David Paul Long passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully at his home in Ball Play on Aug. 29, 2019.

He was 62.

He was born in Oak Ridge on Aug. 2, 1957. He lived in Concord, Oak Ridge, and in Lenoir City in his earlier years. He graduated from Lenoir City High School in 1975.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army as a master mechanic. He also served for many years in the Tennessee Army National Guard and later the Air National Guard.

He was also a third-level Mason. He had a deep sense of family heritage and moved to the Tellico Plains area, where his parents and grandparents had previously lived.

He will be remembered by his family and friends for his wonderful way of making people laugh by his laughter. He will also be remembered for his love of wheeling/dealing and his love of cars and expert skill at repairing them.

He lived a full and adventurous life.

He is preceded in death by: his parents, Paul J. Long and Willa Long; grandparents, Barney and Dena Mae Williams, Charles Ody and Maggie Long; aunts and uncles, Kenley Williams, Clyde and Donna Williams, Lloyd Williams, Edna and Jim Blair, Harold Sneed, Gene Winters, Bob Long; and cousin Dennis Williams.

Survivors include: his wife, Grace Long;

Sister, Susan (Gary) Beck and brother, Greg (Paige) Long and their children, Jedidiah and Natasha;

Aunts and uncles, Shelby Sneed, Wanda and Ed Cardin, Faye Winters, Randall and Darlene Williams, Sue Williams;

Many wonderful cousins across the country.

Serenity Funeral Home in Etowah is coordinating burial arrangements.