Elder John Short III, 70, of Harrodsburg, husband of Aubrey A. (Kinzer) Short, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, at the Hosparus Inpatient Care Center in Louisville.
Born April 27, 1951 in Harrodsburg, he was the son of the late John Dunbar Short II and Nettie Kendrick Short. He attended Westside School from 1957 until it closed in 1962, graduated from Harrodsburg High School in 1969 and continued his education by attending, Lexington Technical Institute, Somerset Community College, Kentucky State University, Lexington Baptist College, North American School of Theology, Masters study in Christian Leadership at Asbury Seminary and received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Ray University. He retired from General Cable Company after working from 1975 to 1999 where he held the positions of Statistical Engineering Clerk, Production Control Scheduler, Production Control Manager, Purchasing Manager, and after his retirement consulted for General Cable Corporate headquarters as Supply Chain Manager, Supplier Developer and in several plants in Materials Management, Personnel needs, and waste management. John started his second career in health care where he has held positions in Home Health as Community Education Preceptor and Account Executive, and Assistant Administrator for Bluegrass Care and Rehab, Vice President of Operations for Recovery Care a subsidiary of Senior Helpers, Vice President of Operations for Council Oaks Assisted Living and In Home Care and Executive Director for Exceeding Expectation. He joined the ministry on October 1, 1989 under the pastorate of Rev. L.L. Garr after which he accepted the call to be interim Pastor of Centennial Baptist Church in Aug. 1990 and became full-time Pastor in July 2017. Elder Short was very civic minded having served in many capacities such as the Mercer NAACP as President, Danville/Boyle NAACP, Harrodsburg Jaycee’s, Harrodsburg Independent School Board as Board Chair, Harrodsburg First, YMCA, Danville/Boyle Circuit Court Council, Spouse Abuse Council, Chaplain of Danville/Boyle Detention Center, Chaplain of the State NAACP, Westside School Committee, Heritage Hospice Board, Mercer County Crime Stoppers and Mercer County ASAP Coordinator/Community Liaison and was very blessed to be the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr., State Commission Citizenship Award for 2014, for the state of Kentucky. Survivors, in addition to his wife, include: four sons, Terence D. (Tiffany) Yeast, and Nicholas (Britta) Short both of Harrodsburg, Marvin Kinzer of Elizabethtown and Marcel Western of Louisville; one daughter, Yolanda (Remont) Mays; two sisters, Barbara (Larry) Hudson of Lawrenceburg and Janice Bryant Carter of Atlanta; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Harrodsburg Baptist Church with Pastor Donald Wayne Smith, Pastor C.B. Akins and Pastor Bernard Crayton officiating. Pallbearers were James Atkins, Cecil Smith, George Bean, Arthur McGee, Arper McKinnon, Brian Hudson and Lonnie McGuire. Honorary pallbearers were Craig Yeast, Trevor Short, Pastor Raymond Kizer, Deuce Jones and Russell Mays. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.simsfuneralservices.com.