Sylvia Hadley Short, 76, of Duluth, GA passed away June 12, 2014. Sylvia was born in Russellville, AR and was the daughter of the late Granddaddy (Willard Clair) and Nannaw (Faye McGriff) Hadley. She graduated from the University of Georgia and later returned to Athens with her husband, Tom, to raise their family. Sylvia truly embraced her faith in God and lived out that faith through her involvement in ministries like Kairos, Faith Alive, Partners in Ministry and Cursillo. She had a unique ability to genuinely connect with virtually everyone she met and never met a stranger. Sylvia is survived by her husband Tom Short of Duluth, GA; daughters Loren Deal of Atlanta, GA and Shannon Short of Vail, CO; son Michael Short of Macon, GA; grandchildren Caitlin and Conner Short of Athens, GA; sister Faye Beale of Chipley, FL and Granddog Lucy. A special church service celebrating the life of Sylvia will be held at The Church of Jesus Our Shepherd this Sunday, June 22 at 10:30am. A reception will follow the service to give everyone an opportunity to visit and share memories of Sylvia. If you can only make the reception, please plan to arrive around 12:30pm. The church meets at Hilton Atlanta Northeast, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Norcross, GA 30092. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in the memory of Sylvia Short to Partners in Ministry, 1003 Rockbridge Rd, Stone Mountain, GA 30087. Those who wish to express condolences or share a special memory may also do so online at www.wagesandsons.com.

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  1. Tom,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Sylvia’s untimely death. I know she’s now in a Better Place.

    Dick

  2. Dearest Tom, I was so shocked when I heard that Sylvia had passed to the other side. She seemed to grow more beautiful every time I saw her when I came to Jesus Our Shepherd Church to play music with the Bullard’s for all of you. My heart really hurts for you. We all know she is with The Lord, but you must feel like your very heart is gone. We truly feel like one person (as it says we become in the Marriage Service) and when one of us leaves it can be very painful. I thank The Lord that He will be there, as we all will to comfort you in your sorrow. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely lady with our congregations all these years we have known you. Jimmie Walters

  3. Dear Tom,
    We are very sad for your loss. We will always remember Sylvia’s beautiful smile, her zest for life, and generous spirit. You are in our hearts and prayers, Tom. If you need anything at all, please let us know.
    Love,
    Jeff & Christine McKenna

  4. Tom and Family

    Recently received copy of email regarding update on your situation the past couple of months . We were so sorry to hear about your Sylvia’s passing.and the terrible time you are experiencing with Parkinson’s..

    Tom you may not have recognized us during the couple of times we were together at our bi monthly breakfast meetings but we were also members of St Patrick’s Episcopal Church. You and Sylvia had us over to your home in Duluth. We also lived in Duluth.

    We recall that enjoyable visit and what a wonderful host Sylvia was.

    If there is anything Marilyn and I can do to help you in any way but particularly with the Disease please call when you get on your feet.

    In the meantime Our Prayers are on the way.

    Marilyn & Wayne Meadows 7706670399

  5. Dear Tom and Family, It has been such a long time since you welcomed me and my family at Emmanuel and so very long since I have seen you. Sylvia’s picture made me feel like it was yesterday and the feelings are all good. Please know you are in my heart and prayers. Love, Penny

  6. My wife Sandra and I knew Sylvia and Tom quite well when I was on the UGA faculty, and Tom had his auto dealership in Athens. We attended the same church, and enjoyed social time together.

    Syliva had a wonderful zest for life. We have full confidence that she is inspiring people now in the next life.

    Tom, even though it has been decades since we saw either one of you, please know that our memories of you are endearing, and our prayers for you are plentiful.

  7. Our sincerest Sympathy goes out to you and your family Tom. Please know we were very fond of your beloved Sylvia. It was with great pleasure that Laura and I had the opportunity to share y’all”s great tradition last year of the “Red, White, and Blueberry Brunch” in honor of celebrating The 4th of July. It was then that we would meet with Sylvia to make the plans of who to invite and the menu. What I thought would be a 15 minute meeting ended up being 2 meetings of approx. 1 hour each. She not only showed us how to be present in the moment, as my cell phone was beeping and buzzing, but she also shared about celebrations of the past & how this became a longstanding tradition in the Short household! Sylvia was a great neighbor who also cared about our children Caleb & Annaleigh. When Caleb was in elementary school she partook in an interview by him. I felt comfortable knowing I could send him up the street on his own instead of him depending on me to talk for him. He had a great experience and learned a lot. And again he was asked last year to come and help her with some gardening in the backyard. She reached out and asked Caleb if he wanted a little job over a couple of days. Additionally, Ms. Sylvia contacted me to join me in a PTA event at the elementary school for Annaleigh. The children were hosting a Boosterthon which consisted of the children running and walking laps for sponsorship money. Ms. Sylvia attended with me and cheered all the kids on! Our parents have all passed and Ms. Sylvia was a great role model for them! We will miss her! God Bless! Please let us know if you need any assistance! – Tom, Christine, Caleb, and Annaleigh Autry

  8. Our sincerest Sympathy goes out to you and your family Tom. Please know we were very fond of your beloved Sylvia. It was with great pleasure that Laura and I had the opportunity to share y’all”s great tradition last year of the “Red, White, and Blueberry Brunch” in honor of celebrating The 4th of July. It was then that we would meet with Sylvia to make the plans of who to invite and the menu. What I thought would be a 15 minute meeting ended up being 2 meetings of approx. 1 hour each. She not only showed us how to be present in the moment, as my cell phone was beeping and buzzing, but she also shared about celebrations of the past & how this became a longstanding tradition in the Short household! Sylvia was a great neighbor who also cared about our children Caleb & Annaleigh. When Caleb was in elementary school she partook in an interview by him. I felt comfortable knowing I could send him up the street on his own instead of him depending on me to talk for him. He had a great experience and learned a lot. And again he was asked last year to come and help her with some gardening in the backyard. She reached out and asked Caleb if he wanted a little job over a couple of days. Additionally, Ms. Sylvia contacted me to join me in a PTA event at the elementary school for Annaleigh. The children were hosting a Boosterthon which consisted of the children running and walking laps for sponsorship money. Ms. Sylvia attended with me and cheered all the kids on! Both Tom’s parents & my parents have all passed away and Ms. Sylvia was a great role model for them! We will miss her! God Bless! Please let us know if you need any assistance! – Tom, Christine, Caleb, and Annaleigh Autry

  9. Tom, Loren, Shannon, and Michael,
    My mother, Lyn Thornton and I were so very sorry to hear about Sylvia. It has been so long since we have seen your family and we have such warm memories of our family friendship when you were all in Athens. We understand through Lou Perno that this has been a shock and that Tom is having health concerns as well. Please know that we love you and are praying for your family. We lost my father, Jimbo this past November. He would certainly be sending love and sympathy as well. I’m going to visualize Dad and Sylvia in heaven right now laughing and catching up.
    Sincerely,
    Rosalind Thornton Gilbert

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