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Text Box: Order of Service

Organ Prelude                 Jan Tate, Trinity United Methodist
Processional
Opening                          Rev. M.C. Tolbert, Trinity UMC
Prayer                              Rev. Joe Birda, Trinity UMC    
Hymn of Comfort            How Great Thou Art,  Community Choir
                                                   Richard Lomax, Director
Scripture Reading:
OLD TESTAMENT       Rev. M.C. Tolbert, Trinity UMC
NEW TESTAMENT      Elder Carolyn Clark Smith, Williams
                                    Chapel, AME Zion Church

Musical Selection            Yesterday, Edith Sherles
Acknowledgements 
Expressions                      (Limit to 2 minutes)
Obituary (Read silently)   Soft Music— Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier
                                            (a.k.a. Ave Maria - Jessica Judson, violin &
                                             Jan Tate, organ)

Musical Selection            It is Well,  Community Choir
Eulogy                               Rev. Sandra Y. Jones, Williams Chapel
                                          AME Zion Church, Big Stone Gap, VA
Recessional
Interment
Oakview Cemetary
Big Stone Gap, VA
Text Box: Obituary
Mary Beatrice McClellan Shorter, born February 17, 1914 in Jellico, TN to the late George B. & Maggie F. McClellan, died peacefully on November 19, 2008 at National Healthcare Center (NHC) in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA following a prolonged illness.  Mary moved to Ringgold, GA in 2001 from Raleigh, NC to live with family following complications from knee surgery. Five years later, she was admitted to NHC for rehabilitation but her stay was extended due to further complications. Mary Shorter was married in 1936 to the late Cato H. Shorter, then Principal of Jellico Colored Elementary School of Jellico, TN. They moved to Appalachia, VA in 1938 where Cato Shorter became the first and only Principal of the Appalachia Training and Central High School for African-American children.  They moved to Big Stone Gap, VA in  the early 1950s when Bland High School was built.  Mary Shorter reigned as First Lady for twenty-nine years until 1965 when Bland Elementary and Bland High Schools were closed due to desegregation mandates.  

Mary Shorter was a devout Christian and member of United Methodist Church of Big Stone Gap, VA. Those who knew her will remember her earlier years as a community seamstress, church organist for Sunday School services at Davidson Chapel Methodist, a dedicated mother, loyal wife of 45 years, volunteer of Head Start Program of Wise County, and a special Aunt and Great-Aunt to many nieces and nephews. Following the death of her spouse, Mary willingly transported close friends and neighbors to doctor appointments or the grocery store.  One of her favorite pot-luck dishes was home-made dinner rolls.  She enjoyed traveling, visiting relatives, reading fiction, the Bible and watching soap operas on TV.

Mary Shorter is survived by her children: Donald Shorter (Beverly) of Detroit, MI; Carey Shorter (Gaynelle) of Cary, NC; J. Lynn Chalk (Stanley) of Ringgold, GA; and Beatrice Gail Judson (Horace) of Grambling, LA; her second family:  Edith Sherles of Morriston, TN; Anna Sherles Sullivan (Robert) of Knoxville, TN; Vernon Sherles (Lynn) of Maryvile, TN; Marlon B. Sherles; Eighteen  grandchildren: Donna Gibson (Lorenzo) of Zionsville, IN; Eric Shorter of  Bowling Green, OH; Eron Lindsey of Detroit, MI; Tanya Downs (Gary, Jr.) of Duluth, GA; Kristyn Bly (Dre’ II) of Parker, CO; Darryl Shorter (Chantelle) of Swedesboro, NJ; Tahjah Brown (Shane) of Snellville, GA; Taynia Hanks of Ringgold, GA; Terin Hanks of Snellville, GA; TaMara Howard (Michael) of Coraopolis, PA; Sojourner Auguste (Milo, Jr.) of Freeport, NY; Jessica Judson of Oberlin, OH; Sonya Judson of Charlotte, NC; Jacinda Bryant of Knoxville, TN; Shameka Sherles, Josiah and Shawenda Freeman of Morristown, TN; and Scotty Sherles of Maryville, TN.  Twenty-two great-grandchildren:  Marcus, Sirus and Morgan Gibson (Zionsville, IN); Kameron, Josh, and Caleb Downs (Duluth, GA); Haley, Justin and Avery Shorter (Swedesboro, NJ); Dre’ III, Jordan, AJ, and Peyton Bly (Parker, CO); Jayden and Ryan Brown (Snellville, GA); Jada and Deja Reid (Charlotte, NC); Chayne Camille Howard (Coraopolis, PA); Milo Auguste III (Freeport, NY); Chayanna Kyle, Amyia Freeman, Trynita Nance (Morristown, TN).
Mary Shorter was predeceased by her husband, C.H. Shorter; eight siblings: Irene Carpenter, Wilmetta Young, Marjorie Allen, Chester, Hardy, Sr., Hattie, Benjamin and Sammy McClellan; son Morris B. Sherles and granddaughter, Wendy Shorter.

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