Stephen E. Long
BRONX, New York – “Steve,” as everyone called him loved his children, grandchildren, family, friends and acquaintances. Steve was a man of independent thinking, integrity, purpose, honor and action. Food feasts were always a centerpiece of his gatherings and any rendezvous. You would always be treated to genuine hugs, spine splitting laughs, unforgettable lectures, outstanding meals and historical walks through past events and great memories. One of his famous quotes: “Courtesy doesn’t cost a dime and love what loves you.” Steve prided himself on treating everyone with courtesy and respect.
Steve was born to his parents, Thomas E. and Melcena Long (deceased) in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. Steve and his sister, Clara Long Hardy were very close and fully dedicated to each other until her passing in 2012. Steve graduated from Georgie Tyler High School in Windsor, where he played varsity basketball and was known as a scholastic achiever. He was smart, handsome, well known and popular. At 18, Steve joined the United States Army to begin his career. He served a two-year tour of duty in Vietnam and following his honorable discharge, moved to New York City, New York.
Steve was a Sr. Officer in the New York Police Department for 30 years before retiring and enjoying life his way. He received various promotions and various recognition awards over his career. He believed in hard work, perfect attendance, perseverance, mastering his skills and most importantly, coming home to his family every day.
Steve was an avid reader, historian and he loved country music, gospel music, ice water, cooking and being well dressed in his tailored suits and shirts. His motto, “work smart not hard,” “save a dollar – money doesn’t spoil.” Education was a must for his children and grandchildren. Their pursuit of academics, good grades, achievements, graduations and degrees delighted his heart. Early in life, Steve was baptized at Piney Grove Baptist Church in Franklin. Maintaining a very serious relationship with Almighty God, he did not hesitate sharing his knowledge and beliefs to help anyone in their application of God’s word in everyday life.
Losing his beloved Stephanie Long in 2019 and Sharlene Long in 2021, was very difficult and painful for Steve; one of the hardest things for a parent to encounter in life. Steve had a personal and individual relationship with all of his family. His beloved children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Collectively and lovingly his family and friends mourn his passing. As the family contemplates and ponders the last two months of Steve’s life we are certain Steve made peace with Almighty God and asked to come home – no more sickness or pain; medicine, doctors or hospitals – just free and present with the Lord.
All services for Steve will be private.
A service with dignity will be conducted by Wm. M. Johnson & Sons Funeral Home Inc., 224 South Main Street, Franklin. Please share your condolences with the family at wmjohnsonandsons.com
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