Obituary of Edward Eugene Long
Mr. Edward Eugene Long, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away on July 2, 2023, at his home in Kingsport, TN with his wife, Mrs. Frances Fleming Long, and granddaughter, Ms. Alyshia Long, by his side, after a courageous ten-year battle with cancer. He leaves behind a legacy of strength, perseverance, and a profound love for his family.
Edward was born and raised in Kingsport, TN, and graduated from Douglas High School, where he excelled both academically and athletically. He was a multi-sport athlete, lettering in football, basketball, and baseball, while also maintaining an exceptional academic record. After high school, Edward proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army in the 52nd Medical Battalion, 226 Medical Company. During his military service, he was stationed in Germany and later at Fort Liberty (formerly known as Fort Bragg) in North Carolina.
Following serving his country in the U.S. Army, Edward embarked on a fulfilling career at Eastman Kodak Company, where he dedicated his skills as he Lead Machinist. After many years of service, he retired, leaving behind a lasting impact on his colleagues and the company.
Edward’s passion extended far beyond his professional life. He dedicated himself to the betterment of his community and the youth within it. He coached at the Kingsport Boys Club and received the esteemed recognition of “Coach of the Year.” Additionally, he served as the President of the Kingsport Youth Soccer Association, playing a pivotal role in fostering the love of the sport amount the younger generation.
Education was of paramount importance to Edward, and he took pride in earning his Associate’s degree from Northeast State Community College. He cherished knowledge and believed in the power of learning.
Nature was Edward’s sanctuary, and he embraced the great outdoors with boundless enthusiasm. He found joy in activities such as boating, deep-sea fishing, water skiing, hiking, cycling, and camping. He also had a creative side, enjoying hobbies such as drawing, photography, gardening, and reading. He also had a deep appreciation and love for music, with a particular affection for Jazz. As the family historian, he dedicated countless hours to researching and documenting ancestry, leaving behind a precious legacy for future generations.
Edward was predeceased by his parents, Mr. Willard C. Long Sr. and Mrs. Ressie Hoard Long; his daughter, Ms. Sonya Monique Long; and his siblings, Mrs. Roberta Long Deal (Mr. James Deal Sr.), Mr. Cecil Long, Mr. Walter Long, and Mrs. Virginia Long Cartwright (Mr. Robert Cartwright). Edward is survived by his devoted wife, Mrs. Frances Fleming Long, who shared a deep and loving partnership with him. He will forever be remembered as a loving father to his daughter, Ms. Pattina Long; his son, Mr. Gerald Long (Mrs. Keisha Long); devoted siblings, Mr. Willard Long (Mrs. Betty Long), and Ms. Helen Long; and brother-in-law, Mr. Harold Fleming.
His memory will also be cherished by his grandchildren, Ms. Alyshia Long (Mr. Tony Kay), Ms. Ki’Era McKinnie (Mr. Justin Derrick), Mr. Aundre’e Tre’Shon McKinnie (Mrs. Rosalie McKinnie), Mr. Jarys Long, Mr. Weston Long and Ms. Brinee Long. Additionally, he leaves behind his adoring great-granddaughters, Ms. Asiah Kalyce Bell, Ms. Ava Christine Bell, Ms. Aaliyah Jade Bell, Ms. Alexa Bell, Ms. Amyah Bell; great-grandsons, Mr. Ryze Hall and Mr. Rocc Hall; Edward also leaves behind his step-great-grandchildren, Jesam Estosata, JM Estosata, and Jerose Estosata.
Edward is also survived by a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and cherished friends. With special recognition to niece, Mrs. Kaye Cartwright Booker (Mr. William Booker), nephew, Mr. Derek Bunting, nephew, Mr. Angelo Fleming, and neighbor, Joe Stuffle.
The family would like to recognize and thank the AMEDISYS Hospice nurses for their care and compassion.
Mr. Edward Eugene Long’s impact on his family, community, and the lives he touched will forever be remembered. He will be dearly missed but forever celebrated for his strength, kindness, and unwavering love. The family would like to express their gratitude to all who have offered support and condolences during this difficult time.
There will be a military honors graveside service on Friday, July 14, 2023, at 3:00 pm at Mountain Home National Cemetery in Johnson City, TN. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 3/265. Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 2:45 pm.
Carter Trent Funeral Home Kingsport is serving the Long family.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Edward Long, please visit Tribute Store