Lt. Cmdr. Susan Patricia Nessmith, USN, Retired
WARNER ROBINS, GA- Lt. Cmdr. Susan Nessmith passed away at her home in Warner Robins, GA, on November 9, 2013 after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
She is survived by her father, Dr. Josh T. Nessmith, Jr., a brother, Josh T. Nessmith, III, and a sister, Dr. Carol Nessmith Pryby (Dr. Todd Pryby) all of Warner Robins; a sister, Nancy Nessmith Kitten (Lester Kitten) of Mt. Pleasant, SC, and three nephews, Christopher Pryby (Brittany Roberts Pryby) of Atlanta, and Jacob and Evan Kitten of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. Susan's mother, Mae Alawayne Simmerson Nessmith, and a sister, Cynthia Jeanne Nessmith, predeceased her.
Susan was a graduate of the University of Georgia. She later moved to Atlanta and obtained her license as a Registered Dietitian from Emory University. She obtained a Master's of Science in Nutrition from Georgia State University, and a Master's of Science in Management from Troy University.
After joining the U.S. Navy in 1985, she served as Director of Nutrition at various Naval Hospitals including those located in Oakland, CA, in Naples, Italy, in Pensacola, FL, and then moved on to Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. It was at Bethesda that Susan led her team in nutrition and Breast Cancer Research.
During her military service, Lt. Cmdr. Nessmith served two tours at sea. She was stationed on the USNS Mercy and later served on the USNS Comfort, both naval ships that acted as field hospitals supporting combat troops as well as serving humanitarian missions during times of disaster. Susan was awarded two Navy Achievement Medals, two Meritorious Unit Commendations, two Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Medals, a Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Humanitarian Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
Outside her career in the Navy, her primary interest was in art, and she received both a B.A. and a M.A. from the University of North Florida in art studies. She was a gifted artist in her youth and she followed her passion initially with acrylics, then as her hands became less nimble she painted watercolors by computer. Her works have been featured in the past in galleries in Jacksonville, FL.
Viewing will take place on Wednesday, November 13, from 5pm to 7pm at the Hodges-Moore Funeral Home in Statesboro, GA. The service will be held at Statesboro First United Methodist Church, located on 101 S. Main Street on Thursday at 11am. Reverend Jimmy Cason will conduct the services.
Graveside Services at East Side Cemetery will follow. Pall bearers are Christopher Pryby, Jacob Kitten, Evan Kitten, Ben Robert Nessmith, Donald Nessmith, and R.B. Proctor. The Dan Williams Class of the First United Methodist Church will serve as honorary pall bearers.
Memorials can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Georgia Chapter, 1117 Perimeter Center West, Suite E101, Atlanta, GA 30338, or to the First United Methodist Church of Statesboro, GA.
Published in The Telegraph from Nov. 12 to Nov. 13, 2013