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James Howard Denton, known as "Shorty", was born February 23, 1926, to Weldon Winifred and Rilla Mae Ward Denton, and passed away at Texas County Memorial Hospital, in Houston, Missouri, on April 3, 1995, making his age 69 years, 1 month, and 11 days.

He was united in marriage to Lucille Sullivan on August 7, 1948.  To this union four children were born: one daughter, Marla Kay; and three sons, Lenual (Buck) Lee, Jimmy Ray, and Timmy Joe.

Shorty was a truck driver and hauled slabs, lumber, etc.  He filled the first charcoal kiln for Craig Charcoal.  He loved camping and fishing with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Weldon and Rilla denton; one sister, Pauline Butts; and one brother, David Denton.

Shorty was a loving and caring husband, father, and grandpa.  He had many nieces, nephews, inlaws, and friends.  Shorty will be sadly missed by all.
Our loss is heaven's gain.

In Memory of J.H. "Shorty" Denton

Date of Birth
February 23, 1926

Date of Death
April 3, 1995

Services Held at
Duncan Funeral Chapel
Summersville, Mo.
April 6, 1995
10:00 A.M.

Rev. Bud Younger
Stacey Prewett

        Danny Terrill        Dennis Denton
Donnie Layman        Mark House
Dana Hart        Ray Ross

Honorary Pallbearers
Larry Greear
John Bryan
Gene Ross

"Youth Choir"

Antioch Cemetery
Summersville, Mo.

Summersville News
by Vera Evans

Our Community has lost many citizens in death this spring.  This week has been no exception.

J.H. Shorty Denton passed away Monday night after a long battle following heart surgery.  He had been moved to Texas County Hospital in Houston after he seemed to be improving.  Our sympathy and love are extended to each member of his family.


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