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Rev. Moses Ervin Long
01/16/17 - 01/10/99

Rev. Moses Ervin Long was born January 16, 1917 in Douglas County, GA.  He was the second of 10 children born to Onie Elizabeth (Aderhold) and Robert Ervin Long Sr.

Ervin attended Douglasville High School.  The football team on which he played, had a shut out season in 1933, and allowed only 13 points to be scored against them in 1934. 

After leaving high school, Ervin worked the farm with his family and then tried his hand at several different jobs until 1942.  During this time, he married Miss Ethel Rebecca Brand and started a family.  At age 25, he took a position with Southern RR, beginning a 35 year railroad career.  In 1951, he left Southern, and went to work for Atlanta & West Point (A&WP) RR.  When L&N RR acquired A&WP in 1975, his job moved them to Louisville, KY, where he worked until his retirement from the railroad in 1977.  They moved back to their home in Georgia, where Ethel and Ervin both worked for Nally Chevrolet for the next few years.  They celebrated their 61st anniversary on March 27, 1998.

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Three sons; Frank Olin, Robert Edward, and Larry Keith, live on with fond memories of their Dad.

Following the birth of his first grandchild in 1963, Ervin became known as "Pop" to his family.

Pop was very active in his church: New Hope United Methodist Church.  He and Ethel joined New Hope in 1942, and Pop served in many capacities over the years.   He obtained his "Local Preacher's License" in 1948 and was an Associate Pastor from then until the time of his death.

Many of Pop's brothers joined the service during WW2, but to his disappointment, Pop was turned down for medical reasons.  He enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1946, serving for 20 years before retiring in 1966.

Pop was a member of the International Order of Oddfellows and a Master Mason in the Stockbridge Masonic Lodge, #691.

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