In love, the minute they found each other. A love, Ivan and Adina Williams never lost. That's how the Williams family describes the couple's instant love affair.
A family so close, all but one of the Williams' siblings live on the same street. They're now staying strong together.
On Monday night, 63-year-old Ivan Williams III and his 52-year-old wife Adina Williams died in a plane crash near Hunstville, Ark.
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Ivan's brother and sisters said they have big shoes to fill, giving their time and money back to Pryor. They said they never truly understood Ivan and Adina's impact until now.
Ivan's youngest sister, Mariel McGehee, said she introduced the two.
"That first date we were out, Ivan would constantly grab and hold Adina's hand. I was just mortified. I'm like, 'you don't do that,' but that's what he did," she recalled.
That first date was more like a family outing. Ivan's two sisters and only brother all came along.
"We are going to miss you. The whole community is going to miss you," said brother Charley Williams.
Ivan's passion for flying started at an early age. Without 20-20 vision, the military wouldn't let him go up in the air.
So he looked up to Charley instead, a Top Gun Pilot in the Navy.
It wasn't until this past spring that Ivan earned his pilot's license, buying a plane in September.
Charley said, "The last time I talked to him, his last words were 'you got to come fly with me in this thing. It's a blast!' That was Friday."
On Friday, for the first time, Adina let Ivan take her up in the plane. They left for Alexander City, Ala. to visit Adina's sister and cheer on the University of Arkansas Razorbacks.
"He died doing what he loved, with the one he loved," said McGehee.
Ivan and Adina leave behind four sons.
Marty turns 23 next Saturday. This Spring, Chris graduates from Arkansas, just like his dad.
The family is asking for donations to charities in lieu of flowers. You can find more donation information here (http://bit.ly/Hcs9ip).
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