Bobby Joe Long, 82, peacefully entered Heaven’s gates Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. Born Sept. 6, 1938, he was the son of the late Henry Joe and Geneva Long. He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Guy “Buddy” Long and Winston “Tony” Long; and a graddaughter, Amber Long.
Bobby was a graduate of the Nakina High School class of 1957. He was a member of the adult Sunday school class of Pine Level Freewill Baptist Church. He was a member of Simmons Bay Hunting Club where he enjoyed hunting and listening to his dogs. He worked most of his life as a construction worker and later retired from the Columbus County School System. He was a member with the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball and Softball Association serving 50 years as an umpire. He was a devoted North Carolina Tar Heels Fan.
Visitation was held Sunday, Nov. 22 in the Inman Ward Funeral Home Chapel. His funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery in Nakina.
He is survived by the mother of his children, Betty W. Long of Nakina; two daughters, Debbie Ward (John) and Carol McDevitt (Vince), both of Nakina; one son, Billy Joe Long (Amanda), of Nakina; seven grandchildren, Hope Byrd (Joe), Amanda Davis (Greg), Justin Ward, Chris McDevitt, Nathan McDevitt (Morgan), Brandon Long and Dylan Long; three step grandchildren, Matthew Caison (Savanna), Gavin Caison (Megan) and Jordan Caison (Katie); eight great-grandchildren, Colby Byrd, Grace Byrd, Brianna Wright, Carson Davis, Marissa Burnett, Connor McDevitt, Parker McDevitt, Quinn McDevitt; and a special friend, Sarah Long.
The family expresses great appreciation for all the kindness that has been bestowed on them during this difficult time.
A guest register is available at inmanwardfuneralhome.com.