Mr. Vanders Carl Long affectionately called Dr. Love, of Tampa and formerly of Marianna, entered into eternal rest of Monday, September 3rd at the James Harley VA Hospital in Tampa. He was 58 years old.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, he was raised in Marianna and was a graduate of Marianna High School. After graduation, he enlisted with the United States Army where he served four years, receiving an Honorable Discharge. He was of the Baptist faith and a former member of Bethel Star Missionary Baptist Church.
Precious memories will forever remain with his wife, Callie G. Long of Tampa, Florida; his mother, Hazel Long of Marianna, Florida; one daughter, Destini Long (Jordan) of Tampa, Florida; one son, Daberal Thompson (Stephanie) of Tampa, Florida; four brothers, Kevin Williams of Bonifay, Florida, Darryl Williams (Arletha) of Greenwood, Florida, Tony A. Long of Marianna, Florida and Shaun Williams of Newark, New Jersey; two sisters, Cynthia D. Williams of Greenwood, Florida and Stephanie Stanley (Frank) of Tallahassee, Florida; one uncle, Marcus Johnson (Fannie) of Irvington, New Jersey; two aunts, Elouise Long Peterman (Leman) of Marianna, Florida and Doris Williams of Greenwood, Florida; three great aunts, Riller Jackson of Bartow, Florida, Belze Balcom of Greenwood, Florida and Julia Wynn of Marianna, Florida; one brother-in-law, Christopher Granberry (Elsie) of Tampa, Florida; four sisters-in-law, Deloris Granberry (Patrick), Ruthie Moore, Estell Wade (Nepholen) and Sandra Walker all of Tampa, Florida; one uncle-in-law, L.D. Highsmith of Greenwood, Florida; one aunt-in-law, Minnie Highsmith of Tampa, Florida; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
A homegoing celebration for Vanders will be held Saturday, September 15th at 11a.m. at Bethel Star Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor George Williams, Rev. Ronnie Spears and Elder Virgil L. Johnson Sr., officiating. Interment will follow in the Orange Hill Cemetery with military honors provided by the Ft. Rucker Honor Guard, and arrangements entrusted to the caring staff at Peoples Funeral Home of Marianna, Florida.