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In Memory of
Richard Lee (Dick) Long
August 16, 1928 - July 1, 2015

Richard Lee Dick Long
Charleston West Virginia

Richard Lee (Dick)Long, 87, of Charleston passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in Thomas Memorial Hospice Center.

Richard was born August 16, 1928 to the late Nobel Milton Long and Glenna Richards Long. His father, Nobel, was also a Funeral Director and Dick decided to follow his fathers footsteps. So after graduating from Stonewall Jackson High School he attended and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science to become a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer with the West Virginia Board of Funeral Service Examiners. Later he would go on to achieve his emeritus funeral service license. Richard was honored by the Charleston Gazette on December 6, 2010 when Sandy Wells interviewed him about his career and impressive antique automobile collection. Richard loved all his animals: dogs, cats, especially Yogi III.

Dick was the former owner of Long &Fisher Funeral Home in Sissonville and Long & Fisher Funeral Home in Charleston on Rebecca Street and Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank. He served the communities for 50 years providing ambulance service in addition to funeral care. He was also the former owner of Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Pocatalico and Jackson County Memory Gardens in Ripley.

Dick was a 50 year member and 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Orient of West Virginia. He was a lifetime member of Charleston Moose Lodge 1444 and also a 50 year member of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He was a 50 year member of the A.F. & A.M. Grand Lodge no. 168, South Charleston. He was a 48 year member of the Elks Lodge no. 202, Charleston. He was member of the Royal Order of Jesters 111 in Charleston. On May 23, 2000 he received the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association Certificate of Achievement. Dick and his wife Nancy were former members of Berry Hills Country Club and Edgewood Country Club but have not been able to attend and enjoy the superior food because of Dicks declining health.

In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his daughter, Danni Jo Long Hedrick; sisters, Joyce Ann Habel, Geraldine Long Hemrick and Colleen Carpenter; brother, Jackson Long; and a son-in-law, Bill McDavid.

Survived by: wife of 27 years, Nancy Sergent-Long at home; daughters, Diana Long-McDavid of Charleston, Donna Long-Peele of Hatteras, NC and Denise Long Burgess (Mike) of South Charleston; grandsons, Nathan Moynahan, Dr. Brian Ellison, Gage Hedrick who is attending Ohio State University, Dr. and Mrs. Aaron Burgess and Dr. Andrew Burgess.

Service and Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers or food please make donations to your local animal shelter.

Condolences may be sent by visiting

Richard Dick Longs daughters would like to invite friends to attend a memorial service for their father on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Marks United Methodist Church, Charleston, in the Bennett Chapel; the Reverend Monty Brown, presiding. The girls and their families will receive visitors one hour prior to the service.

Dick passed away on July 1, 2015, surrounded by "The Long Girls" and his favorite son-in-law. Many of the people in Dicks life preceded him in death: his parents, Nobel Long and Glenna Shaffer; his siblings, Jack Long, Gerry Hemrick, Joyce Crews Habel and Colleen (Tootie) Carpenter; former wives, Reta Long, Kathleen Kack Long; sons in-law, Shankie Peele and Bill McDavid; and most recently his baby daughter, Danni Jo Hedrick.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy and his daughters, Donna Peele of Hatteras N.C., Diana Long of Charleston, and Denise and Mike Burgess of South Charleston. Dick was blessed with grandsons, Dr. Brian Ellison (Kristin) in Chapel Hill, N.C., Nathan Moynahan, Hendersonville, Tenn., Dr. Aaron Burgess (Courtney) Orlando, Fla., Dr. Drew Burgess, Charleston, Gage Hedrick, Columbus, Ohio, Greg Miller, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dick was born on August 16, 1928. He was a graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School and the Cincinnati School of Embalming. His lifes work was as the owner and operator of Long & Fisher Funeral Home, a business begun by his father, Nobel. Dick was a Master Mason and a member of the Beni Kedem Shrine, Royal Order of the Jesters. Dick was a mans man and enjoyed the comradery and company of many good friends throughout his lifetime. Those of you who knew him will recall his love of the camp on the Greenbrier River in Anthony; Walnut Hills Farm in Goldtown, W.Va.; his collections of antique cars; playing cards at the Shrine and donning his purple cummerbund for a Jester's event.

The girls would like to thank the amazing staff at Hubbard House West and to the anonymous caller who let us know dad was being cared for at Hospice.

If anyone would like to make a donation in honor of dad, the girls suggest a donation to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd W. Charleston, WV 25387.

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