Joan Long Carrington, residing in Coppell, Texas (formerly of Bryan), passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 21, due to congestive heart failure.
Margaret Joan Long was born to Ernest Elvis and Kathleen Louise (Black) Long on Aug. 15, 1930 near Milford. Joan was the eldest of seven children and was raised in Frost. After graduating from Frost High School, Joan attended Navarro College where she met J.B. Carrington in chemistry class.
J.B. and Joan were married on June 10, 1949 in the chapel of First United Methodist Church in Corsicana. They moved to Nacogdoches, where their eldest child, Brenda Gail, was born and J.B. obtained his masters degree. After moving to Diboll for three years, while J.B. coached at Diboll High School, they then moved to Bryan. Joan continued to be the strength behind the man as J.B. served in many capacities at Allen Military Academy and Blinn College with Joan by his side. Son, Kenneth, and daughter, Kristi, were born in Bryan. The family attended First United Methodist Church in Bryan, where Joan was a member of the Neighborly Class.
Joan was a graceful mother who loved and nurtured many friends, children and young cadets (her "wonderful" boys) throughout her lifetime. She will be remembered for her grace, care and devotion to her family, friends and faith. As a former Allen Military Academy cadet stated, "your mother was stability, grace, a loving and caring person who assumed her many roles with dignity and pride."
Joan was preceded in death by her husband (J.B.), parents (Ernest and Kathleen), brother (Bobby Maurice Long), nieces (Debbie Long Kelsey and Donna Long Jennings) and nephews (Lance Burkhart and Stacy Long).
Joan Long Carrington is survived by her children: Brenda and Keith Smith of Elgin, Ken and Judy Carrington of Frisco, and Kristi Carrington Palmer of Coppell; Grandchildren: Matthew and Onalee Barnes, Holly Barnes Covert, Clay Carrington, Amanda Carrington and Blake Palmer; Great-grandchildren: Ethan, Abigail, Madison, Chase, Kirstin, Jake, Evan and Emilee; Brothers and sisters: Vance Long, Karen and Clifford Williams, Jenice and Willie Olsen, Linda and John Goodman, Nancy and Fred Grant and Patsy Long; former cadets of Allen Military Academy and numerous nieces and nephews.
Joan was a loving wife, mother, "Grandy," friend and Christian.
In lieu of flowers, please honor her memory by contributing to the Carrington-Brownlee Alumni Center and Museum at Allen Academy; attn: Patrick Baker; 3201 Boonville Rd., Bryan, Texas 77802, the Blinn College J.B. Carrington Endowed Scholarship, 902 College Ave., Brenham, TX 77833, or the First United Methodist Church's Society of St. Stephen Fund at 506 E. 28th St., Bryan, Texas, 77802.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the caring and compassionate medical professionals on the Telemetry floor at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Plano.
Visitation and Services will be held at Hillier Funeral Home, 2301 East 29th Street, Bryan, Texas 77802. Visitation is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Services begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 with burial following at Bryan City Cemetery.
Please visit Joan's tribute page at www.hillierfuneralhome.com to share stories and memories.
Published on September 23, 2016