HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Four years ago, we brought you a story about a Madison couple proving that if you lose love, you can find it again. For Murphy and Lucinda, it was a match made in heaven.
First Corinthians 13 teaches us love is patient. Murphy Wilson was married for 41 years when his wife passed away. “I knew that I could never love another woman as much as I loved Antoinette,” he told us in 2017, “But I can love someone as much as I loved her for who they are.”
Murphy was asking God to bring love into his life again. “Just one love, that’s it. And I said if that’s possible, then I need you to pick ’em, cause you picked the first one and you nailed it,” he said with a smile.
His prayers were answered. “But I’ve got someone different here. Another chapter, turn the page,” he said with a chuckle, “She’s a piece of work too. I’ve got to tell you and I love her. She’s something else.”
Lucinda Myers divorced more than 30 years ago. “I didn’t want him to think that I was interested,” she said, “I wanted him to be interested first.” She just happened to move to Huntsville after Murphy’s wife died. Both were praying for someone to come into their lives.
It all started in the balcony of Huntsville’s First Seventh Day Adventist Church. Murphy said, “She never looked this way.” Lucinda responded, “Nope.”. Murphy looked at her and said, “Even though I was hoping she would.” Murphy would glace at her across the aisle. One of her friends noticed and told her she had a secret admirer.
Somebody was watching him watch her. “Exactly. And I didn’t know,” Murphy said. He got busted! “Yeah, I did,” he said, “I thought I was being kinda cool and discreet about it.” They finally spoke at church. Lucinda liked what she saw. “A few months went by and I’m like, hmmm, he’s kinda nice,” she said with a smile, “he’s handsome.”
But the spark ignited during a gathering at Murphy’s house. “My heart was telling me you need to keep talking to this woman,” he remembered, “I think I was hearing the Lord clearing his throat, that’s the one.” They dated for four months before saying I do. Murphy knew Lucinda was the one. “Oh, yes, yes,” he said, “There’s no question.” Murphy added, “I was ready to get married. You know, we’ve done all this other stuff. Let’s get the ceremony on.”
The bride was watching her future husband through a side door when the ceremony began. “He didn’t see me looking at him but the minute I saw him come walking, my heart skipped a beat,” she said with a laugh, “I was just staring at him.” And when he saw her for the first time, he almost lost it. “She comes around the corner and I tear up immediately,” he said, “She is gorgeous.”
But he was determined to keep his emotions in check. “Real close. Real close. And then inside I said Murphy, get yourself together,” he said, “Don’t blow the wedding by acting like a big old cry baby. But I was close.” They felt like they were the only two people in the church.
Photographer Gianna Snell captured Murphy and Lucinda’s love story the past four years. People around the world shared in their happiness after the photos were posted on social media. That happiness endured even when Lucinda was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019. She fought with courage. Lucinda passed peacefully November 28th.
In Murphy’s words, “I am so grateful for the outpouring of love from people that our love story inspired. What seemed like four years to some, felt like an incredible lifetime of love. While the tears come because she will be sorely missed, I am grateful for her peace. I consider it an incredible honor to be loved by such a beautiful woman, inside and out. I hope that our love story continues to inspire. Even with this loss, I want everyone to know that it’s never too late to find love. I’ll always believe that our love was right on time.”
And now these three remain, faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
A celebration of Lucinda’s life will be held Sunday, December 12th at 5 p.m. at the First Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Evangel Drive. Cards and condolences can be sent to Murphy at the church.
c/o First SDA Church
1303 Evangel Drive
Huntsville, Alabama 35816