Short of Flippin, formerly of Iowa, died
Sunday, October 6, 2002, at Twin Lakes Nursing
Center (Marion County)
after a very brief stay. He was 90 years old. Mr. Short was born
March 9, 1912, in Beaconsfield,
Iowa. He was the son of
Stephen A. Douglas Short and Cora Myrtle Hall Short. He attended the
First United Methodist Church of Grand River and was a 1930 graduate of Grand River High School. He met Ardna Massey
of the Woodland community on a blind
date. They were married in Leon,
Iowa, on April 17, 1938. They
attended the Leon
where he professed his faith in Jesus and was baptized.
Mr. Short was predeceased by his
parents, two brothers, Hallie Short and Roy "Bill" Short, two infant
sisters, Alma Short and Flossie May Short, and a sister and a brother who each
died on the same day of their birth.
Except for two brief moves, one
to Des Moines and one to Torrington,
Wyoming, Mr. Short lived the first 45 years of
his life in the Decatur
County area. He was
a farmer and also worked in the farm machinery business.
Business opportunities and warmer
winter temperatures motivated Mr. Short to move his family to Arkansas in 1957. Mr. Short loved to
barter and trade. Over the years he owned numerous businesses in Marion and
Baxter counties where he could use those skills, including a resort on Bull
Shoals Lake, a dirt and gravel hauling business, a gas station, several farm
machinery and used car dealerships, a furniture store, and a mobile home
park. After retirement, Mr. Short earned his real estate license and was
an agent with Pioneer Realty for several years.
Mr. Short was a member of Bull
Shoals Presbyterian Church where he served over the years as Sunday School
superintendent and elder. He was a faithful member of the choir for over
40 years until deteriorating health prevented his participation.
He was a regular patron of the Marion county
Mr. Short served on the school
board of Flippin Public Schools and on the Flippin City Council.
Mr. Short especially enjoyed
returning to Iowa
each year around Memorial Day to attend the Grand River High School Reunion.
He was a faithful attendee since the inception of the event through 2001
until illness made travel impossible. He wrote an article on the history
of the Grand River community that was
published in one of the reunion commemorative books.
Mr. Short enjoyed swimming at Bull Shoals
Lake and playing pool,
checkers, dominoes, and various card games. He also enjoyed working
crossword puzzles and taking Sunday drives. He enjoyed good health and
was physically active right up to the last year of his life.
Mr. Short is survived by his wife
of 64 years, Ardna, of the home, and his children: From Flippin, Tarla
Kilgore and Coyla Hudson and her husband Karldon; from Trussville,
Alabama, Roger Short and his wife Jeri Sansom
Short; and from Conway, Arkansas, Jill Hardin and her husband
Richard. He is also survived by his grandchildren Jeff Kilgore and Kelvin
Hudson of Flippin, Gina Riggs of Midway, Devin Kilgore of Bull Shoals, Stephen
Short and Chris Short of Trussville, Alabama, and Amy Hardin and Emily Hardin
of Conway, Arkansas. In addition, Mr. Short has 6 great-grandchildren,
Kristen and Mandy Kilgore, Kalen and Trevan Hudson, Hannah Davis, and Morgan
Kilgore, and one step great-grandchild, Corrina Riggs. Mr. Short is also
survived by his niece Hallie Short Dale and her husband Charles of Flippin.
Local survivors include cousin
Dale Short of Decatur; great-nephews Herman Short, Randy Short and Robin Short
of Osceola; and great-niece Judy Dale Short of Osceola and many extended family
Services were Wednesday, October
9, 2002, at Bull Shoals Presbyterian Church. Interment was at Flippin Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Bull
Shoals Presbyterian Church, P.O.
Box 687, Bull Shoals, AR 72619.
Arrangements were by Baxter
County Funeral Home and Cremation Society.