In Memory


Walter Long

Walter Richardson Long


CHARLOTTE - Walter Richardson Long passed away Thursday, August 1, 2019 at the age of 76. Born October 8,1942 in Charlotte, NC, he was the son of the late Harry Glenn and Catherine Liles Long.

Walter was the youngest of four children and raised in Gastonia, NC where he attended Ashley High School. He then attended the UNC Chapel Hill where he earned aBachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1966. He enjoyed a fulfilling career as Senior Vice President of Purchasing for Wachovia’s First Computer Services.

His life was forever made complete when he married his long-time friend Catherine “Cathie” Dutton Long in 1985, and became a loving stepfather. Walter’s life was spent cheering for the Tar Heels, and giving emotional support and financial guidance to his many friends and extended family. He was passionately involved in his Church’s Social Justice program.

Walter is survived by his wife, Cathie Dutton Long; two step children, Bart Yancey of Charleston, SC, and Caroline Yancey of Ithaca, NY; many nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews, all of whom he followed closely and adored; and his loving caregiver and close friend Sharon Johnson.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church at 2pm on Wednesday, August 7.

Memorials can be sent to the Equal Justice Initiative, or the Sisters of Mercy NC, 101 Mercy Dr., Belmont, NC 28012.

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08/05/19 10:09 AM #1    

Beverly Riley (Marlow)

I first met Walter as a 9th grade student at Victory and was always impressed with his humor and tenacity to excell. Never once did I hear him complain about his inablility to do things as the rest of us and often thought of his positive approach to life. In so many ways, he set a great example and know others must feel fortunate to have known him too.

08/05/19 02:56 PM #2    

John Parker

I met Walter in High School, but I really got to know him at UNC. Many wild & crazy times & tales that he was an integral part of. Will miss him at the reunion.

08/05/19 06:27 PM #3    

Dan Rockett

Any way you look at it, Life is a treasure only if it can be shared.  May Walter's Memories continue to be shared.  Salute to you and all the memories you created.    Thank you for your many Smiles... "A Smile is the shortest distance between two people."   Victor Borge    





08/05/19 08:08 PM #4    

Jim Mauney

I got to know Walt when we were at Victory School. I was fortunate to be one of the guys chosen to help Walt around school with his wheel chair! I enjoyed doing this because Walt always had good things to say and had a great sense of humor. It was a humbling experience to be with him. I lost track of Walt after High School, but was glad to see him at our reunions and was proud of him for his success in business. He was a great friend and will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known him!

08/05/19 09:17 PM #5    

George Rawlings

I am so very sorry to hear of Walter's passing.  He was the best example of a person overcoming his disability that I have ever known.  Many of us will miss his wit and humor.  What a fine and decent fellow he was!

08/08/19 03:19 PM #6    

Betti Smith (Krapfl)

From the moment I met Walter at Victory School, we formed a lifelong friendship. At Carolina, I would ride with him in his golf cart across campus, to games, out to eat and mostly just having fun! In the last 5 years or so, our main communication has been Skype. It was always fun catching up with him. Memories of our days in the 60s at Carolina..current politics etc. No subject was ignored...

In May, he emailed me saying we really needed to be in contact more often. That was the last time I heard from him. I honestly am having a hard time believing he is gone. My heart aches for Cathie and his family. He was loved by so many people!!

I mourn his passing...

09/22/19 09:15 PM #7    

Mickey Blackwell

This was a shock to me.  We road back and forth to Carolina and stayed in touch.  I called him once a year; he was always attentive to his mother, who lived near me in High Point.  He finally had to make "the decision" about her, but she was nearing 100 if not already there.


He was a fighter against all kinds of odds.  He was true Blue at Carolina and true Green Wave at Ashley.  He was always surrounded at our reunions by his many friends.


I have not been receiving AHS emails for months and talked with John Parker about it: I just happened to visit the web site and saw this news.  


I will certainly, like many of you, miss Walt at our 60th reunion.  


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