James Robert Long, 83, of Stanfield, NC passed away Thursday January 11, 2018 at Carolinas HealthCare System-NorthEast in Concord. His funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 14, at 3:30 PM at Loves Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim White officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 till 3 PM at the church. The burial will follow the service in the church cemetery.
Born July 10, 1934 in Stanly County, he was the son of the late George Wilson Long and Maggie Mescitous Watkins Long. James worked throughout his life as a commercial carpenter. He was a lifelong member of Loves Grove UMC and enjoyed gardening, antiques, and spending time with his grandchildren. Some of his fondest memories were traveling and vacationing with his loving family and watching them grow into who they are today.
Mr. Long is survived by his wife of 62 years, Peggy Love Long of the home, three sons Roger Wayne Long (Rhonda), Ricky Thomas Long (Cathy Jo), and Randy Nelson Long (Penny). Other survivors include brothers, Fred, Hoyle, Ray, and Bobby Long, sisters, Geneva Hartsell, Martha Efird, Frances Campbell, Linda Troutman, and Mary Taylor, grandchildren, Beverly Plummer, Robin Morgan, Brandi Jones, Holli Linker, Sara Ferguson, Garrett Long, Eva-Marie Long, and eleven great-grandchildren.
James is preceded in death by his brothers, Leroy and Reece Long and sisters, Johnnie Thompson and Lucy Long.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Loves Grove UMC building fund at P.O. Box 276 Stanfield, NC 28163.
Stanly Funeral & Cremation Care of Locust is serving the Long family.