Brother and Sister Reunite After 71 Years
Four-year-old Doyle Boyette and his 10-year-old brother left their 7-year-old sister Virginia and their mother behind as they departed on a bus destined for Tyler in 1941. The boys were on their way to find a new home with their adopted families wondering if they would ever see their birth family again.
Seven decades of questions permeated Doyle’s mind. He never gave up hope and seldom forgot about his mother and sister.
“They were always in the back of his mind,” he said.
For the last two years, he searched endlessly for his long lost sister whom he hadn’t seen in over 71 years.
Doyle searched the Internet using his father’s name and discovered a Virginia Bush.
“I had a strong feeling when I first saw the name but I had been looking so long and didn’t want to get my hopes up,” he said.
Doyle used social networking sites to find Ms. Bush. He located her in California and sent her a message. He was hesitant about sending correspondence because he was unsure if Virginia would want to connect. Would he even recognize her? Would he remember her?
“Was this Virginia?” he said. “Was this the person I was looking for and how are they going to act? Lots of questions and kind of feeling each other out.”
The two siblings messaged back and forth at their own leisure, yet with some hesitation. The pace started slow until Doyle received a phone call. It was Virginia.
“I almost flipped out,” he said. “I could not believe that I was about to hear her voice and speak to her.”
The siblings made a lasting connection and immediately noticed similarities. They were both impacted in a deep way by their reunion and shared similar concerns and questions about their “muddy” past.
Doyle and Virginia are scheduled to meet in person at DFW Airport.
“I’ve thought about that,” Doyle said of the reunion. “But I just can’t imagine what it will really be like.”
Doyle eagerly awaits the reunion so the two can share their lives together even after such a long separation.
“Maybe we can catch up a little,” he said.