Ann Phifer Hammond Long

Published 12:46 pm Sunday, August 27, 2023

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Ann Phifer Hammond Long died on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem.

She was born Jan. 24, l931 in Charlotte, the daughter of the late Edgar Hayes Hammond Jr. and Corinna Avery Laxton Hammond. Her family moved to several cities before settling back in Charlotte in 1946 where she completed high school. After graduating from Duke University in 1952 where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, she later earned her M.Ed. from UNCC and Ph.D from Duke University in school psychology.

She met her late husband William Fife Long while he was practicing law in Charlotte, and they married in 1955 at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. After he completed his training as a Presbyterian minister, they moved from Richmond to Mocksville, Gastonia and Hamlet, and raised two children, Nancy and Will. They returned to Mocksville in 1980 and restored the historic Jesse Clement house, and then moved to the Salemtowne Retirement Community in 2006.

Ann had a career as a public-school teacher, guidance counselor and school psychologist, working with students, teachers and families to improve learning outcomes, until she retired in l994. She was honored by the NC School Psychology Association as Practitioner of the Year in 1993.

She was active in all of the Presbyterian churches where she and Bill lived, singing in the choir and serving as Sunday school teacher, women’s group leader, and as an elder.

She was also active at Salemtowne, where she was co-editor of the newsletter, served as Vice President of the Resident Council, and served on the Board of Trustees from 2010 to 2014.

Ann was an avid reader, seamstress, and hostess for friends and family.  She loved word puzzles and enjoyed playing bridge for many years.

She was predeceased by: her husband of 65 years, William Fife Long of Thomasville; and a sister, Helen Stough of Annapolis Md.

Surviving are: her daughter Nancy Metzler and her husband Charles of Charlotte; her son, William F. Long  Jr. and husband Dr. Raymond Hahn of San Francisco; 3 grandchildren, Elizabeth Metzler and her partner Dr. James Liu, Andrew Metzler and his wife Jessica, and John Metzler and his partner Jennifer Siegel; 2 great-grandchildren, Henry and Charlotte Metzler; a sister, Dr. Jane Massey of Columbia S.C.; and an extended and well-loved family of cousins, nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

The burial will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023 at the Long family plot at Calvary United Church of Christ Cemetery, 1410 Lexington Ave., Thomasville, with a memorial service that afternoon at 1 with a reception following at the Smith Saal at Salemtowne Retirement Community, 190 Moravian Way, in Winston-Salem.

Memorials may be made to Salemtowne Resident Financial Assistance Program at, or to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance at

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