William Wayne Short

William Wayne Short

Tuesday, September 26th, 1939 - Wednesday, August 12th, 2020
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William Wayne Short, age 80 of Demorest, passed away on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

Born in Clarkesville, Georgia on September 26, 1939 to the late William Ben Short and Queen Elizabeth Maney Short. Mr. Short retired from Lee Arrendale State Prison after many years of service. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. Mr. Short was a hard worker, loving husband and father.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Wendall Short and Johnny Short; sister, Brenda Martin.

Surviving are his wife, June Lunsford Short of Demorest; sons and daughter-in-law, Mark Wayne Short of Demorest, William Michael & Angie Short of Clarkesville; grandchild, Caden Short; sisters, Betty Matskowsky of San Diego, California and Debbie Champlin of Atlanta; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Graveside services are scheduled for 1 pm, Sunday, August 16, 2020 at New Liberty Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Dennis Dill officiating. Full military honors will be provided by the Grant Reeves VFW Post #7720, the Habersham County American Legion Post #84, and the Rabun County DAV Chapter #15.

Services will be live streamed from the funeral home’s Facebook page for those not able to attend.

The family respectfully asks that those in attendance please wear a mask and adhere to the social distance and public health guidelines.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Short’s memory to Bible Way Baptist Church, PO Box 2424, Clarkesville, GA 30523.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at

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  • Service

    Sunday, August 16th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Sunday, August 16th, 2020 1:00pm
    New Liberty United Methodist Church Cemetery
    New Liberty Road
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    ***Graveside Service Only***
    Rev. Dennis Dill
  • Interment

    New Liberty United Methodist Church Cemetery
    New Liberty Road
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Betty Matkowski

Posted at 11:57pm
I am sorry that I could not join the family for the service. I decided it was just to risky to go through two major airports and spend 5 hours on a plane with of COVID-19 so rampant. I watched with my two boys and their families from San Diego. They helped me celebrate Wayne's life and to begin mourning. June, I love you, Mark, and Micheal and his family. That doesn't change with distance. Wayne will always be special to me. One special memory was when he would take cute blue-eyed Debbie with him to ride around on Sunday because she was a girl magnet. I was never invited because I talked too much and told Mama everything. At that time, he did not find me to be a particularly helpful sister. Love you all. Betty Short Matkowski

Dianne Gallagher

Posted at 05:24pm
I remember Wayne from my childhood and teenage years when his sister, Brenda, and I became lifetime friends. Later as an adult educator we met June and taught both sons at SHMS. June sold me a beautiful Pekingese puppy, Gizmo, that we loved for nearly 20 years. As with Brenda, Wayne's memory will be remembered in our prayers. Our love goes to each of you in this time of grief. God bless you all. Sincerely, Richard and Dianne Gallagher

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