Lance L. Long

October 8, 1962 - January 9, 2021

Lance L Long, 58, of Lumberton, Texas, went to be with the Lord on January 9, 2021. He was born on October 8, 1962 in Houston, Texas to James William Long and Connie Jeanene (Surratt) Long. Lance was raised in Kingsville and Lumberton, Texas. He graduated from Lumberton High School in 1981, earned his bachelor’s degree from Lamar University, and his master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin.   

Lance, a longtime resident of Lumberton, served as a teacher and assistant principal for over 30 years.  Coach Long, as he was known by many, was also a coach, mentor, and friend to all who knew him.  Coach Long was repeatedly recognized for his accomplishments as an educator and administrator, but all who knew him believed that his greatest impact was in helping to shape the lives of others.   

Lance tirelessly strived to lift up those around him and be a positive role model for his students.  It has been said that what we leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments but what is woven into the lives of others.  Lance exemplified those words and left an impact on the community that will be felt for perhaps generations.   

Lance was a devoted grandfather.  Papa, as he was known to his granddaughters, treasured every moment spent with the girls.  Although the grandchildren are loved beyond measure, it is safe to say that no one will ever love them the way Papa did. 

Survivors include his wife, Corina Long of Lumberton, Texas; children, Janie Long and her fiancé, Steven DeHart, of Lumberton; Will Long of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Cheyenne Wilson of Beaumont, Texas; Samantha Wilson and her fiancé, Tab Olson, of Pearland, Texas; his beautiful granddaughters, Ella Jane Mills, Zoey Marie DeHart, and Andi Grace DeHart; sister, Kelli Marriott, and her husband, Frank, of College Station; brother, Lex Long, and his wife, Kim, of Lumberton; mother, Jeanene Long of Lumberton; sister-in-law, Laura Witt and her husband, Bryan, of Round Rock, Texas; and his six nieces and nephews. Lance is preceded in death by his father, James William Long. 

A gathering of Mr. Long’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Broussard’s Mortuary, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee.  His funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday January 17, 2021, at Broussard’s. Mr. Long’s committal will be held at Broussard’s Crematorium.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Texas Children’s Hospital

For those unable to attend in person, the funeral service will be live streamed.  Immediately prior to the start, attendees may access the following link to view the service in its entirety. 

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Funeral Service

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  • 01/17/2021
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Gathering of Family and Friends

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  • 01/16/2021
  • 10:01 pm

Broussard's Mortuary - Silsbee, TX

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Jamie Lockhart

My condolences to Lance's family and friends. I remember him as a very kind and sweet young man.

Sassy Soper Kerr

Lance was in my very first class of students at LMS ! He was a wonderful thoughtful student who later became one of my students that became an administrator-a wonderfully unique experience. May he Rest In Peace I pray for comfort for his family!

Jody Lang

My condolences to Lance's family. I will keep you in my prayers.

Paul Granado

Lance was a great friend and we had some great times in high school. We lost touch but I know he remained a great man and has a wonderful family. RIP ole' friend.

Steve and Pam Jones

Corina, Steve and I are very sorry to hear of Lance’s passing. Although only next door neighbors , we have waved at Lance practically on a daily basis for 15 years and marveled in conversations with him about his yearly garden. He will be missed. Prayers for you and your family.

Brian S Fournier

My condolences to the family. Lance was a great guy in High school and I will always remember his great sense of humor. a great teammate.

Amy Killough

Corona, I am so sorry for your loss. The family and you are in my prayers.

Gene Scoggin

Prayers for the family during this time of loss. Many educators say they wish to make a "difference", Coach Lance Long DID! He was an asset to the Lumberton School District but he was much more to the Lumberton community. You will be missed my old friend.

Doreen Van Dyke

May God give you and your family strength to get through this sad time. Coach Long gave me some great advice as a parent. He told me not to fill my kids’ schedule with too many activities. He told me that unstructured play was also very important. God bless you and your family.

