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Patricia Roark Short

Mrs. Patricia Roark Short of Nathalie died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Halifax Regional Hospital. 

She was born in Halifax County on July 9, 1935 and was 77 years old. 

She was the daughter of the late Randolph Roark and the late Helen Hall Roark and was married to Rufus W. Short, who survives.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Republican Grove where she was a former Sunday school teacher. She was a retired schoolteacher from the Pittsylvania County School System.

She is survived by her husband, Rufus W. Short, of Nathalie; two daughters, Lisa Short Thomas of Nathalie and J. Denise Short of Fredericksburg; three sisters, Nancy Roark Price of Mt. Dora, Fla., Janet Roark Williamson and husband Barry of Charleston, W.Va., and Kathy Roark Nance and husband Tom of Madison Heights; one brother, Joseph R. “Buddy” Roark and wife Emily of Martinsville; a number of nieces and nephews and special friends. 

She is preceded in death by one brother, Keith Randolph “Randy” Roark.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Republican Grove with the Rev. Shelton Miles and the Rev. R.G. Rowland officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family received friends Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at Powell Funeral Home and other times at the home of her daughter, Lisa. S. Thomas, 12172 L.P. Bailey Hwy., Nathalie.

For memorials consider the First Baptist Church of Republican Grove or the Brookneal Rescue Squad.

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Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home, South Boston.