HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Nathaniel Brantley's favorite thing about his wife, Gwendolyn, was her smile.
"Her smile was worth more than a million bucks to me. It brought joy to everyone who saw it," he said.
Memories of that smile and more are what Brantley has left of his wife. On Thursday, 44-year-old Gwendolyn Brantley was killed in a head-on collision on U.S. 701 near Bucksport.
In addition to that smile, Gwendolyn was loved by many for her happy and selfless spirit.
"We got married just this year, in April of 2018. April 7 to be exact. Short marriage," Nathaniel Brantley said.
Now, he'll hold onto the years he spent with her.
"I think she was sent here by God for me," Brantley said. "I loved and adored her as well as her three daughters and her mother and father. She was my angel in disguise."
Gwendolyn was on her way home from celebrating her parents' 45th wedding anniversary when another car crossed the center line driving southbound on U.S. 701 and struck her vehicle, according to her family.
She was just 10 minutes away from home.
Gwendolyn's passion was nursing and she had just graduated with a science degree from Horry Georgetown Technical College.
Like his son-in-law, Gwendolyn's father, Glendale Hunt, was smitten with his daughter's smile.
"Her smile is the most beautiful thing you'll ever see and I'm going to miss it," Hale said. "She's gone but not forgotten. Never will be forgotten. That's my baby."