Lucious 'Luke' Long Sr.
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KANNAPOLIS - Lucious (Luke) Kimbrough Long Sr., age 95, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast, Concord.
Luke was born on Oct. 16, 1918, in Mocksville to the late William Kimbrough Long and Dora McClamroch Long. He was a graduate of J.W. Cannon High School that was in Kannapolis.
Luke proudly served his country during World War II as part of the U.S. Army Air Force. During his time of service, he was a flight instructor as well as a flyer. Luke received the American Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Ribbon, and Good Conduct Medal during his time of service. On June 27, 1946, Luke retired from the Army with an Honorable Discharge. Upon retirement he received a letter from President Harry Truman thanking him for his service. Luke served in the Civil Air Patrol stationed out of Manteo.
Luke retired from Cannon Mills where he was a Foreman in Plant 10. Luke also served as a Volunteer Fireman for Kannapolis.
One of Luke's favorite pastimes was raising and racing homing pigeons. Luke was a member of the TLC Pigeon Club of Kannapolis where he won many trophies for his efforts.
Luke loved his family. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family, especially his beloved wife of 73 years, Sammie. Luke enjoyed his time with his three children; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Luke was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Kannapolis, where he participated in the W.J. Bullock Sunday School Class.
In addition his parents, Luke was preceded in death by his daughter, Jo Long Thompson; a grandson, Brad Thompson; his brothers, Ray and Howard; and a sister, Gladys.
He is survived by his wife, Sammie McCoy Long of Kannapolis; son Kim (Kim) Long, grandsons Matthew and Joseph of Harrisburg; son Sam Long, grandson Bryan of Durham; granddaughter Laura (Eric) Glader; great-grandson Nils; and great-granddaughter Grace of Menlo Park, Calif.
Arrangements: A graveside service to celebrate his life will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3 at Oakwood Cemetery, Concord, officiated by Dr. Harold Bales. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday at Whitley's Funeral Home, Kannapolis.
Memorials:May be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 416 E. First St., Kannapolis, NC 28083.
Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com who is serving the family.
Published in Salisbury Post on Feb. 2, 2014