Farming Rural 18

Dr. John A. Short

January 12, 2022


On January 12, 2022, Dr. John Anthony Short passed away after a very short battle with cancer. He lived in Sneedville, Tennessee and he was married to Lena Jarvis—the love of his life, mother of his children, and best friend. They enjoyed a long, extraordinary marriage. According to him, even moments before his last breath, patience and doing as your wife tells you is the key to a successful marriage. He is survived and was always loved by his children, Hayden Short (Meg Austin Short) and Olivia Short. He was loved all his life by his mother, Brenda Short, father, Harold Short, and Sister, Mary Ann Short (Brandon Selph), as well as his Aunt Laura Brewer and Great Aunt Kate Hickman. He was also loved by his nieces and nephews, Ray (Loralie), Cass (Rachel), James, Abby, Emma, Natalie, and Lillie. He also was loved by his great nieces Lydia and Harper. He is also survived by many cousins and other family members that have also loved him dearly.

Dr. Short attended the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, Tennessee and has been a practicing physician since 1993. He focused his practice on family medicine, but has been whatever physician was needed in his community for the last 27 years. He had an unconventional, extensive practice that included nursing home care, hospital care, emergency room care, coroner service, in-office care, training medical students, and home visits. He was extensively recognized for his practice throughout his career—receiving multiple awards, media recognition, an appearance on the Heartland Series, and an appearance in People Magazine. He has cared for generations of people in Sneedville, Hancock County, and the surrounding areas, and there is likely no person in the Hancock County Community whose life was not touched by him in some way through his practice of medicine. He also served as a board member of the Powell Valley Electric Co-Operative for almost 20 years.

Dr. Short was also an involved member in Sneedville First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon until his untimely death. He taught Sunday School for over ten years and served in many other roles and in many different ways in his Church. He was also a dedicated Christian that walked in Christ’s example—being forgiving, loving, giving, and serving people of all walks of life.

The family will have a private funeral and graveside with only the family. A public visitation will follow on January 15, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at 8974 Hwy 33 Kyles Ford, Tennessee 37765, and will be open to the public. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that everyone give to the Dr. John Short Legacy Fund at Sneedville First Baptist Church.

The visitation will be a masked event and masks will be required at all times. Dr. Short spent the last two years of his life fighting COVID-19 and the global pandemic. Please honor him by abiding by the Family’s request to wear a mask at all times during visitation. 

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January 15, 2022

11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
8974 Hwy. 33

Kyles Ford, TN 37765

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