William Edward Long, 60, of Quitman died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Tyler.
He was born on Wednesday, July 29, 1953, in Great Falls, Mont., to Norman and Shirley Long. Mr. Long was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force
. He was a member of the NRA, served with Toys for Tots, served with Caring and Sharing and a member of the Winnsboro Gun Club. Mr. Long was a passionate Harley Davidson rider, and a very talented musician.
He was preceded by his son, Dennis Wiley.
He is survived by his parents, Norman and Shirley Long, of Whitehouse; two sons, Crockett Long, of Dallas, Jason and wife Amanda, of Tyler; two stepsons, David Wiley and wife Stephanie, of Mineola, Doug Wiley and wife Laura Lee, of Longview; daughter, Carla Wilson and husband Ronnie, of Sweeney; brother, Donald Long, of Whitehouse; sister, Barbara Persinger and husband David, of Whitehouse; 17 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Memorial service for Mr. Long will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at Beaty Funeral Home in Mineola at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation.