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01/18/09 — Family proud to span 'two worlds'

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Family proud to span 'two worlds'

By Catharin Shepard
Published in News on January 18, 2009 2:00 AM

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Three generations of the Gerald family stand in their Goldsboro home on Gerald Street. From left, they are: daughter Virginia Atkinson, granddaughter Teresa Atkinson-Jones, matriarch Virginia Gerald, granddaughter Rachelle Williams, patriarch Robert Gerald, daughter Annette Jamerson, grandson Lawrence Gerald Jr. and son Lawrence Gerald. Not pictured is son Robert Gerald Jr. Five generations of the family will gather Tuesday to celebrate the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama -- an occasion that Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gerald, both in their 90s, feel blessed to see.

Robert and Virginia Gerald's living room walls tell the story of their 75 years of marriage, the dozens of framed photographs bright with the cap-and-gown smiles of children long grown and the promise of descendants yet to come. Five...

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