Graveside services were at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at Rainbow Memorial Gardens for Mrs. Avis J. Long, 93, of Gadsden, who passed away on June 17, 2012. Chaplain Jonathan Powell officiated. Her great-grandson, Carson McCreless, gave a eulogy. Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Service directing.
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Mrs. Long was born on Aug. 5, 1919, in Blount County and was a longtime resident of Gadsden and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. She enjoyed quilting and working with her flowers.
She was preceded in death by her husband, F.N. Long; parents, Ellis and Ives McGriff; sister, Dean Chambers; and her brother, Bud McGriff.
She is survived by her son, Wayne (Pat) Long, Attalla; daughter, Elaine (Larry) Thompson, Gadsden; grandchildren, Barry (Lynette) Long, Scott (Lisa) Long, Bruce (Beth) Long, Kelly (Jeff) Ford, Kim McMullins; and granddaughter and caregiver, Jonah Thompson; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Conola Langley, Johnnie Hyche; sisters-in-law, Louise Cline and Mary Jo Winkles; special friend and chosen daughter, Norma Jean Fortenberry.
Special thanks to Shanna McCurley with Amedisys Hospice, Michelle Bice, Gina Hawk and Janna Hawk.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Reed, Michael Fortenberry, Dennis Langley, Jimmy Thompson, Larry Thompson and Royce Chambers.
Condolences may be made at www.collier-butler.com.
Published in The Gadsden Times from June 19 to June 20, 2012