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McConnell Funeral Home

1200 E Forrest St, Athens, AL

OBITUARY

Justin Paul Shorts

August 28, 1983June 17, 2019
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Dr. Justin Paul Shorts, 35 of Harvest, passed away Monday, June 17, 2019. Justin was born August 28, 1983 in Denver, CO. He is preceded in death by his father, Zane Jones.

Survivors include his mother, Sue Shorts of Harvest; his wife Andrea Smith; one brother, Michael Shorts of Huntsville; two stepsons, Noah and Isaiah Zills and his best friend, Thor.

Dr. Justin Shorts was the owner of Vibe Chiropractic in Madison. He loved his patients and he loved people. Justin had a big heart and he loved to help people. He provided his chiropractic service at no charge for those who could not afford to pay. He helped the VA by letting them use his clinic to help with their medical needs. He paid back to his community by helping the police officers and fire fighters. Justin loved baseball, and he also provided his chiropractic service to the Alabama Hammers and the Huntsville Havoc sports teams. Justin was a mentor for the “Big Brother Program”.

Please join us in a celebration of life service for Justin on Saturday, June 22nd at 12 p.m. with visitation from 11-12 p.m. at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers please make donations to a NO kill animal shelter of your choice.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, June 22, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, June 22, 2019

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Casey Denby

June 22, 2019

I am paying tribute to a man who left this life far too young, at just 35. Justin Shorts was not just my friend, he was my very best friend for many of my childhood years. We spent an inordinate amount of time in each other’s homes and outside causing neighborhood mischief. He lived just 5 doors down and together we knew how to make neighborhood baseball at the park a momentous occasion.
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Justin was hilarious and genuinely loved to make people laugh. A forever favorite is when he would pull down his pants to his boxers in front of a crowd and with the lighter he carried just for the possibility, would light up his gas into some impressive flames 🔥 to garner some laughs. He had a way of doing this that impressed me.
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Justin was full of life and ambition. He was far better at baseball than I and he aspired to be a professional one day. He would have made it too, were it not for injury. His 2nd ambition was that of being a Chiropractor. Many didn’t know that Justin was incredibly intelligent because he preferred to be known as the funny guy. Well he was top of his class and eventually did start his own practice where he was a wonderful doctor that truly cared for and loved his patients. He gave many a first responder or military free service or would allow those with little money to pay as they could or only collect the insurance portion. This was Justin.
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I remember the day Justin got his Honda CRX and we would joy ride for hours because of the freedom we felt. He loved to drive and in his mind it was a race-car. I remember one day hydro-planing at 50mph during some normal Seattle rain and Justin averted disaster with his driving skills.
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My friend Justin was a good man and I will always remember his big heart, charismatic smile and the way he made us all laugh and smile right along with him.
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Justin you are missed. Count me among those that miss you the most. Go rest with our God my dear friend and make the hosts of Heaven laugh forever more 😃🤙❤️🙏

Mollie Korzynek

June 22, 2019

Justin was a good friend to everyone. He was a unique soul full of kindness and humor. He always made me laugh even when he wasn't trying. We became friends in high school and have a lot of really great memories together. He was very passionate about what he loved in every aspect of his life. He will all be missed dearly. Goodbye Justin.

KIRK NICHOLSON

June 21, 2019

Justin was a quiet hard working Captain for me at Jackson and always tried to help his teammates get better. I loved coaching him and the way he competed was a joy to watch.

Bob Desrochers

June 21, 2019

The news of Justin’s passing is absolutely heartbreaking. I played baseball with Justin in high school and got to see what kind of a leader he was on and off the field. Justin led by example with his hard work, positive attitude, and was always a fun teammate to have around. He was also a fantastic ball player! Over the years Justin and I lost touch but I am not surprised to hear the kind of impact he made on his local community. Justin will be missed in so many ways but never forgotten. My condolences and prayers go out to his family. RIP Justin, you’ve been called home.

Jeff Erekson

June 21, 2019

Justin Shorts was a good friend of mine in middle school and highschool. We would have gone through all of high school together, yet he transferred to a different school in the latter years. He became a good friend soon after I moved to a new state and started a new school. For a few years, we hung out every school day at lunch, played basketball, and talked about the trivial matters that accompanied kids our age. We lost touch after high school only to catch up every few years. He was a fun loving guy! My heart aches for his family and close friends.

Patricia Milligan

June 21, 2019

Justin was my other brother who I loved. He was a great Chiropractor with God given healing hands. He was a miracle worker in my eyes. He had a brilliant mind. I could listen to him for hours talk about projects he wanted to do and dreams.

I will miss you and keep all the good memories with me for life.

My prayers for healing go to you Mother Sue, Brother Mike, Best Friend Thor, Wife Andrea and your two Stepsons. Also prayers go out to your In-Laws and Friends.

REST IN PEACE.

Nicolai Korzynek

June 20, 2019

Justin was a great friend to me.

Our paths crossed at an early age. We met eachother through baseball and that relationship continued through college. We were very close friends.

We shared many memories together that I will never forget. He was one of a kind. He had a great sense of humor, was very intelligent and had a heart of gold. I truly enjoyed my journeys with him. I will always remember him.

Teddy Sim DC

June 20, 2019

Justin. What I remember the most- you were so helpful and kind in chiropractic school. You did not hesitate to help anybody and you did it with a smile. Gone too soon my friend. God be with you till we meet again.

Tami Denby

June 20, 2019

The Shorts family were our neighbors for many years in Washington. Justin spent many hours in my home as a teenager and became great friends with my children. He was full of life and always made us laugh. He will be sorely missed.

Alicia Sandifer

June 20, 2019

I am a former patient of Justin Shorts (2015) and I remember him and his staff were so kind to me while I was going through a rough time after my car accident. My condolences and prayers to the Shorts family.

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