Louis Preston loses battle with COVID-19

“Ultimately, COVID-19 was too much for Papaw’s lungs”

Couple celebrates 61st anniversary in ICU battling COVID-19

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A man, who recently spent his 61st wedding anniversary with his wife at a local hospital as they both battled COVID-19, has passed away.

According to a Facebook post from the Brandon Baxter in the Morning radio show, Louis Preston died Saturday.

“I will never forget your booming voice, your boisterous laugh, your strong hand shake, and your big bear hug. Thank you for welcoming me into your family. Louis Preston lost his battle on 1/2/21. He fought bravely, with everything ounce of strength he had. Ultimately, Covid-19 was too much for Papaw’s lungs,” Baxter said in the post. “He reached a point of no return. Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers. Memaw is still fighting for her life, while intubated on a ventilator in the ICU. She needs all of the love that you can give.”

I will never forget your booming voice, your boisterous laugh, your strong hand shake, and your big bear hug. Thank you...

Posted by Brandon Baxter In The Morning on Sunday, January 3, 2021

Baxter thanked the doctors and nurses at NEA Baptist for their help during a very difficult time.

“They tried so hard. Thank you to Brandye Garner for going out of her way to help us; before & after her shifts and on her off days. Thank you all for the outpouring prayers & love. Our entire family is humbled by your kindness,” Baxter said.

Louis Preston and his wife, Myra, celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

They were able to spend a brief moment together.

A nurse snapped a photo of the couple holding hands as they celebrated their life together.

Region 8 News spoke to Louis in December.

Louis said they were both battling double-lung pneumonia and COVID-19 across the hall from each other.

The couple met in Pine Bluff as teenagers and got married in 1959 when Louis was 19 and Myra was 17.

During the interview, Louis commended the nurses and doctors, helping care for them on the front line, and asked for continued prayers.

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