Herron P. Long was born in Selma, Alabama on April 6, 1931 to the late Henry Pate, Sr. and Pearl (Gully) Pate. She was the widow of James A. Long, Jr. whom she wed in 1953 and remained his loving wife until his passing in 1991. She received her early education at Riverside Heights High in Geneva, AL and Certified Nurses Aid training in Harrisburg, PA.
She confessed Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age and was baptized at Saint John Baptist Church in Geneva, AL. In 1954 she moved to Philadelphia, PA and joined Church of God of Prophecy where she served on the Usher and Choir Ministries and was a Sunday school teacher.
Mother Long was a dedicated Nurses Aid at Holy Spirit Hospital for over 30 years. She was a loving foster mother to many children. Mother Long loved taking care of homeless, sick and disabled people. She loved to sew and cook for her large family. She was a hard worker and often said her mission was to help all Godâs people.
Along with her parents and husband, she is predeceased by daughter Linda Long, 3 siblings; Helen Carter, Henry Pate, Jr. and Matthew Pate. She leaves to celebrate her life children; Alfred, Janice, Debra, Jeanette, Charles, Michael, Marcus, Ronnie and Anthony Long, Helen Scott all of Harrisburg, Harold Long of Jacksonville, FL, brother Will Pate of Harrisburg, 26 grand, 30 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild and a host of relatives and friends.