George Richard "Dickie" Long, 77, of Jackson, passed away peacefully on March 1, 2019, in the city that he loved. He was born February 15, 1942, to Edith and John Long in Biloxi, MS. He served as mayor of the City of Jackson for 16 years and prior to that, he served as a City Council member. He was also Jackson's Citizen of the Year in 2010, past President of Rotary, and member of First United Methodist Church.
Richard graduated from Hattiesburg High School in 1960 where he was awarded Spirit and Sportsmanship Awards and attended Boys State. He was also a proud graduate of University of Southern Mississippi where he received his Bachelor of Science in Math and a minor in Physics and was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
Richard served in the United States Navy Reserves for 9 years, including 2 years of active duty. In 1962, he was awarded the Cuban Blockade Medal for his contribution to the Cuban Naval Blockade. He has also been a lifelong member of VFW Post 5335.
His service to Jackson started as early as 1979, when he joined the Jackson Volunteer Fire Department. He would go on to serve on the Jackson City Council representing District 2 (1984 to 1988) and District 3 (1992 to 2000).
After being elected mayor in 2000, he went to work to improve the quality of life for Jackson's residents. During his tenure, the city made major investments and improvements to city infrastructure. Notable projects include the Jackson Police Complex, Municipal Court Building, public library expansion, senior citizens complex, water treatment plant, softball stadium, tennis complex, high school athletic complex and the new downtown fire station.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Jeanette Long Massengale and Carol Long Kirke. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Susan Bolen Long; children, John Edward Long (Laura), Lee Christian Long (Kathy Taylor); grandson John Franklin Long; and brothers, John Allen Long of Tampa, FL and Joseph Michael Long of Albuquerque, NM.
Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Jackson, 146 College Ave. Jackson, AL 36545.
Honorary pallbearers are Doug Walker, JR Moses, Don Shelton, Chase Moses, Don Renegar, Joe Skipper, Betty Powell, Gaines McCorquodale, Bob Bowling, Bobby Bounds, Louis Finlay, Buddy Skipper, Henry Hennington, Josh Bolen, Jim Bolen, Sam Miller, Jonathan Skipper, Mike Furr, Jackie Chastain and John Brown.
In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to First United Methodist Church in Jackson, AL.
It is with so much love in my heart that I remember Dickie. What a wonderful man and dear friend. He was loved by all of his classmates and friends in Hattiesburg.
Family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Cissie Harris DubuissonGautier, Ms 39553, AL
I will greatly miss Richard who alway holds a special place in my heart. A very special person I hold in high esteem.
Gene FosterDuluth, MN
A good kind gentle man with a warm smile that I will not forget. Thank you Dickie
Jim DunnEugene, OR
Dear Susan and family, My sincere condolences... Richard was a gem and loved and respected by so many of us... He will be missed...
Karen JonesSouth Miami, FL
Condolences to the Long family from the Fairweather’s
Bob & Tara FairweatherBirmingham, AL
Please accept my sincerest sympathies on the loss of your father. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Teresa ScroggsJasper, GA
So sorry for your loss. What a great man and full of life! Always put a smile on my face and I enjoyed the relationship we shared over the years! Will have you all in my prayers Susan. Proud he was a Golden Eagle!
spencer adamsmobile, AL
Dickie was a great fraternity brother and friend. My prayers go out for his wife and family
Until we meet again , Marcus Black
Marcus M.BlackCarrollton, TX
I'm saddened to hear the news of Mayor Long's passing. He was a great ambassador for the City of Jackson and I'll always remember him for the hospitality he afforded me and the rest of the SET Enterprises team down in Jackson. Blessings to his family. He will be greatly missed.
Kenneth PachlaShelby Township, MI
Deepest sympathy in your loss. Unable to attend service in person, but my heart is with you all.
Lynda Bolen ChastainJackson, AL
So sorry to hear about Richard. Y’all are in my thoughts and prayers!!! 🙏🏻
Elizabeth Ann WhiteheadJackson, AL
Sorry for your loss.
NICK RISKHATTIESBURG, MS
You will be soooo missed! So glad I got to know you and was your classmate all these years🙏🙏❣️Prayers for your family for their loss.
Michelle Woodruff "Mike" ShoubHattiesburg, MS
So sorry to hear this sad news. He and his entire family were an important part of my life for many years. He will be missed!
Marilyn DillistoneHattiesburg, MS
Dickie was a classmate in Hattiesburg MS. He had the ability to turn a gray day into a sunny one for everyone. His personality was enormous and we all felt love for him. He will be sadly missed by all his classmates from Hattiesburg. Rest in peace, my dear friend!
Charla Sanford BendinskyWilmington, DE
Billy ScruggsHattiesburg, MS
With love and prayers I send to you, Dickie and your family, remembering our sweet times spent in Hattiesburg.
Honey Odom KirilaBrevard, NC
Thoughts and prayers are with the Long Family.
John CummingsAtlanta, GA
Heartfelt sympathy to Susan and the family. Mayor Long was a great and true friend to my dad, the late J. W. Andrews, and our family as well. He and daddy worked for many years together on the City Council and were genuine friends....they loved each other. The Andrews Family is honored to have known Richard Long.
Harriette Andrews-DouglasJackson, AL
My deepest sympathy to your family. Dickie was a wonderful man and all ways put other's before himself. When Harry passed away in 2015. Dickie was one of the first from his and my husbands graduating class to call me. I'll always remember his kind words and remember his smile. He's now walking with Carol as they both have left their foot prints in
our hearts. My prayers are with you all. With love, Beverly Thomas
Beverly ThomasAurora, CO
Susan this breaks my heart. I thought so much of Richard. He was always so very nice and helpful when Melody and i would come to Jackson. We also enjoyed the visits we had with you two at your home. Please know that I will keep you in my prayers.
Jackie HarbuckHelena, AL
Edgar MoodyHermosa Beach, DE
Dickie was a friend to ALL. What an service oriented life he lead. Heaven must be ready for action!
Vivian Rushing LacosteJackson, MS