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Michael Ray Long

   Michael Ray (Big Mike) Long, 60 of Vernon, died on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Dallas. Memorial services will be held Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Second Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Mike Seay. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Long was born Sunday, March 14, 1954 in Vernon. He was the son of Viola Rawle Long and the late Grady Long. He had lived in Vernon most of his life. He was a graduate of Crowell Nursing Program and was a LVN for over 35 years. He worked for Vernon State Hospital, Eagle Flats, and Electra Care Center for seven years. He was an avid sea fisherman. He was a member of Second Baptist Church.
   He is survived by his mother, Viola Long of Vernon; two daughters, Stormie Patrick and Katherine Fry, both of Vernon; four sons, Kevin Buson of Fort Worth, Craig Yates of Joshua, Chris Yates of Weatherford and Charles Yates of Fort Worth; one brother, Larry Long of Garland; one sister, Janice Olinger of Crowley, and seven grandchildren.
   He was preceded in death by his wife, Melissa Long; father, Grady Long; two sisters, Linda Long and Alice Long, and a nephew, Mark Long.
   Memorials can be made to the Second Baptist Church.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at


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