2nd Timothy 4-7: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
John Paul Long Sr., 95, Butler, went home to be with his Lord, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.
A native of Johnson County, he was a son of the late Roanzy and Mary Emily Arney Long. He had lived in South Bend, Ind., for more than 40 years and was a retired employee of Sibley’s Machine Foundry in South Bend.
Mr. Long had served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He was wounded in the Pacific Campaign and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a member of the American Legion Post 61, Mountain City, the Johnson County Honor Guard, The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 19, Elkhart, Ind., and the VFW Post in Elkhart, Ind.
Mr. Long was a member and Deacon of Cobbs Creek Baptist Church. He was a volunteer at the Mountain City Health Care for several years. He was a great fisherman.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Viola Wegner, June 6, 1994; a son, Richard H. Long, who died February 10, 2004; five brothers, Lonnie, Mitchell, Joseph, Hayse and Edward Long; and four sisters, Stella Love, Reba Greene, Elsie Fredericks and Dot Crosswhite.
Survivors include his wife, Ona Pleasant Long; a son, John Paul Long Jr. and wife, Anna Marie, Osceola, Ind.; a step-daughter, Judy Karen Wagner and husband Larry, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, H.R. Long Jr. and wife, Lois, Mountain City. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services for Mr. Long will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Memorial Funeral Chapel, Elizabethton, with the Rev. Alan Koch and the Rev. Terry Ward officiating. Music will be provided by the Rev. and Mrs. Terry Ward and Mary Etta Long. Private graveside services will be conducted Saturday, April 13, in the Shoun-McEwen Cemetery, Mountain City, with the Johnson County Honor Guard providing Military Honors. Active pallbearers will be Mark Long, Carl Long, Paul Long, Robby Wagner, Larry Wagner, Darrell Ward, Jamie Ward and Mike Long. Honorary pallbearers will be his church family, L.B. Raney, Joe Crosswhite, Carter Isaacs, Tom Worley, Truett Pleasant and Bud Crosswhite. The family would like to express a special “Thank You” to the staff of Roan Highlands Nursing Center, the doctors and staff of C-213 at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, the Hospice Staff of the VA Center and a very special caregiver, Ila Mink. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Long to the Building Fund, Cobbs Creek Baptist Church, c/o Sharon Church, Treasurer, 261 Rainbolt Street, Butler, TN 37640 or the Johnson County Rescue Squad, 203 Vandilla Street, Mountain City, TN 37683. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Condolences to the Long family may be e-mailed to email@example.com.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.