John Irvin Long
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LONG, John Irvin, 88, of the Masonic Home of Virginia started his new life on September 13, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty Knight Long; children, John W. Long (Rhonda), Jean L. Meredith (Stewart) and Robert E. Long (Jade); seven grandchildren, Stewart III (Ashlee), Jason, Haley, Kelsey, Colby (Ansley), Valery and Kaylee; two great-grandchildren, Meredith and Hudson; and sister, Helen L. Payne. John served honorably in the United States Navy. He retired from C&P Telephone Company of Virginia after 38 years of service. John was Past Master of Washington & Henry Lodge No. 344 A.F. & A.M. and a longtime member of Mechanicsville Baptist Church. Services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Masonic Home of Virginia, 500 Masonic Lane, Henrico, Va. 23223 or Mechanicsville Baptist Church, 8016 Atlee Road, Mechanicsville, Va. 23111. bennettfuneralhomes.com

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Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch on Sep. 17, 2020.
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September 18, 2020
Betty, our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. John was such a kind, thoughtful, & caring man. He touched so many lives & will be greatly missed.
Kay & George Fearnow
Kay Fearnow
Friend
September 18, 2020
John was a true gentleman, great woodworker, very kind to everyone he met and will be greatly missed.
Helen Keller once said: “what we once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us forever.
We send our sincere condolences,
Joyce and John Deputy
Masonic Home
John and Joyce Deputy
September 17, 2020
John Long was one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure to know & was so special . I worked with him at C&P tel co in the 60s& 70s . He was such a fun loving person He will be missed & prayers to his family ❤ DOT. HUGHES.
Dot Hughes
Coworker
September 17, 2020
I worked with John He was one of the nicest people I have ever known Was Fun to be around . Prayers to his family He will be missed ❤ Dot Hughes
Dot Hughes
Friend
September 17, 2020
In loving memory of a great man! Never as a child do I remember when John didn’t have time to take us on a tractor ride or a swing on the porch, and as we got older he would always offer whatever help or advice I needed. I am grateful to have known such a good man!
Alex Hansen
Neighbor
September 17, 2020
It would be very difficult finding a better person than Johnny Long! He was my mentor as a Young Hire at C&P Telephone Company in 1972! I will be forever grateful for his guidance as a young man starting out new to the business community! I am sure Johnny will be missed by many people whose lives were impacted by his guidance and humanity!
With my deepest Sympathy to his Family;

Paul Spain
Former Assistant Sales Mgr.
Richmond, VA
C&P Telephone Company
Paul Spain
September 17, 2020
Heaven’s gain...our loss. John was always ready to give the best hugs. Sunshine was evident whenever he was present.
Debbie Turner
Friend
September 16, 2020
Please know God is with you during this most recent loss. Prayers for you and your family. May god give you peace. I loved your Dad. I know he was special and will be missed. Prayers from our family to yours.
Louis Muse
Friend
September 16, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Ben and Nancy Longest
September 16, 2020
John Long was a wonderful. He would reach out to help anybody. He loved being at the Masonic Home. I have had lots of joy and Laughter with him. He was truly good man. I will never forget him.
Bonnie White
Friend
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