passed away October 5, 2009, at the age of 76.
Funeral services for Willie “Bill” Long were conducted Thursday, October 8, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Elder W. T. Spears and Elder Walter Andrews officiating. Billy Hallum, Michael Osaile, Doug Long, Rodney Long, Jimmy Deering, and Earl Clark served as pallbearers. Interment followed in the Macon County Memorial Gardens.
Willie “Bill” Long was born on September 26, 1933 in Smith County, TN, to his parents; Mitchell and Espie Thompson Long, who preceded him in death.
Bill married Rosa Long on February 11, 1978, sharing thirty-one wonderful years together, Rosa survives. Besides his parents; step-son, Benny White, and a brother Delmas Long, also preceded him in death.
Bill was a United States Navy Veteran serving in the Korean War Conflict, after four years of service in July 1957, he received an Honorable Discharge. When he returned home, he went to work for the Union 421 as an electrian for over thirty years, he was in a higher class position, very intelligent in his line of work, but co-workers said there were no little and big people in his eyes; he brought his lunch in a paper bag and would eat with any of his co-workers, laughing and joking with them all. After retiring he spent his time fishing, hunting and enjoying the outdoors. Bill enjoyed sitting back watching the U. T. Ballgames. He was a prankster who liked to pull jokes on everyone. Children adorned
him, he would show them card tricks and play with them. Bill owned a dog named Sugar that he cherished; Sugar will miss his care and attention. He was a caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend that will be missed greatly. He is survived by; Wife, Rosa Long of Westmoreland, TN, Son, Donald Long of Springfield, TN, Daughters, Sheila Moes of Arkansas, and Karen Baker of Nashville, TN, Brothers, Johnny Ray Long of Goodlettsville, TN, Thomas Wayne Long of Portland, TN, and Donald Lee Long of Goodlettsville, TN, Sisters, Irene Hallums of Westmoreland, TN, and Christine Osaile of White House, TN., several grandchildren, and two step-granddaughters.
Alexander Funeral Home, Directors, in charge of arrangements.