Man reunites with biological family after 67 years

By Cody Holyoke - bio | email

Clanton, Ala. (WSFA) -- After 67 years, Don Wedgeworth has finally found his family.

It all started back in 1941, when his 17-year old mother, Mary Cash, was forced to give him up for adoption.

"It's really just overwhelming, because I just didn't have any idea at all about her," Wedgeworth said.

Wedgeworth and his wife, Joyce, started searching 30 years ago--checking everything from census data to the phone book for any signs of family.

"We called every 'Cash' we heard of.  No one knew her name," Wedgeworth explained.

It wasn't until the state released his original birth certificate that Don, an only child, discovered his extended family:  7 sisters and 3 brothers, including Charlie Bolt of Opelika.

"When we first talked, he asked, 'Do we have any other family?'  I said, 'do we!'" Bolt said.

Though there is a nine year age difference--Bolt is 58 and Wedgeworth is 67--you can't help but notice the amazing similarities.

Both men served in the military, sing and play the guitar, and both men are pastors--one in Mississippi, the other in Alabama.

"I'm sure he's a better preacher than I am," Bolt said.

"We just have to keep our brothers and sisters straight," Wedgeworth explained.

"It's just a great feeling to know I have a family."

Family members say their mother tried to find her long lost son--a fact she originally hid from the family before her death, and a comfort for a man who searched for decades to discover the truth.