A community is mourning the loss of a married couple who reportedly died within 48 hours of each other.
Jennifer and Toby Norsworthy of Huntsville, Alabama, were known for their generosity, both towards their six children and their local community.
"Toby was a very selfless person,” Leslie Plunkett, a childhood friend of Toby’s, told Alabama Media Group.
"He adored his wife and absolutely loved each and every one of the children. He always put community, friends, family and church first."
"Toby and Jennifer were all about family," Tami Norsworthy, Toby’s mother, said.
Jennifer, 40, suffered from blood clots, and on April 22, one formed in her sleep and took her life.
"Toby loved Jennifer," Ricky Self, associate pastor of Pineview Baptist Church, told WHNT. Both Toby and Jennifer were active members of the church.
"She was his world and so he was of course heartbroken when she passed away," Self added.
On April 24, about 48 hours after Jennifer had been pronounced dead, Toby, 38, passed away of a heart attack. Tabitha Washburn, Toby’s sister, said she thought the stress of his wife’s death led to his passing.
Toby was pronounced dead at the same hospital as his wife, Madison Hospital, Alabama Media Group notes. The couple were also attended by the same doctor and nurse.
"Right now, it's painful and it hurts, but one day we will be able to see them again and that's what we're hanging our hats on," Self told WHNT.
Toby and Jennifer had six children aged 6 to 20, which include three children from Jennifer’s previous marriage.
Members of Toby and Jennifer's families have traveled from all across the country to attend to the six children, whose ages range from 6 to 20. The couple’s church is also accepting donations for their children, and friends of the family have set up a GoFundMe page to give back to the family who has done so much for so many people.
"Trying to raise as much money as we possibly can for them for unexpected things that may come up, like college," Self explained. "They were such a big part of our life and part of our family and so we feel like it's our job to help in any way we possibly can financially, spiritually, whatever that may be."
"They were very charitable, always giving," Washburn told Alabama Media Group. "They volunteered all their time to church and different community events. The number of people have been coming in and saying how they touched their lives is overwhelming."