H. Milton Short Jr.

January 5, 1919July 14, 2011

H. Milton Short, Jr. “Milton”

H. Milton Short, Jr., 92, of Charlotte, NC, died peacefully Thursday, July 14, 2011 after a lengthy illness, at Southminster Retirement Community.

Mr. Short was born January 5, 1919 in College Park, GA, near Atlanta, the son of Harold M. Short and Ina Hemperley Short.

In 1928 he moved to Charlotte with his family, and remained a Charlottean for most of his life. He attended Myers Park Elementary School, Alexander Graham Junior High on Morehead Street, and Central High School. Colleges were The Citadel, UNC Chapel Hill and UNC Law School, where he served as associate editor-in-chief of the N.C. Law Review. Throughout World War II he was assigned to the 412th Fighter Group of the Fourth Air Force (Army Air Corps). In 1942 he married his high school sweetheart, Vesta Slaughter (“Veegie”).

Returning to Charlotte after the war, he practiced law. In 1967 he arranged for the family business, Mecklenburg Furniture Company, to move to its Myers Park location on Providence Road. He remained active with the company for more than 50 years.

In 1965 he was elected to the Charlotte City Council. He was appointed by Mayor Stan Brookshire to work with county, state, and federal authorities to arrange the extension of six major City of Charlotte water lines beyond the city limits; the first being a line to the proposed UNC Charlotte. Each of the six extensions forwarded the city’s growth and prosperity. Mr. Short served six terms on the Charlotte City Council.

In 1983 he brought together interested members of Myers Park Baptist Church and Christ Episcopal Church to plan a jointly sponsored retirement center. Southminster Continuing Care Retirement Community began operations in 1987.

A capable planner, organizer, and manager, Milton sought wherever he was to make the world a better place. He enjoyed reading and playing the piano. He loved classical music and also the big band music of his youth.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Vesta “Veegie” Slaughter Short; his son, Harold M. Short, III and wife Mary Beth of Charlotte; and his daughter, Gay S. Patterson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Ralph Hemperley Short.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Southminster in Great Room B.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Southminster Foundation, 8919 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28210; Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 1420 E. Seventh St., Charlotte, NC 28204; Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 23, 2011

H. Milton Short Jr.

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Debbie Pierce-Rowland

July 29, 2011

Gay- So sorry for your loss-wish I had been in town-would loved to have seen you. Please e-mail me-Lots of Hugs and Love- Pierce

July 19, 2011

I began work with Charlotte city government the first year Milton was elected to City Council and after I became City Attorney, I had the great fortune of working closely with him on a multitude of municipal matters for a number of years. Milton was enormously bright, a deep thinker and eager to explore every facet of every issue. Since he was also a lawyer, he loved to call me to "bounce his thoughts off me". He called me one Thankgiving Day at home to ask me about a legislative issue that the City was exploring. After chatting for a few moments, he asked what I was doing and when I replied I was eating Thanksgiving dinner, he was stunned, having forgotten it was Thankgiving Day. Milton Short was a rare and exceptional "one of a kind person" whose primary desire was to make his community a better place in which to live. I will greatly miss him.

Henry Underhill
Seattle, WA


Milton approximately 3 or 4 years old, East Point, GA


Milton in early elementary school.


Milton standing guard duty at the Citadel fall of 1937 or winter/spring 1938


Milton in informal pose at the Citadel.


Milton while a student at UNC Chapel Hill.


Milton's invitation to be associate editor of NC Law Review.


Announcement of Vesta and Milton's wedding.