Jimmy Dale Long, Sr. 1931 – 2016

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The Natchitoches Police Department confirmed that the driver of a PT Cruiser died today, August 9, 2016, after his vehicle was struck by a Jeep Wrangler on University Parkway/Hwy. 6 near the Dollar General.

Greg Lemoine, who drove by the wreckage, said Jimmy Long, Sr. was one of his favorite people.

“We had breakfast together the last time I was in Baton Rouge,” said Lemoine.

A Democratic former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, Long represented District 23 (Winn and Natchitoches parishes) from 1968 until 2000, being the “dean” of the Louisiana House when he returned to private life. A recognized authority on educational policy, for sixteen years, he chaired the House Education Committee.   The Shreveport Times named Long “One of the 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century in North Louisiana.” He was a member of the Long political dynasty.

36 thoughts on “Jimmy Dale Long, Sr. 1931 – 2016

  1. Mr. Jimmy was a great man and he helped a lot of people. I worked for him at Dixie Dandy, and it always impressed me that he would work right along side of his employees. Natchitoches and NSU both owe a great debt to this great man. My condolences to Mrs. Dot and Jim.

  2. Mr Jimmy was truly a Natchitches icon loved by all that knew him. My heart goes out to Mrs. Dot and all the Long Family as they deal with this great loss. May the peace of God be with you all.

  3. Mr. Jimmy was a great person, I have known Mr. Jimmy ever since I was a kid going to Dixie Dandy every Sunday for that delicious hot lunch after church, I have had the pleasure of also of seeing him at Lsmsa, He has done many great things for our school, He will be greatly missed

  4. Mr. Jimmy has helped many people through out his life and was a great legislative statesman!! He helped our family many, many times through the years and we’re so sad to hear of his passing, RIP, Mr. Jimmy!!

  5. I am so sorry for the family’s loss he was a great man I loved seeing him and his wife come in Chilis and sit in my section and give me big hugs they just came in Saturday and I was so excited to see them he will be dearly missed

  6. My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Mr. Jimmy. He was such a great honorable man who helped so many people. May he rest in peace now for he is home now with our Lord and Savior💞

  7. So ,so sorry to learn of this. Jim and I grew up on the same community; in fact my Dad drve the school bus, and also cut all the Long boys hair. My sympathy to you all

  8. Mr. Long was the first to give me a job in his store and trusted me at his house doing his yard and cleaning his cars with him there or not. I really learn a lot from him as a friend. I will be praying for his family

  9. My heart was deeply when I received the new that Mr. Jimmy Long, Sr was killed in car accident…..my family has known the Long Family many many years. My Dad worked Mr. Long most of my childhood and part of my adult life through the early 80’s. A pillow of Louisiana success!!

    To the Long Family we express our deepest heartfelt condolences… The Bush Family.

  10. My heart is broken. Representative Long had a big heart and was dedicated to improving the education system in Louisiana. I admire and appreciate his work for children with developmental disabilities and their families. It was my honor to know him when I worked in the Louisiana Legislature. May he rest in peace.

  11. Jimmy Long was a true gentleman as well as a statesman ! His long career in the Louisiana legislature was characterized by his effective yet civil and gentile manner.

  12. My heart goes out the this precious man and his family. I have been his mail carrier for 17 years and you couldn’t find anyone aa sweet as this gentelman and his wife. Prayers for this family.

  13. Mr. Jimmy Let us buy food on Credit when I was young, if not for him we would have went hungry a lot of nights. RIP

  14. Mr. Jimmy was a great Man. Used to go in the grocery on third years ago to get groceries and on occasion Ivwoul see him and talk with him. He served the people throughout His career. My condolences to the Long Family.

  15. I remember as a kid going to Dixie Dandy seems like everyday to get something. Always seeing him up there and always with a smile. He was definitely a people’s person always shaking hands with everybody and said hello to everyone. Very sad day

  16. I really hate to hear this . Mr. Long & his family is a long time friend of hour’s. He will be greatly missed by a number of friend’s.

  17. I worked Mr Jimmy at Dixie Dandy on Texas Steet when I was a boy! I considered it an honor to know him and his family and to be part of his small grocery store. He was a man of honor and integrity and he will be missed by everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with his family !

  18. Such a nice friendly person. Always had time to stop and chat. He will be missed. RIP Mr Jimmy

  19. So tragic and heart breaking. Mr Jimmy Long was a man of honor and a friend to our family for years. He was always someone you could talk to easily. Our prayers for comfort are with his family. Six months ago my mother in law was also hit by a jeep and consequently lost her life. This is not how we expect our elders to leave this life.

  20. LSMSA will forever be grateful to Jimmy Long for the role he played in establishing such a great high school that has given so much to so many people. The Long family’s continued support over the past 34 years has been crucial to the success of this school.
    – A grateful alumna

  21. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Long family as they go through several trials right now including this. Mr. Jimmy always had a hug for me. His life was full of service to others.

  22. I remember when I was a kid, he rode on the bus that my dad drove for NSU the day of the Christmas Festival. We would pick them up in the morning and drop the off at Mayor DeBlieux house. Then pick them up from there and take them downtown and wait all day until the festival was over. That night we would drive out of town down Texas street past Dixie Dandy and he always stood up and cracked a joke. We had to take them to the Holiday in in the bypass or either to Prather Coliseum.

  23. Last time I saw him was at a City Council Meeting concerned about traffic on Hwy 6 near Dollar General. How sad.

  24. I personally owe alot to Mr. Jimmy Long. He was instrumental in establishing the LPN to RN program at NSU and funding the educational opportunities of so many residents of Natchitoches Parish. He was a truly Great Man.

  25. So tragic and heart breaking. Mr Jimmy Long was a man of honor and a friend to our family for years. He was always someone you could talk to. Six months ago to date my mother in law was also hit by a jeep and consequently lost her life.

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