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In Memory Of Our Poets

William Jere Longshore, Sr. (1930-2016) - Class Of 1949

William Jere Longshore Sr., born November 24, 1930, died peacefully on Friday, August 19, 2016.

A lifelong resident of Montgomery, Jere, also affectionately known to his family as "Poppy" lived a full life dedicated to his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Spencer Hugh Longshore Sr. and Mabel Justice Longshore, his daughter Georgia Katterjohn Longshore, and daughter-in-law Jacqueline Jones Longshore and brother Spencer Hugh Longshore, Jr.

Mr. Longshore is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Ann Katterjohn Longshore and three children: William Jere Longshore, Jr. (Sallye); Laura Longshore Brendle (Idus); John Morgan Longshore and nine grandchildren: Sarah Longshore Garrett (Jeremy), Allison Spencer Longshore, William Jere Longshore, III, Ann Morgan Graham (O'Keefe), Drew Parker Brendle (Morgan), Paige Katterjohn Brendle, Georgia Katterjohn Longshore, Lucile Hardwich Longshore, and John Morgan Longshore, Jr. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Howard O'Keefe Graham, III and Georgia Jane Graham.

Mr. Longshore attended the University of Alabama where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. He was in the insurance industry for forty years until his retirement and at that point entered into a full-time career as "Poppy." He was passionate about his love for family and friends. Visitation will be Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 pm at 2937 Jamestown Drive. A Memorial Celebration will be held at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension on Sunday, August 21 at 3:00 p.m.

Honorary pallbearers are: Ken Upchurch, Rube Thornton, George Thompson, Sr., Jimmy Walter, Sr., Billy Will Williamson, Forrest McConnell, Sr., Dr. John Moorehouse and Roosevelt Lewis. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the following charities: Special Olympics Alabama - 880 South Court Street Montgomery, AL 36104 or to the Respite Care Ministry of First United Methodist Church - 2416 W. Cloverdale Park Montgomery, AL 36106.

Published in the Montgomery Advertiser on Aug. 20, 2016.