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Eddie Lee Long II, 66

Eddie Lee Long II, 66, of rural Lincoln, died Thursday, June 6, 2013, at his home.  He was born on September 19, 1946, at Danville, Illinois, a son of Eddie Lee and Sally Ann (Davis) Long.   At the age of 12, he was baptized at Fairmount Baptist Church in Fairmount, Illinois.  He attended Westville High School.  He had worked for Cooper & Randall Construction in Danville, IL, McVey Trucking in Oakwood, IL, General Motors in Tilton, IL, and Busings Inc, an affiliate of McDonald’s, in Danville, IL.  In 1966, he joined the United States Army Reserve of Illinois, serving until November 24, 1971.   On August 4, 1972, he was united in marriage to Paula Bright.  This union was blessed with the gift of three daughters, Brandi, Jessica, and Kayla.   In the 1970’s, Ed customized a 1977 Ford E250 van named Moonshine Rider, which was featured in several magazines.  He owned and operated Long’s Countryside Auction Center and Feed Store in Georgetown, IL, Long’s Quik Stop in Danville, IL, and Long’s Auction Service in Palmetto, FL, and Lincoln.   Ed enjoyed drag racing his ’69 Roadrunner, woodworking, auctioneering, flea marketing, fishing, and spending time with his grandkids.   He is survived by:  his mother, Sally A. Long of Danville, IL;  three daughters, Brandi Gabehart and Frank of Westville, IL, Jessica Long and Bryce Barnett of Westville, IL, and Kayla Long of Lincoln; Retta Schumacher of rural Lincoln, and her sons, Bobby Weidner and Woody Weidner and Ashley both of Palmetto, FL; two sisters, Debbie Pollitt and Terry of Danville, IL, and Brenda Loveall and Herb of Estes Park, CO one brother, Rick Long and Ashley of Westville, IL; eight grandchildren, Danielle, Courtney, Brooke, Destanie, Blaiden, Brilynn, Lucas and Maximus; eight nieces and nephews, Ricky, Misty, Dusti, Terry, Madison, Tristan, Sadie, and Trevor; and his special friends, Phil and Donna Bryant of Westville, IL.   He was preceded in death by his father, Eddie L. Long.   A celebration of Ed’s life will be held at Retta’s house on Cooney Creek at 3:00 p.m., Friday, June 14, 2013.   Arrangements are under the direction of the Fox Funeral Home in Cole Camp.

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