Mary Helen Falcon Long, 92, departed this life on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at First Baptist Church of Norlina by the Rev. Lawrence Williams, pastor. Burial was in Norlina Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Long was born Aug. 15, 1927, in Norlina to the late Bennie and Josephine Hargrove Falcon.

She joined First Baptist Church of Norlina and accepted Christ as Savior at an early age.  She served in many capacities, including in the choir, usher board, kitchen helper and as a mother of the church.

Mary was educated in the Warren County school system.  She retired as a child nutrition assistant at Northside Elementary School.  

On Nov. 20, 1948, she married George E. Long, who preceded her in death.

Also preceding her in death were one baby son; two sisters, Bennie Lee and Lucille; and three brothers, James, Clarence and William.

Those left to cherish and carry on her legacy are: one daughter, Ann Long Kersey (James) of Raleigh; two sons, Bobby Long and Tony Long (Carmen), both of Bahama; three granddaughters, Tiffaney Roseboro (Travis) and Ingrid and friend, Celtis, all of Charlotte, and Ashlee and friend, Branford, of Durham; special person like a grandson, William Williams of Greensboro; sisters-in-law, Marie Falcon of Richmond, Va., and Mary Vernell Long of Washington, D.C.; brothers-in-law, Clyde T. Long, Sr. (Lillie) of Richmond, Va., and Albert B. Long (Donna) of Waldorf, Md.;  in-laws who were especially close to her, Janet Sledge (Leonard) and Ervin Long (Joyce); two special friends, Minnie White and Leonard Hicks; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were nephews and friends, and floral bearers were nieces and friends.

Arrangements were by Boyd & Royster Funeral Services of Warrenton. Online condolences may be made at