ASH — Robert Wayne Long, 73, passed away Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at his home.
Wayne was born Feb. 9, 1948, in Columbus County and was a son of the late Robert Edgar and Ruby Taylor Long. In addition to his parents, Wayne was preceded in death by a twin sister, Mary Jane Connor.
Wayne was raised on a farm and graduated as the class valedictorian from Nakina High School. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science Degree from North Carolina State University and then his Juris of Doctorate Degree from North Carolina Central University.
Over the years, he held positions as a police officer, probation/parole officer, practicing attorney and was elected judge of the 13th Judicial District, which was then Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties. Wayne was a friend to many people and a loving father to his four children. He was a veteran and member of the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force Reserve. He was also a member of Grace Baptist Church, Shallotte.
Surviving are two sons, Bob Long (Merinda) and Jeff Long, both of Ash; two daughters, Angela W. McLeod (the Rev. William McLeod) of Little River, South Carolina, and Julie Long (Steven Norris) of Cerro Gordo; sister, Carrie Ann Tripp (Bill) of Ash; grandchildren, Tyler Long (Kalah), Faith Long Davis (Justin), Haley Long, Alexis McLeod, Maggie McLeod, Makayla Canady, Brooke Norris and Jacob Norris; one great grandchild, Carter Long; and special niece and nephew, Regina Connor and Lee Connor.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 17, at New Britton Baptist Church, Ash. Interment will follow in Brunswick Memorial Gardens, Shallotte. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until service time at the church.
The family requests, with gratitude, that donations be made in his name to the Police Benevolent Foundation, 2155 Hwy. 42 South, McDonough, GA 30252.
Share online condolences with the family at Michael J. Fulwood Funeral Service Licensee.