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 William E. “Uncle Chuck” Long

William E. “Uncle Chuck” Long

Death 15 Oct 2012 (aged 58)
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered
Memorial ID 100121662 · View Source
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William E. Long, 58, affectionately known as "Uncle Chuck" or Bill to his friends, left this world on October 15, 2012, doing what he loved to do, driving a truck.

The accident happened in Brownsville, TN, while he was delivering water to a well on a county road. He's now driving for the angels.

He was born August 16, 1954 in Memphis, TN, residing in Oakland, TN.

He was in the first high school graduating class of Rossville Academy in 1969. During his high school years, he played basketball, being the tallest player on the team at 6'3".

He served in the United States Navy between 1976 and 1982, touring the Mediterranean and many other countries.

He was a nomad and free-spirit, working for numerous cable companies or driving an 18 wheeler, traveling all over the United States from Florida to Utah, Texas to New Jersey.

He loved unconditionally, whether it had two or four legs.

He never married; living his life through simple pleasures, not caring what anyone thought of his crazy hair, what he said or drove, or how he lived. He found humor in everything with his infectious laugh being his trademark. He loved Christmas and always had a gift for everyone, even spending his last nickel to buy Christmas gifts.

He loved to prowl flea markets, garage sales and junk stores to find the BEST Christmas presents.

His family never knew what he would come in the door with wrapped in newspaper, cereal or tea boxes or anything else he could find. Those were the fun things that we still laugh about.

One Christmas he bleached his beard white to see our reaction. He was our Santa Claus and will be sorely missed, but particularly at Christmas.

He was an avid reader of science fiction and his favorite comic book character was Batman. He loved all types of music: ZZ TOP, Jimmy Buffett, Fleetwood Mac, but had a soft spot for The Carpenters.

He loved to tinker on any type of motor or electrical equipment. He would gather up old bicycles and repair them, giving them to underprivileged kids.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, R.D. and Alma Ruth Long; brother, Earl A. Long (2011); and nephew, Michael Mullins (2011).

Left behind to remember his fun loving heart are his siblings, M. Gayle Buyny (Frank) of Bartlett, TN, R. Glynn Long (Nancy) of Oakland, TN and Emily L. Brooksbank (Walter) of Nesbit, MS; nephews, David Buyny (Lynn), Michael Andrew Long (Alyssa); nieces, Lynda Murphy (Ralph), Sharon Litton (Doug) and Helen Oare (Jim); along with four great-nieces and three great-nephews; oh, and we can't forget his favorite black cats Pooky I & Pooky II. They will be lost without him but will be well taken care of.

His final wish was to be cremated and his ashes spread at Tunica Cutoff, MS where he spent many a day with his dad fishing and telling tall tales.

A celebration of life will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, November 11, at Peeples Funeral Home - West Chapel, 10670 Hwy. 64, Oakland, TN. 901-465-3535

Published in The Commercial Appeal on November 4, 2012


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  • Created by: Linda Wayman
  • Added: 4 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100121662
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William E. “Uncle Chuck” Long (16 Aug 1954–15 Oct 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100121662, ; Maintained by Linda Wayman (contributor 47152231) Cremated, Ashes scattered.