Robert William Long, Jr. LAKE PLACID, FL - Robert W. Long, Jr., formerly of Lincolnton, passed away in Lake Placid, FL on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, surrounded by his loving family and caregivers. His funeral service will be 3:30 pm on Saturday, May 25, 2013 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Robert L. Kerr officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 3:15 pm on Saturday prior to the service at Warlick Funeral Home. At all other times the family will be at the home of daughter-in-law Denise Long, 390 Caprice Circle (Woodland Hills), Lincolnton, NC. Mr. Long was born April 29, 1930 to Bertha Blanche Carpenter and Robert W. Long, Sr. He was founder of the Dallas Pillow Company and CEO for 40 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved making fishing lures with his lifetime friend C.O. Brown and selling them at Roses' stores. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Joan Wilson Long of Hickory, NC, and his eldest son Eddie Long of Lincolnton. Surviving family members include his wife Paula Long, his sons, Danny Long and wife Tammie of Lincolnton, Morris Long and wife Linda of Denver, NC; Eddie's wife Denise Long of Lincolnton; stepchildren Lynne Sain and husband Matt of Denver, NC, and Melissa Gemes and husband David of Lincolnton; grandchildren Marshall Long, Matthew Long, Kandace Helms, Sarah Long, Jennifer Philbeck, Scott Long and Logan Long; step-grandchildren Hunter Sain, Eddie Gemes and Maddie Gemes; and great-grandchildren, Peyton Helms and Mason Helms; Caregivers, Tammy, Jerry and Jeremy Strong of Lake Placid, FL. Bob was a proud Army Veteran of the Korean War Conflict from May 1, 1951 to May 1, 1953. Bob married Paula Moose in 1994 and they moved to Lake Placid, FL in 2008 to be able to enjoy the weather and Bob's lifetime love - fishing. Memorials may be made to Rehobeth United Methodist Church, PO Box 356, Terrell, NC 28682 or to the Humane Society of Lincoln County, PO Box 23, Lincolnton, NC 28093. Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Long family.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on May 22, 2013