Garfield Henry Long, Sr.

Born: Sat., Oct. 19, 1946
Died: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018


6:00 PM to 12:00 AM, Fri., Oct. 26, 2018
Location: Bethabara

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Oct. 27, 2018
Location: Bethabara

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Garfield Henry Long Sr., 72, of Cherokee, passed away at his home on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018.

Garfield was a kind, considerate man. He never met a stranger and was faithful to share his love for the Lord with others. He had friends everywhere and is known both locally and away from here as a Cherokee craftsmen. He is well known locally by most stick ball players and has supplied ball sticks,  especially at fair time, for many years.  A wood carver and dough bowl maker, his talent was endless. Garfield loved most of all to play and sing gospel music. He started singing with his mom and dad at an early age. Garfield has tried to pass along his love for the Lord by example to many people, especially children. He has also taught them to carve and carry on Cherokee traditions. A first language speaker, he always shared the Cherokee language and taught others as he could. Garfield went out of his way to help others, never asking for anything in return. He will be missed by many.  He worked in maintenance at the Cherokee Museum for 14 years until he retired and was a member of the Bethabara Baptist Church.  

Garfield is survived by his wife, Gail Panther-Long; his children, Garfield Long Jr. of Cherokee, James Long of Cherokee, Eugene Long of Cherokee, Charles Welch of Cherokee, and his step children, Deino Panther, James Panther, Rodney Panther, Allana Panther, Jared Panther, and Delbert Ross.  Garfield is also survived by 8 grandchildren, Mason Long, Cody Long, Sadie Long, Teresa Long, Maggie Welch, Hunter Welch, Emily Welch, and Walker Welch, his 3 great grandchildren, Me-li Long, Delilah Long, and Elijah Townsend, as well as his step grandchildren, Kendra Panther, Nevayah Panther, Kylan Panther, Jalee Panther, Marla Panther, McKyan Panther, Timbi Panther, Draylon Panther, Kayandra Youngdeer, Ostani Youngdeer, Elijah Youngdeer, Jeremiah Locust III, Emaliyah Wolfe, Ares Paul, and A.J. Terry. Garfield is also survived by his brother John Long, and his special friends, Ken and Bea Smith.

Garfield was preceded in death by his father, Posey Long, and his mother, Bessie Catolster Long. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, David and Wilbur Long, as well as his sister-in-law, Barbara Long; also one uncle, Abel Catolster.

A visitation will be held at Bethabara Baptist Church on Friday, October 26th, 2018 from 6:00 pm until 12 midnight and the funeral service will be held at the church as well on Saturday, October 27th, 2018 at 2:00 pm. Bro. Ernie Stiles, and Pastor Eddie Sherrill will officiate. Burial will follow, at the Long Family Cemetery on Long Branch Rd.

The pallbearers will be as follows, Cody Long, Delbert Ross, Eugene long, Deino Panther, Walker Welch, Tylor Keffer, and Farrell Oocumma.

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Terry Greene
   Posted Sat October 27, 2018
Dear Family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dear loved one. Our loving Creator never planned for death to be part of his original plan. There is such a loving scripture found at Revelation 21: 3 & 4 which reads: With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say " Look! The tent of God is with mankind and he will reside with them, And they will be his people, And God himself will be with them, And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be any more. The Former things have passed away " I hope these words help you find comfort and also give you hope for our near future.

Kathy( Volunteer Minister)
   Posted Mon December 24, 2018
To The Family,
My wife and I did not have the pleasure of knowing Mr. Garfield Henry Long, Sr, but in reading the obituary one can clearly understand why he will be greatly missed.As a volunteer minister I read obituary columns on a regular basis. No words however kindly meant, can sooth your pain away. Many words will be expressed, yet we know God can and will provide to you and your family everything that is needed to care and sustain your hearts at this sad time. Isaiah 41:10,13.

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