GROVER - Max Eugene Long, 79, passed away on Monday, March 10, 2014, at Wake Forest Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Born in Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Walter Herbert and Margaret Susan Spake Long.
He is also preceded in death by his wife, Sarah White Long.
Max established Carolina Farm and Garden in the late 1970s. He was a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. Max was a member of the Number Three Ruritan Club. He was a member of Number Three Volunteer Fire Department where he served on the board of directors. He was also a member of the N.C. Poultryman's Association. Max loved sports and played catcher for the German Turtles, a minor league team in Germany. Max served his country honorably in the U.S. Army.
Max is survived by his daughters, Connie Loy and husband Mark from Thomasville and Tammy Whisnant of Shelby; sister, Rachel Smith and husband Ed of Shelby; brothers, Hugh Long and wife Joy of Shelby and Wayne Long and wife Anita of Mocksville; grandchildren, David, Jonathan and Stephen Long, Leah Whisnant and Jae Kwon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory. At other times the family will be at the home of Tammy Whisnant, 1212 West Cabaniss Road, Shelby, NC 28150.
Celebration of life service: 11 a.m. Friday at Elizabeth Baptist Church
Officiated by: Dr. Rit Varriale and the Rev. Clint Padgett
Burial: Will follow in the church cemetery
Funeral home: Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.
Memorials: May be made to Elizabeth Baptist Church Above and Beyond, 301 N Post Road, Shelby, NC, 28152 or Number Three Volunteer Fire Department, 2326 Blacksburg Road, Grover, NC, 28073.
Guest registry: www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com