Caswell County Genealogy

Long, Judge James Monroe III

Long, Judge James Monroe III

Male 1937 - 2017  (80 years)

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  • Name Long, James Monroe  [1, 2
    Title Judge 
    Suffix III 
    Born 16 Feb 1937  Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Name Jim 
    Reference Number 7634 
    Died 5 Aug 2017  Burlington, Alamance County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Red House Presbyterian Church, Semora, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I7517  Caswell County
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2022 

    Father Long, William Taylor,   b. 5 Mar 1895, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1957, Blanch, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Stephens, Mabel Frances,   b. 1 Aug 1896, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1984, Forsyth County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Reference Number 53089 
    Family ID F521  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
     1. Living
     2. Living
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2022 
    Family ID F4036  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Feb 1937 - Danville, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Aug 2017 - Burlington, Alamance County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Red House Presbyterian Church, Semora, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    James Monroe Long III
    Jim Long and Dr. Thomas Lea Gwynn

    James Monroe Long III UNC Football Manager 1958
    Judge James Monroe Long III 1980 Performance Rating

  • Notes 
    • James Monroe Long III (1937-2017)

      Looking Back Caswell Messenger 27 July 2011

      Judge James M. Long Performance Rating 1989

      James Monroe Long (left) University of North Carolina Football Manager 1958

      (for larger image, click on photograph)

      1954 Bartlett Yancey High School Public Speaking Club (Left to Right):

      Front Row: Dr. Holden, Camilla Sue Stuck, Janice Marie Powell, Eunice Lea Thompson, Mattie Jean Slaughter, Patsy Earp, Isabelle Crook.

      Back Row: John Paschall Page, Dawson Emerson Scarborough, Jr., James Monroe Long III, Graham Allison Page (possibly), Leon Faidherbee Lyday III, Wilson Allen Slaughter, Jr., Norman Stroupe Upchurch.

      Photograph courtesy The Caswell Messenger (Yanceyville, North Carolina).

      Superior Court James Monroe Long III (1937-2017) 1980 Performance Rating. The News and Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina), 24 April 1980.

      James Monroe Long (left) University of North Carolina Football Manager 1958. The Daily Tar Heel (Chapel Hill, North Carolina), 14 January 1958

      James M. Long

      I was raised on a tobacco farm in Caswell County and attended Bartlett Yancey High School in Yanceyville. I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Morehead Scholarship, where I earned a degree in Political Science in 1959 and a Law Degree in 1963. Upon graduation from law school, I was selected to serve as a one year law clerk and research assistant for Justice Clifton Moore of the North Carolina Supreme Court in Raleigh. Before returning home to Caswell County, I decided to cast my hat in the race for recorder's court judge back home and won the election over the incumbent. After six years in that part-time job and a limited practice of law on available days with James Ramsey of Roxboro, I was appointed judge of superior court by Governor Bob Scott and served in that capacity until my retirement in 1994.

      During the early years of the 1990s, I served on a North Carolina Bar Association Committee that implemented the passage of legislation and Supreme Court rules establishing court ordered mediation for pending superior court civil cases. My judicial district was chosen by the Supreme Court to be the first pilot district for that program. After retirement from the bench in 1994, I have spent the last 19 years as a certified mediator in North Carolina, mediating more than 2,450 cases, the majority being court cases pending in the superior courts of our state. In 2010, upon the removal from office of our local district attorney, Governor Beverly Perdue asked me to fill the one year unexpired term as district attorney of Judicial District 9A (Person and Caswell counties). I accepted that appointment. Thus my 50 years as a member of the State Bar has been spent as a judge for 30 years, a mediator for 19 years, and a prosecutor for one year.

      My proudest moments as a lawyer have been my commissions by the chief justice to preside over high publicity cases including the Nazi-Klan murder trials in Greensboro and the televised bribery trial of Lt. Governor Jimmy Green in Raleigh.

      I have been married to Catherine Carden from Burlington and UNC-CH for 51 years. We have a son David, a daughter Mary Catherine, and four grandchildren.

      Source: North Carolina State Bar 2013 Fifty-Year Lawyers Luncheon (October 24, 2013 in Raleigh, NC)

      North Carolina Superior Court Judge

      Who's Who in American Law. Second edition. Wilmette, IL: Marquis Who's Who, 1979. (WhoAmL 2)
      Who's Who in Government. Second edition, 1975-1976. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1975. (WhoGov 2)
      Who's Who in Government. Third edition, 1977. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1977. (WhoGov 3)

      Long served as a recorder's court judge for Caswell County from 1964-1970 and as superior court judge from 1970-1994. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar and his law degree from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill School of Law, according to a press released from the governor's office.

