Lavada Melville Long
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SHREVEPORT, LA - Services for Lavada Melville Long, 93, will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 2, 2013, with visitation beginning at 10:00 A.M. at Rose-Neath's Marshall Street Chapel. Officiating will be her nephew, Rev. David Melville. Interment will be in the Forest Park Cemetary, St. Vincent Avenue.
Mrs. Long died on December 28, 2012 at the age of 93 years.
Lavada was born in Brookhaven, Mississippi on November 19, 1919 to Leon and Mae Belle Melville. Lavada moved to Shreveport, Louisiana in 1938 and she married Heber E. Long, Jr. on November 22, 1939.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of over 61 years, Heber E. Long, Jr., her father Leon C. Melville, her mother, Mae Belle Melville, three sisters, Louise Crane, Anne Ruth Myers, Dorothy Jean Melville, and four brothers, David Melville, Harvey Lee Melville, Garland Melville, and Vernon Melville.
She is survived by two sons, Larry Edward Long and his wife Merle Long of Austin, Texas and Lyndon Heber Long of San Antonio, Texas; one grandson, Kevin Michael Long and his wife, Jordan Elise Long and one great granddaughter, Braelyn Elise Long, all of Kyle, Texas. She is also survived by five sisters, Helen Cottrell, Lewellyn Gasaway, Lorraine Rucker, Joyce Mae Bond and husband Jerry, Margaret LaRoe and husband Jim; and two brothers, Charles Melville and James Melville and numerous nieces and nephews.
Throughout her life she was a very active church worker having taught Junior girls in Sunday School and worked in the Training Union in both the Junior and Adult Departments. She was a member of Broadmoor Baptist Church where she served in many capacities in her Sunday School class, was active in the Women's Missionary Union, and was involved in the Literacy Program.
She worked in the oil industry for more than 33 years, was a real estate agent, and also a notary public. She was an avid reader and enjoyed the Continuing Education courses at Centenary College for twelve years.
Mrs. Long was a devoted, loving, faithful wife and a caring dear mother and grandmother, and great grandmother, and will be missed by all.
Published in Shreveport Times on Dec. 30, 2012