HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — While Friday the 13th may invoke superstitious dread for some, a husband and wife in Virginia spent the day celebrating.
Larry Eavey, of Henrico, lost his wedding band before this past Easter — with his 50th wedding anniversary just weeks away. Eavey married his wife Martha in June 1968. He went off to Vietnam one month later, the ring on his finger, and managed not to lose it during the war.
Decades later, however, he lost the golden band while cheering on his three grandchildren as they participated in a running camp.
“I didn’t discover it was missing until Wednesday," Eavey said. "I got home and was like, where is my ring?”
The couple thought it might be lost forever. But Nicole Sparrow, the organizer of the running camp, had already found the ring and was trying to find its owner.
After watching a WTVR story about the ring, Sparrow connected with Eavey, who was able to confirm the initials inscribed on the inside of the band.
Eavey hugged Sparrow as she returned the ring to him during an emotional meeting.
Now, as the Eaveys breathe a sigh of relief and focus on their upcoming golden anniversary, Larry added another vow. That is, to never let the golden symbol of their love get away from him ever again.
“It’s just a special blessing,” Eavey exclaimed. “I know the Lord is looking out for me by having somebody pick it up that would care enough to turn it in. This will make our 50th perfect.”
“Yep, just in time!” Sparrow said.
The couple wanted to offer a reward, but Sparrow wouldn’t hear of it.