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William "Buddy" Franklin Long

William "Buddy" Franklin Long, 82, of Gastonia passed away July 31, 2019 at the Robin Johnson Hospice House in Dallas.  He was born on October 27, 1936 to the late William and Mable Featherston Long.  Buddy was a long time Painting Contractor.  He had a love for all of Elvis' music but most of all he had a special love for his family. 

Buddy is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Margie Long; sons, James Long and wife Melissa and Rodney Long and wife Margo; sisters, Lela DiBruno and Mary Reese; 9 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Belmont with Rev. Mike Whisnant officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to help the family with funeral costs.  You may do so by clicking on the green 'Appeal for Donations' tab to the left of the screen under Buddy's picture.

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Thoughts and prayers, good friend, he'll be missed

Junior & Denise Adcock neighbors Aug 2 2019 12:00 AM


From his loving wife and family

Expression of Sympathy Aug 2 2019 12:00 AM

Rodney and family,
My deepest condolences to you and your family.

Bobby Barnes Aug 2 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William "Buddy" Long

The Staff of Benson Funeral & Cremation Services ~ Aug 1 2019 12:00 AM

Jimmy,Melissa and family,
We just want you to know you are in our prayers.
In much Love and Prayers,
Jack and Georgia Frost

Georgia Frost Aug 1 2019 12:00 AM