Obituary: Steven Lamar Long, 69, of Monroe

Steven Lamar Long, age 69, of Monroe GA, passed away June 24, 2020. He was born in Atlanta, GA on May 4, 1951, to the late Edna Williams Long, and the late Robert Carson Long.  He was preceded in death by his brother Joseph C. Long.

Steve is survived by his wife of 49 years, Debbie Mulkey Long; brother and sister-in-law Dr. Robert C. Long and Patrica A. Long; aunt, Eleanor L. Queen; sister-in-law Nan M. O’Kelley; sister-in-law and husband Kim M. Smith and William Lee Smith; nieces, nephews and many cousins.

He graduated from Monroe Area High School in 1969 where he was an outstanding athlete in football, basketball, and track. Upon graduation, Steve received a football scholarship to Clemson University.  From the first time Steve met Coach Frank Howard, Clemson University Athletic Director and Head Football Coach he knew he was destined to be a Clemson Tiger.  To this day Steve and his teammates have an unbreakable bond.  Steve has both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Agronomy and Turfgrass Management from Clemson.

Steve’s career led him down two paths.  He was a golf course superintendent at three established courses: Lumberton,NC; Forest Lake Club, Columbia, SC and Monroe Golf and Country Club.  He was also a construction/golf course superintendent at three courses: DeBordieu Colony, Georgetown, SC; Tidewater, North Myrtle Beach, SC; and the Georgia Club in Oconee County.

He was a very active member of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association serving both as President and on the Board of Directors.  On behalf of the association, he worked on numerous endeavors throughout his career.  For his contributions in October 2019, the association honored Steve recognizing him as a Lifetime Member.

Due to the circumstances, there will be a private family service.  Those wishing, in lieu of flowers, may make a charitable contribution to Union Chapel Methodist Church, or First Presbyterian Church of Monroe.

Contributions to Union Chapel United Methodist Church may be mailed to:
Union Chapel UMC, Treasurer at PO Box 622, Monroe, GA 30655 or visit

Contributions to the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe may be mailed to:
500 Breedlove Drive; Monroe GA  30655

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