Robert C. Biggy Long, 76, Somerset County delegate

January 26, 1996|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Robert C. Biggy Long, a former Somerset County commissioner and member of the House of Delegates who was partner in a family farming and canning business, died of a brain hemorrhage Tuesday at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. He was 76.

The Princess Anne resident was a county commissioner from 1954 to 1958 and 1966 to 1974. He was president of the commissioners for eight years.

He served four terms in the House of Delegates, from 1959 to 1966 and 1975 to 1983. He was a member of the Judiciary, Environmental Matters and Ways and Means committees.

Former House Speaker R. Clayton Mitchell Jr. said the good-natured Mr. Long had many friends in Annapolis. He said Mr. Long called everyone "Bubba," and his presence could light up a room.

"He was a person of great integrity, always happy-go-lucky and, most of all, he loved his home area," said Mr. Mitchell, who represented Kent County.

Lloyd L. "Hot Dog" Simpkins, a retired Somerset County Circuit judge and former delegate, said Mr. Long "was a damn good man who was very pleasant to everyone and was well liked. He left five good children, and that's his legacy to Somerset County."

Mr. Long was president of Long Bros. Inc. in Westover, a family business founded in 1912 by his father and uncle. He shared running the farming and canning business with his cousin Edwin D. Long Jr. for more than 50 years.

"He was an individual, that's for sure," said Edwin Long. "He was an excellent businessman and a good father and if he had an enemy, I didn't know it."

"Everyone knew Biggy and his pickup truck around Somerset County," said a daughter, Robin L. LeKites of Snow Hill. "He was just a farmer at heart. After dinner each night, he liked to get into his pickup and drive around the farm."

"He really took pride in being a character and liked being his own man," said his son, Somerset County Circuit Judge Daniel M. Long.

Born and raised in Somerset County, Mr. Long was a graduate of Washington High School and Valley Forge Military Academy. He attended Beacom Business College in Wilmington, Del., but when his father died in 1939, he returned to the farm.

During World War II, he served in the Navy in the North Atlantic and was discharged in 1945 with the rank of petty officer.

He was a member of the Fairmount Academy Historical Association, the Somerset County Farm Bureau, Oliver T. Beauchamp Jr. American Legion Post 94 in Princess Anne and a charter member and past president of the Princess Anne Lions Club.

His wife of 32 years, the former Lorraine Wilson, died in 1978.

He was a member of the Manokin Presbyterian Church in Princess Anne, where services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Other survivors include three other daughters, Ellen L. Somori of Salisbury and Claudia L. Nelson and Kelly L. Long, both of Westover; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

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