Chester “Marshall” Long, 85


Chester Marshall Long, 85, known as “Marshall,” of Dagsboro, Del., passed away at his home, surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, and went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was born in Dagsboro on Nov. 14, 1930, son of the late Lurena M. Moore and William J. Moore.

Marshall worked for the former Hudson wallpaper and gas company in Millsboro for 15 years. He then went to work for the DuPont Company of Seaford, Del., as a chem lab operator and retired in 1991 after 27 years of service. He was a beekeeper and loved his honeybees. He was a member of the Delaware Bee Association. He had been a member of the Delaware National Guard.

He loved and cared for his family and friends. Long enjoyed boating, restoring antique furniture, refrigeration and air conditioning and traveling. He was a great handyman who loved to fix things and tinker to make things work for his friends, neighbors and the churches he attended. He attended Dagsboro Gospel Fellowship Church.

Long was instrumental in reopening the former Church of the Open Door which was re-organized and named Bethel Tabernacle Church in Frankford, Del.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, D. Christine Long; two daughters, Yvonne C. Rickards and her husband, F. Frank Rickards, of Dagsboro, and Marsha Lynn Phillips and her husband, C.R. Phillips II, of Dagsboro; three grandchildren, Melanie J. Rickards, Maria Rickards Wilson and her husband, Bryant Keith Wilson, and Renee Christine Phillips, all of Dagsboro; a brother-in-law and wife, Earl and Mary Robinson; one nephew, Clayton E. Robinson of Salisbury, Md.; and many cousins and friends.

Special thanks to all the nurses of Compassionate Care and his private caregivers, Felicia, Theresa and She’don.

A visitation was scheduled for Nov. 2, 2016, with funeral service on Nov. 3, at Melson Funeral Services, Frankford, Del. Interment will follow at Prince George’s Cemetery in Dagsboro, Del.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dagsboro Gospel Fellowship Church; Armory Rd., PO Box 7; Dagsboro, DE 19939.

Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.