James Bradford “Brad” Long, 96, of Paden City, WV, passed from this life on Wednesday, April 29th, 2020, with family by his side.
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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.