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“Aunt Ruby you will be missed more than you can imagine. You and Uncle Herman gave me my name. You always wanted to feed us when we went to visit. I...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Joan Sullivan - Leland, NC

“I had the honor of getting to know Ms. Long over the past several years and was blessed with the kindness that she showed with each and every visit I...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Bob Rose - Hiddenite, NC - Friend

“Took care of Ruby when I worked at Carolina Rehab, loved her and her smile. A special angel arrived in heaven . ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Diane Prestwood - Hildebran, NC

“So sorry for your loss.This Lady,will be missed by all. ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Christopher Duncan - NC - Friend

“Ruby touched my heart tremendously! She was always so positive and loving. I am so glad I had the pleasure of meeting her. Taking care of her was an...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Justine Owens - Fallston, NC

“Sitting with Herman and Ruby in their little living room out in Plateau, hearing Herman's stories while Ruby tried to give me some food is one of my...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Shawn Whitaker - BURNSIDE, IL

Mrs. Ruby Viola Vess Long, 95, of Hickory, passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at Carolina Rehab and Nursing, following a period of declining health.
Ruby was born on April 21, 1924 in McDowell County to the late Peter Vess and Nora Dalton Vess. She was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church in Hickory, and worked for many years in textiles and retail sales. Ruby was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother with a heart of gold, she never met a stranger, and shared love and kindness with all who knew her.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Herman B. Long,three brothers, Sam Vess, Emery Vess and Levi Vess and one sister, Nellie Thomas.
Survivors include her son, Brantley Long and wife Elizabeth of Hickory, two grandsons, Jeffrey Long and wife Celeste of Gastonia, and Jon Long and wife Adena of Portland, OR. Also surviving are her great-grandchildren; Jacob, Anna, Mary Claire, and Andrew Long, one sister-law, Harriett Long of Leland, NC and numerous nieces and nephews, and devoted friend Sarah Ann Price of Mountain View.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 11, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service with Rev. Jeffrey Long officiating. Interment will follow at Davistown Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery in Old Fort with Jacob Long, Andrew Long, Jesse Long, Junior Bonham, Josh Bonham and Jeffrey Long serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends on Friday, from 12:00 until 1:00 P.M. at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese.
Memorials may be sent to the Lottie Moon Offering, c/o Mountain View Baptist Church, 4266 River Rd., Hickory, NC 28602.
An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com
Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Long family.

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