Jerry Lynn Long passed away August 19, 2017
Mr. Jerry Lynn Long of Newport, Arkansas departed this life on August 19, 2017, at the age of 71. He was born June 19, 1946, at home in Tuckerman, the son of Orvel M. Long and Ruby Aline Williams Long.
Jerry enlisted in the United States Army in January of 1970 and was honorably discharged in January of 1973, serving during the Vietnam War. Upon his discharge for the U.S. Army, Jerry returned to Newport and joined the Newport Police Department where he served for over twenty years. During his tenure at the Police Department he worked his way up the ranks to serve as Chief of Police. During that time, he was honored to be chosen and accepted into the FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia. Jerry also worked for the Newport Fire Department during his twenty years of service to the City of Newport. Following his retirement from the City in 1993, Jerry served as a court bailiff for the United States Marshall Service until 1997. He then went on to pursue a career as a postal carrier for the United States Postal Service retiring in 2008. Jerry then began working as an instructional assistant helping 5th and 6th grade children, at Albright and Newport Elementary Schools. He was much more than an instructional assistant, he was a mentor and father figure to many students, always encouraging them to do what is right in life.
Jerry was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church. An active member of the community he also was a member of the Jackson Masonic Lodge #191 F&AM, a 32° Mason, and a member of the Neil-Griffin American Legion Post 47, Collier-Massey VFW Post 4683, and the National Mail Carriers Association.
He loved to work outside in his yard. Jerry also enjoyed wood-working and had become an accomplished wood-worker. He was an avid sports fan, and was a great supporter of the Greyhounds, Tuckerman Bulldogs, Hogs, Red Wolves, and Cardinals.
Anyone who knew Jerry Long, knew that above all he loved his family. He loved being active with his friends and family, and most importantly, he cherished all the time he spent with his family and loved ones.
Mr. Long was preceded in death by his father, Orvel Long; his mother Ruby Aline Williams of Tuckerman; two brothers, Elvis Long and Edward Orville Long; and his father-in-law, Claud A. Foushee.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Sally, of the home; two daughters, Heather Long and Melanie Long O’Tinger, and husband, Jonathan, all of Newport; two grandchildren, Collin Tate O’Tinger, and Landry Kate O’Tinger; his brothers and sisters, Toby Long of Leslie, Arkansas, Johnny Long and wife, Teresa, of Newport, Dean Williams and wife, Sue, of Tuckerman, Danny Adams and wife, Melinda, of Tuckerman, Terry Adams of Tuckerman, Joyce Gates of Tuckerman, Pat Moody of Tuckerman, and Reba Fears and husband, Charlie, of Tuckerman, his mother-in-law, Helen Goad Foushee of Newport; his brother-in-law, Scott Foushee and wife, Janet, of Newport; 26 nieces and nephews; and a lifetime of friends
Friends may visit at the funeral home, Tuesday, 5-8 p.m. Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Greg Dills officiating. Interment will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Cpt. Larry Dulaney, Lt. Allen Edwards, Ret. Lt. Pat McGee, Ret. CID Chuck Benish, Dale Ball, Sam Nicholson, Bryan Smith, and Doug Cockrill. Honorary pallbearers are Members of the Newport Police Department, the Newport Fire Department, The Suddenlink Family, Newport Elementary 5th and 6th grade Teachers.
Memorials may be made to The Gideons, at www2.gideons.org/donate; The Wounded Warrior Project, PO BOX 758516, Topeka, KS 66675; or First Baptist Church Missions.
To light a memorial candle, leave a message of condolence, or sign the guest register, please visit our website at www.jacksonsfh.com
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.