John Billie Short, 77, of Sweet Springs, died Thursday, January 31, 2008, at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, at First Baptist Church in Sweet Springs, with Rev. David Goode and Rev. Jim West officiating. Visitation will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Sweet Springs. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Sweet Springs. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, I-70 Medical Center or Fitzgibbon-Mary Montgomery Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born Sept. 7, 1930, in Athens, Ga., he was the son of the late John David Short and Lessie Jeanette Toney Short. He was raised in Alabama and was a graduate of West End High School in Birmingham. On Oct. 1, 1954, he married Peggy L. Hartman, who survives of the home. He moved to Sweet Springs in 1973 and was chief of police in Sweet Springs from 1975 until he retired in 1981. He was a U.S. Marine serving a tour in Korea and then joined the U.S. Air Force, serving over 25 years. He was a member of American Legion Post 279 in Sweet Springs, National Association of Uniformed Servicemen and Disabled American Veterans. He was also a member of First Baptist Church in Sweet Springs.
Additional survivors include three daughters, Joanne Darrow and her husband, Dallas, of Trimble, Sandra Petitt and her husband, James, of Marshall and Paula Staples and her husband, Douglas, of Sweet Springs; one son, John Robert Short and his wife, Stephanie, of Columbia; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bobby Short of Sweet Springs and Sam Short of Vestavia, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.
Additional information provided per family recompense.