Russell Lewis Short, 66, of Vinton, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Monday, November 30, 2009. He was a wonderful and generous son, husband, father, and Pawpaw and loved his family with all his heart.
He was a great friend and colleague to hundreds of people in the Roanoke Valley. For over 40 years, he was the Founder and CEO of Russell Short Excavating , and helped develop the Roanoke Valley through numerous commercial projects, subdivisions, schools and churches. He is preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee Short Sr.; his son-in-law, Ty A. Hodges; and his niece, Christy L. Short. He is survived by his devoted and caring wife, Janet C. Short; loving mother, Frances Muriel Gray Short; brother, Robert Lee Short Jr. and his wife, Brenda; three children, Cathy Short Watson and husband, Wayne, David Russell Short, and Linda Short Hodges; six grandchildren that he loved and cherished, Shayne, Whitney, and Sarah Short, Victoria Watson, and Renee and Seth Hodges; devoted lifelong employees, Liz Thomas and Mickey Bowman and his men; and an endless number of loving family members and friends. Funeral services were held Friday, December 4, 2009, at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel with the Rev.
Joey Phillips and the Rev. Dr. John W. Ott officiating. Interment followed in Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Goodview Baptist Church Building Fund, 1057 Grace Court, Goodview, Va. 24095.