Mr. Samuel Preston Long, Jr., 95, of Charleston, SC, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, October 28, 2018.
The relatives and friends of Mr. Samuel Preston Long, Jr. are invited to attend his Funeral Service 11:00 AM, Friday, November 2, 2018 at First Baptist Church of James Island, 1110 Camp Road, James Island, SC. Interment - Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort, SC. Viewing will be held Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM at the mortuary.
On November 12, 1922, in Helena, Arkansas, the Reverend Samuel Preston Long and Geneva Diamond Thompson Long gave birth to twins. The oldest was named Samuel Preston Long, Jr. He and his eight siblings grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. Six of his siblings, Juanita Monts, Barbara Hill, Ernestine Washington, Lucius Long (his twin), Newton Long, and Herman Long preceded him in death.
After he graduated from Dunbar Junior College in 1941, he joined the United States Army. Initially, Samuel was stationed in Windsor Locks, Connecticut for basic training where he met his future wife. His active duty was in the European Theater for the duration of World War II. After the war, Samuel attended Morehouse College pursuing a double major in political science and history, graduating in 1948. Later that year, on August 22, a Morehouse classmate, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr, married him to Ruth Argenis Bussey. They moved to Hartford, Connecticut, where their three children were born. Samuel began his career working for the Internal Revenue Service. He and his wife were active at Union Baptist Church where he served as Financial Secretary. In 1959 the family moved to San Bernardino, California where he began working at Norton Air Force as a Logistics Officer and served at Calvary Baptist Church. When he was transferred to McClellan Air Force Base, the family moved to Rancho Cordova, California where he was active in the community and at Cordova Baptist Church. Samuel retired in 1984 and began to enjoy traveling with his wife. In 1998 he and Ruth celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in grand style. A few months later Ruth suffered a stroke and in early 1999, passed away.
At the age of 79, Sam moved in to his first apartment, on his own, in Trenton, New Jersey. He joined Shiloh Baptist Church, served as President of Carteret Arms Tenant Association, and as President of the Senior Club at Reading Senior Center. In 2017, Samuel, along with his daughter and son-in-law, relocated to Charleston, SC where he united with First Baptist Church of James Island and participated in activities at the Low Country Senior Center.
Mr. Long is survived by his children, Gwendolyn Harris (Jerome), Niyonu Geri Cheeks (Eusi) and Samuel Preston Long, III (Kathy); brothers, Charles Long (Alice) and Jerome Long (Patricia); granddaughter, Krista Danielle Long; and a host of other relatives and friends.