Wayne Long



Wayne died February 25, 2009

My life since graduation:  
After looking back over my shoulder, I remember 1962 as one of the best years in my life. High level of school spirit, all day Pep Rallies, Senior Prom, ROTC Honor Platoon, Mardi Gras in New Orleans are among the great memories.

Started at Tennessee Tech in the fall of 1962, graduated in 1966, entered the Army right after graduation. Stayed in active army for three years with assignments in Korea and Augusta, GA, then army reserves another six and a half years.  Started civilian career with Levi Strauss in Knoxville, TN, as an Industrial Engineer.

Spent about 27 years in apparel manufacturing, made many household moves and a couple of marriages.  Lived in Etowah, TN, Miami, OK, Somerville, TN, Many, LA, Charlotte, NC, Gastonia, NC, Athens, GA, Fond du Lac, WI, where I married Mary Lou, Alexander, Egypt, Saint Louis, MO, Caryville, TN, Knoxville, TN, Anniston, AL and in 1997, back to good old Tennessee.  Also, had a few trips to Haiti, El Salvador, Mexico and Honduras.  Currently living in Ooltewah, TN.

Upon returning to the Chattanooga area, I opened an office for an Employee Leasing Company as an Account Manager (Sales).  Three years later, was promoted to Vice President of the Company.  I have an office in four cities, therefore I travel a lot, mostly one day trips.

In September 2001, we bought a new home near Hunter Middle School in Ooltewah, TN.  Mary Lou's son and his wife are expecting our first grandson.

I have enjoyed attending four of the previous reunions and looking forward to the 40th.

In closing, I would like to thank our Reunion Committee for all the work they have done in the past and for what they are currently doing for our future reunion.  Also, special thanks to Butch Poole for putting together this website.