OBITUARY

Thomas Sparrow Long Jr.

February 16, 1948December 1, 2018

Thomas Sparrow Long, Jr., (Tom) age 70, of Jacksonville, Florida, died at home on 12/1/2018, after an extended battle with cancer. He was born in Boston, MA to Dr. Thomas Sparrow Long, Sr. and wife, Betty (Knox) and grew up on Lookout Mountain, TN. He graduated from Chattanooga High School, Middle Tennessee State University (BS) where he served as President of the Theta Iota Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (MPA). He married Jean Burkett in 1985 and they had one son, Thomas Sparrow Long IV (Holliston, MA). Tom's interests and experiences were many and varied. He drove a Formula race car, played briefly on the Professional Golf Tour and fished for billfish around the world. He loved boating, scuba diving, shooting and hunting and was a Hunter Education instructor for the State of Florida. He was a Level II Shooting Instructor with the National Sporting Clays Association. He enjoyed duck calling, though his wife preferred that he practice outside! He participated in several national duck calling contests and won at least once. He started several small businesses, worked as a licensed Stock Broker for several years and maintained an interest in the stock market. In later life, he became an outdoor writer, providing articles for numerous hunting and fishing magazines. His lifelong hunting experiences provided the foundation for his book, Spent Shells Along the Atlantic. Tom never met a stranger and was always a true friend, being the first to come to someone's aid when needed. Tom served honorably as a Green Beret in the U. S. Army Special Forces, where he earned the rank of Captain and received various medals for his service. He is survived by his wife, Jean, son, Thomas (Lauren), granddaughter, Hailey Grace, brother, Dr. Martin Knox Long (Hixson, TN), two nephews and one niece. Services in honor of Tom will be held on Friday, December 14, 2018, beginning with a visitation at 1:00 PM, followed by a celebration of Life at 2:00 PM. Services will take place at Hardage-Giddens Riverside Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 7242 Normandy Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32205. You may leave words of comfort and sympathy at www.HGRiversideFuneralHome.com . HARDAGE-GIDDENS, RIVERSIDE MEMORIAL PARK and FUNERAL HOME, 7242 Normandy Boulevard is serving the family.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, December 14, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Friday, December 14, 2018
  • Committal Service Friday, December 14, 2018
REMEMBERING

Thomas Sparrow Long Jr.

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Alan Hall

December 10, 2018

Tom was a friend of my fathers who passed 4 years ago. I enjoyed talking with him about hunting, fishing and life. He gave me a book he wrote “Spent Shells Along the Atlantic” which I will always cherish. I loved it when he laughed, which was a lot. It was very unique. Funny story Tom took me and my brother duck hunting one morning. Tom has a black lab don’t remember it’s name. We shot a few ducks and that dam dog never brought one to the boat. I think Tom threw more shells than he shot that day. He would send the dog after the duck, which it couldn’t find, Tom would stand up and yell “Mark” and he would throw the shell towards the duck. The dog just keep swimming and swimming around, with me laughing. As usual Tom didn’t get mad at all. So sorry for the family’s loss. He was truly a great man, with a big heart.

Douglas Mann

December 9, 2018

My best memories of Tom are our many phone calls which I nicknamed 'Long Calls' because we always talked for 30 minutes or longer! We discussed many topics but sooner or later we'd always find ourselves talking about competitive marksmanship. Tom was an expert and he shared his experience with me when I was first learning the sport. As a wildlife enthusiast,Tom was able to name the many species of birds I often see at my residence, but which I never knew what they were. Rest in peace, my good friend! Someday we will see each other again!!

FROM THE FAMILY