George Edward Long III of Dagsboro passed away at his home Thursday, April 29, 2021. He was a gentle, wise and wonderful man. He was born Feb. 27, 1942, to the late George E. II and Mildred Mae Fisher Long in Philadelphia, Pa. In addition to his parents, he was preceded by two sisters: Sandra Ann Long and Sharon Amy Jester.
He graduated from John M. Clayton High School, and served in the U.S. Navy, spending nearly four years at sea. He was a captain and pilot on the Delaware River serving with the Delaware River & Bay Pilots Association. He led a very active and interesting life, was a member since 1978 of the Laurel Saddle Friends, was a blacksmith farrier, and also a member of the Audubon Society. In addition, he was part of the Tri-State Bird Rescue, and had served as a Cub Scout leader. He loved horseback riding, traveling and fishing. He was an avid supporter of the Lakota Indian Reservation. George had a quirky, fun sense of humor.
George is survived by his wife, Deborah S. Long; two children and four stepchildren: Robin Spears (Scott) of Frankford, and George E. Long IV and his companion Lauren Martini of Ocean Pines, Md., Guy A. Serman Jr. and Danielle L. Serman of Millsboro, Jeffrey S. Hastings of Dagsboro, Jonathan R. Hastings of Bishopville, Md.; and two grandchildren: Sara Elizabeth Mae Steele and George Edward Long V.
A visitation and funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 5, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro. Friends may call for visitation from 10 a.m. until noon, with a funeral service following at noon with Pastor K.C. Lee officiating.
Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m., in the Redmen’s Cemetery in Selbyville with U.S. Navy honors and committal rites.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Bethel United Methodist Church, PO Box 147, Dagsboro, DE 19939, or to Laurel Saddle Friends, P.O. Box 93 Laurel, DE 19956.
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