George Chapman Longshore

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George Chapman Longshore, 80, passed away at his Birmingham home last week. Born and raised in Anniston, he graduated from Anniston High School in 1952, where he excelled at tennis as the Alabama State Champion in 1950. He went on to Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. on a tennis scholarship. After college, he attended the prestigious Officer's Candidate School at the Naval Station in Newport, R.I., a highly competitive 12-week program, then entered the Navy as an Ensign and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant during his two-year service from 1956 to 1958. After the Navy he went on to earn a law degree from the University of Alabama. He became an attorney, focusing primarily on labor law and representing coal miners, steel workers, teamsters and grocery store clerks. After beginning his career working for Hugo Black Jr., he practiced with Cooper, Mitch and Crawford and later with Longshore, Nakamura and Quinn. His greatest joy in life was his family, particularly his beloved grandsons. He was a passionate keeper of family history and genealogy. He also loved his many canine companions over the years, most recently, Riley and Popcorn. He was pre-deceased by his wife, Emmie Taber Longshore; his brother, Leslie Clark Longshore and his granddaughter, Gertrude von Rumohr Somerville. He is survived by his daughters, Lydia Longshore Somerville (William) and Jane Taber Longshore; grandchildren, Robert Davidson Slaughter Jr., George Chapman Longshore Slaughter, John Taber Somerville, Beatrice Somerville Steiner (John), William Hateley Somerville and Sarah Quincey Somerville; his brother, Frank Snow Longshore; his sister, Nelle Longshore Niles (Wendell); his great-granddaughter, Willa Christiane Steiner; many cousins, nieces, nephews and countless friends. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014, in Birmingham.
Published in The Anniston Star on Nov. 9, 2014
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