LIBERTY, Ill. -- Samuel Seldon Nesbitt, 94, of Madeira Beach, Fla., and formerly of Liberty, died Tuesday (April 23, 2013) in Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, Fla.
Samuel was born Aug. 15, 1918, in Liberty, a son of Harry E. and Pearl Herr Nesbitt. On Oct. 11, 1953, he married Charlotte Baker in Bluff Hall Congregational Church. She survives.
Samuel's life and love was the Lord, his wife and his family, and there are no words to describe how much he will be missed.
He was a graduate of Seymour High School in Payson and attended college at the University of Illinois
. He then moved to Long Beach, Calif., and worked for McDonnell Douglas building airplanes. Samuel served in the U.S. Navy
. After the war, he returned to Liberty to work the home farm. Samuel loved the farm and flying, and he was building an airplane. He was an exceptional craftsman, who built his own home. He also built grandfather clocks for his wife and for each of his daughters. In addition to farming, he also worked at Moorman Manufacturing.
Samuel was a lifelong member of Payson Christian Church, where he was an elder and a Sunday school teacher for many years. He was also a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, and he attended the annual fly-in in Oshkosh, Wis., many times.
Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Holly (David) Graham of Liberty, Rebecca (Gary) Parquette of Naperville and Ruth (Michael Locke) Cabella of Indian Rocks Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren, Heather Payne of St. Joe, Mo., and Gary Parquette and Rachael Parquette, both of Naperville; two stepgrandchildren, Jennifer Vancil of Payson and Harrison Graham of Quincy; five great-grandchildren, Alexandra Payne and Caden Kehner, both of St. Joe, Lola Parquette of St. Louis and Ava Graham and Tyler Graham, both of Quincy; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and five sisters, Emily Cutforth, Ruth Martin, Virginia Akers, Helen Tourney, and Harriet Fitzgibbons.
SERVICES: 11 a.m. Thursday in Payson Christian Church conducted by the Rev. Ryan Freeman. Burial will be in Bluff Hall Cemetery.
VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. in the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.
MEMORIALS: Payson Christian Church or
ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.