Mr. James W. "Butch" Long Sr., 87, a resident of the Holly Meadows Community, Parsons, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, in Cortland Acres Nursing Home.
He was born Dec. 16, 1926, at Parsons, a son of the late Howard and Virgie Barb Long.
He was twice married, first to Stanis Lee Long, who preceded him in death, and then to Beth Long, who survives.
James Long Sr.
Also surviving is one son, James W. "Butch" Long Jr. of Parsons; one brother, Phil Long of Minnesota; three stepchildren, Amy, Bruce and David; four grandchildren, Tink, Tammy, Krista and Zachary; six great-grandchildren, James Payden, Alexa Lee, Connor Kee, Zachary Scott, Ethan Michael and Maci Lee; one stepgranddaughter, Kimber; and several nieces and nephews.
Also preceding him in death were one daughter, Brenda Lee Long; one brother, Steve Long; and two sisters, Margie Alizio and Shirley Long.
Mr. Long was a veteran of the United States Army having survived during World War II and had worked for the Parsons Tannery for 25 years. He later owned Long's Store in Parsons for many years and retired from Citizens National Bank of Parsons where he worked as a loan officer. He enjoyed hunting, NASCAR racing and spending time at Myrtle Beach, S.C. He attended St. John's United Methodist Church in Parsons.
A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, from the church with the Rev. James Snyder and the Rev. Philip Dent officiating. Interment followed in Parsons City Cemetery.
Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. James W. "Butch" Long Sr. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.