Robert Lee Nesbitt BISHOPVILLE - Robert Lee Nesbitt, 74, of Bishopville died Tuesday January 13, 2015, at Kershaw Health Medical Center in Camden. Born May 19, 1940, in Sumter, SC, he was the son of the late Lee Andrew and Jessie Atkinson Nesbitt. A graduate of Lynchburg High School and the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, he served with the Bishopville Police Department and Lee County Sheriff's Department, retiring in 2004 with the rank of Captain. In 1959, Robert married his high school sweetheart, Miriam Linda Elmore, settling in Lee County, where they raised two sons, Kenneth L. Nesbitt, Sr. and Randy O. Nesbitt. Family was his greatest joy, and he delighted in his role of husband, father and grandfather. His love for community and service to others led him to a career in law enforcement where he proudly served for 33 years, mentoring young officers, many of whom continue to serve today. His quick wit and kind spirit won him admiration and respect among colleagues and citizens alike, who knew him affectionately as "Captain Nesbitt" or "Robert Lee." He was predeceased by double first cousins Jim "JT" Nesbitt and Harriet Nesbitt Watts, who were like siblings to him. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Linda Elmore Nesbitt; sons Kenneth L. Nesbitt, Sr. of Sumter and Randy O. Nesbitt of the home (formerly Myrtle Beach); and grandchildren, Kenneth L. Nesbitt, Jr. and Andrew C. Nesbitt, both of Sumter. Funeral services for Mr. Nesbitt will be held at 4pm Saturday, January 17 at the chapel of Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home in Bishopville, with Rev. William James and Rev. Mark Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Bethany Baptist Church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6pm-8pm Friday, January 16 at the funeral home. Past and present members of Lee County law enforcement agencies are invited to serve as honorary pallbearers. The family wishes to extend special thanks to the ICU and 3rd floor staff of Kershaw Health Medical Center and Kershaw Health Hospice. Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Rd., Suite 200, Bethesda, Maryland 20814. Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home of Bishopville is in charge of the arrangements.
Published by The State on Jan. 16, 2015.