GASTONIA - Joseph James Long, 85, of Gastonia, NC passed away Friday, May 9, 2014 in the presence of his loved ones. Born September 9, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY, he is preceded in death by his wife Helen Long, father Leo Long, and mother Maria Long, brother Leo Long, sister and husband Marie and Arman-do Perello.
Joseph was loved and respected by many. He was a family man and loved his children, grandchildren, and his great-grandson. Joseph was a graduate from Brooklyn Tech.
Mr. Long is survived by two brothers, Frank Long and Ginny of Whittier, CA, Hal Long and Beverly of Huntington Beach, CA, three daughters, Elaine and Thomas Payne of Bessemer City, Mary Jane Garver of Gastonia, and Anne Long of Charlotte, five grandchildren, Amy Garver Woolard and Nathan, Nikki Garver, Frankie Payne, Elizabeth Payne, and Terri Payne, one great-grandchild, Joseph Allen Woolard.
A Memorial service will be held at St. Michael's Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Inurnment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in the rose garden along with his beloved wife Helen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St Michael's Catholic Church 708 St. Michael Lane Gas-tonia, NC 28054.
Condolence messages may be sent online at www.McLeanFuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Long family.