Clarice Elaine Short, 82, of Beckley, went to be with the Lord on Monday, December 16, 2013.

Born June 17, 1931, in Hitchins, Ky., Clarice was the daughter of William Russell and Hazel Fraley Qualls.

She was preceded in death by her children Drema and Billy.

She is survived by her husband Billy Short Sr. and a special sister-in-law Elizabeth. Also surviving are her children Mary Canaday and companion Ed Tigert of Beckley, Victor Short and wife Elizabeth Harvey of Beckley and Jacqueline Short of Salisbury, N.C. Clarice also has many grandchildren surviving her. They are Thomas Norris and wife Stephanie, Kristen Norris and fiancé Chris, Rhonda Kirby, Holly Short, Antonio Rivera and wife Denise, Daniel Canaday, Sarah Canaday, Nona Short, Victoria Short, Amy Short, Phillip Short and wife Dane, and six great grandchildren.

Clarice was a homemaker and caretaker for her husband of 62 years and their children. She was a member of Pack’s Branch Baptist Church. Clarice had a strong faith and love for her Saviour, Jesus Christ. She looked forward to attending church when she could. One of her favorite verses in the King James Bible was John 3:16. She had a best friend, Margaret Janney of Pax, who would always stay in touch with Clarice. Margaret was a great comfort to her when Clarice’s beloved pet “Taco” passed away.

Funeral services will be Thursday, December 19, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Beckley with Pastor Sam Vance officiating.

Members of her church family will be pallbearers.

Family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105 or American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 11454 Alexandria, VA 22312

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley is honored to be serving the family.

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