Tom “Longs” Longmire was born January 23, 1946 to the great J.E. (Ed) and Rose Longmire of Parkersburg, WV. While it is impossible to capture all of the significant events and people in Tom’s life:
Tom was appointed to Mountaineer Boy’s State in 1962, pioneering the first “father - son” pair to attend WV Boys State, as his father Ed was an alumni from the West Virginia Boys State’s second year in 1942.
Tom was a true Big Red. As a graduate of Parkersburg High School (PHS) class of 1963 his pride, honor, and support never faltered. After graduating high school, Tom attended West Virginia University where he earned his degree in Industrial Management, was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity, and played basketball at the WVU Parkersburg branch.
Tom served in the United States Marine Corp Reserves from 1967-1973. Tom was on the starting line up of The Courthouse Bay Engineers Basketball team in 1967-1968, with the team winning the 1968 Marine Corp Championship at Camp Lejeune, NC.
In his professional career, Tom primarily worked in sales and marketing before becoming an independent contractor in the advertising, mailing, and printing industry.
H was a member of the American Legion, BPOE, Vienna Masonic Lodge 172, Nemesis Shrine, and Royal Order of Jesters Court 156. He was a lifelong legacy member of the 19th Street Country Club, Parkersburg, WV. He was a loving, kind, generous man of his word, and of his faith as a member of the First United Methodist Church of Parkersburg, WV.
Tom "slid into home plate in the bottom of the 9th" on March 25, 2020. He will forever be remembered for his concise, direct mannerisms - but most significantly - his memory recall of trivia and facts. Ever there was a perfect “phone a friend” it was Tom Longmire. You would rarely find him stumped, and if you did - he knew who to call to find out. He had a natural gift at connecting people. He ran with, relied on, and supported “the best of the best” and could equally be called upon by friends, regardless of the need.
After his passing, Toms friends came together to create the Tom Longmire Memorial Scholarship Fund to support graduating seniors of PHS or past graduates of PHS who were involved, in any manner, with PHS athletics, whether as an athlete, a team manager, or a participant in intramural sports; or who were overall well-rounded participants in the life of PHS, whether through participation in Band, Thespians, of other Clubs.