Tom Long

Thursday, January 17, 2008

ADVANCE, Mo. -- Thomas Evans "Tom" Long, 61, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, in his sleep at his home in Houston.

He was born Feb. 21, 1946, in Painton, Mo., son of Evans and Georgia Flowers Long.

Tom was a 1964 graduate of Advance High School, and a graduate of Bailey Technical School of St. Louis.

He was a Christian, saved and baptized, as well as being a former member of New Hope Baptist Church, now known as First General Baptist Church of Advance, before moving to Texas.

He was owner of Long and Co., a designer and producer of custom frames in Houston.

Tom was married to the former Karen Hayes, and to this union was born two sons who survive, Thomas Long of Houston, and James Long a CSI/E6 in the U.S. Navy in Seattle. He married Karen D. Kegley July 3, 1997.

Surviving him in life is his wife Karen of the home; sons Tommy and James (Katie); stepchildren, Brian Kegley and Debbie Kegley of Houston; three grandbabies and two stepgrandbabies, Trevor, Trinity, Tristan, Zachary and Cameron; a brother, Fred Long of Advance; three sisters, Vivian Vanscoy (Harold) Hart of Bell City, Mo., Donna (Carrol) Myers of Pevely, Mo., and his twin sister, Linda (Don) Stephens of Redford, Mo.; many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a baby; two grandbabies; two brothers, Rodney Long and Grover Long; and a sister, Carol Hurt.

He enjoyed fishing, laughing and most of all he loved being with family.

Friends may call from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday at First Baptist Church of Advance.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, with the Rev. Don Stephens, his brother-in-law, officiating.

His immediate family will scatter his ashes as per his wishes.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Heart Association or the church or charity of choice.

Announcement courtesy of Morgan Funeral Home in Advance.

cq Morgan