MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Charles N. Long, 73, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, died on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.
Charles was born March 18, 1947, to Naomi M. Long of Parsons. He attended Douglas School until the school district was integrated around 1956. He then attended McKinley School and graduated from Parsons High School. He went to Parsons Junior College and Pittsburg State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology.
Charles was the first person of color to work in the Parsons downtown area at James Shoes. He later moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was employed at Control Data as a financial scheduler for 16 years. He continued his employment at 3M for 18 years as a contract administrator until his early retirement at the age of 55. Charles spent his retirement by being a stock trader and restoring his 1970 Datsun 240Z and a 1982 Mercedes and making improvements on his home with a new kitchen and more.
Charles was preceded in death by his mother and his oldest brother, Melvin Williams of Galveston, Texas.
He is survived by his son, Jason Long; two sisters, Melba and Lea; a cousin, Richard Long; a sister-in-law, Beate Williams; nephews, Micah, Jonah and Brandon Williams, and niece, Amy, all of Galveston, Texas; two great-nieces, Alexi and Kya; and a great-great-nephew, Chayton.
The family would like to thank all of their Parsons friends who have expressed condolences. Thank you so much, and God bless you.