H. Milton Short Obituary
Milton approximately 3 or 4 years old, East Point, GA Milton in early elementary school.

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H. Milton Short Jr.

January 5, 1919 - July 14, 2011
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H. Milton Short, Jr. "Milton" H. Milton Short, Jr., 92, of Charlotte, NC, died peacefully Thursday, July 14, 2011 after a lengthy illness, at Southminster Retirement Community. Mr. Short was born January 5, 1919 in College Park, GA, near Atlanta, the son of Harold M. Short and Ina Hemperley Short. In 1928 he moved to Charlotte with his family, and remained a Charlottean for most of his life. He attended Myers Park Elementary School, Alexander Graham Junior High on Morehead Street, and Central High School. Colleges were The Citadel, UNC Chapel Hill and UNC Law School, where he served as associate editor-in-chief of the N.C. Law...
H. Milton Short, Jr.
"Milton"

H. Milton Short, Jr., 92, of Charlotte, NC, died peacefully Thursday, July 14, 2011 after a lengthy illness, at Southminster Retirement Community.

Mr. Short was born January 5, 1919 in College Park, GA, near Atlanta, the son of Harold M. Short and Ina Hemperley Short.

In 1928 he moved to Charlotte with his family, and remained a Charlottean for most of his life. He attended Myers Park Elementary School, Alexander Graham Junior High on Morehead Street, and Central High School. Colleges were The Citadel, UNC Chapel Hill and UNC Law School, where he served as associate editor-in-chief of the N.C. Law Review. Throughout World War II he was assigned to the 412th Fighter Group of the Fourth Air Force (Army Air Corps). In 1942 he married his high school sweetheart, Vesta Slaughter ("Veegie").

Returning to Charlotte after the war, he practiced law. In 1967 he arranged for the family business, Mecklenburg Furniture Company, to move to its Myers Park location on Providence Road. He remained active with the company for more than 50 years.

In 1965 he was elected to the Charlotte City Council. He was appointed by Mayor Stan Brookshire to work with county, state, and federal authorities to arrange the extension of six major City of Charlotte water lines beyond the city limits; the first being a line to the proposed UNC Charlotte. Each of the six extensions forwarded the city's growth and prosperity. Mr. Short served six terms on the Charlotte City Council.

In 1983 he brought together interested members of Myers Park Baptist Church and Christ Episcopal Church to plan a jointly sponsored retirement center. Southminster Continuing Care Retirement Community began operations in 1987.

A capable planner, organizer, and manager, Milton sought wherever he was to make the world a better place. He enjoyed reading and playing the piano. He loved classical music and also the big band music of his youth.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Vesta "Veegie" Slaughter Short; his son, Harold M. Short, III and wife Mary Beth of Charlotte; and his daughter, Gay S. Patterson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Ralph Hemperley Short.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Southminster in Great Room B.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Southminster Foundation, 8919 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28210; Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 1420 E. Seventh St., Charlotte, NC 28204; Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207; or to a charity of the donor's choice.

"Gay- So sorry for your loss-wish I had been in town-would loved to have seen you. Please e-mail me-Lots of Hugs and Love- Pierce" Debbie Pierce-Rowland (Charlotte, NC)

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