Funeral services for W. S. “Pete” Long will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, April 10, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Shawn Brewer and Rev. Brian Brewer officiating.
Burial will follow at North Hopkins Cemetery with grandchildren serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the trustees, staff and students of North Hopkins Independent School District. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Thursday, April 9, 2009 at West Oaks Funeral Home.
W. S. “Pete” Long passed from this earth on Monday morning, April 6, 2009 at his residence in North Hopkins.
Mr. Long was a life-long Hopkins County resident and served his community in many different capacities during his ninety-six years on this earth.
Mr. Long was born in Addran, Texas on January 25, 1913 to Samuel Monroe Long and Edith Mae Edmundson Long who preceded him in death.
He was married to Evelyn “Eva” Ruth Chapman Long on June 1, 1935 in Pickton, Texas. She preceded him in death on October 26, 1999.
He is survived by children William Howard Long and wife, Georgie of Nellysford, Virginia; Sammie Long Bedford of Tyler; Tommy Long and wife, Carolyn of North Hopkins; and Frank Long and wife, Juli of Sulphur Springs.
He is survived by nine grandchildren, Julie Long of New York, New York; William Harold Long of Chicago, Illinois; Kristin Long of Charlottesville, Virginia; Shawn Brewer and wife, Lauri of Eastland; Brian Brewer and wife, Jeannie of Sulphur Springs; John Long of North Hopkins; Reid Long of Austin; Ami Long of Austin, Texas and Sam Long of Sulphur Springs.
He is survived by seven great-grandchildren Cara, Colton, Clay, Austin and Autumn Brewer and Kate and Emma Long.
He is survived by one sister Margaret Glosup of Ridgeway; two sister-in laws Edna Earle Grant of Sulphur Springs and Agnes Chapman of Garland; and one brother-in-law Harve Chapman and wife Martha Kate of Sulphur Springs and Numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his three sisters Bess Rawson, Jo Estes and Nell long.
Mr. Long graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 1930. He received his Bachelor and Masters Degrees from East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce, Texas.
Mr. Long was an educator for over fifty years. He began his career in education at Macedonia in a one teacher school in 1931. He also taught at Addran and Birthright which later consolidated to become North Hopkins School. He taught at North Hopkins from 1942 until 1981. During this time, he served in many different capacities including teacher, coach, Principal and for thirty-five years as Superintendent. He also served as a Civilian Instructor at Shephard Field during World War II where he taught aviation electronics.
Mr. Long was a cotton farmer, cattle rancher and hay producer. He was a charter member of North Hopkins Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher for many years.
Mr. Long was involved in many organizations and received numerous awards and achievements during his life time. He held Lifetime Memberships in the Parent Teachers Association; Texas State Teachers Association; Texas Retired Teachers Association, and the Texas Association of School Administrators. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Sulphur Springs for sixty-nine years where he was a Master Mason. He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa; he served on the Hopkins County Civic Center Board for over twenty years; he was a member of the Region VIII Service Center Executive Board; he participated in the Rural Urban Organization and was honored by them as Outstanding Citizen in 1986.
He was a member of the Sulphur Springs/Hopkins County Crime Stoppers where he served as Chairman in 1987. He was honored by Governor Bill Clements as an “Outstanding Older Texan”. Mr. Long was a life long supporter of the Democratic Party; a charter member of Golden K and a member of American Association of Retired Persons.
After retiring, Mr. Pete and Miss Ruth loved to travel with friends and family to various destinations, making numerous trips to Branson, Missouri to see the Baldknobbers. He also loved his North Hopkins Panthers and showed his support by attending many of their activities throughout the years.
The family would like to give special thanks to all those who provided loving care and attentions to our Dad during his final years.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the North Hopkins Scholarship Foundation, Beautiful Feet International or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.
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