He is survived by his wife, Rachel Rawls Long; son, Caleb McNeill "Mr. C" Goodwyn and his wife Elizabeth McCollum Goodwyn of Montgomery; brother, William Breckenridge "Bud" Long and his wife Susan Freeman Long of Jasper; sister, Stella Kathryn "Kit" Long Dunlap of Gainesville, Ga.; nieces and nephews, James Gayle "Jamie" Dunlap, wife Jennifer and their children, Samuel and Carol Kathryn of Dahlonega, Ga.; Emily Whitfield "Whitney" Dunlap of Gainesville, Ga.; Stella Brandon "Brandy" Long Hill, husband Chad and their children, Breck, Wilkes, and Emerson of Jasper; and Helen Winslett Long Watson, husband Justin and their children, Whit and Haddon of Savannah, Ga; special daughter, Lynn Gardner Wright of Birmingham; and cousin, Mary Helen Hosch of Gainesville, Ga.
John Whit was a graduate of Walker High School, Class of 1958. He played center on the 1957 state championship football team and was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" his senior year. He received a BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama Class of 1962 and was a member of the Electrical Engineering Honor Society. He was an Eagle Scout and lived his life by being prepared, trustworthy, friendly, courteous, kind and generous.
He founded Southern Engineering and Equipment Company in 1968, which focused on the manufacturing of electrical control equipment (SEECO), headquartered in Graysville. SEECO was sold to Revere Control Systems of Hoover in 1999, where he remained vice president of industrial sales.
His work at Revere was one of his greatest passions and hobby. He was a mentor and visionary to his family at Revere. He always stressed the importance of critical thinking skills and the ability to "think outside the box."
John Whit Long was a dedicated husband, a loving father, a big brother, a favorite uncle "Hunky,” a mentor and a friend.
Memorials may be made to the Walker College Foundation for the Stella Long and John Whitfield Long Jr. scholarship fund (Long Scholarship Fund), 1411 Indiana Avenue, Jasper, AL 35501.
Graveside services will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Jasper at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 10. Gathering of friends at Musgrove Country Club will follow.
Kilgore-Green Funeral Home in Jasper will be handling the funeral services.
You may register condolences to the family online at www.kilgoregreenfuneralhome.com.