Joe Don Long, 84, of Morristown passed away Saturday, April 13, 2019, at home surrounded by family. He accepted Christ as a teenager at Calvue Missionary Baptist Church. Joe served two years in the US Army and was given an honorable discharge in 1964. Upon returning from the military, Joe and his wife, Faye, owned and operated a couple of restaurants, Joe’s Grill on North Cumberland and Joe’s Drive-in on East Andrew Johnson Highway. Shortly after his restaurant stints, Joe started a long and prosperous career with the Pet Dairy Company, where he eventually retired.
Joe was preceded in death by his father and mother, Joe C. Long and Sue Long; brother, Richard (R.D.) Long.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Faye Long, of Morristown; sister, Patsy Collins; brother, Foy Long, both of Whitesburg; special nieces, Deb Collins of Whitesburg and Rhonda Selle of Delaware; brother-in-laws, Reverend Earl (Barbara) Bowlin of Whitesburg and Rex (Betty) Bowlin of Ohio; sister-in-laws, Blanche Munger, and Edith (C.D.) Long. Although Joe and Faye did not have any children of their own, he was a father figure to his many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the nurses and caregivers from ResCare/All Ways Caring and Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice, in particular, Angie Weems and Annette Collins and special caregivers, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, C.D. and Edith Long; nephews, Mike Smith, Rusty Smith, Mitch Smith, and Avris Long.
The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 16 in the East Chapel of Allen Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, in the East Chapel of Allen Funeral Home, with Rev. Richard Long officiating. Military Honors and Interment will follow the Funeral Service in Hamblen Memory Gardens.
Arrangements by Allen Funeral Homes