BELMONT - John R Long, 81, died peacefully on March 20, 2014, at Covenant Village in Gastonia with his immediate family present.
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He was born Jan. 11, 1933, in Alleghany County, son of the late Dr. Lester and Lillie Long.
John graduated from West Jefferson High School and UNC Chapel Hill. He was a Korean War Army veteran.
He worked for the accounting firm of Ernst and Ernst and also at Ti-Caro in Gastonia. John was a member of the Piedmont Day Lily Club and First Baptist Church, West Jefferson.
A memorial service will be held at Evergreen "A Quiet Place", 1462 Armstrong Ford Rd., Belmont, NC at 2:00pm, Saturday, March 22, 2014 with Rev. Dr. Joan Martin.
The family will receive friends at the home of Pat Long following the service.
Survivors include his loving wife of fifty-four years, Patricia "Pat" Williams Long, son, Michael Brandon Long and wife, Stephanie of Fort Mill, S.C., daughter, Susan Long Colone and husband, Mark of Belmont, sisters, Louise Cashion of Cornelius and Lucy Miller of West Jefferson, grand-children, Logan and Olivia Colone, Sydny and Madyson Long.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Humane Society of Mecklenburg County, 2700 Toomey Ave., Charlotte, NC 28203.
Condolence messages may be sent online at www.McLeanFuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the family of John Long.
McLean Funeral Directors
515 North Central Avenue Belmont, NC 28012
Published in Gaston Gazette on Mar. 22, 2014