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J. C. SHORT, 86, died in his Powderly, TX home on Wednesday, June 09, 2010 surrounded by his loving family. He had been in failing health since suffering a stroke in April 2007. Starrett Funeral Home, Paris, TX, will conduct funeral services at 10 am on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at First United Methodist Church, Paris, TX with Rev. Van Lazaroff officiating. J.C.'s son, Jim Short, will deliver the eulogy. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Paris, TX.
The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, June 11, 2010 at Starrett funeral home.
Born in Wichita Falls, Texas March 7, 1924 to Oscar Marion Short and Jennie Carolyn Sanders Short, he spent his growing up years in the Dean Dale community outside of Wichita Falls, TX and graduated from Petrolia, TX High School. Named for his grandfather James Crittenden Short, when asked what "J.C." stood for his standard reply was, "J.C., for short." He enlisted in the Army Air Corps Dec. 13, 1942 and attended Midwestern University while awaiting entry into active service April 6, 1943 and honorably discharged Feb 13, 1946. He came to Paris, Texas to work for Lamar Creamery Company after graduating from his beloved alma mater, Texas A&M University, class of '49 with a degree in Dairy Manufacturing. After leaving Lamar Creamery, he worked for the Lamar County Health Department as a State of Texas registered professional sanitarian, providing dairy inspection service for the county. Later he was employed by Campbell Soup Company in Quality Assurance, retiring after 25 years. Once in Paris, J. C. never wanted to leave - he loved the trees and planted many non-native species at his Powderly farm, taking great pride in detailed landscaping of the farm. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church and its New Era/Upper Room Sunday School Class. J.C. was happy to serve the church in many capacities including Trustees, Ushering and was humbled to help erect FUMC welcoming signs on the five major highways entering Paris. He was a charter member of the Breakfast Optimist Club, the Lamar County A&M Club and the Elks Club in Paris. Little known to most, he was instrumental in developing and coaching a golden gloves boxing program at the Boys Club of Paris. His other favorite activities included dancing with his wife of 56 years and enjoying his children and grandchildren.
On July 19, 1953 he married Helen Katherine Bonham of Brookston, who survives. J. C. is also survived by his three children, James Marion (Jim) Short and wife Kim of Colleyville, Laura Kay Dawson and husband, Dennis of Powderly, and Linda Carolyn Strong and husband, George of Carrollton. Also, grandchildren Jake Short and fiance Renee Benson, Drew Short , Conner Short, Alyssa Strong, Lindsay Strong, Alexis Strong, Kathleen Dawson, Kevin Dawson, and Colleen Dawson. Other survivors are a brother, Norris Short and wife, Gracie of Wichita Falls, brothers-in-law Donald Bonham and wife, Janie, Wayne Bonham and wife, Shari, sister-in-law, Nancy Hill and husband Rayburn, and several nieces and nephews.
Casket bearers will be Dennis and Kevin Dawson, Conner, Drew and Jake Short and George Strong.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Larry Bonham Short, and sister Edranelle Johnson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Paris, TX or the Lamar County A&M Club Scholarship Foundation, c/o Edwin Pickle '78, 220 Johnson Woods, Paris, TX 75460.
Friday, June 11, 2010
7:00 - 8:00pm (Eastern time)
Starrett Funeral Home
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Starts at 10:00am (Eastern time)
First United Methodist Church
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