Obituary for Gerald Lee Long

    • Name: Gerald Lee Long
    • Home Town: Shallotte
    • Date of Death: 01/06/2019
    • Birth Place: Newberry, SC
    • Birth Date: 10/30/1935
    • Service Date: 01/10/2019 at 02:00 PM
    • Visit Date: 01/09/2019
    • Visit Times: 4-6 pm
    • Service Place: Camp United Methodist Church
    • Interment: Brunswick Memorial Gardens

    Gerald Lee Long, 83, passed away peacefully on Sunday Morning, January 6, 2019. Gerald was born on October 30, 1935 in Newberry, SC to parents Benjamin Lee and Mary Blair Long.

    Gerald is predeceased by his beloved son, Wayne in 2017 and sisters Linda Mayer and Marsha Greer.

    Gerald is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Freeda Stockman Long and their daughter Renee Long of Goldsboro. Also left to cherish Gerald’s memory are his five grandchildren, Jarred of Boston, Forrest of Raleigh, Zac (Jessica) of Raleigh, Ben of Wrightsville Beach and Caleb of San Diego; daughter-in-law, Tanya; great grandson, Grady; and siblings Betty, Joel, Sylvia, Phillip and Karen.

    Gerald and his wife relocated their family in 1970 to serve the community of Shallotte with a series of successful independent grocery stores.  Garnering the respect of the community as a fair and reasoned businessman, the citizens of Shallotte elected Gerald to two terms as the town’s Mayor. Gerald also served on the boards of Brunswick Electric and Bank of North Carolina.

    Gerald will be remembered as a man of humble beginnings who dedicated himself so that future generations would be provided greater opportunities in life. Gerald’s larger than life personality is an example of strength and wisdom; he died as he lived, with honor, dignity and his ever-present persistence. He will be remembered for his service to the community and his integrity and compassion for others. His was a life of love and inspiration.

    The family will receive friends from 4 to 6PM on Wednesday, January 9th at Brunswick Funeral Service, 5229 Ocean Highway, West, Shallotte.

    The celebration of life will be held on Thursday, January 10th at 2pm at Camp United Methodist Church, 4807 Main Street, Shallotte, with Reverend Dr. Won Namkoong officiating. Entombment will follow in Brunswick Memorial Gardens.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Camp United Methodist Church Building Fund at 4807 Main Street, Shallotte, NC 28470.

    Special thanks to the staff of Well Care Health and Universal Healthcare.

    On-line condolences may be sent to

    Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte.

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