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Jerry M. Long

Jerry M. Long

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03/14/23 11:04 AM #1    

Danny T. Ferguson

   I am saddened to  report that Jerry Long, my long-time friend and our RJR62 Classmate has  passed away. At this time, I don't know all of the details but suffice it to say that mine and Jerry's old friend, Curt Whisenhunt called me a short while ago and told me that Jerry's daughter had called him to say that Jerry had passed away.  Curt wasn't given any details.  I saw that Jerry's brother's Larry Long had posted on facebook, confirming Jerry's death.  There were many, many comments from Jerry's friends expressiong their great sadness.  

         Back during high school, Jerry and I were best of friends.   We met in the  8th grade and played Junior High and JV football together. He called me "little red shirt" since for a while we had to bring our own jersy and the only color I had was red.  For a while, we, along with Tommy Lockard, Bill Todd, Danny Armstrong and Curt Whisenhunt  all did everything together, including driving around the Triangle for maybe a million times, going ot the Ocean Drive, smoking in the bushes, sneaking out at night, drinking Budweiser, driving fast, and all those things we at our age now have admonished our children not to do.  Despite it all, we had a good time and I cherish the memory of Jerry and will always consider him a good friend.

   We send out our deepest condolences to Jerry's family and we  pray that  our friend, Jerry Michael Long, rests in peace.  

    Jerry's obituary follows:


                                           Danny Ferguson 




04/18/23 08:59 PM #2    

Danny T. Ferguson


March 5, 1944 - March 10, 2023

Jerry Michael Long, 79, passed away in his home Friday, March 10, 2023. Jerry was born to the late John Lester and Hazel Thompson Long in Winston-Salem on March 5, 1944. He was predeceased by his sister Nancy Long Lehto and his first wife Kay Spach Long.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 24 years, Julie, his sister Marianne Long Carroll of Pawley's Island, SC and his brother Larry Long, Jerry Michael
ster Long of Longs, SC; his daughters Ashley Long Thompson (Mike) of Huntersville, N.C. and Allison Long Murfee (Jonathan) of Winston-Salem; his step-sons Brian Jeremy Lewis of Greensboro and Wesley Tunstall Camping (Lauren) of Summerfield. He is also survived by seven grandchildren - Will and Maddie Thompson of Huntersville; Jac, Caroline, Hunt and Sam Murfee of Winston-Salem; and Weston Camping of Summerfield.

Jerry graduated from R.J. Reynolds High School in 1962. In 1972 he began a 47-year career as a well-respected general contractor, builder and remodeler in the greater Winston-Salem area through his company J.M. Long Construction. Over many years, he served in numerous capacities in his community but had a special calling to local men's ministries. One of his most meaningful experiences was participating in a mission trip to Zambia with Seeds of Hope Children's Ministry where he helped with construction and ministered in the surrounding village community.

Jerry was a man of great faith in Jesus Christ and had an incredible passion for sharing his love for Jesus with anyone he met. One of his favorite sayings was, "I am so blessed!" A dedicated husband, father and granddad, Jerry enjoyed hiking and taking walks on the beach with his beloved Julie, spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Most importantly, Jerry modeled humility, authenticity and selflessness in all he said and did. As his family and friends mourn his loss with great sadness, all are reminded of the eternal hope of our Lord's Resurrection, knowing that Jerry is with His Savior.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem at 10 a.m. Memorial gifts may be made to Search Ministries, PO Box 106529, Ft. Worth, TX 76161-5029. Condolences may be made online at

Salem Funereal & Cremation Service

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