Long, Gladys Evelyn

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To everything there is a season, a time for every matter under heaven; a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to keep, and a time to cast away. -Ecclesiastes

“In memory of our mother, Gladys Long, we would like to acknowledge and share, both the joy in the gift that her life was to us, and the pain that her passing brings. In sharing the joy and pain together, may we lessen the pain, and remember more clearly the joy.”

BALLARD, WV – Gladys Evelyn Long was only 103 years old when she passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at the Carilion Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg, VA. Born in Bossevain, VA, on March 16, 1916, she was the daughter of the late William Thomas Lester and Minnie Jones Lester. She was retired from the Dublin Garment Factory in Dublin, VA. Upon her retirement, she continued her love for sewing, making quilts and embroidering pieces only to give to her children or friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Steward W. Long; two sons, Harold and Calvin Long; one granddaughter, Michelle Denese Long; and eleven siblings. Survivors include one son, Woody Long and wife Nancy of Waverly, TN; one daughter, Carolyn Smith and husband Bill of Narrows, VA; one sister, Betty Perks of Rocky Mount, VA; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and ten great great grandchildren. Additionally, a special thanks to Gladys’ daughter-in-law, Phyllis Long, who helped her to be able to stay at home until her death. Also, thanks to the Monroe County Council on Aging for helping her so much, and lastly, Pastor David Spencer for his visits.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel in Peterstown, WV, with Pastor David Spencer and Rev. Joe Spencer officiating. Burial will follow at Orchard Cemetery in Ballard, WV. Visitation will be from 1:00 PM until time of services on Wednesday at the funeral home. Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com. Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, WV.