Gathan "Bud" Short

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Gathan "Bud" Short

Gathan "Bud" Short, 71, of Wabash, Ark., passed away Monday, May 4, 2015, in Memphis. Mr. Short was born Jan. 3, 1944 in Manila to the late Gathan Ira Short and Mary Files Short. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Mellwood.

Mr. Short is survived by his wife, Diane Churchwell Short; one son, Gathan Clark Short (Patty) of Elaine; three daughters, Vonda Short Burns (Del) of Greenville, Miss., Roxie Short Griffin (David) of Nashville, Tenn.; and Gwendolyn Short Gschwend (Johnathan) of Lexa; one stepson, Dustin Young (Jennifer) of Kennett, Mo.; one stepdaughter, Ladonne Westmoreland of Hornersville, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Brynn Burns Pustejovsky (Jake), Rhett Bateman Burns, Delton Cole Burns, Tyler Mathis Griffin, Carlie Hampton Griffin, Gathan Jackson Short, Sawyer Dane Gschwend and Annalane Christene Gschwend ; two great-grandchildren, Elenore Lane Pustejovsky and Charlotte Caroline Pustejovsky; two sisters, Ollie Short McWilliams of Lakeview and Lottie Short Potts of Wabash; and one brother, Chester Lee Short, Jr. of Scott, Miss.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife of 51 years, Christene Williamson Short; a daughter, Rosanna Lane Short; two sisters, Mary Geneva Short and Wanda Short Myatt; and a brother, Chester Lee Short.

Funeral services for Gathan "Bud" Short will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Elaine Baptist Church. Visitation will preceed the service beginning at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in West Helena. Reverend Nathan Gorman will officiate.

Pallbearers are Rhett Burns, Tyler Griffin, Cole Burns, Jason Short, Jake Byrd, Mark Phillips and Norman Yarbrough.

Honorary pallbearers areSawyer Gschwend, Gathan Short, Carroll Ward, Ralph Jackson and Jim Knight.

Memorials may be made to the Lighthouse Baptist Church, P.O. Box 208, Elaine, Ark. 72333.

Services are under the direction of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, West Helena (870) 572-2571.

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