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Visitation information
Wait Chapel Lower Auditorium after the service
Wake Forest University Campus, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Sunday, Oct 23, 2011
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Service information
Wait Chapel
Wake Forest University Campus, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Sunday, Oct 23, 2011
4 p.m.
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Billy Irvin Long, Jr.
Sep 04, 1950 - Oct 20, 2011
Winston-Salem, NC
Winston-Salem - Billy Irvin Long, Jr., much loved husband, father, son, brother and friend, passed away on Thursday, October 20, 2011. He was born in Statesville, North Carolina, on September 4, 1950, to Bartley (Bobbie) Dowell Long and the late Billy Irvin Long. He graduated from Statesville High School and Wake Forest University. Bill had a life of many careers, and began practicing law at the age of 40 after graduating from Wake Forest University School of Law.

A loving, dedicated family man, he is survived by his wife of 33 years, Sherry Wood Long, and daughter Jessica Long of Winston-Salem; mother, Bartley (Bobbie) Dowell Long, two sisters, Gayle Kummer and Beth Webb (Jimmy), all of Statesville; and several nieces and nephews.

Bill was known for his wacky sense of humor, uncanny storytelling abilities, and hugely enormous heart. He had a humble way about him and was loved by many for his kind and gentle spirit. He was an active member at Ardmore Baptist Church, serving as an usher, Sunday school teacher, and committee member. Bill was recently certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a specialist in consumer bankruptcy law, and was a partner at Bolton & Long, P.A. When not in the courtroom, he could be found working on a myriad of do-it-yourself projects, playing golf, vacationing in Banner Elk, spending time with family and dogs, or making his famous oatmeal raisin cookies.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 23, at 4 p.m. in Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. The family will receive friends in the Lower Auditorium immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Forsyth Humane Society at 61 Miller Street, Winston-Salem, NC, 27104, or the American Cancer Society at 1900 South Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem, NC, 27103.
Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.

 
 
 
 
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JamesBullock
Bill Long was one of the finest people I have ever known. He worked in my office while he was in law school. He would do anything for anyone and he loved his family so much. Bill made us all laugh on golf trips. He was a wonderful golfer but there was never a shot he hit that couldn't have been a little better in his mind. We will miss you Billy Long. But we will all have a smile on our face when we think of you. James
 
 
Jeff Kelly, M.D.
Your family was a great inpiration to those of us whose life duty is providing care to the critically ill, and you demonstrated great strength and courage in faithfully fulfilling Bill's wishes despite the intense pain it obviously caused you. May you find some solace in knowing that his suffering is now over. Best wishes in adjusting to your new lives going forward. Go Deacs! Jeff Kelly
 
 
Vicki Grossnickl
We have lost a truly good man. Many thanks to Sherry and Bill for their friendship and kindness over the years. My heart breaks for your family. May your wonderful memories fill your hearts with the love you all shared with Bill .
 
 
Sherri Harriman
Sherry, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember when Bill came to Burns & Price; he was always a joy to be around and I always enjoyed talking with him. My deepest sympathies to you, Jessica and the rest of his family. I know the days to come will be difficult - may the Lord watch over you and take care of you.
 
 
Diana Allan
I am so sorry for your loss. Each of us has the responsibility to try to leave the world a better place than it was when we entered it. Bill did. He had such a generous (and mischievous)spirit. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
 
 
Martha & Nancy Dosher
We both are so sorry for your loss. In memory of Bill, we are sending a donation to the Forsyth Humane Society. Those precious dachsund puppies, he obviously loved so much, will certainly give you lots of good memories. Love to you & your daughter. Martha & Nancy
 
 
Susanne Robicsek
Sherry, my heart goes put to you and Jessica. Bill was a good man. I always enjoyed running into Bill at our various meetings. It is hard to believe so many years passed since we started out together in Winston Salem and they appear to have been blessed years.
 
 
Catherine and Brenda Mahaley
We are so very sorry for the loss of such a wonderful person. Bill Sr. was the first cousin of mine(Catherine). My mother was Nannie Long Barringer. We have been in touch with the others around here. We will keep you in our prayers. God Bless You.
 
 
David Smith
Bill and Sherry were my first bosses back in Banner Elk and have remained people that I greatly admire. Here is my blog from Sunday, and accept my apologies for not being able to be at the service. http://moonovertrees.com/2011/10/23/bill-long/
 
 
Scott Templeton
Sherry and all - I'm so sorry to learn of Bill's passing. He was a friend and classmate in law school, and even though we lost track of one another over the years, I will always remember his good nature, sense of humor, and perspective, and know you will as well. Peace be with you. ST
 
 
Jane Wood Carter
Bill, Still thinking of you, and missing you. I pray each night for Sherry Ann and Jessica that God will give them peace and comfort. We are so proud of your baby girl, Jessica and her graduation. We know you are too. We miss you. Jane & Family
 
 
 
 
 
 

         

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