Funeral services to honor the life of Truman Elmer Long, 89, of Camden, beloved husband, father and grandfather, will be held Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Rev. Steve Patterson, Rev. David Weaver and Rev. Frank Griffith will officiate. The family will receive friends Monday, August 8, 2011 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mr. Long’s memory to Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, 1206 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC 29020 or the American Heart Association of SC, Memorials & Tributes, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058.
Mr. Long died Friday, August 5, 2011. Born in Dayton, VA, he was the son of the late James Elmer Long and Ethel Smith Long. Mr. Long was a United States Marine Corp veteran having served in World War II during the Pacific Theatre. He retired after 42 years of service with DuPont. Mr. Long had been a member of the Camden Lions Club since 1969 and member of James Leroy Belk Post 17. He was an usher for 25 years and a charter member of the Friendship Sunday School class at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church.
Every great story must come to an end. That of Truman Long's was more of an epic novel. “Preacher,” as he was prophetically called, was not a man of the pulpit. Instead, he was found quietly preaching a simple, quiet, and infinitely loving life. He lived his life one way, the right way...love all, hate nothing. Having come from a generation with an already high level of character, Pop was a Marine's Marine. His service in WWII was indicative of his life of service to his family and community. BBQ, light-bulbs, and brooms of unmatchable quality were just some of the items he sold for the Lion's Club.
Every moment with him was a blessed one and you would always hear a story or two, most of which started the very same way:”I might have told you this before...” Not one single person who had the pleasure of crossing paths with Pop, in any capacity, could utter a bad word about him. He was loved by his community, friends, animals and most of all, his family. To encapsulate the life of Truman Long in words is an impossible task. It had to be witnessed.
The man would make you better. He fixed items as much as he fixed the people around him. You could sit in awe watching a wise mind repair some broken down trinket or come up with his very own invention.
At this difficult time, the only solace will come in celebrating the excellent life Truman lead on this Earth, not mourning it. He wouldn't want that. He lived up to the nickname preacher not by living loudly, but by showing the way to honor anyone and everyone he came into contact with. The man of smaller stature is now among the other giants including those brothers and sisters whom have gone before him and we can assume heaven became a lot funnier and more joyful on August 5, 2011.
Mr. Long is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jean Davies Long; children, Debbie L. Chick of Camden and Kathi L. Hunter (Tom) of Camden; grandchildren, Erin Chick of Sherman Oaks, CA, Brendan Chick (Lacy) of Knoxville, TN and Denver Hunter (Samantha) of Camden; sister, Louise Stover of Richmond, VA; brothers, Norman Long (Maxine) of Indianapolis, IN and Wayland Long (Peggy) of Dayton, VA; sister-in-law, Betty Long of Harrisonburg, VA and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Geneva Whitmore and Everett Long and Galen Long.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
On-line condolences may be sent to Mr. Long’s family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.