OBITUARY

Kenneth Long

May 11, 1929January 15, 2021
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Kenneth Lee Long, 91, passed away Friday, January 15, 2021, at his residence in Houston, Texas. He was born May 11, 1929 on Crowders Mountain in North Carolina to Richard and Alma Whiteside Long. Ken lived in North Carolina until he joined the United States Army and began an adventure that took him to many continents. While stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky, he came to Booneville on leave with an Army buddy, where he saw Willie Mae crossing the street in front of his car and told his friend he had to meet her. He did, they fell in love, and he married the love of his life some months later.

To protect all loved ones, a live stream funeral service will be hosted by McMillan Funeral Home on Saturday, January 30, 2021, with Bro. Carter Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery.

Ken had a distinguished 30 year military career in the United States Army, where he was awarded the Legion of Merrit, the Bronze Star, the Korean Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, numerous Battle Star Medals, and many additional recognitions for exemplary service and valor. He attained the highest rank possible for a non-commissioned officer, that of Command Sergeant Major. He had planned to retire in Booneville with his wife Willie Mae, who unfortunately passed away from cancer before that dream could ever be realized. Ken then retired to his hometown of Pageland, South Carolina, where his mother was still living. He later met and married Mary Joines. They were married and lived in the Carolinas until her death in 2018.

Ken is survived by two daughters, Nancy Riley and Wanda Bonilla; one son-in-law, Tony Bonilla; one brother, Tom Long; and two sisters, Elizabeth (Lib) Naffziger, and Mary Nell Stafford; one brother-in-law, Phil Naffziger; two sisters-in-law, Brenda Long and Mildred Sherrill Wilson; three grandsons, Joey Berger, Brandon Bonilla, and Blake Bonilla; seven great-grandchildren, Rett Berger, Mila Berger, Nora Bonilla, Brayden Bonilla, Eleanor Bonilla, Jay Bonilla, Baby Bonilla due in March; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Willie Mae Sherrill Long and his second wife, Mary Joines Long; his parents, Richard and Alma Long; his mother-in-law Maudie Hare; three brothers, Delton Long, Claude (Buck) Long, Raymond (Ott) Long; three brothers-in-law, Lee R Sherrill, Larry Wilson, and Ray Stafford; and four sisters-in-law, Louise Sherrill, Becky Long, Grace Long, and Shirley Long.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you spend a little extra time with your loved ones and share a good story about Ken.

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Nettie Craig Martin

January 30, 2021

Dearest Wanda, Nancy and family,

I am remembering your father on this day with a deep appreciation for his service to our country. I think of Commander Sergeant Major Long when I read Claudia Pemberton’s words, “America without her soldiers would be like God without His angels. “ Many thanks to this brave man for being our angel for so many years. Personally, I am thankful to him for bringing his young family into my life while he was stationed at Fort Hood. I met Wanda, my long time dearest friend, at that time and what better gift is there than lifelong friendship? I have one closing memory to share. I remember as a young teen watching this brave stalwart soldier begin to soften and eyes begin to twinkle when the “Long Ladies” ( all three of them) would enter the room. He had a memorable twinkle!

With love and heartfelt condolences,
Nettie Craig Martin

Saundra Long Clay

January 30, 2021

Remembering Uncle Ken today... Thank you for your service to our country Uncle Ken! So many memories of his contagious laughter, strong work ethic, and Master Gardening Skills!

We love you Wanda and Nancy and are praying for your entire family!

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Biography

Kenneth Lee Long, 91, passed away Friday, January 15, 2021, at his residence in Houston, Texas. He was born May 11, 1929 on Crowders Mountain in North Carolina to Richard and Alma Whiteside Long. Ken lived in North Carolina until he joined the United States Army and began an adventure that took him to many continents. While stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky, he came to Booneville on leave with an Army buddy, where he saw Willie Mae crossing the street in front of his car and told his friend he had to meet her. He did, they fell in love, and he married the love of his life some months later.

To protect all loved ones, a live stream funeral service will be hosted by McMillan Funeral Home on Saturday, January 30, 2021, with Bro. Carter Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery.

Ken had a distinguished 30 year military career in the United States Army, where he was awarded the Legion of Merrit, the Bronze Star, the Korean Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, numerous Battle Star Medals, and many additional recognitions for exemplary service and valor. He attained the highest rank possible for a non-commissioned officer, that of Command Sergeant Major. He had planned to retire in Booneville with his wife Willie Mae, who unfortunately passed away from cancer before that dream could ever be realized. Ken then retired to his hometown of Pageland, South Carolina, where his mother was still living. He later met and married Mary Joines. They were married and lived in the Carolinas until her death in 2018.

Ken is survived by two daughters, Nancy Riley and Wanda Bonilla; one son-in-law, Tony Bonilla; one brother, Tom Long; and two sisters, Elizabeth (Lib) Naffziger, and Mary Nell Stafford; one brother-in-law, Phil Naffziger; two sisters-in-law, Brenda Long and Mildred Sherrill Wilson; three grandsons, Joey Berger, Brandon Bonilla, and Blake Bonilla; seven great-grandchildren, Rett Berger, Mila Berger, Nora Bonilla, Brayden Bonilla, Eleanor Bonilla, Jay Bonilla, Baby Bonilla due in March; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Willie Mae Sherrill Long and his second wife, Mary Joines Long; his parents, Richard and Alma Long; his mother-in-law Maudie Hare; three brothers, Delton Long, Claude (Buck) Long, Raymond (Ott) Long; three brothers-in-law, Lee R Sherrill, Larry Wilson, and Ray Stafford; and four sisters-in-law, Louise Sherrill, Becky Long, Grace Long, and Shirley Long.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you spend a little extra time with your loved ones and share a good story about Ken.