Shorty (Jimmie Lee–J L) Albert-March 12, 2012

Shorty (Jimmie Lee–J L) Albert, 89, passed away Monday, March 12, 2012.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, March 15, at the First United Methodist Church, 403 S Cornell in Fritch at 1:00 PM. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Born April 14, 1922 in Woodward, Ok, he is survived by his wife Leola Albert, two daughters, Betty K Mathews and husband Ricky of Lowell, AR, and Lorna Hear of Borger, TX.  He had four grandchildren, Erica Morquecho, Elicia Morquecho of Burleson, TX, Jake Heare of Baton Rougue, LA, Lydia Heare of Amarillo, TX, along with grandson-in-law Joe Gonzales of Bovina, TX.  Shorty was very proud of his four Great grandchildren, Krystin and Luke Gonzales of Bovina, and Aleena and Zariah Hermes of Burleson, TX.  He also has a very special and endearing nephew, J L Albert of Atlanta, GA and his sons, Josh and Jordan both of Colorado. 

Shorty began his life of pranks in Woodward, Ok followed by being drafted in 1942.  While fighting in the Pacific Campaign, he was awarded the Silver Star for his actions in battle. After returning to the states, he met the love of his life Leola in St. Helena, Ca.  They were married in July of 1947.  In 1950, Shorty and his little family moved to Fritch where he remained until his death.  Shorty worked for Natural Gas Pipeline for thirty-five years.  He believed as Will Rogers stated, “he never met a stranger”.  He never turned down an opportunity to dance, even when the band was just warming up, or to play “Santa” to young and old, to dress up for a parade or school play, but most of all to make someone laugh.  He use to say “life’s too short to be serious”.  When Lorna was in softball, Shorty began coaching on of many girls softball teams.  He was seen at the S-F football games running the chain for many years.  The house at the end of Cornell was known for many years as the Spook House with lines of older brave kids coming to see what Shorty had in store for them and knowing that he would scare them.  He was a KOPs member for twenty-six years and always enjoyed the conventions.  Shorty could have written the book on ADHD because he was a kid all his life.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be sent to Odyssey Hospice, 6900 I-40 West, Suite 150, Amarillo, TX 79106 or the First United Methodist Church of Fritch, 403 S. Cornell Ave., Fritch, TX 79036.

31 Responses to “Shorty (Jimmie Lee–J L) Albert-March 12, 2012”

  1. Guy and Danna Rowh says:

    We are so sorry for your loss, but rejoice that we will all see Shorty again someday dancing on the streets of heaven (even if the heavenly band is just warming up!). He was such an awesome man and all of Fritch loved him! You are so right that he never met a stranger. Mom (Peggy) loved to tell the story of the first time she ever met him and she was playing the piano at a local function. Shorty plopped down on the piano bench beside her, scooted her over and then stole her music and ran away! So funny!!!! She and Dad both loved him very much! He was “Santa” to my girls many times over and it was appreciated!! May God hold you in His arms and give you the comfort you will need right now. Lorna and Betty, it is tough to lose your daddy, let God fill that role now. Leola, so hard to lose your soul mate, but God will fill that role too until we all meet again. I know Shorty is probably stealing Mom’s music again right now in Heaven!!

  2. Lea Ellen Baber Minton says:

    Precious ones so very sorry to hear about Shorty. What a fun and wonderful person he was. May God give you comfort and strength.
    Love and Hugs to you all, Lea Ellen

  3. Sarah Taylor Butcher says:

    Leola and family,
    So sorry for your loss but I hope you find comfort in knowing Heaven got a whole lot happier the day Shorty went home. Leola, he’s watching over you all and is getting your mansion all decorated. I want you to know I considered having Shorty know me by name a wonderful thing. Fritch is definitely sadder but his spirit will always be there. My love to you all and you are all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless, Sarah

  4. Alberta Harris says:

    So sorry about losing Shorty.He was always a fun person to be around and loved life to the fullest. May God hold you and all his children close, to comfort you in this time of sorrow. There will be a vacant spot in the town of Fritch with out him.
    May God Bless and hold you close in this time of sorrow.

