Freddie P. Long: Loris
1936 – 2023
Freddie P. Long of Loris went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 6, after a long battle with dementia, surrounded by her loving family surrounded her. She was 86.
Born in Finklea on Nov. 22, 1936, she was a daughter of the late Zeno Elliott and Zillie Ray Pridgen.
Freddie graduated from Green Sea High School in 1954 and was President of her class. She attended Columbia College for Business in Columbia. After college, she returned home to work at the telephone company in Myrtle Beach. Freddie later married Mack Long on Feb. 7, 1959, in Dillon. Freddie then devoted herself to being a mother and wife.
Surviving are her two daughters, Kimberly L. Ford (Lannie) of Tabor City, NC and Karen R. Long of Conway; two grandchildren, Technical Sergeant, Quentin E. Ford, US Air Force (Nathalie) of Doral, Florida and the apple of her eye, Lauren V. Ford of Loris; great grandchild Isabella Grace Ford of Doral, Florida; a sister, Margie O’Quinn of Myrtle Beach; nephew David O’Quinn (Susan) of Myrtle Beach; and one niece, Avonda Streeter (Mike) of Columbia.
Freddie also leaves behind her two very best friends that will always have a special place in the family’s heart, Gail Strickland and Mary Norris. Thank you for all that you did for our sweet girl.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mack Long; a brother, Keslie Pridgen of Finklea; niece Sudona Katuscak of Sunset Beach; brother-in-law Charles O’Quinn of Myrtle Beach; and a much beloved special friend for 15 years, Monroe Vaught of Longs.
Freddie was of the Baptist faith and was raised in Lake Swamp Baptist Church. She later became a devoted member of Tabor City Baptist Church. Freddie had many obstacles in life but her faith in God allowed her to carry on through them all. Her prissiness, beautiful smile, and the sparkle in her eye will always be our fondest memory of her.
A graveside service was planned for 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at Lake Swamp Baptist Church Cemetery in Finklea with Phyllis Elvington officiating.
Family planned to receive friends during the half-hour preceding the service at the cemetery, and immediately following the service.
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