It was supposed to be one of the happiest times of Ally Bryant’s life. She was in college, only a week-and-a-half away from her 20th birthday, and planning a wedding with the love of her life, Taylor.
Then she got a call that brought her world crashing down around her.
Ally’s father, Kory, had suffered a devastating stroke at only 49 years of age and the doctors didn’t think he would hold on for much longer. Ally’s brother, Parker, told her she needed to get home right away.
“The last call I received from Parker was him telling me that I needed to get home — that dad wouldn’t make it,” Ally recalled. “As soon as I got off the call, I fell to the floor and screamed.”
Taylor drove with Ally back to her hometown and on the way there they made an important decision. Though they had planned to get married in July, they decided to alter their plans so Ally’s father would be able to be there.
Ally knew how important it would have been to Kory to be at her wedding.
“One day I brought home my boyfriend at the time, Taylor, and dad loved him,” Ally recalled. “Finally, he asked dad for my hand in marriage. They talked for hours and eventually brought mom and I into the room. Dad gave us their blessing and told us he loved us.”
The couple was able to get a marriage license quickly and invited 50 of their closest friends and family members to join them at the hospital. There, packed into the room around the hospital bed, the group watched tearfully as Kory’s best friend walked Ally down the hospital hallway and she said “I do” to Taylor.
“There wasn’t a single dry eye in the room,” Ally said. “It was very fast and crazy.”
Though Kory wasn’t conscious for the wedding, he was able to play a very special part in it.
“Before leaving the house, my mother handed me a small package,” Ally explained. “Inside was a pearl necklace that my dad’s father gave to my grandmother for their wedding day, and my grandmother gave it to my dad to give to my mom on their wedding day. Before dad had his brain stroke, he asked my mother if he could give them to me for my wedding day. Before leaving the house, my mother helped put the pearl necklace on me.”
Sadly, just four days later, Kory did pass away. Ally and her family are heartbroken, but she knows that his legacy will continue on.
“I grew up in a loving Christian household with my mom Missy, dad Kory, and big brother Parker,” she said.
Still, she knows life will never be the same without him.
“I wish I could just have one more hug, or one more ‘I love you,’ or to just hear him laugh and see him smile,” she said.
“I sure do miss and love you daddy! I will forever have a sweet angel watching over me.”
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