Samuel David Longley, Sr. (Sam)

Born on April 28, 1931 in Roseville, Georgia
Departed on January 18, 2022 in Melbourne, Florida

Samuel David Longley, Sr. (Sam) beloved father and grandfather, died Tuesday January 18 in Melbourne, Florida. He was 90 years old. Sam was born in Roseville Georgia on April 28, 1931 to parents John and Laura (Williams) Longley.

Sam grew up in Georgia and Tennessee. He attended high school and then college in Collegedale, Tennessee at Southern College of Seventh Day Adventist where he met Nancy Ailene Tipton who he married on June 21, 1953. A few months later he was drafted into the Army, serving two years during the Korean War.

After his discharge from the Army, Sam resumed his studies at The University of Tennessee school of dentistry, graduating in 1959 at the top of his class.

Sam & Ailene moved to Florida where they stayed for the rest of their lives. Sam practiced dentistry for almost 40 years in Indialantic. After Ailene’s death in 2006, Sam eventually remarried Peggy Toler of Charlotte, North Carolina. They had 5 happy years together before her passing.

Sam is survived by his daughter Melissa Haynes (Dennis) of Melbourne; brother Max Longley of Canton, North Carolina; grandchildren Cody Haynes, Kelly Rady (Duncan) of Lakewood Colorado, and Samantha Longley Walnut Creek California; nieces Judi Pierce, Lisa Leatherwood, and Jodi Pierce.

Sam was a lifelong Seventh Day Adventist and a member of the Melbourne SDA church. He recently told Missy “ What a wonderful God we serve that we will have eternal life and have a family reunion where my whole family will be together “.

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Cindy Godbout from Melbourne wrote on February 2, 2022:
So sorry this man with a caring heart is gone. I had the pleasure of knowing him from our church. I had the pleasure of cutting his hair for several years. He was a kind leader who always tried to fair. Very levelheaded and a very caring heart. We had many wonderful talks. Some with tears. He was known for letting his emotions show. He was a great husband, a awesome father and a loyal friend. He left his mark. I respected him and looked up to him. You will be so missed Sam!!!
Todd A Smith from Palm Bay wrote on January 27, 2022:
For many years, I provided various insurance coverages for Dr. Longley both for his Dentist's office and his personal needs. Our meetings in his office were always "short" on the insurance issues and long on the "visit" side. He was a very pleasant man, a client I always looked forward to seeing. My sympathies to his family but know that he now has been awarded the gift of eternal life.
Candace Worthington from West Melbourne wrote on January 25, 2022:
Dr. Longley was our family dentist from the time he first started practicing until he retired. My parents, my siblings and I, and my daughter all benefited from his excellent care, and just the pleasure and privilege of knowing him. I am so sorry to learn of his passing but what a much better place our lives were while he was here.
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