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Willie Richard Long
(March 23, 1924 - February 7, 2014)

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Willie Richard Long

Mr. Willie Richard Long, age 89, of Bill Long Rd., Blairsville passed away Friday, February 7, 2014 at Union General Hospital following an extended illness. He was born March 23, 1924 in Blairsville, GA to the late Britt and Mae (Patton) Long. Willie was a WWII U.S. Air Force veteran, and received a Purple Heart and was a Sharp Shooter. He worked at Lockheed for over 13 years. He loved farming and raised all kinds of animals. Willie was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Nina Long of Blairsville, GA, children, Lynda Long of Blairsville, GA, Cheryl and Eddie Parris of McCaysville, GA, Chip Long of Blairsville, GA, Richard and Barbara Long of Blairsville, GA, Terry and Nita Long of Spencer, TN, step-son, Steve and Bethany Woodring of Ellijay, GA, sister, Jeanie and Lee Middlebrooks of Meansville, GA, brother, Alvin Long of Spencer, TN, grandchildren, Abby Long, James Long, Chris Patterson, Shelynda Jones, Tara Fraley, Manda Gwatney, Nathan Parris, Jonathon Long, Angie Brown and Christina Woodring, step-grandchildren, Scotty Smith and Tammy Smith, 11 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 10, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Young officiating. Music will be by Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Choir. Pallbearers will be Tim Hilton, James Long, Nathan Parris, Michael Gwatney, Chris Patterson and Tommy Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be Jonathon Long, J.W. Payne, Audrey Deyton and Steve Woodring. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with Military Honors by the North Georgia Honor Guard. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville is in charge of the arrangements. You may sign the family guest book and send condolences to the family on line at www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com

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