MEMPHIS — A Memphis husband and wife married for 56 years have died three days apart, one in a nursing home, the other in the hospital.
Glenn and Martha Faulk had been apart only the last two months of their lives, when both were sick.
The Commercial Appeal reported that Glenn Faulk died Dec. 19 at age 90, and Martha Faulk died Tuesday at age 77.
One of their three daughters, Teresa Faulk, said after she broke the news to her mother about her father’s death, Martha Faulk’s health declined.
“She cried and then you could just see her start to deteriorate,” Teresa Faulk said. “We were moving her to hospice the day she died.”
Glenn and Martha Faulk raised a family, ran a hardware store and lived a quiet, simple life in a Memphis neighborhood called Raleigh.
Glenn Faulk, a Navy Seal during World War II, was aboard the USS Chicago on Jan. 30, 1943, when the ship sank off Rennell Island in the South Pacific. He was one of 1,049 survivors.
After they were married, the couple had three daughters. In 1974, Glenn Faulk bought a hardware store and put Martha Faulk in charge of running it.
Martha Faulk wore a pearl necklace, dress, hose, heels and clip earrings to work every day, her daughter said.
She became an expert in just about every department, including the gun department. Martha Faulk became known as the “gun lady” for her knowledge of semi-automatic weapons.
The couple worked side by side at East Park Sporting hardware for 24 years.
In June, Martha Faulk was diagnosed with cancer and underwent several rounds of chemotherapy.
In September, Glenn Faulk contracted pneumonia and eventually had to move to a nursing home. Ten days later, his wife went into the hospital where she stayed until she died.
The pair talked on the phone every day, just chitchatting.
“When I told her that Dad died, she told me she had woke up about 3:30 in the morning and felt like he was going to die,” Teresa Faulk said. She slipped into unconsciousness Monday.
The couple shared a joint memorial service on Christmas Eve. They are buried side-by-side in a Memphis cemetery.
The Associated Press