Clyde Free had tears of joy Thursday, sparked by a phone call that changed his life.
"She said I was adopted. My mother's name was Minnie Wilson Free, my dad's name Garland Free, and she said you are my brother and I screamed as loud as I could," said Free.
It was a voice on the other end of the phone he said he thought he'd never hear.
"I was so excited I had been looking for her for so long, and everywhere I turned I ran into dead ends," said Free.
"He said I've been looking for you for 53 years," Free said.
Brenda Seedorf, Free and two other sisters share the same father, but grew up apart. They were adopted by different families at a young age. Their introduction opened a door to a world neither knew existed.
"I have many cousins, and nieces and nephews that I am going to be meeting for the first time," said Seedorf.
It all came about because Seedorf needed a birth certificate to renew her Georgia Drivers License. A new requirement that has frustrated many people, including Seedorf. But Rob Mikell, the commissioner of the Georgia's Department of Drivers Services said the requirement protects people's identity, and in this case, helped unite a family.
"I have not heard of any human interest story like this from anywhere across the country that moves you like this one does. This one makes quite a bit of the requirements really worth it," Mikell said.
"It is just like we were never separated. I swear to goodness it is, and I love her to death," Free said.
"I never thought this could happen, never ever believed it would," said Seedorf.
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