Benjamin Edwin Long, 82, peacefully passed away with his family by his side, on Saturday, December 8th, 2012, in his home in Columbus, MS. He was born June 16th, 1930, in Lauderdale County, MS, to Grady and Vera Long. His father was a carpenter by trade and a farmer. His mother was a loving homemaker. Mr. Long served 4 years in the United States Air Force in Amarillo, TX from 1950 – 1954. Ben, as he was best known, graduated from Mississippi State University in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He worked his entire career at American Bosch (later to become United Technologies) in the Engineering Department and served as their registered Patent Agent. He holds ownership and/or co-ownership of 3 patents in the field of electric motors. As an active member of the Wesley United Methodist Church for 54 years, Ben served in several capacities. He had a great number of close church friends over the years and made the church, along with his family, a major focus in his life. His passions included spending time with family, reading, history, and anything mechanical. Ben is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Doris Morgan Long; 4 sons, Stan Long (Angela), Doug Long (Sande), Larry Long (Dawn), and Paul Long (Susie) and his “Baby” girl, Suzanne Hill; 14 grandchildren, Amy Long, Andy Long, Kevin Long, Sarah Long, Lindsay Strider, Matthew Long, Spencer Long, Brittany Long, Preston Long, Loghan Laufenberg, Alaina Hill, Talyn Laufenberg, Landon Hill, and Karsyn Laufenberg; 4 great-grandchildren, Kinsey Long, Brady Long, Tripp Strider, and Anna-Whitten Long; and, soon to arrive, Landrey Strider and Parker Long. He was preceded in death by his parents, Grady and Vera Long and brother, Sammy Long. Visitation will begin at 1:00 PM with a memorial service to follow at 2:00 PM, on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Columbus, MS. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Wesley United Methodist Church, 511 Airline Rd, Columbus, MS, 39702.
Appeared in The Commercial Dispatch on December 11, 2012
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