Paul Henry Long, 76, of Cumberland, Okla., passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at his home in Cumberland. He was born Aug. 21, 1942, in Cumberland to the late Henry Alvin Long and Melodean Rice Long. Paul was raised in Cumberland where he attended elementary school. In 196, he graduated from Madill High School where he was active in football, track, speech and FFA.
Paul married Colena Richardson on June 8, 1961, in Cumberland. In 196, he graduated from Southeastern University in Durant, Okla., with a Bachelor of Science in Education. While going to college Paul worked for Pioneer Gas Plant and later taught school in Bethune, Colo. He also worked for Ortloff Corp and Phillips 66 in Midland, Texas and Pot Ash Mining Co in Carlsbad, N.M. Paul retired from Phillips 66 in Midland in 1998. He lived in Midland for over 50 years. While in Midland he was a member and deacon at the Alamo Heights Baptist Church.
In 2010, he began his retirement at Cumberland where he enjoyed working in his pecan grove and serving Jesus Christ at the Little City Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife: Colena Long, Cumberland, Okla.; children: Greg Long and wife, Shawna, Little Elm, Texas; Karan McDonald and husband, Tim, Haslet, Texas; Ashley Redman and husband, Lawrence, Odessa, Texas; six grandchildren: Justin Long, Hunter Aaron, Bailey Long, Kamera McDonald, Cooper Smith and Baby Redman; brother: Keith Long and wife, Margaret, Madill, Okla.; sister: Janell Dice and husband, Frank, Cumberland, Okla.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson; Cody Long.
Visitation was Friday, July 26, 2019, at Watts Funeral Home, Madill, Okla., from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a family hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Services were 10 a.m., Saturday, July 27, 2019, at the at the Little City Baptist Church, Little City, Okla. Cecil Mackey officiated the service. Music was arranged by Christy Butler, Rachel Moore and Tammy Mackey. Interment was at the Cumberland Cemetery, Cumberland, Okla. Casket bearers were: Gary Moore, Robert Moore, Richard Moore, Mike Pickens, Harold Hughes and Jerry Dupree.
Memorials may be made to Little City Baptist Church or Cumberland Cemetery.
Services were under the direction of Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Madill, Okla. Condolences may be sent to wattsfuneralhome.com.