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Jimmie Wayne Long, 65, passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at his home in Kansas City, MO of cancer. He was born August 5, 1948 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, the son of Mary Katherine Long and Cecil Marvin (deceased) and Opal Long. The brother of David Long.
Jim joined the Marine Corp in 1965 and spent 14 months in Vietnam fighting for our freedom. Despite being wounded in action, he was able to complete his duty and was honorably discharged in 1970.
On June 17, 1979 he married the love of his life Virginia (Ginny) Hadsall. Their relationship was based on respect, honor, and love and served as a true example of what marriage is meant to be. They have two children, Michael (39) and Nicole (32) and gained a son-in-law, Jason Starnes in 2011. They dreamed of being grandparents and were blessed with three grandchildren, Kody Hawk (21), Jaxton Starnes (1 ½), and Ambria Starnes (4 months). Jim was also a HUGE animal lover and was rarely seen without his four legged companion, Rowdy, by his side.
Jim had an extreme love for automobiles and turned this passion into a lifelong career as a technician. He was extremely proud of his Native American heritage and belonged to the Northern Cherokee Nation Tribe, at times serving as a council member. Jim was also a member of the Heart of America Boat Club (Lake of the Ozarks) for nearly 20 years. He loved being on the water and loved sharing this experience with others. He was a fun-loving and kind-hearted man that will leave behind this legacy in the hearts of those he touched throughout his life.
A “Celebration of Life” will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, Missouri 64133 (816) 313-1677. In lieu flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the family and would be greatly appreciated, c/o Virginia Long, PO Box 452, Liberty, MO 64069. A grave side service will be held this Spring at the Greenfield Cemetery of Cedar County in Jericho Springs, MO. Details to follow.
Kathy Young Kehr says
Ginny, Michael, and Nicole,
What a wonderful tribute to Jimmie! He truly was a kind-hearted man who loved the outdoors and having fun times! I remember visiting him at the Lake and having fun riding in his boat! He always had a smile on his face and I loved hearing him say “Sugar”, in his sweet southern drawl. My prayers and love are with you now during this sad time. He may be gone from this earth but he lives on in my heart and in many memories.
Keith and Pat young says
Dear Ginny, Nicole,Jason, Michael and. Family. We are truly so sorry about your loss of Jimmy. We always enjoyed
Keith and Pat young says
We always enjoyed Jimmy’s friendly,happy smile. Keith said it best “Jimmy was a really good man”. We know he will be greatly missed. Hugs to all. Please call if we can do anythongs
JANEY AND JEFF HOLMAN says
Ginny and family, We will never forget our wonderful, relaxed, too-short, mini vacation at the lake with you and Jimmy last summer. And Michael too. Jimmy lived life to the fullest, we will sorely miss him with his kind and gentle soul! Love from Janey, Jeff, Tracy, and Amy
Gary & Theresa Staab says
We enjoyed our visits with you and Jim and Gary loved to talk cars with him. You both have always been welcoming and friendly to us and we will miss him. Our prayers are for comfort for all of you. It was a sweet time last week for our last visit with you, David & Jim.