TUALATIN, Ore. (KOIN) — With just a name to work with, Meme Loggins has spent years looking for her husband’s father, a man named Lenard Terry.
“I’ve just been kind of randomly calling and looking on Facebook, ‘Does anybody know this person? Do you know this guy? Do you know anyone who would know this guy?'” Loggins said.
Lenard Loggins parents separated when he was a child and then lived in different states. He has very few memories of his father and hasn’t seen him since he was 8 — more than 3 decades ago.
“You live life, but you always have that thought in the back of your head, like, geez, why do I do this, I wonder if it’s like my dad,” he told KOIN 6 News.
Then last month — it happened.
“We were in her cleaning the fish tank one night late in the evening and I leaped out of my chair,” Meme said. “I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, I found somebody!'”
She received a message from a woman on Facebook: “I’m looking for I think my brother. If you know him can you reach out to me, can you please call me back. I just want to know who he is.”
Lenard Loggins learned the woman is one of his half-twin sisters — and that their 79-year-old father lives in Arkansas.
The next day, the phone rang. It was Lenard’s dad.
“To hear his voice after 34 years, you know, you rush through a bunch of emotions,” Lenard said.
Father and son talked for 4 hours and now they want to meet.
“It’s real, but until we’re face-to-face, it’s not complete,” he said.
They’re hoping to bring his father and other newly-found siblings to Oregon for Thanksgiving for a family dinner unlike any other.
“For him to be able to see his son and know that he’s OK and for his son to know that his dad is OK” would mean the world, Meme said.
“Talk about a reason to be thankful… no better way to celebrate Thanksgiving,” Meme wrote on their GoFundMe page.