It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone you love. On Friday April 7, 2023 James Blaney “JB” Long, 79, took his last breath on earth and his first breath in Heaven. He was surrounded by the love of his family at his home.
James was born on May 9, 1943 the son of the late James Wiley Long and Mary Elizabeth Blanton Long, also preceded in death by a sister, Lelamae “Susie” Smith.
James was a veteran of the United States Army, proudly serving in the 16th Special Forces Group, Airborne, and 1st Special Forces also was a paratrooper. He worked for 19 years at Pilot Freight Carriers, then over 38 years with motion pictures. He was a member of the Teamster Union Local 391 and the IATSE Group.
Surviving is his wife of 63 years, Myrtle Hyatt Long of the home; his children, Jeff Long of Wilmington, Jan Long Burey and husband Steve of Rocky Point, Steve Long of Carolina Beach and Michael Long also of Wilmington; a brother, Ronnie Long of Alabama; seven grandchildren, , Savannah, Carter, Blaney, Dalton, Shane, Heather and Kandace; seven great-grandchildren, Spencer, Bayley, Nala, Maya, Dillon, Jr. Santana and Kaedyn; many other special family members and friends and Jingle Bell (cat).
James loved spending time with his family. He worked with his son at the motion pictures industry and then helping his other two sons with their business L&L Tent rentals. He always cherished his time with his daughter and coaching her with baton twirling and going with her to many events. James also enjoyed building and flying model airplanes with his son in law.
A celebration of Mr. Long’s life will be celebrated 1:00 PM Saturday April 15, 2023 at EUE/Screen Gems Studios, 1223 North 23rd Street Wilmington. Graveside services will follow at 3:00 PM in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be the grandchildren, in honor of Mr. Long.
Memorials may be sent to the New Hanover Humane Society, 2405 North 23rd Street Wilmington, NC 28405.
Please leave memories and condolences for Mr. Long’s family by visiting the “Tribute Wall”
The family is deeply grateful for the support and care given by the angels provided by Lower Cape Fear Hospice.
Wilmington Funeral and Cremation Service