VARDAMAN – Letha Cherry Long, 98, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born March 6, 1914, in Waterloo, Ala. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church, a homemaker and a farmer.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at New Hope Baptist Church in Vardaman with Bro. Johnny Cherry officiating and Bro. Robert Earl Alexander and Bro. J.R. Eaton assisting. Burial will be in Elzey Cemetery in Vardaman. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Betty Sue Johnson of Vardaman, Christine Clements and husband, George of Calhoun City, and Rose McCluskey and husband, Bryant of Vardaman; two sons, Edward Earl Long of Vardaman and David E. Cherry and wife, Thelma of Houston; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Russell and Rosie Lee Gibbs Cherry; her husband, Z.L. Long; one daughter, Louise Vance; two sisters, Mable Austin and Viola McDaniel; and three grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth Vance, John Frank Vance, and Reible Wayne Vance.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Brasher, Marty Criddle, Bryan Allen Long, James David Long, Larry Long and Craig McCluskey
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home in Vardaman. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time Wednesday at the church.