Nolensville man meets Marine brother for the first time

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Two decades after he was adopted at birth, Michael Roper wrote a letter to his birth mother.

Michael was born in Tennessee and living in Michigan with his adoptive family.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

He was curious about his biological family, so in October 2015, he sent a letter to the adoption agency in hopes they’d pass it along.

It was the letter for which Dianna Bowden had waited 20 years.

Bowden said when Michael was born, she wasn’t in the position to take care of him the way he deserved.

“I’ve looked for 20 years,” said Bowden. “And there wasn’t a day that went by that I never thought about him.

Bowden said the adoption agency wouldn’t connect the two until he turned 21.

But at the bottom of the letter from her son, he signed his name: Michael Roper.

After finding Michael on Facebook, she sent him a message. Later that day, the two talked on the phone.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

It was the beginning of a new life for them all. Roper met his biological family in November and has since moved to Nolensville to be closer to them.

He’s connecting with his little sister, Jaden, his grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles that he never knew before.

But one member of the family hadn’t met Roper yet.

His older brother, Anthony Jones, has been serving overseas in the Marines.

The two have spoken extensively via telephone and Skype.

But Friday night, the two met face to face. The entire family gathered at the Nashville airport to welcome Jones home.

“It’s just been a long time,” Roper said. “We’re all back together. The family is complete now.”

Roper told News 2 he’s still very close with his adoptive family back in Michigan.

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