Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend Lexie N Hopkins Volleyball, soccer previews coming this weekend Michael A Cheek

Long-lost siblings meet for the first time after nearly six decades apart

What was lost when they were apart, is found in their reunion – 

By Patricia Beech – 

Siblings can become separated for all kinds of reasons, but some rediscover each other, sometimes after many years have passed.
Such was the case for 63-year old James “Jimmy” Sandlin, a graduate of Manchester High School, and his half-sister Sharon Sandlin Thomason. The brother and sister – who share a common father, but separate mothers – had their first meeting on Sunday, June 9 at Thomason’s home in Sweet Water, Tenn.
“I always knew that Sharon existed,” said Sandlin. “I knew my Dad had a daughter and another son, Steve, who passed at age 23, so over all the years I thought it would be great to reconnect with her.”
Thomason, on the other hand, didn’t know she had a half-brother until she was 23-years old.
“I didn’t know his name or where he lived,” she said. “But I knew I wanted to find him.”
They might have met when their father Herbert Jesse Sandlin died in 1987, but Jimmy, who was in the Navy, was living in Scotland at the time and couldn’t make it home.
After their father’s death, Sharon says she began searching in earnest for her long-lost brother, but was unable to find him.
Another thirty years would pass before the two made a connection through Ancestry.com.
“We let it go for a few years and then three years ago my wife Susan, put up a message on Ancestry.com for Sharon. We didn’t hear anything for a long while.”
On New Years Eve 2016, Thomason decided to look once again for information about her brother on Ancestry.com: “A message popped up, ‘Hi, I’m Susan Sandlin, and I’m married to James Sandlin’.”
“I was skeptical,” Thomason says, “But within an hour, I received a call from my brother who I’d never met.
Both say they had a lot of mixed emotions about meeting for the first time.
“When he walked up the steps of my home it was very emotional,” Thomason said. “We hugged and I felt an awesome connection with him.”
Sandlin agrees. “I felt all those same emotions. I wondered what it would be like to meet her,” he said. “We had searched for so long that I couldn’t believe it was finally happening. I was just so happy to see her and be there and we’ve vowed that we’re never going to be separated again.”
“I now have a brother that I will have forever,” says Thomason. “Going forward, this is going to be a great relationship. It’s exciting that I get to have a relationship with a brother I didn’t even know I had.”

6 comments:

  1. Thank You to Mark Carpenter for arranging for our story to be told and thanks to Pat Beech for doing such a fine job in writing it. We appreciate you both and the Defender for publishing it. The old adage “Never Give Up” applies.

  2. I was placed in a wonderful foster home when I was 3 and remained there for 13 years. I knew I had brothers and sisters but only knew the location of my twin brothers and a disabled sister. After I was on my own, I made little effort until I learned my dad had died. I went to the funeral home and found the rest of my family. It was a great Christmas together with my 7 siblings. But afterwards, they made no effort to get together. Except for one sister. She and I have become very close. She is a treasure to me. Of course, I am sad at times I don’t see the others, but my one sister has made up the difference.

    1. That is a very nice thing though for you and one sister and the fact that you are close now. It is a shame the others don’t have that connection. Their loss and yours, too, really. I understand, though. I’ve reached out to cousins, children of my Dad’s siblings. By and large, they have been a disappointment to me in that they do not reciprocate that desire to be closer. I’ve tried and that is a I can do. You did as well, maybe it’s just not meant to be. I hope things are good for you. Thanks for your thoughts.

  3. Congrats masterchief! I’m so happy for you 🙂
    May you & your sister have the best of many many more years to enjoy & makeup for lost time!!!!

  4. Thank you Mr Carpenter and Pat Beech for doing this article. You don’t know what it has meant to me. I keep reading the article still in amazement

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© The People's Defender - All rights reserved