Charles Edwin Long, age 99 being just a few months short from his 100th birthday, and the widower of Virginia Ruth (Gabbard) Long, passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the VA Medical Center in Lexington, KY.
Charles was born in Booneville, Owsley County, KY on October 14, 1919, a son of the late Robert and Mary (Fields) Long. He was elected Mayor of Booneville in 1959 and held that position for 60 years being noted as Kentucky and the Nation’s longest serving Mayor in America. He was also the former Owner and Operator of Long’s Service Station he opened after returning home from serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Charles was a member of several Community Action Boards including, KRADD, which named a scholarship in his honor for Eastern KY High School students to pursue a higher education degree, the Military Draft Board during the Vietnam Conflict, the Lion’s Club, 101 UK Basketball Club, the Owsley County Health Department, and the Owsley County Health Care Center. He was inducted into the Kentucky 5th Congressional District Hall of Fame, and a Kentucky Colonel, but notably a diehard University of Kentucky Basketball fan as he attended over 1300 games beginning in 1946. Charles was a member and Deacon of the Booneville Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Booneville Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by, 1 son; Charles (Linda) Long Jr., of Frankfort, KY, 1 brother; Jack (Genevieve) Long both of Booneville, KY, 1 sister; Eudella Bowling of Austin, IN, 3 grandchildren; Charlie (Melissa) Long, Jennifer (Jamey) Long-Eastman, and Byron (Donna) Marshall, 5 great grandchildren; Hannah, Sam, Brody, Chelsea, and Tanner, several nieces and nephews, along with many other loving family members and friends.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, his loving and devoted wife of 72 years; 1 daughter; Charlotte Jean Marshall, son in law Pryce Marshall, 3 brothers; Jamie, Elmer and Roy Long, 1 grandson; Derrick Marshall and nephew Johnny Long.
Funeral Services will be held at the Booneville Presbyterian Church, Booneville, KY at 2:00 PM on Thursday, August 8, 2019 with Pastor Terry Sandlin officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 7, 2019 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Booneville Funeral Home, Booneville, KY. Charles will be laid to rest next to his wife, Ruth in the Shepherd Memorial Cemetery, Booneville, KY. To leave the family a special message visit www.boonevillekyfuneralhome.com. The Booneville Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.
Pall Bearers will be, Charles Long III, Jamey Eastman, Mike Mays, Byron Marshall, Bob Gabbard, and David Hall
Honorary Pall Bearers will be, Jennifer Eastman, Hannah Long, Sam Long, Brody Eastman, Chelsea Marshall, Tanner Marshall, Sammy Agee, Tommy Marcum, Bob Marcum, Jack Long, and Larry Joe Campbell.