GASTONIA - Clarence Neal Short, 75, passed away on Dec. 5, 2012.
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He was a native of Gaston County, son of the late Virge and Cora Short.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald B. Short.
He was an Army veteran, director of Singing Infantrymen/Director of Music Post Chapels at Ft. Benning, Ga. He also spent more than 40 years as part-time choir director serving churches in Pelzer, SC, Irondale, Alabama, Belmont, Cherryville, Mecklenburg County, Dallas, and Gastonia.
He was a Police Officer and Deputy Sheriff in Alabama; Police Officer in Gastonia; Investigator/Administrative Asst. for Frank P. Cook, Atty.; and Inves-tigator for Allen A. Baily, Atty.
He retired from State of North Carolina Public Defender Office of Mecklenburg County after 19 years as chief investigator, and member of NDIA (Na-tional Defender Investigator Association).
He received in 2002 the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, conferred by Governor Mike Easley. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church.
Survivors include wife, Janice B. Short of Gastonia; son, Stephen N. Short of Charlotte;
daughter, C. Joyce Smith of Belmont; son, James Paul Wright of Chiswick, London; grandson, Brandon Smith of Charlotte; granddaughters, Nicole Smith of Belmont; Ruby Wright of Chiswick, London; and brother, Gary W. Short, Lake Wylie, SC.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia, 700 S. New Hope Road. Funeral will be at 2 p.m.
The family would like to give a special thanks to neighbors, Brenda and Lamar Ashe.
The family requests that memorials be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 3415 Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28056 or Union Presbyterian Church, Capital Building Fund, 5615 Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28056.
Condolence messages may be sent online at www.McLeanFuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the family of Mr. Short.
McLean Funeral Directors
700 South New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC 28054
Published in Gaston Gazette on Dec. 6, 2012