UPDATE: The funeral date and location have been set for Carl Long.
Carl Long's funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 at United America Free Will Baptist Church located at 1011 Dr. J. E. Reddick Rd. Kinston, NC 28501. Public viewing hours will be from 3-8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 at Mills Funeral Home 1300 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Kinston, NC 28501.
Former Negro League and Carolina League baseball player Carl Long passed away Monday at the age of 79.
Long was born in South Carolina but spent most of his years in Kinston. He played professionally in the 1950s with several teams and set the RBI record for the Carolina League with 111.
Long was among the Negro League players invited to the White House last year to meet President Obama.
The former law enforcement officer and bus driver suffered a series of mild strokes in November and had been hospitalized ever since. He leaves behind a wife, two children, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.