Graham Memorial Cemetery
Pryor Creek, Mayes, Oklahoma
James Melton Long © Enid News and Eagle
June 23, 2018
Submitted by: Glen Shroads
James Melton Long passed away in Enid, Oklahoma, on June 18, 2018, after a short illness.
He was born on November 10, 1922, the son of Jasper Erve and Luetta (McClelland) Long. He graduated from Jay High School.
He then served in the military with The First Army and fought in five major battles, including Normandy and The Bulge.
Upon discharge from the army, he attended Cameron Junior College in Lawton, Oklahoma. After that, he was a game ranger with Oklahoma Fish and Game Department for a number of years.
He next attended Oklahoma State University where he was awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Horticulture. He went to work for OSU Extension Service as a horticultural area agent in Enid, Oklahoma, for 23 years until retirement.
He was involved in many activities in retirement and enjoyed working in his workshop on various projects. He loved woodworking and his family thought he could build or fix anything. He was a carpenter, welder, beekeeper, electrician and plumber in addition to other skills.
He will be forever remembered as a loving, dedicated husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. Always an engaging sense of humor - he loved the sound of laughter and jokes, and pranks delighted him. His enduring legacy will be a life characterized by quiet dignity, humble servanthood, love of God's creation, and selfless dedication to his family.
James is survived by his wife of 67 years, Cleta; daughter, Karen and husband Jack; son, Randy and his wife Lori; and son Brette.
Grandchildren include Jamie Angel, Katy Long and Emily Long, and great-granddaughter, Addyson Angel.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Erve and Luetta Long; brother Carl and infant brother, Jasper Ray.
Funeral service is 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 22, 2018, in the Life Fellowship Church with the Reverend David Jarboe officiating. Burial follows in the Graham Memorial Cemetery.
Visitation is 6-8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2018, at Shipman's Funeral and Cremation Service.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Life Fellowship Church Building Fund, Pryor, Oklahoma, in care of Shipman Funeral & Cremation Service P.O. Box 217 Pryor, Oklahoma 74362.
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