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Wanda Long

Wanda Long, age 80, formerly of Dunlap, passed away Tuesday July 26, 2016 at Highland Home in Ridgeland, Mississippi. 

She was born January 27, 1936 to Brooks Whitlow and Lettie Seals Whitlow. A native of Dunlap, was a loving wife, mother, sister, See-See Gran and friend. She was first employed in 1959 as the first librarian of Sequatchie County. Later, she was employed at the Sequatchie County Extension Service and then opened her own business, The Sewing Box. When the first office of optometry opened in Dunlap she joined the practice and became a licensed optician. After she retired at 65, she was named director of Citizens Tri-County Bank Senior Travel Club. 

Wanda was a member of Mount Pleasant Congregational Methodist Church and later the Dunlap First United Methodist Church. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 26 years, John L. Long; her parents; and brothers, Lindell, Conley, W.B. and David.         

She is survived by two daughters, Gloria Deister and husband Dennis of Brandon, Mississippi and Laurel Long Holland of Suwanee, Georgia; grandsons, Stephen Deister and wife Keisha of Corpus Christi, Texas and Kevin Deister and wife Allison of Brandon, Mississippi; sisters, Evelyn Whitlow and Juanita Tate of Dunlap, Rachel Rhodes and husband Noah of Farmington, Missouri; brother, John Whitlow and wife, Regina of Patton, Missouri; and a host of nieces and nephews.

     Wanda is remembered for her love of nature, especially her enthusiastic searches for wildflowers in the hills and gulfs of Tennessee where she enjoyed God’s handiwork. Many remember Wanda for her passion for life, quick wit, delicious fried chicken and secret recipe lemonade.

She was involved in several community organizations, including the American Business Women’s Association, the Dunlap Coke Ovens Museum and Park, and Friends of the Library. 

Memorial services were held Saturday, July 30 in the funeral home chapel. 

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Sequatchie County Public Library Foundation, 227 Cherry Street, Dunlap, TN 37327 or Mount Pleasant Congregational Methodist Church Building Fund. 

Online condolences can be made at

Standefer-Reed Funeral Home of Dunlap was in charge of arrangements.

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