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Lester Long

Lester Long

Wednesday, November 11th, 1953 Thursday, July 9th, 2020

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Obituary for Lester Ray Long Jr.

Lester Ray Long, Jr., at the age of only 66, passed away suddenly on July 9, 2020. Having the same name as his father, he was lovingly called “Les” by his parents, the late Lester and Mary Long, from the day he was born on November 11, 1953. That is, of course, unless he was in trouble for playing practical jokes on his three sisters, to which he was promptly called Lester!

While Les was born in Brooklyn, New York, he spent the majority of his childhood in Freeport, NY and attended Freeport High School. Soon after graduating, Les followed in his father’s footsteps and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he proudly served our country for over a decade.

Les spent the majority of his adult life in Upstate SC, where he enjoyed fishing, working on cars, helping anyone in need and bringing laughter and love wherever he went. He was an excellent bowler, for a brief period holding a world record as the youngest person to bowl a 300 game. He loved the Yankees and “his” Clemson Tigers.
However, his greatest love was his family, especially his two daughters (“his girls”) and all of his grandchildren (“his babies”).

Les is survived by his children, Jennifer and Mikkie Belk, Alicia and Ricky Littleton; grandchildren, Christopher Simmons, Samantha Presley, Jeffery Presley, Izabella Littleton, Izaiah Littleton; siblings, Linda Pinkel, Carrie Rhem; nieces and nephews, Deborah Puglisi, Karyn Zubko, Kevin Zubko, Brian Zubko, Kristin Cook, Brandon Rice, Kerri Coleman, Rachel Pinkel, Rebekah Pinkel and their families; and his best friends, Tony Scalamandre and Joe Lee. He was predeceased by his parents, his big sister, Rose Zubko, and his wife of 23 years, Debra Long.

The family will have a visitation on Monday, July 20, 2020 from 3-4 at Palmetto Mortuary, followed by a service from 4-5.

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    Monday, July 20th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Palmetto Mortuary
    1017 Mauldin Road
    Greenville, South Carolina
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    Monday, July 20th, 2020
    3:00pm - 4:00pm

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Victoria

I'm deeply saddened about the loss of Uncle Les. He was always so fun to be around. I remember going to the Nautical Mile in Freeport with him and Brian the first time I met him. We had such a great night filled with beers, chats and laughter. I will always remember him and that night fondly. Love you always Les.
Comment | Posted at 04:01pm via Condolence
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Brian Zubko

I am incredibly saddened by the loss of my Uncle Les. Les, I will always remember your sense of humor and love for your family/friends. You were always a great person to share a story or laugh with and will be missed terribly. May you rest in peace. Love always, Brian
Comment | Posted at 12:48pm via Condolence
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Kristin Cook

I will always cherish the memories and love that you showed your entire family!! You were always ready to take me on a road or to let us have sleep overs with our cousins!! You will always have a special place in my heart! Love you always!😘
Comment | Posted at 12:25pm via Condolence
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Prudence Puglisi

We shared conversation with him & Maryellen at a happier time Brain’s & Victoria’s Wedding. He was my Daughter-in-law’s uncle. His sister Rose was always worried about his health.They both will be missed. Our deepest sympathy to all the Family.He was a Son,Father, Grandfather , brother, uncle, partner, & friend. Sincerely Frank & Prudence Puglisi
Comment | Posted at 10:44am via Condolence
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Love Always, Deb, Vin, Nick and Chris

Uncle Lester, Your laughter and smile will forever be in our hearts. Wishing you peace and comfort in heaven with my mom. Miss you and love you lots.
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