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Thomas Ralston Long IV

February 15, 1948 - May 09, 2024


Obituary For Thomas Ralston Long IV

Thomas Ralston Long IV, of Uniontown, AL, passed away May 9, 2024, at the age of 76. He was born February 15, 1948, to the late Thomas Ralston Long III and Kitty Grey Coleman Pharr Long.

Graduated from Uniontown High School in 1966.

As a teenager, Ralston achieved rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America and was on the football team at Uniontown High School. He attended Alabama Boys State and also served as a Page in the State of Alabama Legislature. He became a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Uniontown, later in life serving as a Deacon, and Treasurer of the Church for many years.

Ralston joined the Alabama National Guard in 1970 serving until 1977 in the Unit in Demopolis, AL.

Graduated from The University of Alabama with a BA in English and a Minor in Art in 1973. During his time at UA he was also a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.

He was a soybean farmer during his college years until 1985.

He owned Green Gables from 1973 until it burned in 1982.

He was a member of International Motor Sports Association.

He reenlisted in the Guard in 1984 and worked at the Linden, AL National Guard Office and later at the Judge Advocate General Corps Office in Montgomery, AL. He was called to active duty in 2003 to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom serving in the 1208t Quartermaster. He was recognized by the 189th Corps Support Battalion (Airborne) for Outstanding Performance, providing support to the Tallil Airbase Detonation Mission. He retired from the Guard in 2004 an E-6/Staff Sargent.

Ralston was recognized in 1981 by the Alabama State Troopers for his assistance and exceptional performance in apprehending two bank robbery suspects following the robbery of a Uniontown bank.

He received his Law Degree, in 1992 from Faulkner University's Jones Law School inMontgomery, AL. He was admitted to the Alabama State Bar Association and for many years he practiced law in his hometown of Uniontown in Perry County, AL.

He served on the Alabama State Library Service Board of Directors and was a member of the Perry County Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Ralston was an active member in his community as well as an outstanding citizen. He loved his family, friends, and Uniontown.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Fernando La Rosa, and sister-in-law Susan Long.

He is survived by his four daughters Sarah Frances Long, Step-daughter Summer Parker, Dudley Long and Natalie Long Killgore; son in law Hunter Killgore; four grandchildren Jack DuBose, Samantha Parker, Coleman Kennedy, and Harrison Killgore; Brother Harry Long Sr.; Sisters Mary Dudley Long, Frances de La Rosa, Rose Scott Long Rothbart (Carl); Nieces and Nephews Harry Jr and Knight Long, Charles and Katherine Rothbart. Former wife and friend Rita McHugh.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the POW/MIA (Prisoners of War/Missing in Action) Foundation or to the First Uniontown Presbyterian Church.

Acknowledgements may be sent to P.O. Box 506, Uniontown, AL 36786.


18 May

Memorial Services

10:00 AM

Uniontown Presbyterian Church Water Avenue Uniontown, Alabama 36786 Get Directions »
18 May


11:00 AM

Rosemont Cemetery Water Avenue Uniontown, Alabama Get Directions »
18 May

Celebration of Life

11:30 AM

Pitts Folly Cahaba Road Uniontown, Alabama 36786 Get Directions »
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  • May 20, 2024

    I'm so sorry for the loss of a dear friend! Ralston was a wonderful person and a good friend to me for many years, I know he will be missed. May the Lord comfort you in this time of grief. RIP, Ralston.

  • May 17, 2024

    We are so deeply sorry for the loss of your loved one. Prayers are lifted up for your family. With our deepest sympathy, Jammie, Keisha, Madison, and Aubrey Abrahams

  • May 16, 2024

    Sorry for lost of your love one. I remember the days we used to play together on weekends. I'm praying for the family to be strong. He will be missed.

  • May 16, 2024

    Such a great man! Great humor ! I met him at the Tayloe hunting camp...I'll miss him. Phil Audibert Atlanta

  • May 16, 2024

    To all the Longs, You are a close-knit, lovely family and we are deeply sorry that you have lost one of your own. Our love and prayers, Susan and Al Goetze

  • May 16, 2024

    Sending the Long family our deepest condolences. Remain strong and keep the faith. Deacon Eddie & Sister Barbara Brooks.

  • May 13, 2024

    We are sorry to hear the loss of Ralston Long IV. Remember that God will take care of you. Keep on trusting in God. Praying for the family and friends of Ralston Long IV. From Earnest & Ovetta Jones, Selma, AL.

  • May 12, 2024

    I really liked Ralston when we first met. He shared a lot of knowledge about the black belt area history. He would help many people in the Uniontown area. He loved his family and often shared memories about them . He will be missed by all . Rip . Donnie McMahon

  • May 11, 2024

    Ralston was a couple years older than me but he was a treasured friend and competitor we raced a few times years ago when he drove a corvette I never beat him but gave him a good run. Rip ole friend gonna miss you. Praying for the family.

  • May 11, 2024

    We're so very sorry for your loss. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers. Warmest Regards, The Fradys - Kirk, Silke, Emma and Dylan.

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