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Donald Keith Long

Posted By Hall-Wynne On December 2, 2018 @ 5:12 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 17 Comments

DURHAM – Donald Keith Long, 67, passed away on November 30, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Donald was born November 6, 1951 to James A. Long, Jr. and Anita Umstead Long.

Donald was a graduate of Jordan High School and attended Mars Hill College. In his career, he worked for Long Beverage Inc. as an Office Manager. He went on to become a successful Design Consultant for many years.

Donald will be remembered for his kindness to all. He was happiest when surrounded by his family and friends. He was an adored brother, uncle, and friend to all who knew him. He was most proud of his nieces and nephews as well as his great nieces and nephews who brought him so much joy.

Donald is survived by his sister Anita “Sissie” Long Shore, his brothers Rodney Michael Long, David “Crockett” Long and fiancé Stephany Del Re’, Thomas Umstead Long, his sister-in-law Joy Farthing Long, and brother-in-law James Stewart Woodard.

He is also survived by his nieces Robin Braly Castillo and husband Steve, Tracy Long Willis, Corie Long Latta and husband Daniel, Erin Shore Graham and husband Dylon; Macey Long Englebright and husband Kirk; and nephew Bradley Thomas Shore and wife Audrey.

Survivors also include his great nieces and nephews Bailey, Anne Marsh and Davie Castillo, Tanner and Colin Willis, Aidan, Brody, and Callie Latta, Quinn and Madison Graham, Skylar Englebright, and Dawson, Bennett, and Campbell Shore.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, his brother James Alvis Long, his sisters-in-law Mary Anne Long and Anne Satterfield Long, and his nephew David Norman Long Jr.

The family will greet friends on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 6-8 PM at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 5 at 2:00 PM at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church located at 504 West Chapel Hill Street, Durham, NC 27701.  Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Durham.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to UNC Lineberger The Mary Anne Long Patient & Family Resource Center, 101 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, or in honor of David Norman Long, Jr to Jim Valvano Kids Klassic, Duke Children’s Hospital, 2301 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27710.

Condolences for the family of “Donald Keith Long”

Condolence from Yvonne Ellis on December 2nd, 2018 8:16 pm

Anita, I am so sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. Know we are thinking of you at this difficult time.

Condolence from Dean & Betty Strickland on December 2nd, 2018 8:20 pm

RIP sweet Donald! You gave such joy to those around you and always encouraged and remained positive! Our family loved you and you shared great joy with us all! We will miss your sweet smile and your kind heart. Our prayer is that your friends & loved ones will cherish their happy memories and cherish each thought! You will be missed! Dean & Betty Strickland

Condolence from Randy Long Whitfueld on December 2nd, 2018 9:35 pm

Love you, Donald Keith!

Condolence from Eleanor Cox on December 3rd, 2018 6:04 am

I had the pleasure of working with Donald in the late 70’s. I was his supervisor but we became fast friends. I remember once being faced with the task of my first wallpapering attempt and he offered to step in to help. He basically completed the whole job beautifully! I have many fond memories of him and wish the family love and peace at this sad time.

Condolence from Sylvia Porter Gregory on December 3rd, 2018 1:26 pm

Donald was such a neat guy…..he was always fun to talk to and had a smile for everyone! Met him years ago when the Longs lived across the street from my sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Edna and Earl Kellam. Through family contacts our paths would cross through the years and it was always fun to visit! My deepest sympathy to all the family….

Condolence from Chris and Chrystel Rogers on December 3rd, 2018 6:30 pm

Really enjoyed meeting Donald. He always had some jokes or something to make you laugh. Our kids enjoyed spending time with him since he would allow them to get away with anything.
He was one of many great assets for our family.
We are lucky to have him within our family.

Condolence from John McLean on December 4th, 2018 7:45 am

May the peace of God’s grace be with you all. The sting of losing a loved one is difficult but the love and light they shared helps to ease a heavy heart. I’m sorry for the loss of your beloved Donald.

Condolence from Carol Robins Battle on December 4th, 2018 10:21 am

Rodney, Sissy and Crockett,
On behalf of all the Robins family, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of Donald. I know he will be sorely missed. Please know we are thinking of you ALL and will keep you in our prayers during this difficult time.

Jim Robins, Doug Robins , Barbara Robins and Carol Robins Battle

Condolence from Linwood Wilson on December 4th, 2018 9:28 pm

Thoughts and prayers with the family during this sad time. May God Bless you all!

Condolence from Nancy Upchurch Dixon on December 4th, 2018 9:49 pm

I am so sorry to hear about Donald he was an old friend growing up and went to church with him and his family. Prayers to all of you.
Nancy Upchurch Dixon

Condolence from Krista, Luke, David, Joshua, & Samuel on December 5th, 2018 11:45 am

Anita, we are so sorry to hear about your brother’s passing. Sending love and light to you and your family. Xoxo

Condolence from Donna King on December 5th, 2018 3:23 pm

I will always remember all the times Donald and William Strickland helped with my many projects at my home. Such a great guy. Thinking of all of you with my condolences.

Condolence from Jean Chapin on December 5th, 2018 7:55 pm

Anita, I am so sorry to hear about Donald passing! I am thinking and praying for you and all of your family!

Condolence from Carolyn Eaves Dav on December 5th, 2018 11:05 pm

To all of the great Long family,

Don is one of my best memories of high school in Durham at Jordan High School. He was always warm, made you feel good as a person and a friend, and exuded positive energy! I know that continued for his entire life and certainly to all whom he loved in your family. I send prayers of comfort and hope that you can enjoy beautiful memories of his legacy soon.

Much Love,

Carolyn Eaves

Condolence from Ron Kellam on December 6th, 2018 9:02 am

So sorry to hear about Donald Keith’s passing. There are many fond memories of the old Shepherd St. neighborhood gang growing up together. Now, another has left us. Will be praying for the Long family during the days ahead.

Ron Kellam

Condolence from DEBRA KATHRYN BERGSTROM on December 10th, 2018 1:16 pm

Dear Sissie, Rodney, Crockett and Tommy

I am so sorry to hear of Donald’s passing. I have all good memories of growing up with the Long family on Princeton Dr.(now Ave.). Hard to believe that was more than 50 years ago!

In heartfelt sympathy, my thoughts and prayers are with you all and your loved ones.

Sincerely, Debbie Bergstrom

Condolence from Carolyn Evans on December 10th, 2018 4:42 pm

Crockett and family:
So sorry for the loss of your brother Donald. May you find comfort in the Lord. My prayers are with you all.
Crockett I still miss seeing you..Carolyn Evans

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