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Stephen Ray Long

March 6, 1977 — September 14, 2023



Stephen Ray Long, 46, of Sophia, NC went to be with his Lord and Savior in his heavenly home on September 14, 2023. 


Stephen is the son of Jesse and Martha Long born on March 6, 1977 in Richmond County. 


He was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, and friend to many. Stephen would do anything to help anyone, and worked hard to provide for his family as a welder, and utility specialist of 20 years with Thomas Built Buses. He took great pride in taking care of his garden, working on vehicles, and was a devoted fan of UNC basketball and Carolina Panthers football. His greatest joy came from spending quality time with his beautiful wife of 21 years, and three sons as he loved his family very much. 


He was appropriately named Stephen after the martyr from the bible, and stood in the face of opposition declaring his love for Christ. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, 2 Timothy 4:7-8. The family finds great peace in knowing they will see him again one day, as their faith is strong.  


Stephen is survived by his wife, Heather Douglas Long; three sons, Ethan, Evan, and Eli Long; Parents, Jesse and Martha Long; brothers Josh (Celeste) Long, Joseph Long, nieces Kaynah Long, and Raynor Douglas; nephew Bryson Solomon, his sweet dog Peppy, and many friends who all loved him dearly. 

There are no services planned at this time.  The family will hold a private service at a later date.  In lieu of flowers please make monetary donations to the family.

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