LYNCHBURG, Va. – William G. “Bill” Long, 83, of Lynchburg, Virginia, died Wednesday, May 21, 2014. He was the devoted husband of Lynore R. Long for 52 years.
Bill was born Jan. 21, 1931, in Harmon, the son of Willard Long and Grace (Morrissey) Long. Bill was a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he earned his master’s degree in ceramic engineering. He was a parishioner of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Bill worked for 30 years as a research engineer with Babcock & Wilcox on Mount Athos, and during his career, received patents for improving existing products, as well as inventing new ones.
Bill had a passion for education, and served three terms on the Lynchburg City School Board, ending his service as the chairman of the board. The National Society of Professional Engineers named him “Engineer Of The Year” in 1983. He served on the Board of Directors for Central Virginia Community Services from January 1985 to December 1990. Bill edited the Society For The Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE) Quarterly Journal for more than 25 years.
He was instrumental in developing the White Rock Center’s After School Tutorial, and developed the Wood Ministry. He was on the board of Lynchburg Sheltered Industries, the board of the ARC of Central Virginia, and the board of “Astride with Pride” with “Christmas in April,” and served on the board of Lynchburg Covenant Fellowship.
His pet project became caring for the grounds, trails, and lake at Camp Kum-ba-yah, along with his dear friend, Bev Cosby. Nestled in the woods of the camp, the lake now bears his name. Bill also was involved with the National Association for Christians and Jews, and Knights of Columbus.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three sons, Brian (Kelly) Long of Blacksburg, Virginia, Kevin Long of Los Angeles, and Darren Long of Lynchburg; granddaughters, Elizabeth Long of Blacksburg and Morelli Payne of Columbia, South Carolina; six siblings, Jane Michel, Mary Knudten, Geraldine DeLost, Eileen Glaser, Joseph Long, and John Long; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special group of caring friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers, Herb, Leroy, Dennis, and Eddie Long.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Tharp Funeral Home in Lynchburg. A memorial funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Lynchburg, with the Rev. J. Kenneth Rush, celebrant, officiating. A reception will follow. Interment will take place at a later date in Illinois.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lynchburg Sheltered Industries (lsiworks.org), Lynchburg Daily Bread (lynchburgdailybread.com), or Camp Kum-ba-yah (campkumbayah.org). All have “donation” tabs on the websites.
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