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Philip Ashley Short, 86, of Concord, passed away on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center in Salisbury. He was born on July 3, 1934 in Endicott, NY to Ashley Short and Mildred Jones Short.
Phil proudly served his country in the United States Army. He worked for IBM (35 years) and accepted a transfer to Charlotte, NC, in 1978. After his retirement, he and his queen built a home in Concord where they enjoyed many neighborhood gatherings, especially when he was named the neighborhood “Mayor.” He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. He had a great sense of humor, a jokester, was always trying to make you laugh! He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren making them laugh, playing games and listening to their successes as adults. Phil was also a member of VFW Post 6480 in Concord, American Legion Post 51 in Concord, and a past member of the Elks Club Post 2508 in Vestal, NY. He was a member of Cold Springs United Methodist Church.
In addition to his parents, Phil was preceded in death by his wife, Lois (DeVita) Short and his sister, Norma Jean McAvoy.
Phil is survived by his son, Allan Short and wife Eve of Spanish Fort, AL; a daughter, Becky Doughton and fiancé Jeff Shuster of Roanoke, VA; four step-children, Keith Campbell of Greene, NY, Lory Campbell of Charlotte, NC, Kenneth Campbell of Endicott, NY, & Karen Warden and husband Jamie, of Lakewood, NY ; a brother, Kenneth Short and wife Barbara of Hilton, NY. Eleven grandchildren: Matthew Short and wife Adaira, Caroline Short, Michael Doughton and partner Calleb Queen, Jenny Cannon and husband Logan, John Doughton, Garrett Doughton, Kelly Campbell, Kent Campbell, Jeffrey Warden and fiancé Kayla, Steven Warden and Shane Campbell.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 11AM, at Vestal Hills Memorial Park, 3997 Vestal Rd, Vestal, NY. 13850. Service conducted by Rev. Tony Bell.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Phil Short to: Cabarrus Animal Shelter, Attn: Donations, 244 Betsy Carpenter Place, S.W., Concord, NC 28025.
Carolina Cremation of Salisbury and Charlotte is assisting the Short family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.
Tom & Nancy Sayre says
We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Phil. Tom and I met Phil and Lois at IBM Charlotte. I worked with Lois for many years at IBM. We remember Phil as a kind gentlemen and he always had a great sense of humor and always made the best of everything. Phil will be sadly missed. But we know in our hearts that he is in heaven finally with Lois whom he missed so much here on earth.
We wish the family peace and comfort during this difficult time.
The joy that Phil brought to our lives will not be forgotten.