Charles Edward Long, 76, of Golden Hill, Laceyville, went home to be with his Lord, Savior and Great Comforter, Jesus Christ, on Sunday afternoon, May 20, 2012. He was currently residing at The Highlands Care Center in Laporte.
Charles is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, Regina Eleanor Smith Long, whom he adored, and their two daughters, Katrina Jean Long Davis of Indian Hill, Laceyville, and Linda Sue Long Cook of Danville. Also surviving him is Katrina’s husband and longtime friend of Charles, Ray W. Davis, and five of Charles’s grandchildren, Amanda Davis, of Arnot, Natasha Davis McKeon and husband, Phillip of Laceyville, Hector Davis and fiancée, Laurin Gilliard of Laceyville, Katherine Davis Nole and husband, Justin of Scranton, and Reagan Davis, who is attending Mansfield University, as well as two great-granddaughters, Isabel and Aurora McKeon. Charles is also survived by four more grandchildren, Linda Sue’s children, Zachary Lockburner and Yuri Lockburner, both of Laceyville, and Holly and Lorretta Cook of Danville, along with great-granddaughter, Madisyn Lockburner of Laceyville.
He was predeceased by his loving parents, Paul and Margaret Brown Long of Golden Hill, Laceyville.
Charles was born March 10, 1936, in Laceyville, where he attended school and graduated in 1954. Prior to his graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps with his cousin, Gerald Brown, and served proudly for eight years. Based in Camp Lejeune, NC, he achieved the rank of sergeant and was also a sharpshooter. Charles and Regina were married June 4, 1955, at the home of his Uncle Leland and Aunt Marion Brown Long, and welcomed the births of daughters Katrina in 1959 and Linda in 1962. After serving in the
USMC, he was employed by the state of Pennsylvania, doing road work, Whipple
Yard in Laceyville as a truck driver delivering homes,
Bendix in Montrose, Vandervort
Mills in Laceyville with his father, and retired from GTE
Sylvania after working third shift for 30 years. After retiring, he worked part-time at Staff Management at P&G in Mehoopany, at the Laceyville Post Office, and as caretaker of the North Flat Cemetery in Laceyville.
Mr. Long attended Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville in his youth and Mehoopany Baptist Church later in life. While a student at Laceyville School, he enjoyed playing baseball. Throughout his lifetime, his interests included deer, woodchuck and porcupine hunting, riding bicycles with his daughters, fishing, riding his fourwheeler and snowmobiles, playing horseshoes, cutting firewood, buying and caring for new cars, watching professional heavyweight wrestling and listening to country music. For many years he enjoyed the company of his loving cat, Dude, and faithful friend, Buck, his White Labrador. Most important to Charles was his family— helping his mother and father whenever he could and providing for his wife and daughters his entire life. He took his role as son, husband, father, grandfather and provider very seriously and loved his family greatly.
His family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Edward Zurad and nurses at Tyler Hospital for all their care and encouragement to Charles and his family.
A private family service will be held at Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main St., Laceyville.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Braintrim Baptist Church’s Deacons Fund or to the Ronald McDonald House in Danville.