Published in The News & Observer on June 2, 2011
Long, 83, of Wilson, died Tuesday, May 31, 2011.
Funeral, Friday, 11 AM, First United Methodist Church, followed by a time
Marshall was a native of Wilson County and graduated from Atlantic Christian
College (Barton) and earned his Masters Degree in Education from East
Carolina University. In the military, he qualified as a paratrooper. He
was fortunate to play in the major league baseball farm system and was
a pitcher for the Oklahoma City Indians in 1954.
With his interest in education, he was a school principal in Wake County
and for 25 years was principal in Wilson County at New Hope Elementary,
Forest Hills Middle and Charles L. Coon High Schools. He took a leave
of absence from school administration at one point and was a representative
for American Book Company.
Surviving is his wife, Rebecca Herring Clark Long; son, Marshall Long,
Jr., of Dallas, TX; step-daughters, Becky Cannon (Mike) of Wilson, Sarah
Jean Harrell (Danny) of Wilson, Lindy Newton (Billy) of Bath; step-son,
Charlie Clark, Jr. (Carolyn) of Margate, FL; nine step-grandchildren;
several step-great-grandchildren; sister, Edna L. Boykin Johnston of Sanford
and her sons, Ken and Marshall Boykin.
Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church Audio Visual
Fund or the Church Foundation, PO Box 1423, Wilson, NC 27894.
The family will be at home until the time of the funeral.
Wilson Memorial Service, 2811 Fieldstream Dr, N, Wilson, (252) 237-7171