published Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Georgia man with terminal cancer weds in back of ambulance

MARIETTA, Ga. — Ten days after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, a Smyrna man was rushed by ambulance to a county courthouse Tuesday morning to marry his girlfriend of seven years.

Relatives said the decision to marry was made in the early morning Tuesday. By 11 a.m. the couple had traveled by Puckett EMS ambulance from Austell to the Cobb County Magistrate Court.

The Marietta Daily Journal reports that 62-year-old Carl Peyton Williams III lay on the gurney while he repeated vows to 67-year-old Ruth Ann Terry inside the parked ambulance.

Terry said she and Williams, a former police officer, had intended to marry for a while, but could no longer wait after his diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer Oct. 4. He is being treated by WellStar Tranquility Hospice at his home.

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