Thomas Joseph Long
Kernersville — Thomas Joseph Long, 95 years old, passed away on January 20, 2021 at his home. Services will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home followed by a graveside service at Evergreen Memory Gardens with Reverend Smith officiating.
A native of Wilmington, NC, Tom was born August 31, 1925. He served his country in the Navy for twenty-three years. He was in World War II, Korean War, Cuban crisis, and Vietnam where he was a Naval hospital corpsman with a Marine unit. In 1945, he worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a fingerprint technician. Tom retired from the Navy in 1971 and moved to Reidsville, where he worked for the Rockingham County Health Department for 17 years before retiring.
At his 90th birthday party in 2015, he was presented with a Quilt of Valor.
He is preceded in death by his mother Lucille Matthews Johnson, father, Joseph Floss Long, and his brother, James Dale Johnson.
Tom is survived by his wife of 50 years Naomi Gillie Long. children, Pam Messenger, Ruby Clayton (George), Greg Long (Jane), Ralph Clayton ( JoAnne), Debbie Utterback (Max), Jackie Long, Jeannie Lasley, Patsy Long, Susie Hook, Kelly Martin (Ron); seventeen grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren and one brother Joseph Long (Joann).
He was the kindest, most generous and devoted husband, father and friend. He attended church at Spray Baptist Church in Eden for over thirty years.
He will be dearly missed, but forever live in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Rockingham Humane Society, 205 Boone Road, Eden, NC, 27288.
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Published by Greensboro News & Record on Jan. 24, 2021.