James "Brad" Bradford Long

Tuesday, January 1st, 1924 - Thursday, April 30th, 2020
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James Bradford “Brad” Long, 96, of Paden City, WV, passed from this life on Wednesday, April 29th, 2020, with family by his side.

He was born January 1,1924, at Gamble Run, and was the son of Jacob Montreville Long and Amanda Frances Cordery Long.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary Virginia Henthorn Long, seven sisters, Leota, Ruth, Virginia Malone, Eloise Blazy, Violet Kimble, Ethel Koerber and Bernadine Stull. Two brothers, Mont Edward Long who was his twin and William Long.

He is survived by many nieces, great nieces, nephews and great nephews and even friends who thought of him affectionately as “Uncle Brad.” He had wonderful friends that helped care for him by preparing meals, doing household chores and providing transportation to church services. Madge Clark, who he shared many days with, Betty Tarcoza and several members of the Paden City Church of Christ. He had many friends at Bob Evans and Choo Choo’s that looked out for him. Hospice of Southern West Virginia assisted the family with great compassion in his final weeks. A special thank you to all.

Brad attended Paden City schools. He served his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force during WWII. He was a member of the 851st Squadron, 489th Bomber Group of the 8th Air Force in Europe.

He was a building contractor by trade. He owned and operated two businesses, Long Brothers Construction and Long Brothers Gas Company along with his brother and sister-in-law, Monzell and Ed Long.

Brad was a member of the Paden City Church of Christ. He loved the community of Paden City and worked on many projects over the years. He was an avid fan of the Paden City Wildcats as well as the West Virginia Mountaineers. He enjoyed woodworking and making furniture with his brother Ed. He continued woodworking after Ed’s passing, making a number of wooden baskets while in his 90’s.

Due to circumstances concerning Covid-19 there will be an outdoor service in the north parking lot of the Paden City Church of Christ with Brian Price officiating. Those attending will be directed by Jarvis-Williams Funeral Home. The service will begin at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 2, 2020. Those serving as pallbearers will be Samuel Rich, Alan Rich, Greg Betkijian, Carl Dorr III, Ken Long and Pat Malone.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be sent to the PCHS Band Patrons, P.O. Box 219, Paden City, WV 26159.

Interment to follow in Paden Memorial Gardens.
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  • Service

    Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 1:00pm
    Paden City Church of Christ
    4th Ave & Witschey
    PADEN CITY, WV 26159
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  • Interment

    Paden Memorial Gardens
    Rt 2
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Donna D Smith

Posted at 11:27pm
I will sure miss you Brad. You are a sweet & kind man. My condolences to your family and friends. May God Bless them in their time of need. We will miss you at Choo Choo's. R.I.P and fly high with the angels. Love You. Donna D. Smith

Cathy Rich Posted at 11:11am

Thank you so much Donna!

Patty (Crookshanks) Wright

Posted at 10:28pm
Growing up in a home in Paden City that was built by the Long brothers, Ed and Brad, I had and still have a feeling of pride when looking at their workmanship 64 years later. My Dad, Chuck Crookshanks, always spoke highly of both Ed and Brad and even though I didn’t really know them personally, I feel connected to both of them through our family home where I still live. My deepest sympathies to the many family and friends of Brads. His love, kindness and Christian example will be much missed by all who knew him.

Patty (Crookshanks) Wright

Cathy Rich Posted at 11:11am

Thank you Patty

Michele Long

Posted at 05:38pm
Remembering ♥️Love you Uncle Brad

Cathy Rich Posted at 11:14am


James Williamson

Posted at 02:36pm
It has been a pleasure attending church with Brad through the years and more recently having chance meetings at Bob Evans. I will miss seeing him.

Cathy Rich Posted at 11:12am

Thank you Jimmy!

judy probst

Posted at 02:32pm
So very sorry for your loss. I have found and wonderful memories of Brad and Ed, and all the family. Prayers for Gods comfort during this sad time.... The Probst family

Cathy Rich Posted at 11:13am

Thank you Probst family! He had fond memories of PeRl and all those on Paden Fork!

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