George Michael Long
He was born in Memphis, Tenn., in 1948.
Michael and his family moved to Forest Park, Ga., where he attended the East Clayton Elementary School, where he was top of his class.
Michael graduated from Forest Park High School in 1966. After graduating from high school, he joined the Marines and served in the Vietnam War.
After serving his country he became chief of the Morrow Fire Department; at the time, he was the youngest fire chief in the state of Georgia.
Michael had the honor of excepting the key of the city of Forest Park by the mayor in 1968.
He and his wife later moved to Boone, N.C., where he served as the main jailer for the Watauga Sheriffs Department. In the later part of his life, he and his wife lived in LaFayette, Ga., where he was a member of the Corinth Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ezra and Leona Williamson; stepfather, Vernon Craig; a daughter, Keesha Long; a brother, Alex Nash; and a sister, Lisa Nash.
He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Ellen Long, of LaFayette; mother, Sara Williamson Watts, of Morrow, Ga.; daughter and son-in-law, Amy (Tracey) Bass, of Pensacola, Fla.; one son and daughter-in-law, Jacade (Rebecca) Long, of McDonough, Ga.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Bonnie (Bob) Giers, of Waxhaw, N.C., and Priscilla (Garrett) Pourron, of Stockbridge, Ga.; one brother and sister-in-law, Gary (Sandra) Long, of Boone, N.C.; one granddaughter, Camille Long; and one grandson, Sean Bass; and two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service from the Corinth Baptist Church was held Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. with the Rev. R.D. Wallin and the Rev. John Shephard officiating.
WallisWilbanks Funeral Home of LaFayette, Ga., assisted the Long family.