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Celebrating the life of
Coy Ashford Short
May 07, 1935 - September 07, 2018
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Funeral services will be announced at a later date.

I am so very sorry for your loss. Mr. Short was a wonderful man he kept me on my toes, I'm so very honored to have met him and taking care of him was a true pleasure. I will never forget the day he let me push him around the Marshes with wig on. He will truly be missed

Twyla Hill, Midway, GA

My deepest condolences. What a wonderful man, what a wonderful life. The world is a better place because of him. Coy and James were childhood friends of mine in Moultrie. Grandma Fisher was my adopted grandmother, and I thought "Aunt" Elolise was the most beautiful lady I ever saw. God Bless you all.

Gene Duke Ellington, Kerrville, Texas

My condolences to this family I am sorry for your loss losing someone you love is never easy, our God Jehovah has promised mankind a resurrection so we can see our love ones again please read John 5: 28,29 this scripture will give the family hope and strength, again I am sorry for your loss. To learn more this promise please go to JW.org

Cooper, Savannah, Ga

My condolences to this family I am sorry for your loss losing someone you love is never easy, our God Jehovah has promised mankind a resurrection so we can see our love ones again please read John 5: 28,29 this scripture will give the family hope and strength, again I am sorry for your loss. To learn more this promise please go to JW.org

Cooper, Savannah, Ga

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this sad time. My parents were good friends with ya'll for a long time. Daddy was in the Clown Unit too. No more pain and suffering for Coy. To be in the Lord's House is the most wonderful place to be. Sincerely, Sherry Hanel Shealy

Sherry Hanel Shealy, Savannah, Ga.

My family and I would like to extend our most sincere sympathy to the family of Coy Short and to Duke and Denise Short on the loss of your dear Loved One! I met Coy and Judy on a few occasions in my home in McLean, Va. and also a boat ride in SC lake. He will be GREATLY missed by everyone and again we offer our prayers and Love to you All during this difficult time of loss. Sincerely, Debby Robinson & Family (Sister-in-Law of Duke & Denise Short)

Debby Robinson, Chesnee, SC

Dear Duke, This e mail was such a surprise! I haven't heard from you two lately. I thought Coy was doing better! He was always so kind to me. There is nothing I can do or say to ease your pain. I have had him in my daily prayers. With all I knew about Coy, when he gets on the elevator, "He can proudly push the button for the top floor". God Bless you my friend, thru these troubled times. Your Friend, Henry Sacks

Henry Sacks, Camp Springs, Md., 20748,

I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. May the God of All comfort give you a measure of comfort through the many prayers in your behalf (2Corinthians 1: 3, 4; Revelation 21: 3, 4).

F. F. , ,

So very sorry for your loss. Please find some comfort in Jesus words at John 5:28,29 where it says “Do not be amazed, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.”

D K, ,

Coy Ashford Short, 83, passed away on September 7, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia after an extended illness.

He was born on May 7, 1935 in Moultrie, Georgia.  He graduated from Avondale High School in Avondale Heights, Georgia in 1954.  He went on to attend West Georgia College and graduated from Emory University with a business degree.  He married his high school sweetheart and love of his life Judith Compton in August 1956.  He was drafted into the U.S. Army in early 1958 and was stationed at Ft. Hood, TX.  He entered officer candidates’ school at Ft. Sill, OK in 1959 and upon fulfilling his active duty, entered into the U. S. Army Reserves.

He moved to Savannah, GA in 1960 where he held positions in sales and marketing with a pharmaceutical company and various television and radio stations.  During his time in Savannah, he was a very active member of the Alee Shrine Temple Clown Unit serving as their President on two separate occasions.

In 1978, he was hired by the Social Security Administration with duty stations in Albany and Vidalia, Georgia.  In the early 1980's, he was promoted to Director of Governmental and External Affairs in the Regional office in Atlanta, GA.  He was again promoted to Deputy regional Commissioner of the Atlanta region.  While in this position, he was selected by Georgia Governor Zell Miller in 1995 to serve as the Executive Assistant of the Governors Military Affairs Coordinating Committee (GMACC).  After completing his assignment with the GMACC, he returned to the Social Security Administration and retired in 2001.

