Willie Long, Jr. was born on October 8, 1937, in Montgomery Alabama to the late Willie Long, Sr. and Leila Jackson Long Davis. His mother moved to Cincinnati with Willie in 1938 and he has made Cincinnati his home ever since. He departed this life on April 2, 2022.
Willie was married for the last 56 years to his loving and devoted wife, Doris Louise Long. They met at Bloom Junior High School and reconnected later in life and married in 1966. From this union he was blessed with the birth of a daughter and a stepson. He was proceeded in death by his first wife Juliaette (Barnes) Long and they were blessed with the birth of his first child Jaysen giving Willie the gift of the 3
children he raised and his two sisters Virdell and Gloria. Willie was a man that loved his family and made sure he was able to provide for them the best that money could buy. He also dearly loved his extended family in Montgomery Alabama, Detroit Michigan, and Chicago Illinois and visited as often as he could over the years. He was a proud graduate in 1956 of the first graduating class of the Robert A Taft High School and was an active Alumni until his death.
Upon graduation he worked briefly for the Veterans Administration until taking and passing the civil service exam and where he began 37 years of recognized service with the US Postal Service. Willie was a high achiever in school as well as in his professions. He always spoke of his time on the trains working as a mail sorter for the post office as a great time in his career because of the higher salary provided and the travel it offered. He also loved visiting the many cities it took him to. When he would came off the road to help make additional money Wille would sometimes drive a cab. Always the provider for his family. After the Postal Train service ended in 1967 in most cities across the US, he worked at the Dalton Street location as mail sorter for many years until he decided he wanted to further his career. He applied for a management role and achieved that goal. Willie was the manager of several key branches in the greater Cincinnati region during his time at the Post Office, Coryville, Norwood, and Hyde Park to name a few. He was well known by employees and colleagues as a no-nonsense supervisor. He was so dedicated to his work he rarely took a sick day and was given a pin for achieving over 2000 hours of accrued sick time. He retired Oct. 2, 1992, as a superintendent from the Sharonville Branch. After retiring from the Post Office, he went on to have a well-established career as a real estate agent with Star One Realtors. Willie was a Mason and loved to get dressed in tux and tails to attend the potentate ball with Doris and friends and dance the night away. Wille was an avid music lover. Jazz and Blues were his favorite genres and if you visited the house over the years, you would frequently find him in the basement playing his music and shooting pool. He was a decent cook, but his family knew him to have 3 masterpiece signature items he prepared. His double decker sandwiches, his charcoal grilled steaks and the most famous and favorite of many his spareribs with homemade sauce.
Willie leaves to celebrate his well lived life, cherish his legacy and memories his: beloved wife, Doris L. Long, and his devoted children, Jaysen Long, Laura Hawthorne (Rick); Mark Ralls (Trina) and Joe Nguyen (Mihn) whom he called his adopted son as an adult he dearly loved. 5 Grandchildren, Juliaette Long Brooks (Michael), Ricky Simms, Jordan Long Cullars, and Marketa Ralls, 10 great grandchildren along with many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
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