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Frances Dean Short

January 24, 1944 — January 14, 2024



In Loving Memory of

Dean Herndon Short

January 24, 1944 - January 14, 2024


Frances “Dean” Herndon Short, a beloved mother, sister, grandmother, and friend, passed away January 14, 2024 at her home in Waverly, Tennessee, surrounded by her family.  Her departure leaves an enduring void in the lives of those who had the privilege of knowing this remarkable woman. She was born in Russellville, Kentucky on January 24, 1944, to her loving parents, Edward Dean Herndon, Sr. and Lucille Wilson Herndon.


Dean Short was a pillar of strength to her loved ones, bringing joy to their lives through her nurturing spirit and unwavering love. As a devoted homemaker, she dedicated herself to creating a warm and inviting home, always putting the needs of her family above all else. Known for her green thumb, Dean had a passion for gardening and took great pride in her beautifully manicured flowerbeds that bloomed with vibrant colors every year. She was the owner of Hal's Jewelry in Waverly and retired after 24 years of devoted service from Lakeview Elementary School where she served as the secretary and bookkeeper. Later, Dean found fulfilling work as a Top Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, brightening the lives and boosting the confidence of countless individuals with her genuine care and expertise. Her warm smile and gentle touch made her an invaluable presence in the lives of those she served. Dean Short's unwavering faith and dedication to the New Johnsonville Church of Christ provided her with solace and strength throughout her life. She actively participated in church activities, enriching the lives of her fellow congregants, and fostering a sense of community that was deeply cherished. Beyond her professional achievements and community involvement, Dean Short's greatest accomplishment was her family. Her three children, Nancy, Deborah, and Hal, were her world. They provided her with 10 grandchildren that she loved more than life itself. And then, when she thought life couldn't possibly get better, she became a great-grandmother.  She loved and cared for her babies deeply. Dean was the epitome of love and happiness and it was all because of the joy her family brought to her. Her memory will forever be cherished by her dear family, who will carry on her legacy of love, kindness, and joy.


She leaves behind two loving daughters, Nancy Turner (Jimmy) of New Johnsonville and Deborah Hughey (Rick Rice) of Waverly;

her loving son, Hal Short, Jr. (Angie) of Waverly,

her brother Eddie Herndon of McEwen, who was also her best friend in the whole wide world,

and a brother-in-law, Dr. Mike Short (Dianne) of Jackson, TN.


She also leaves to cherish her memory, 9 grandchildren:

Frazier Barker (Lindsey)

Jaclyn James (Jeffrey Peek)

Breighanna Bennett (Noah)

Heather Hughey (Chanz Smothers)

Dalton Hughey

Meleia Hughey (Brayden Bone)

Carson Short (Kait)

Halli Brock (Tanner)

Lexie Daniel (Michael)


and 15 great- grandchildren:

Kaden, Oakley, Landen, Paisley, Goldie, Tripp, Traxx, Tegann, Tillie, Claire, Kinzie, Ethan, Little Baby Daniel, Carter, and Liam.


She is preceded in death by her husband, William Hal Short, her parents Edward and Lucille Herndon, and her grandson, Ethan Turner.


The funeral service to honor and celebrate the life of Mrs. Dean Short will be held on January 20, 2024, at the New Johnsonville Church of Christ at 2:00PM. The family will receive friends at the church starting at 10:00AM, providing an opportunity for friends, family, and community members to pay their respects. Bro. Bobby O'Dell and Bro. Joe Rhodes will officiate the service. Interment will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery.


Frances Dean Short will forever be remembered for her remarkable kindness, radiant smile and spirit, and her unwavering dedication to her family, community, and faith. She will always be a guiding light for generations to come. May she find eternal happiness in the embrace of her loved ones and her Father Jesus Christ.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Saturday, January 20, 2024

10:00am - 2:00 pm (Central time)

New Johnsonville Church of Christ

204 Long Street, New Johnsonville, TN 37134

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Funeral Service

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

New Johnsonville Church of Christ

204 Long Street, New Johnsonville, TN 37134

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Saturday, January 20, 2024

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