Ira “Dallas” J. Long III, 28, of Chester, Virginia departed this life March 16, 2019.

Surviving are his parents, Ira J. Long Jr. and Alycia Long; sister, Nia Long; nephew, Titus Long-Thomas; grandmother, Thomasine Long; Aunt, Bernee Long; three uncles; Henry Fergerson, Thurston Long, and Gregory Long (Katina); a host of great uncles, aunts, cousins, and loved ones.

Private memorial services for friends and family were held on March 23 with Pastor Glenn Mason officiating. 

Ira was seeking both a bachelor's degree and a master of arts degree in political science at Virginia Tech. He began taking classes in the first summer session in 2016, transferring course work from John Tyler Community College and Norfolk State University. As an undergraduate political science student, he spent a semester studying abroad at Riva San Vitale in Switzerland and a semester in the Washington semester program in global engagement.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ira Joe “Dallas” Long, III can be directed to the Steve Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color.  Please note on your check that the donation is in memory of Ira Joe “Dallas” Long, III, and send it to: The Steve Fund, PO Box 9070, Providence, RI 02940.

Those in the Virginia Tech community who may wish assistance or desire counseling support may contact:

Referrals to a campus cleric may be done through the Dean of Students Office at 540-231-3787.

— Courtesy of Scott's Funeral Home in Richmond, Virginia