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Laverne Long

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at White & Mahon Funeral Home in Troy, with burial following in Mount Ararat Cemetery near Troy. Dan Huggins will officiate.
The family will receive friends from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Williams, Hayward Laster, Randy Thetford, Glen Reed, Jimmie Jones and Fred Hancock.
She was born Sept. 2, 1917, in Troy, daughter of the late Otis and Lexie Mae (Long) King. She had been married to William Mack Long, who died Dec. 20, 1997.
Mrs. Long had been a cafeteria worker at the former Westover School and the former Miles School. She was a member of Exchange Street Church of Christ.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Ferrell of Union City; her son, John Mack Long of Union City; three grandchildren and their spouses, Tim and Shannon Ferrell of Wichita, Kan., Chad Long of Nashville and Bridgette and Todd Keller of Murray, Ky.; four great-grandchildren, Kennedy Keller of Murray and London Ferrell, Alister Ferrell and Anthony Ferrell, all of Wichita; her brother, Randall King of Troy; and two sisters, Betty Fitz of Troy and Rachal Alexander of Michigan.
She was also preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website:

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  1. Cindy Gray on March 13, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Laverne Long was my Grandma Eunice Grimes’ sister-in-law, so in essence she was my Great-Aunt Laverne. Her husband, my Uncle Mack, was my Grandma’s younger brother. It is fitting that Aunt Laverne be called Great because she really was a great person. Some of my fondest memories as a child were traveling from Michigan with my mom, Adele (Grimes) Gray; my dad, Don Gray; and my sisters Connie (Gray) Sink and Cathy (Gray) Wagenschutz. My Grandma Eunice and Grandpa Sam Grimes lived on N. 4th Street in Union City, TN; I can still see the house in my mind’s eye. We visited my grandparents in TN many, many times, and I always loved it so much. I remember them playing Rook cards and having so much fun, and Aunt Laverne and Uncle Mack were always a part of their joy and fellowship. They cooked wonderful meals, enjoyed going to “the lake” which was Reelfoot Lake for fish dinners. I remember lots of red birds that lived there, my mom’s favorite bird. I know that Aunt Laverne was my mom’s favorite aunt too, and she and my Grandma Eunice were like sisters. I pray they are all reunited in Heaven right now, and I look forward to seeing them again some day, if it’s the Lord’s will, as Grandma used to say. Blessings to Barbara Ferrell and Johnny Mack Long, she nearly made it to 100!!! Love you all, Cindy Gray (Michigan) now in Sedona, Arizona. I hope to come see you maybe next year, with Connie and Cathy, we’ll go to the Lake for dinner.

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