      Blanch, Caswell County, North Carolina: Retired Superior Court Judge James Monroe Long, 80, of Caswell County, North Carolina, died Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Alamance Caswell Hospice Home of Burlington. The cause of his death was congestive heart failure following a long battle with leukemia and other illnesses. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Catherine Carden Long; his son and daughter-in-law, J. David Long and Lynn B. Long of Greensboro; his daughter, Mary C. Long of Wilmington; and his four grandchildren, Andrew, Molly and Sarah Long of Greensboro and Cullen Nowicki of Wilmington. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth (Lib) and Jerry L. Cole of Eatonton, GA; and sisters-in-law, Barbara C. Kane of Charlotte and Ruth R. Long of New Bern, along with a number of nieces and nephews.

      Born February 16, 1937 in Danville, VA, he was the son of W. Taylor Long and Mabel S. Long and grew up at the family farm in the Semora community which is now his residence. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Frances L. Josey and a brother, William T. Long. The family will receive visitors on Wednesday evening, August 9th, between 5 and 7 p.m. at Wildwood, the Long family residence in Caswell County. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 10th at Red House Presbyterian Church, N.C. Highway 119, Semora, NC, with burial in the church cemetery to follow. Judge Long, known by most as "Jim," attended Caswell County schools and was graduated from Bartlett Yancey High School where he was student body president and valedictorian of his class. In 1955 he enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar and received a degree in political science in 1959. While there he was manager of the UNC football team, a member of Chi Psi fraternity and president of the Student Council. During that period, he also served as president of the state wide Methodist Youth Fellowship. In 1960 he enrolled in the School of Law at UNC and obtained an LLB degree in 1963.

      He was a member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. He served as a law clerk for NC Supreme Court Justice Clifton Moore for a year following law school graduation. Returning to his Caswell County home in 1964, he began practicing law in Roxboro, NC with the James Ramsey law firm. He was elected Caswell County Recorder's Court Judge that year, a part time position he held until 1970 when he was appointed by Governor Robert Scott to fill the unexpired seat of Superior Court Judge Allen Gwyn. He held the position of Superior Court Judge of the 17th district from 1970-1994, during which time he was the vice president of the North Carolina Bar Association, president of the NC Conference of Superior Court Judges, and a member of the executive committee for the National Conference of Trial Judges. During his tenure as a judge, he was appointed by the Supreme Court Chief Justice to preside over a number of high profile cases, including the Klan-Nazi trial in Greensboro and the trial of Lieutenant Governor Jimmy Green in Raleigh. During that time, he and his family lived primarily in Pilot Mountain, Surry County, NC, while still maintaining his family home and ties to the Caswell County community.

      Upon his retirement, Judge Long embarked upon a second career as a mediation attorney from 1994-2009, helping to draft the Rules of Mediated Settlement Conferences adopted by the Supreme Court of NC. In 2010, Judge Long accepted an appointment as interim district attorney for the 9th Prosecutorial District, comprised of Caswell and Person Counties, and served in that capacity for 10 months. Judge Long has at various times held the leadership positions of president of the Caswell County Jaycees, board chairperson of the Pilot Mountain Foundation, chairperson of the First United Methodist Church Board of Trustees in Pilot Mountain, chairperson of the Boy Scout Troop Committee in Pilot Mountain, member of the executive committee for the Old Hickory Council of the BSA. He was instrumental in the development and construction of the Pilot Mountain Civic Center and helped initiate the Habitat for Humanity Program in Pilot Mountain.

      More recently, Jim served as elder of the Red House Presbyterian Church in Semora, chairperson for the Caswell County Forestry Association, president of the North Carolina Tree Foresters Program, and in one of his proudest honors, received the award as Tree Farmer of the Year for the state of North Carolina in 2014. Among other honors bestowed on him are the Citizen of the Year Award, Pilot Mountain, NC; NC Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service; Silver Beaver Award, Old Hickory Council, BSA; 2010 Peace Award from the Dispute Resolution Section of the NC Bar Association; and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Before his illness limited his activity, Judge Long was active as a church and community volunteer. He and his wife made weekly Meals on Wheels deliveries and he enjoyed learning woodworking skills as a student at Alamance Community College.

  • Sources 
    1. Details: 1850 US Federal Census.

    2. Details: Obituary of Grace Ellen Kerley Carden (died 1 July 2006).