Throughout his career and into retirement, he enjoyed a lifetime of community service.  Through his service, he developed many friendships which meant everything to him.  He truly loved the people who shared the same passions and commitment to service as he did.  In addition to serving in several different civic clubs including Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions Club, Alee Shrine and the Royal Order of the Jesters, he also served in the following organizations:

Five years as the Head of the Community Events Committee for the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, GA; Nine years service on the Board of Directors for the Chattahoochee Technical College; President of the B-29 Superfortress Assoc., a non-profit corporation expressly formed to locate, restore and display the B-29 “Sweet Eloise”, which is located at the entrance to Dobbins AFB in Cobb County, Ga.; Appointed by Secretary of Defense Dick Chaney to be the Georgia State Chairman of the Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for 10 years, the longest period allowed by law; Seventeen years on the Georgia Adjutant General’s Youth ChalleNGe Selection Committee.  The Youth Challenge Academy is a residential program at Ft. Stewart and Ft. Gordon for at risk kids who have dropped out of High School; Served as Secretary of the Old Guard of the Gate City Guard, one of the Nation’s oldest historic military service organizations; Served as Chairman of the Georgia National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Foundation from September 2013 until May 2017, when he became the Chairman Emeritus.  The purpose of this Foundation is to advocate for and support the three Youth ChalleNGe programs in Georgia.  The foundation provides scholarship programs to help graduates continue their education.

Coy had a passion for the Armed Services, which was evident by all of the military organizations he served and led.  He collected restored Army jeeps and proudly drove one in the annual Veteran’s Day Parade in Marietta, Georgia.

During his life, he has received numerous honors and distinctions from the various organizations he has so tirelessly served. He was blessed with wonderful friends who made his life joyful and purposeful.  He loved spending time with his family and leaves many fond memories to be cherished by all.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Eloise Short Strom and his father Ernest Short.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 62 years, Judith Compton Short of Savannah, Ga; Son Gregory Short (Rhonda) of Savannah, Ga.; daughter Karen Martin (Tom) of St. Simons Island, Ga.; brother R. J. “Duke” Short (Dee) of Chesnee, S.C., brother-in-law James Compton (Ruth Ellen) of Columbus, Ga., five grandchildren, Dustin Short (Angela), Tyler Short, Scott Martin, Jennifer Martin and Jessica Martin; three great grandchildren; a niece and four nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made in Coy’s honor to Georgia National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Foundation at gycafoundation.com or Morris Slotin Fund, C/O Alee Temple P.O. Box 14147, Savannah, GA 31406.

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I am so very sorry for your loss. Mr. Short was a wonderful man he kept me on my toes, I'm so very honored to have met him and taking care of him was a true pleasure. I will never forget the day he let me push him around the Marshes with wig on. He will truly be missed

Twyla Hill, Midway, GA

My deepest condolences. What a wonderful man, what a wonderful life. The world is a better place because of him. Coy and James were childhood friends of mine in Moultrie. Grandma Fisher was my adopted grandmother, and I thought "Aunt" Elolise was the most beautiful lady I ever saw. God Bless you all.

Gene Duke Ellington, Kerrville, Texas

Candle tribute lit by Erwin & Dave Buck — Colorado

My condolences to this family I am sorry for your loss losing someone you love is never easy, our God Jehovah has promised mankind a resurrection so we can see our love ones again please read John 5: 28,29 this scripture will give the family hope and strength, again I am sorry for your loss. To learn more this promise please go to JW.org

Cooper, Savannah, Ga

My condolences to this family I am sorry for your loss losing someone you love is never easy, our God Jehovah has promised mankind a resurrection so we can see our love ones again please read John 5: 28,29 this scripture will give the family hope and strength, again I am sorry for your loss. To learn more this promise please go to JW.org

Cooper, Savannah, Ga

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this sad time. My parents were good friends with ya'll for a long time. Daddy was in the Clown Unit too. No more pain and suffering for Coy. To be in the Lord's House is the most wonderful place to be. Sincerely, Sherry Hanel Shealy

Sherry Hanel Shealy, Savannah, Ga.

My family and I would like to extend our most sincere sympathy to the family of Coy Short and to Duke and Denise Short on the loss of your dear Loved One! I met Coy and Judy on a few occasions in my home in McLean, Va. and also a boat ride in SC lake. He will be GREATLY missed by everyone and again we offer our prayers and Love to you All during this difficult time of loss. Sincerely, Debby Robinson & Family (Sister-in-Law of Duke & Denise Short)

Debby Robinson, Chesnee, SC

Candle tribute lit by Debby Robinson — South Carolina

Dear Duke, This e mail was such a surprise! I haven't heard from you two lately. I thought Coy was doing better! He was always so kind to me. There is nothing I can do or say to ease your pain. I have had him in my daily prayers. With all I knew about Coy, when he gets on the elevator, "He can proudly push the button for the top floor". God Bless you my friend, thru these troubled times. Your Friend, Henry Sacks

Henry Sacks, Camp Springs, Md., 20748,

I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. May the God of All comfort give you a measure of comfort through the many prayers in your behalf (2Corinthians 1: 3, 4; Revelation 21: 3, 4).

F. F. , ,

So very sorry for your loss. Please find some comfort in Jesus words at John 5:28,29 where it says “Do not be amazed, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.”

D K, ,

Candle tribute lit by Brother James "Duke"and Dee — South Carolina


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