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Father enjoys first Thanksgiving with newly adopted son

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Thanksgiving at Eddie and Shirley Jones's home is a tradition.

"I am so thankful and grateful that God has spared our lives and brought us together," said Shirley Jones.

As usual, Shirley Jones cooked up and coordinated a large food spread for her family. Turkey, collard greens, stuffing, it was all there and ready to fill people up. But this year, Eddie, Shirley and their nephew Morries Walker said they had something to be especially thankful for, Tyler Walker. He's Morries Walker's son and the newest member of the family.

"I think the first holiday as father and son, which is Thanksgiving, is really special," said Morries Walker.

"I am surrounded by family this year, so we are going to play games have fun and be a family," said Tyler Walker.

Tyler Walker was officially adopted Monday which was the culmination of a nearly year-long process.

"It was worth the wait and like I say, I don't see nothing but blessings from here on," said Eddie Jones.

"My family tree is growing and it means I know that Tyler needs someone in his life, and it is a pleasure for me to participate in such a thing like this," said Shirley Jones.

The Morries Walker and the Jones's said they hope to create memories and a loving support system that will last a lifetime.

"I want him to know that there is a foundation that he can always tap into, whether I am here or not. A support system he can depend on and sort of move forward with when he starts his own family," said Morries Walker.

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