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NESBITT Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com Bishop Ronnie A. Nesbitt, Sr. peacefully transitioned this life, Friday, July 19, 2013. He joined his beloved parents, the late Elder Wales R. Nesbitt, Jr. and the late Dr. Inez E. Girardeau Nesbitt in life everlasting through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Bishop Nesbitt was the youngest of six children, born December 2, 1955, in Tallahassee, Florida. After his family relocated to Jacksonville, Florida, he received his formal educational training in the Duval County Public Schools system, graduating from Andrew Jackson High School. He attended Pensacola Junior College, majoring in Business Administration, with further studies at the University of West Florida. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree from United Theological Seminary, in honor and recognition of his years of committed ministry service to the Kingdom of God. Bishop Nesbitt s religious acumen as an aggressive visionary leader, and as a person of tremendous leadership qualities, was evident even at a young age. As a citizen of Pensacola, Florida, he was the youngest officer/member and major stockholder of Escambia Mid-County Development Corporation; he was a member of the Five Flags Historic Planning Council; and he served as a member of the Board of Directors for Escambia County Council on Aging. He later served as a member the of Board of Directors of the Liberty Center for the Homeless and the JTA Community Service Board for Transportation Order and Decorum Jacksonville, Florida. In Christ, Bishop R.A. Nesbitt, Sr. served the church for forty-seven (47) years, through the traditional ranks of the church working in every capacity from Usher, Deacon, Minister and Ordained Elder. Elder Ronnie A. Nesbitt, Sr. married Milessa Hawthorne-Nesbitt and their union saw the birth of five children trained in the precepts of righteousness and Godliness, who now serve in the gospel ministry. God inspired Bishop Nesbitt to return to Jacksonville, Florida, in 1986 where he founded and established The Heart of Jacksonville Church of God in Christ. He was one (1) of five (5) founding Churches of Florida Sixth Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. Bishop Nesbitt has dedicated his life to this purpose. He is the Founder of Nesbitt Cathedral System of Churches: The Heart of Jacksonville Institutional Church and The Heart of Brunswick. He also is the Founder of the E. G. Nesbitt Center for Human and Social Development, an empowerment outreach ministry for the social and socioeconomic development of families. He is survived by his beloved wife, Bishop Milessa Nesbitt; five (5) children, Bishop RaVonda, Elder Ronnie, Jr. (Teresa), Elder Rhonda, Elder RaLonda and Bishop Ronald Nesbitt; five (5) siblings, Elder Wales R. III (Marvetta); Marian N. Davis (Mitchell), Bishop G.F., Sr. (Janice), Bishop Ramon and Marguerite N. Stewart; uncles, Bishop S.P. Nesbitt (Delores) and Dr. Arnett Girardeau, Sr. (Carolyn); aunt, Canary Girardeau, and numerous nieces, nephews and devoted family and friends. In lieu of flowers, it was Bishop Nesbitt s desire that contributions be made to Nesbitt Cathedral The Heart of Jacksonville, 2001 Ernest Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32204. The Celebration of Life Honoring Bishop R. A. Nesbitt, Sr. will be held Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at Nesbitt Cathedral The Heart of Jacksonville Institutional Church, with Bishop Milessa H. Nesbitt, Senior Pastor. Services are entrusted to Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home, 529 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073, (904) 264-1233.

Published in the Florida Times-Union on July 27, 2013
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