Al was living in Dallas when he passed away after a prolonged illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Arthur Lee Long and Mabel Wilson Long, and his loving wife of fifty nine years, Rose Mary Crawford Long.
Survivors include his daughter Mary Long Davis and her husband Weldon Davis, his daughter Lila Long Pond and her husband Paul Pond, his son Tony Long and his wife Sharon, his son Lee Long and his wife Charlotte, fifteen grandchildren and their spouses, fifteen great grandchildren, his niece Shirley Ann Holloway and her husband Tom and his cousin Virginia Hannah.
In 2004, Al and Rose Mary moved from Groves to Dallas to be near their children. A professional musician and music educator, Al gave his life to nurturing children in his positions as a school band director and school principal for fifty two years, serving as band director at Groves Junior High School from 1951 – 1961, band director at Port Neches–Groves High School from 1961 – 1981, band director at Aztec New Mexico High School from 1982 – 1985, and band director and principal at Cathedral in the Pines Christian School in Beaumont from 1985 - 2000.
In addition to teaching and directing the musical interests of students, Al was an avid musician throughout his life, playing both the trumpet and french horn in church orchestras, symphonic orchestras and jazz ensembles in East Texas and Southeast Texas. Al continued in this venue when he moved to Dallas, by becoming an active member of the New Horizons Concert Band and Upswing, New Horizon's Stage Band, and by becoming a member of the brass section of the orchestra at First Presbyterian Church of Dallas.
As a music educator, Al always expected the best of himself and his students, resulting in numerous State level competition sweepstakes and first division awards for his bands and individual band members. Al held lifetime Texas Education Agency Certificates in all levels for Music, Secondary Math, Superintendent, Principal and Supervisor. He was a Charter member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, a lifetime member of the American Radio Relay League, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, a member of Phi Beta Mu International School Bandmaster Fraternity and a 32nd degree, 50 year member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Groves Lodge No. 1315, Groves, Texas.
In earlier years, Al attained the rank of Master Sergeant in the Texas Army National Guard.
Rose Mary Crawford Long
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