FLORESVILLE – George Malcolm Long, 77, passed away on Monday, March 22, 2021, at McAllen Heart Hospital with his son, Ricky, and daughter-in-law, Stacey, by his side.
He was the son of Mary Bea Tiller and Russell Stafford Long. George was born in Bryan, Texas, on July 12, 1943.
George graduated from Mission High School in 1963. After high school, he served in the U.S. Army and was in the National Guard. He was a volunteer firefighter for Mission Fire Department before becoming one of the first paid firefighters. He and his father-in-law helped make the first self-contained fire truck for the department. George worked as a diesel mechanic for Halliburton. He also served as a constable for Hidalgo County Pct. 3.
He is survived by three children, George Russell, Roy Allen (Angel), and Richard James (Stacey); siblings, Roy Long (Henrietta) of Roseburg, George Mathewson (Evelyn) of Spur, Claire Ann Webb (widow) and Evelyn Dement (Rowdy) of Lubbock, and Barbra Jean Brown of Cortez, Colo.; 10 grandchildren, Bryan Russell Long, George Jeffery Long (Ashley), Cassidy Rae Long, Nicolas Allen Long, Calista Leighann Long, Sierra Nicole Jobe (Colton), Awbrey Renee Long, Aaryn Ryen Long, Jessica Bryan and Justin Bryan; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his high school sweetheart, Wanda Sue Moses.
A small memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at a family residence.