Friday, September 6, 2013
PAWLEYS ISLAND S.C — Ginger Beasley of Pawleys Island is one of 10 siblings who have been reunited after being separated in 1969 when her mother decided to give the younger children up for adoption.
She and her twin sister, Patty King, 4 years old at the time, were adopted by one family while their other younger siblings grew up elsewhere.
Frances Lunsford, the family’s single mother who has since died, was struggling with alcoholism and bipolar disorder, according to records.
Beasley remembers the day she and her sister left the family.
“One of my older sisters put Patty and I, and two of our brothers in a car and dropped us off at the Department of Social Services office in Asheville, N.C.,” Beasley said. “It was scary.”
She said the deal was that she and Patty were to stay together and their older brother and baby brother had to be adopted together.
“I think if we were separated totally it would have been another traumatic thing to deal with,” Beasley said.
Luckily, she and Patty were adopted together into a loving family and grew up in Asheville. Their brothers, James and Dennis Fine, were also adopted together and grew up in Lexington. Dennis now lives in Candler, N.C.
Two of their older sisters, Kim McManus and Renee Crain, were sent to a foster home.
Kim lives in Los Angeles, Calif., and Renee lives in Asheville.
The other siblings are Johnnie Turner, Gerri Robertson, Tommy Lunsford and Chris Lunsford, all of Asheville.
All 10 siblings were reunited in July 2008 in Lexington, N.C. after James and Dennis Fine were located by an investigator found through the Internet.
“Having nine siblings takes some getting used to,” Beasley said. “But it was a happy ending to what started out as a really tragic story.”
Beasley and three of her sisters went on their first road trip together this summer to California.
“That was so fun,” Beasley said. “It was great to hang out as sisters because we have never done that.”
Beasley said she urges other people who want to find family members to never give up hope.
“I didn’t actually find my siblings until 40 years later,” Beasley said.
Now the children’s ministry leader at Pawleys Island Community Church, Beasley said this reunion has led to a special event at the church.
She is excited to have her older sister Kim’s husband, Rev. Erwin McManus, come for a special event at the church.
A well-known pastor and speaker, McManus is the author of several books, including one that Beasley was asked to read when she was hired at PICC titled “Seizing Your Divine Moments.”
“At the time I read the book, I had no idea that my brother-in-law had actually written it,” Beasley said.
Future of Leadership luncheon
Pawleys Island Community Church will welcome McManus on Monday, Sept. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. He will be speaking about the “Future of Leadership.”
Come have lunch with Erwin as he brings his unique perspective to leadership in our existing culture, and how leaders must adapt for the future.
Tickets are $25 per person. Lunch is included. Group rates are available.
Tickets are available until day of event or until maximum capacity is reached.
Pawleys Island Community Church is located at 10304 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island.
McManus will also preach at the church on Sunday.
For information or tickets for Monday’s event, call the church office at 843-237-4449.
By Clayton Stairs