Charles Edward Long, 76, of Golden Hill, Laceyville, went home to be with his Lord, Savior, and Great Comforter, Jesus Christ, on Sunday afternoon, May 20, 2012. He had been residing at the Highlands Care Center in Laporte.
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Charles is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, Regina Eleanor Smith Long, whom he adored; and their two daughters: Katrina Jean Long Davis of Indian Hill, Laceyville, and Linda Sue Long Cook of Danville.
Also surviving him is Katrina's husband and longtime friend of Charles, Ray W. Davis, and five of Charles' grandchildren: Amanda Davis of Arnot, Natasha Davis McKeon and her husband Phillip of Laceyville, Hector Davis and fiancée Laurin Gilliard of Laceyville, Katherine Davis Nole and her husband Justin of Scranton, and Reagan Davis who is attending Mansfield University; as well as two of his great granddaughters: Isabel and Aurora McKeon. Charles is also survived by four more grandchildren, Linda Sue's children: Zachary Lockburner and Yuri Lockburner, both of Laceyville, and Holly and Lorretta Cook, of Danville, along with great granddaughter, Madisyn Lockburner of Laceyville.
Charles was predeceased by his loving parents Paul and Margaret Brown Long of Golden Hill, Laceyville.
Charles was born March 10, 1936, in Laceyville, where he attended school and graduated in 1954.
Prior to his graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps with his cousin Gerald Brown, and served proudly for eight years. Based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., he achieved the rank of sergeant and was also a sharpshooter.
Charles and Regina were married June 4, 1955, at the home of his Uncle Leland and Aunt Marion Brown Long, and welcomed the births of daughters Katrina in 1959 and Linda in 1962.
After serving in the USMC, Charles was employed by the state of Pennsylvania, doing road work, Whipple Bros. lumberyard in Laceyville, as a truck driver delivering homes, Bendix in Montrose, Vandervort Mills in Laceyville with his father, and retired from GTE Sylvania after working third shift for 30 years. After retiring, Charles worked part-time at Staff Management at P&G in Mehoopany, at the Laceyville post office, and as caretaker of the North Flat Cemetery in Laceyville.
Charles attended Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville in his youth and Mehoopany Baptist Church later in life.
While a student at Laceyville School, he enjoyed playing baseball. Throughout his lifetime, his interests included deer, woodchuck, and porcupine hunting, riding bicycles with his daughters, fishing, riding his four-wheeler and snowmobiles, playing horseshoes, cutting firewood, buying and caring for new cars, watching professional heavy weight wrestling, and listening to country music. For many years he enjoyed the company of his loving cat, Dude, and faithful friend, Buck, his White Labrador.
Most important to Charles was his family- helping his mother and father whenever he could, and providing for his wife and daughters his entire life. He took his role as son, husband, father, grandfather, and provider very seriously, and loved his family greatly.
His family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Edward Zurad and nurses at Tyler Hospital for all their care and encouragement to Charles and his family.
A private family service will be held at Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main St. Laceyville, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Braintrim Baptist Church's deacons fund or to the Ronald McDonald House in Danville.
Sheldon Funeral Home - Laceyville, PA - Laceyville
459 Main St. PO Box 32
Laceyville, PA 18623
Published in The Wyoming County Examiner from May 23 to May 29, 2012