Alan Tammy Blankenship

Cheyenne; although Alan & I did not know your Dad, you & your family are in our prayers. Big hugs

The Mitchell Family

We are so saddened to hear of Lance’s passing. He was loved by many and truly made an impact in the lives of students. Praying for all of you. Mark, Tammy, Seth, Shay and Macy

Wayne & Pat Cheshire

We remember Lance as being kind & friendly to our oldest son, Jason, who was much younger than Lance when we first moved next door to his family on Ginger Lane. Many years later he was the Principal at Lumberton Prinary that our grandsons' were attending. He was still kind, friendly & an excellent mentor for children. We will remember his mom, wife, children, grandchildren, other family & close friends in our prayers. May Lance RIP knowing his job here was well done.

Holly Woollen

Coach Long had a positive impact on my son both as his assistant principal and then again as his middle school football coach. His influence on the lives of Lumberton children is far-reaching and long-lasting. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. David, Holly, and Cameron Woollen

Erin Frost

There aren’t enough words to express how much we all loved and respected Lance. He was always so caring, supportive, helpful, selfless, and always had the teachers’ backs. I will forever remember him as a great man and friend who didn’t hesitate to do anything to help those he worked with and cared about!! I will also never forget how he immediately get on that shuttle bus after seeing Sophie Grace with huge crocodile tears running down her face and her telling him that a boy called her “buck tooth”. She was so hurt which hurt his heart. He found that boy, gave him a talking to, and made him apologize to her immediately. I remember Soph giving him a big hug! He was a knight in shining armor that day for my sweet baby whose heart was so crushed! He loved my kids- all of our kids and never hesitated to ask about them or give his time to ask how life was going in our worlds of craziness and overload! He never ever hesitated to care about our feelings and how we were doing on a daily basis. My kids always loved him especially Sophie. There was never a doubt in my mind how much he loved you Corina!! No doubt of his love and admiration when he spoke of you which was all of the time. I will only forever have great, fun, and respectful memories of him. Always know that he left an outstanding legacy for me and many of us that had the honor and blessing of working for him and with him. I am beyond sorry for his passing, the loss, and pain that you are all going through. The kids and I have prayed nightly for y’all as we pray for so many people in loss and pain at this time. We will continue to do so.

Susan Letourneau

We remember Coach Long as a friendly, caring person and a dedicated educator who always put the students first. He was a loving and proud father. Dave and I are so sorry for your loss.

Andra Baggett

Lance Long was an amazing man! He was an advocate for children and adults. He believed in me when I was a new teacher and encouraged me to always put the kids first. Lance will forever be my friend, mentor, and the gold standard of what an administrator should be. He truly loved my girls, Lexi and Shelby, and always checked in on them. You will remain in our hearts forever Coach Long and be missed.

Allison Read

I’m heartbroken at the loss of one of the best men I have ever known. The support and friendship he gave the teaching staff and the amazing care he showed the children of Lumberton Primary School were above and beyond anything I witnessed over the course of my teaching career. It was a blessing to have known this wonderful person. and to call him my friend. Corina, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers will continue for you and the family.

Deena Wahl

Lance Long was SOOO loved! He may be gone from this earth physically, but he will live forever in the lives of those he poured himself into! Prayers for peace and comfort to all those who loved him!

Pam Killingsworth

There simply are no words to adequately describe such a wonderful man. He defined the word gentleman in every way. I had the pleasure of working with him for 18 years and was among the many who admired and respected him. It is not an easy task to earn the respect and admiration he developed from his teachers, students, parents, and friends. His cup was filled on a daily basis by helping others.. When my home flooded with over 5 ft. of water, he was the first person on the scene. He worked tirelessly mucking and moving my furniture out for 2 long days with a smile and encouraging words.. I kidded him that this surely wasn’t on his job description.. His daily routine of checking in on his teachers and students allowed the best possible learning environment . Everyone flourished because of him.. I shall cherish the many years I was fortunate to have known him.