    Alberta and Buddy Harris

  5. David fisher says:

    Leola I’m so sorry for your loss Shorty was a great friend from what I’ve read and knew of him during the great times we have had at Walmart when I was a stockman I always hoped you were working because I knew most of the time Shorty was gonna be there too he will truly be missed by many.

  6. Ronnie Trammell says:

    Rhonda and I were very saddened to learn of Shorty’s passing. He was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. I will always remember the sight of him running the chains on the sideline during Sanford Fritch football games.

  7. Mickey Blackmon says:

    Mrs. Albert & family,

    There are so many fond memories of Shorty. I was a college kid working for NGPL when I first met Shorty. Summer hands were a favorite target for Shorty and he thoroughly made work a SAFE and enjoyable experience. I will never forget when we lived on Ranch Road and Debbie was at the kitchen window shortly before Christmas and she yelled that Santa Claus was running across our yard. I went to the front door and there was Shorty – I mean Santa ready to visit our daughter. He gave her a hershey candy bar and one of the most memorable times with Santa that we ever had. Thanks to Shorty our lives have been enriched and blessed. We look forward to our GREAT reunion with Shorty in GLORY. God Bless you guys.

    Mickey Blackmon

  8. Mitch and Etta Freeman says:

    We are so sorry to here of your loss. Shorty was a wonderful person. He was not only a loss to your family but to the whole community. When we moved to the area he made us feel so welcome we were not strangers but long life friends. Our Prayers are with you and your Family.

  9. Roylena Freeman says:

    So sorry for your loss. There are few people that come into your life that you carry with you in your heart, Shorty is one that touched many hearts and made an impression on them. You couldn’t help but smile when you saw him out and about – a wonderful person and a blessing to have known. He will be missed. I love you all!

  10. Charles Conyers says:

    I just read about Mr. Alberts. I am so sorry for the loss of a great man. I will attempt to make the services but time is limited for me to get there. My condolances to Mrs. Albert, Betty K. and Lorna.

  11. Dana Wills and Fredia Caldwell (Ashby) says:

    Dear Leola, so sorry to hear of Shorty’s passing. He was such a wonderful man! God bless you through this difficult time.

  12. Scott Stephenson says:

    I’ve known Shorty’s grandson Jake for over a decade and Shorty not much less than that.
    He truly never met a stranger, I was always welcome in his and Leola’s home.
    He will be missed.

  13. Herrick & Bonnie Allen says:

    God will wrap his arms around you and hold you tigh and confort you in these days of sorrow. I am praying for you and your family, for peace.
    Love you,
    Herrick and Bonnie Allen

  14. Dianne Doty says:

    It was so nice to know you both through Tops.
    My pray is that God will give you peace, Leola, in knowing you will be united with Shorty again.
    Earth’s loss is Heaven’s gain!

  15. Karon K. Holley Connelly says:

    The obit is nicely written and accurately reflective of Shorty. My thoughts are with each of you. We are lucky to have shared his life.

  16. Jeremy DeLara says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss. My mom and I wished we could have made it to the service today. Prayers are lifted up to you and your family Leola. You guys have been such a blessing to my mom and I.

    My mom sends her condolences and prayers.

    God bless,
    Jeremy and Debbie Delara

  17. Shawn Brazeal Wagner says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss!! I will always have a warm fuzzy when I think of him! He coached an all-start team I was on and was the only to encourage me the way he did!! I can hear him say “Eagle Eye..Eye on the ball” Your family and Fritch will have a shining star over you. He was such a gentle man!! May God’s peace surround you and you feel his love during this difficult time

  18. Jamey Wasson says:

    Rest in peace Santa….

  19. Susan Bell says:

    So sorry to her about Shorty! I have many fond memories of him. So many fun times when he coached us in softball and how he always made us laugh throughout our years growing up in Fritch. What a wonderful kind man he was!. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. May God comfort you.

