For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
~II Timothy 4: 6 - 8
It was on Tuesday, September 15, 1950, that life was bestowed upon Charles Leroy Long, as he was born in Northampton County, North Carolina, to the parentage of the late Spurgeon Long, Sr. and Beulah Boone Long.
Leroy or ‘Pop’, as he was affectionately called, was educated in the Northampton County School System. Early in life, he accepted Christ and joined Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Jackson, North Carolina. He later united in Christian fellowship with Saint John African Methodist Episcopal Church of Conway, North Carolina, where he served faithfully until his health began to decline. Leroy served as a Trustee, was a member of the Senior Choir and Male Chorus.
On August 18, 1970, Leroy was inducted in the United States Army - being stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. He served his country for 2 years, before being honorably discharged. After returning home, Leroy enrolled in Roanoke Chowan Technical Institute of Ahoskie, North Carolina, where he studied Auto Mechanics. In addition to following his passion and tinkering with engines; Leroy was employed for many years with Deerfield Correctional Center in Capron, Virginia.
Leroy was summoned home to eternal rest and peace on Friday, December 11, 2020; while in the care of Vidant Roanoke Chowan Hospital - Ahoskie, North Carolina. As he transitioned from our care and into God’s keeping, he now resides safe in the arms of Jesus and we can hear his spirit utter these words: “Don’t cry for me, I’m not gone. My soul is at rest, my heart lives on, Light a candle for me to see and hold on to my memory, but save your tears for I’m still here by your side through the years.” In addition to his parents, Leroy was preceded in death by: two sisters and two brothers, Virginia Long Gupton, Audrey Long Newsome, Spurgeon Long, Jr. and James Henry Long.
We who remain are struck by the pain of death, but satisfied with the promise made by God, that He would wipe all tears from our eyes are: his wife, Fannie Green Long of the home; five children, Tanikka Long-Ramsey (Robbie) of Knightdale, North Carolina, Shanikka Long, Charnice McNair (Troy) and Tarian Long all of Raleigh, North Carolina and Brent Ruffin (Angie) of Rocky Mount, North Carolina; six children-at-heart, Vicky Stewart of Rich Square, North Carolina, Sandra Worthey (William Parker) of Charlotte, North Carolina, Michael Casterlow of Florence, Kentucky, Edward Casterlow, Jr. (Hope) of Bladen, Minnesota, Ricky Casterlow (Letelesa) of Fort Benning, Georgia and Eric Casterlow (Lindsey) of Morrow, Georgia; six grandchildren; fourteen grandchildren-at-heart; twenty-seven greatgrandchildren-at-heart; two brothers, Robert E. Long (Ellen) of Raleigh, North Carolina and Jesse Long (Carrie Joyner) of Conway, North Carolina; three sisters-in-law, Barbara Long of Enfield, North Carolina, Ollie Green of Ahoskie, North Carolina and Nancy Casterlow of Rich Square, North Carolina; one brother-in-law, Johnnie Green, Sr. of Lewiston, North Carolina; one aunt, Mamie Walden; his ex-wife and mother of his children, Mary Ruffin Long; five nephews; three nieces; a host of relatives and friends.
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