Johnny Lee Peoples and 65-year-old Cathy Darlene Peoples died from COVID-19.https://t.co/LPGIyeB9sg
He added that his parents had a long marriage and a great relationship. "They were married 48 years, been together 50, they walked hand in hand for those 50 years," said Shane about his parents.
The obitury stated, "Mr. Peoples was born October 14, 1952 in Rowan County to the late Arthur Nelson Peoples and Elizabeth Phillips Peoples. He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army and worked for the NC Department of Corrections." Further, it stated, "Mrs. Peoples was born September 17, 1954 in Yadkin County to the late John Dwight Eaton and Helen Brown Eaton Moser. She worked as a pre-school childcare provider, teacher assistant at Salisbury Academy and a lab technician at LabCorp."
It also stated that, "Johnny loved coaching youth sports, playing music and building the family tree. Darlene enjoyed crafting, listening to music and playing cards. They both enjoyed fishing and spending quality time with family and friends."
Grieving the loss of his parents, Shane took to social media to pay a tribute to them. He told users that his parents understood the seriousness of the pandemic and took care. However, their fate could not be altered. "The lives of Mom and Dad were stolen by a virus that many joke about on a daily basis or just straight out believe it’s a hoax of some sort. Both of them took this pandemic seriously and still got sick, still died...," wrote Shane on Facebook.
He continued, "My parents weren’t just a blessing for me, my brother, my sister, our spouses, and our children. They were a blessing to every person that met them." Shane appreciated his parents for being their for him and his siblings. He added, "They both loved their family very much and did anything and everything they could possibly do for them," he continued. "I had some pretty darn awesome parents," according to People.
North Carolina couple held hands as they died moments apart from coronavirus https://t.co/VzQw8cSb99— USA Spot News (@usaspotnews) September 11, 2020
With his parents' experience, Shane urged the public to follow precautionary measures. He encouraged people to wash their hands, wear masks, and maintain social distancing during the pandemic. “It’s not a joke. It’s not a hoax. I just don’t [want] anyone else to get hurt. I don’t [want] anyone to feel the grief that we’re feeling," said Shane toWBTV, according to the New York Post, alluding to the virus.
He concluded the Facebook post saying, "Hold your family close. Treat every moment with them like it’s your last, it could very well be. Love and keep on loving."
The couple is survived by their three children, nine grandchildren, and many relatives. They are also survived by their beloved poodles, Sammy and Macy.