The Leon Journal-Reporter, October, 2002
FLIPPIN, ARKANSAS---Garld 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 Brethren Church 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
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 Senior Center.
Mr. SHORT served on the school board of Flippin Public Schools and on the Flippin City
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
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
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 members.
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
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