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Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory
Saturday January 23rd, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am

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Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory
Saturday January 23rd, 2021

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Thomas Joseph Long

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 11:00 AM at Wilkerson Funeral Home followed by a graveside service at Evergreen Memory Gardens with Reverend Smith officiating.

A native of Wilmington N.C. 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.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.wilkersonfuneral.com

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Sending love and prayers to Naomi, Ruby and the entire family. I will remember Tom as a kind and generous man who opened his home to me when I came to Eden to visit and treated me like family. Being able to attend the service, through streaming, was very special to me. God bless you all. :heart: Much love ... Brenda Brown

Brenda Brown Jan 24 2021 3:09 AM

I offer my condolences for the Long family. I loved getting to know them during my childhood on The Boulevard. I will never forget a Naomi, Tom, and Kelly. I am so sorry to hear that Tom has passed. My love to you all. Mr. along was such a nice man and my prayers are with you during this time, Lisa Janney King

Lisa King Jan 23 2021 9:29 PM

I remember your loved one from Spray Baptist Church. He sat in the balcony and would exit the side door. You had to be quick to catch him, but he seemed so appreciative when you greeted him and told him his attendance was appreciated. He seemed so kind and as another comment said "his twinkling eyes and easy-going demeanor". So sad I could not attend his memorial service due to quarantine and recovery. I am saddened by your loss. You have been truly blessed to have a wonderful husband, father and loved one in Mr. Long. May each of you feel God's close presence during this time, In Jesus 'name. Frank Lester, member Spray Baptist Church.

Frank Lester Jan 23 2021 1:27 PM

Such a nice service, He was such a caring person. Roy a nd I thught a lot of him> Love to all expecially Naomi

Peggy Kendrick Jan 23 2021 11:45 AM

Sending prayers and love when I first found out the first thing that popped into my mind was how I would visit Tom when I was young ever time I was bvb over he would make me cinnamon rolls he would show his tomato plants and let me pick a few to bring home I remember waving at mom and tom thru there screen porch as I climbed the small tree out front Tom's smile was contagious and he will be missed

Shiann Jan 23 2021 10:58 AM

My Dad was the nicest and most caring man I have ever known. Always had a smile on his face and kind words. He was blessed to have a loving and caring family his whole life. He will be missed by all of his family. With All My Love, Patsi (Mitzie and Okie)

Patsi Long Jan 23 2021 10:13 AM

I have such fond memories of Tom one in particular when he catered a wedding in my back yard in Eden, NC :blush: It brings a smile to my face when I think of his twinkling eyes, bright smile, jovial nature and genuine kindness. Rest in peace gentle soul.

Robin Denny Jan 22 2021 4:07 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Long

Mark Wilson Jan 20 2021 2:58 PM

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