William Franklin “Bill” Long, Jr. age 77 of Summit Drive, Moorefield, WV passed away Wednesday evening, October 31, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV. Born on February 24, 1941 in Richmond, VA he was a son of the late William Franklin Long, Sr. and Alva Lyle Williams Long. Bill was preceded in death by two sisters, Jane Long Eddy and Page Long Saunders.
Bill was a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and later attended Vanderbilt Law School where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence. As an attorney, he retired from the Chief Counsel’s office of the IRS. During a ten year span he and his wife were foster parents for seven children. Bill was a member of the Duffey Memorial United Methodist Church, a member of the Mill Creek Ruritan Club; and a former board of director member of the Valley View Golf Association and the McCoy-McMechen Theatre and Museum. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. Bill fell in love with the South Branch Valley and especially Moorefield and he so enjoyed the people who lived here, never being a stranger to anyone.
Surviving is his wife of 53 years, Polly Bean Long; a sister-in-law, Carla and husband Doug Richards of Orange, VA; a brother-in-law, Charles Saunders of Overland Park, KS and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held commencing at 2:00 PM, November 17, 2018 with Pastor Michael Funkhouser as celebrant at the Fraley Funeral Home Chapel, 107 Washington Street and Military Honors will be accorded by the U.S. Army. The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM (Noon) until time of services. Inurnment will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday November 19, 2018 at the Graham Cemetery, Orange, VA.
Memorials in Bill’s honor may be directed to the Duffey Memorial United Methodist Church (Trustees), 100 N Elm Street, Moorefield, WV 26836 or the Potomac Highlands Animal Rescue, 940 Corners Road, Cabins, WV 26855 or online at www.phar.org