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Two siblings separated, reunite

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –Two siblings, separated when their family split more than 50 years ago are back together Friday night .

James Allen and Dianna Carter were split up as young children.

For several years, Allen worked to track down his sister.

James Allen and his long lost sister Dianna Carter hug for the first time at the Valdosta Regional Airport. Allen had no idea his sister was coming to visit or why his family brought him to the airport.

"I said who could be coming on a plane?" asked Allen.

"The moment I saw him it was a connection," said Carter.

Their parents separated in the 1950's and Carter was adopted by her aunt and Allen was adopted by another family. Fanni Lou Cartledge was their mother.

"Alot of years, she cried," said Carter. "She was sad and she was just hurt it was a sad feeling for her so it's peace in my heart. It's joy and it's overwhelming."

"I look at it like this, God is good," said Allen.

The Cartledge family, and the Allen family all came together for the first time this week. When Allen's family researched on www.ancestors.com they first came across Calvin Cartledge, Fanni Lou's brother and asked him about the family history and Friday, he's here from New York.

"I'm just overjoyed to meet him he looks just like my brother my brother wear a cap like that same way," said Cartledge.

Allen's wife Rachel who just passed away Sunday, his sister-in-law Juanita Burkes and a family friend did much of the research to bring the siblings together.

And Allen says even though he's lost his wife, he's gained a sister he thought he'd never find.

Professional Boxer Floyd Mayweather, Junior is James Allen and Dianna Carter's nephew.


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