GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX/Gray News) – A 62-year-old Gulfport man knew COVID-19 would kill him. He was right. However, before he died, he was able to marry his sweetheart of 17 years.
Jeff Nabors had been avoiding the illness for most of the pandemic, but finally tested positive on Jan. 11. He had stage 4 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and, even though he recovered from COVID-19, his lungs had seen too much damage.
“I think he was on borrowed time already,” said 53-year-old Sherry Nabors in an interview at her home on Tuesday, almost a month after the couple married.
Their time as husband and wife lasted less than four days.
Jeff and Sherry Nabors were next-door neighbors in Houston. They met in 2007 when he rescued her from a broken garage door. When he said they shared the same birthday, she thought it was a bad pickup line, but she took him to dinner to say thank you, and they became fast friends.
Sherry later moved to Atlanta to care for her mom, leaving him lonely in Houston. Six months later, he moved to Gulfport and they had a long-distance relationship for two years.
Then, she and her mom moved to the coast, and that’s where the couple quickly felt at home.
“We loved the peaceful life here on the coast,” Sherry said. “The no traffic and just the quiet, laid back life and we were having a good time.”
He loved Cruisin’ the Coast and volunteered at Shuckers games. They watched Jeopardy together and she called him Jeopardy Jeff because he seemed to…