Jeffrey Short Obituary (1943 – 2022) – Tupelo, MS
Jeffrey Clayton Court, Sr.
February 27, 1943 – January 22, 2022
Jeffrey Clayton Short, Sr, 78, was called home after a long battle with cancer on Saturday, January 22, 2022 in Tupelo, Mississippi. Jeff was born in Booneville, MS to William Clayton Short and Havis Owens Short. He graduated from Tishomingo High School in 1961.
After graduating, Jeff joined the National Guard, then entered the Army in 1964. He served five years on active duty and another 10 years in the National Guard and Army Reserve. At the end of the school for officer candidates, he reached the rank of captain. Jeff served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam conflict. During his military service, he was awarded the Bronze Stars for Valor, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Cross for Bravery, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Parachute Riggers Patch. He was Special Forces qualified and received the Green Beret after completing the Special Forces Qualification Course at Fort Bragg. Captain Short was a member of the Special Forces Association and the Green Beret Foundation which supports Green Berets and their families around the world.
Jeff graduated from the Mississippi Highway Patrol Academy in 1969 as an honors graduate and served on the Mississippi Gulf Coast during Hurricane Camille. He then graduated from Ole Miss with a business degree. After completing his undergraduate degree, he earned his master’s degree in real estate from Lindenwood University in St Charles, Missouri, where he served as class president. Later, he was a visiting lecturer at both Lindenwood University and St Louis University in the field of eminent domain.
Jeff owned a real estate appraisal business for over 45 years and served as chairman of the Northeast Mississippi Board of Realtors for two terms. He also served as Regional Vice President of the MS Association of Realtors. Jeff was a gifted teacher and taught real estate related courses at Itawamba Community College for 27 years and also taught pre-licensing and continuing education courses for Northeast MS Community College, MS Real Estate Commission and the MS Appraisal Board. He was the first state-certified general real estate appraiser in Mississippi and served on the MS Appraisal Board for ten years.
Jeff was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Tupelo for over fifty years, where he served on various boards and committees; including Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chairman of Evangelism, Member of the Board of Ministries and Board of Directors. He also taught Sunday school for ten years.
Jeff’s love for sport and his community was evident when he coached youth soccer for ten years, as well as coaching youth baseball and church league basketball. Once his kids were past the Saturday activities, Jeff could be found cheering on his beloved Ole Miss Rebels week after week.
Jeff was not only exceptional in his professional endeavors but also in his hobbies; enjoy golf, fishing tournaments, horse racing, sport dogs and outdoor photography. Examples of his photographic work were exhibited at the 1984 New Orleans World’s Fair.
Jeff is survived by his wife of over fifty years, Ellen Tate Short; his children Clay (Emily), Andy (Lacey) and Elizabeth Taylor (David); and eight grandchildren William, Ethan, Jackson, Nicole, Mason, Bo, Lucas and Christopher; a sister-in-law Becky Cade (Paul Drew) and three nieces.
He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Virginia Short Orick and a grandson Jeramy Hoch.
Honorary bearers will be Mitch Ellett, Bill Murphree, Pete Patterson, Paul Lowe, Robert Praytor, Bobby Dale, Jimmy Robbins and Glen Davidson.
Services will be held Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church with a 10:00 a.m. pre-visit in the church’s assembly hall. His internment will follow immediately in the columbarium outside the Sanctuary.
Memorials can be made at First United Methodist Church Tupelo, St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, TN, or the Green Beret Foundation at 14351 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216.
Expressions of sympathy and fond memories may be made at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Published by Legacy on January 24, 2022.