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“It was that junction in life where you’re a senior in college and about to make a transition from being a student and being under the wing of your family, to being out on your own, finding someone to share your life with,” he says. “We talked about our perspectives on different things and we were similar in a lot of ways.” “We talked constantly,” Ashanti says. “Every time we were driving to an event, wait-ing to walk in, we were always talking.” She had a boyfriend at the time, so she and Terrance kept their relationship on the friend-ship level. They lost touch but eventually reconnected, still as friends. He moved to Alaska as part of his military service and Ashanti went to visit him. Friendship grew into something more and they got engaged before he deployed to Iraq in 2008. Today Terrance is a Company Commander in the Special Forces and they reside in Yelm, Washington (near Seattle), with their four-year-old daughter, Kupuno Peru, who has some inkling of how her parents met. “She sees pictures and says, ‘Mommy is a princess,’” Ashanti says. A Johnston County queen, actually, who got her fairytale ending during the North Carolina Azalea festival. Or, should we say, her beginning? 78 WBM february 2015 Above: Ashanti and Terrance Jackson at the Southern Belle and radio interview. Left: Ashanti and Terrance Jackson following the opening ceremony. To receive a free bumper sticker or sponsorship information: The Dove 89.7 FM PO Box 957 • Wilmington, N.C. 28402 Tel: 910-763-2452 Fax: 910-763-6578 www.life905.com • [email protected] PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE NORTH CAROLINA AZALEA FESTIVAL


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