The cooperative family was saddened at the recent death of John Short, a member of the board of directors of Powell Valley Electric Cooperative. Dr. Short died Jan. 12 after a short battle with cancer.

A graduate of the University of Tennessee medical school, he operated a family medicine practice in Sneedville. He also was a deacon in the Sneedville First Baptist Church and a Sunday School teacher.

In 2010, People magazine featured him as the preceptor of a young medical student determined to serve Appalachia.

He had served on the PVEC board representing the Sneedville, Tenn., district since 2003. Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Lena Short, P.O. Box 125, Sneedville, TN 37869. More information is available from the funeral home.