Linda Carol Long

August 2, 1942June 2, 2018
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Linda Carol Hickson Long, of Marietta, Georgia, sixth child of Fenton Paul Hickson and Ethel Adele Rice Hickson, passed away on June 2, 2018. Linda was born on August 2, 1942 in Big Spring, Texas. She attended high school in Big Spring, attended Howard County Junior College in Big Spring, and then attended Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon. She met her husband, Howard Arthur Long, at Webb Air Force Base in Big Spring and they were married on December 20, 1964. They eventually settled in the Atlanta area to raise three sons as her husband pursued a career with Delta Air Lines. In the middle of raising her young family, Linda studied Art History at Kennesaw College, making an “A” in every course that she studied.

Linda is preceded in death, by both of parents, four of her siblings; Marie Hull, Robert Hickson, Edwin Hickson, and John Hickson; and one son, Roger Christopher Long. She is survived by her husband, Howard Long; two sons, Brian Delos Long, spouse Lara, of Fayetteville, Georgia, and Nathaniel Paul Long, spouse Heather, of Kennesaw, Georgia; seven grandchildren, Ansley, Hayden, Addison, and Ella Long of Fayetteville, and Xander, Gillyan and Kynsie Long of Kennesaw; and one sister, Joanna Hansrote of Garland, Texas.

Linda loved her church, her flower garden, her bridge groups, visited numerous art museums and traveled with her husband to all 50 states an over 50 foreign countries. For several years, she was president of her ladies circle at Sandy Springs UMC and later co-president of the Lynn Smith Circle here at Mt. Bethel UMC. She was founder and leader of the local chapter of Red Hats Society for many years. She lived a full life marked by Faith, Family and Love. She leaves a legacy of devotion and time well spent with her beloved grandchildren.

The family will receive guests on Thursday, June 7, 2018 between the hours of 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm at H.M. Patterson & Son – Canton Hill, in Marietta. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 11:00 am at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, in Marietta. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that you consider a donation to Project Mail Call, care of, Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church.


  • Visitation Thursday, June 7, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, June 8, 2018

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Bill Gibson

June 13, 2018

Howard, I'm sorry to hear of Linda's passing. I have been in Europe for the last month, and just found out going through a ton of e-mail. Be assured that she is with The Lord. Susan and I remember her well, and cherish our times together with you and your family. God bless you.

tricia macaulay

June 8, 2018

We just returned from Linda's joyful celebration of life service and had a flashback worth sharing. Linda standing on our doorstep in her western wear that included her red cowgirl boots! So classy. So Linda!


Clark and Tricia

Larry Rodammer

June 7, 2018

Dear Howard:
Margie and I were saddened by news of Linda's passing. She was a wonderful person and loved her church and family. Her body was giving up and she was ready to be with the Lord. God bless you and your family.
Margie and Larry Rodammer

Barbara McClanahan

June 7, 2018

David and I remember Linda as a quiet classmate with deep convictions, and we were able to continue our connection throughout life through the happy coincidence of in-lawship. I can’t think of a sweeter person to have known. Our thoughts and prayers are with Howard and the rest of her precious family of whom she was so justly proud.

Kathleen (Casey) Hansrote

June 6, 2018

Our Condolences to Howard, Brian & Laura, Nathan & Heather and all the Grandchildren.Our Hearts are with you.

Aunt Linda, Will miss you..
Thank you for always being.... all in!.. no mater what..from being a good sport, dancing a Hawaiian dance, at a family reunion, LOL.. to pitching in..on a party for your Sister..u always..gave a 100%.. to whatever you did...
And who is going to like everything... I put up on FB?,...then tell me how good I look!..LOL (even when it, wasn't my best day.). and remembering my Birthday ..
You were always... the ultimate hostess & (host, Howie)..always making things perfect.. from the elaborate spreads!, (food and decorations) making sure we all .. had our best nights sleep ..
Will miss your beautiful flower garden, and when I see a blue bonnet... will think of you... Texas Girl!
Love Casey Hansrote's ..
PS: and (Steve made it!..he wouldn't of missed saying... goodbye.. to his Aunt Linda..(in person ..for anything..)
The rest of the Hansrote's will share there story's and love
in person..xo

Devin Burke

June 5, 2018

Howie - my prayers are with you and the entire family.