  20. Kenny Wright says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. I just read about Shorty’s passing yesterday. When I did, memories from childhood came flooding back. As I read the Facebook comments, I realized that he touched many young lives in the same way that he touched mine. He was such a fantastic person and I rest assured that God prepared a very special place for him in Heaven.

  21. Chesty and Cindy Randall says:

    To all of Shorty’s family, Thank you for sharing him with us all of these years. God definately knew Fritch needed him when your sweet family came here. He was special to so many and holds a special place in many of our family albums with pictures of our children at Christmas. May God comfort you and make these days ahead easier. We love you!

  22. Duane and Donis Jacobs says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. May God hold you close and comfort you, and at the same time \Rejoice\—-Shorty is \HOME\ A BIG kid at heart and truly–knew no \stranger\. Shall always remember our first Christmas in Fritch and first visit from \Santa\–a knock at the door and upon opening the door — there stood the \red suited\ man—and the door being swiftly closed. (He never let us forget it either–did he Leola?) He loved sneaking up behind you and scaring you and then the wrestling match was on –\the wisker\ hug– Shorty on the sidelines running the chains!!! Soooo many memories!! Thank you Leola, Betty and Lorna, for allowing SO many to be able to say they knew Fritch America’s \ ONE AND ONLY\ SHORTY ALBERT!!!!! Our Love and Prayers to you all,

  23. Herlin Summers says:

    Just wanted to say how very much Shorty touched my life .. He was alway so encouraging to me in Football and my life,,, but ater I got very sick and could no longer play sports He was the Same encourager to me… He helped me make it thru the tuff timers PTL.. Ive spent almost 40 years pastoring and still trying to find a True “Shorty” to help keep me going … They are few and far between Lord Bless You !!

  24. Sheryl Rhodes says:

    Just read of Shorty’s passing. My love and prayers go out to your beautiful family Leola. Have alot of good memories of yall and my folks visiting and all the laughter involved! There never was a dull moment around Shorty,and none of us would have wanted it any other way! May God give you and your family strength and comfort during this time of great loss.

  25. Kathy Adams says:

    What a blow to each of you as well as the city of Fritch. Shorty will be missed! I am honored to have know him and called him friend. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Albert family.

  26. Patrice Tunzi says:

    Never have I met anyone who even would come close to my FAVORITE uncle! Nope, no one compares. Right now though, I do believe he and my dad are coming up with some sort of joke to play on my other uncle…you get those two together and…! We have lost an original, but the memories are precious and cherished.

  27. Penny Barnes says:

    Betty K. Just read about Shorty and wanted to let you know that I am so sorry and you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  28. Fred Tunzi says:

    I will sure miss Uncle Jimmie. Everytime we were together we would get up early and have coffee. He would tell me stories, and Yes I may have heard them before, but I always enjoyed hearing them again. He was a kid at heart with a lot of energy. We had a few great camping trips with him and Leola, and I will cherish those memories. Once we were caming along the Sonoma County Coast and during the night our camp was attacked by some racoons, a deer, and a fox. They got into the ice chest and took out some Hostess Cupcakes, wrapper were everywhere. Jimmie and Leola slept through it, which was suprising because of all the yelling my wife was doing. The next night we are all sitting around the campfire and the racoon family came back for seconds. I will remember all the good times and laughs we had.
    Love to you’all……….

  29. Marla Savano says:

    Because of Patrice and Fred Tunzi I met Jimmie and Leola out here in California. Because of the Tops connection I would see them at convention out of state. I am sure many of you felt the same way that they made me feel like family and Jimmie was always full of smiles and laughs. I am so sorry for your loss and so very thankful I was able to share just a little bit of time with him. Hugs Leola, Marla

  30. Barbara Austin Hardy says:

    Shorty started his life in Fritch trickin’ the Austin girls! When you moved into the little house behind us with the skunk – well need I say more. Shorty loved everyone and that happiness and love will be his legacy to our town. Prayers to you all. He will be missed but stories of his pranks, Santa, and all of his other activities will last forever.

  31. Beth Hatla says:

    Shorty was a dear, dear man and we are richer for having known him—and enjoyed his sense of humor and love of life! My condolences to Leola and the whole family.

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