Lawrence “Larry” Cornelious Long Jr., of Little River, son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, due to an extended illness.
Larry was born on Sept. 22, 1939, to Lawrence C. Long and Sarah Henry Long of Little River. He was a native of Little River and the first of nine children. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 53 years, Joyce Long, and their beloved children: Amy, her husband Jimmy Vlahos and their four children, Nickolas, Alexi, Mikhail and Christianna; Lawrence, better known as Jamie, and his wife Victoria and their three sons, Lawrence, Chandler and Nolan; Chris, his wife Raegan and their daughter, Kaya; and Christina, her husband Benjamin Prince and their two sons, Dillon and Drew; and his beloved niece, Robyn. His five sisters and three brothers also survive him.
A second generation fisherman, Larry lived a simple yet abundant life. He was no stranger to hard work and had a seasonal way about him: fall meant oyster roasts, winter brought commercial fishing, with the spring came fishing charters and the summer was spent filling his freezer with shrimp. Many of his friends on the Little River waterfront called him Moe, noting how similar he was to the Stooge who often took charge. He was no doubt the captain of his ship, the Black Fish. On her he showed the creatures of the sea who was boss; trips usually ended with a score of Fish – 0, Larry -1. His life as a captain inspired two more generations of fishermen in the Long family.
He enjoyed traveling to Florida with his family each winter for vacations and cruising with his wife and friends later in life.
His physique was intimidating and his voice was gruff, but despite his promise to use many children as shark bait, his heart was warm and welcoming. His house was a place where family gathered, fish were cleaned, shrimp were fried, Bibles were read, horses were ridden, trampolines were jumped on and children were loved. The Long’s family home on Watson Avenue was typically full of friends over for seafood and fun.
Perhaps the best evidence of a life well lived was the care Larry received as his illness progressed by his family and friends and in the room full of people surrounding him as he spent his last few days on earth.
His family and friends will forever miss him, but his legacy will far outreach the years of his life in the lives he has influenced. His love, wisdom and generosity touched many.
The family would like to thank the caregivers and friends that provided care and constant support throughout his illness and Hospice House at Brunswick for the kindness shown and loving care in his final days.
Larry dedicated his life to Jehovah God through baptism in July 2011.
He was a member of Live Oak Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. His hope was to see Revelation 21:3,4 fulfilled as he looked forward to a time when no one will ever experience sickness or death again and enjoyed sharing this hope with others.
The family received friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, in Lee Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel followed by burial at North Myrtle Beach Memorial Gardens in Little River.
A guest book is available at www.leefhandcrematory.com.
Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach served the family.