Jim Short Obituary (2022) – Richmond, VA

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SHORT, Jim, of Richmond, Va., passed away Saturday, January 29 after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Sally; by his brother, Dean; four daughters, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his mother and father, four siblings and one grandchild.

Jim was born in a log cabin in Halifax County, Virginia; this area is the ancestral home of the Short family of the United States. The Short family are of Scottish-English descent and emigrated from the Glasgow, Scotland area. Its first American ancestor came to Surry County, Virginia in 1632. The Short family moved from the Richmond area to Halifax County around 1700. The Short family is well known as landowners and for its military service in his country.

Jim attended schools in Halifax County and Hampton, Virginia, where he graduated in 1945. Service in the Merchant Navy and United States Army followed, taking him around the world to Europe, in Africa, Korea, the Philippines and Japan. Jim continued to travel (as regular employment permitted) throughout his working life and continued for many years after his retirement in 1995. Most of his siblings also traveled extensively.

Jim graduated from VPI with honors in 1952, in chemical engineering. He then added an MBA in Business Administration from Old Dominion University in 1968.

He worked as a newspaper boy, grocer, telegram boy, shipyard pipefitter at 16, merchant seaman, soldier, student, project engineer for Exxon in New Jersey, engineer for Borden Chemical Co. in Norfolk and also for Swift Chemical Co. in Norfolk. He then worked for the Hampton Roads Sanitation District in southeastern Virginia for 23 years, rising to construction manager and leading the construction of three new wastewater treatment plants and multiple additions. to six other factories. He retired in 1995 and moved from Virginia Beach (after 42 years of residence there) to the friendly little town of Dayton, Virginia.

After retirement, Jim served on the Dayton City Council for eight years and on the local sewer authority board. Jim and Sally later moved to Westminster Canterbury in Richmond, Virginia to be closer to their daughter.

Jim married Dora Marshall in 1952 and they had three daughters, Rebecca, Jennifer and Susan. Becky now resides in New Mexico, while Jenny and Susan still reside in the Tidewater, Virginia area. His second marriage was to Sarah Webb “Sally” of Norfolk, Virginia in 1982 and they had a daughter, Elizabeth “Libby” in 1983, who now works as a CPA in Richmond, Virginia.

Jim enjoyed reading the Bible and teaching Sunday school. His hobbies were science, astronomy, nature study, hiking and the outdoors. His treks to the top of Mount Whitney (the highest of the 48 states) with his daughter, Jenny and to the bottom of the Grand Canyon with his daughter, Susan, and into Colorado with Libby were highlights of his trek, as were trips in backpacking in the Smoky Mountains. with Jenny, Susan and Becky. He was very proud of his four daughters and enjoyed their company.

Among the large family of parents, Jim was known as “Junior”, after his father. His greatest treasure was his family and also his loved ones. Members of his church and close friends from his work and community were also very dear to his heart.

Jim and his wife, Sally, have been square dancing for over 20 years, in the United States and abroad, accumulating many close friends. Life in the small town of Dayton and surrounding areas has brought great pleasure to Jim and Sally during their 20 years of community involvement after retirement.

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation Friday, February 4 from 6-8 p.m. at Bennett’s Funeral Home, 11020 W. Broad St., Glen Allen, Virginia. A private cemetery service will be held on Saturday, February 5 at Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Association are welcome.

Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on February 2, 2022.

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