William A. Nesbitt, M.D., 71, of Connersville peacefully went home to be with the Lord, surrounded by his loving family and friends on Friday evening, November 2, 2018, at Reid Health, Richmond.
Born on February 19, 1947, in Marion, Indiana and raised in Gas City, Indiana, the youngest of five children of Howell Darius and Mary Virginia Butler Nesbitt, William was a graduate of Marion High School.
On August 21, 1976, he was married in Versailles, Indiana to Cynthia Dawn Sierp, a native of Madison, Indiana. Mrs. Nesbitt assisted her husband’s family medicine practice, working in the office for over 35 years. Mrs. Nesbitt survives.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, William served during the Vietnam War and was stationed in both Vietnam and Libya in North Africa. While serving in North Africa, he started his undergraduate studies with the University of Maryland.
William earned two Bachelor Degrees in American History and Pre-Medicine from Ball State University. He attained his Doctor of Medicine from Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis and served his residency at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Pensacola, Florida.
Dr. Nesbitt began practicing family medicine in 1979, serving area communities for 39 years at both Fayette Regional Health System and Reid Health. He served as Chief of Medical Staff for eight years at Fayette Memorial Hospital, co-established the Whitewater Valley Medical Center in Connersville, and served for a number of years as the Union County Health Medical Director. Always concerned with community health, Dr. Nesbitt briefly retired in 2006, but soon returned to full-time practice, establishing Fayette Family Medical Practice on the East Side of Connersville.
Dr. Nesbitt’s love of Medicine included his passion for teaching; he was an Honorary Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine and enjoyed training and instructing medical students throughout his career. He also had a passion for helping people in need. Dr. Nesbitt went on a number of medical missions, including Homestead, Florida and Houston, Texas when both were ravaged with a hurricane and also traveled to Haiti after the earthquake in 2010.
He held memberships in the American Medical Association, Indiana State Medical Society, and the Fayette-Franklin Medical Society.
William attended the First Baptist Church of Cambridge City. In his leisure, he enjoyed motor vehicles, fishing, camping and traveling with his family. A life-long learner, he was an avid reader.
Besides his wife of 42 years, Cynthia, survivors include two children, Amanda Nesbitt-Zachary, of North Webster, Indiana and Alston (Renee) Nesbitt, of Connersville; five grandchildren, Johnny, Genevieve, Joey, Kaytlin and Liam; two brothers, John Peter (Martha) Nesbitt, of Gainesville, Georgia and Thomas Butler (Marigene) Nesbitt, of Astor, Florida; two sisters, Molly Nesbitt-Parke, of Warsaw, Indiana and Nancy (Ed) Nesbitt-Cole, of Marion, Indiana. William is blessed with a number of nieces and nephews whom he dearly loved.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and a brother-in-law, William Parke.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at Calvary Baptist Church, 309 W 24th Street, Connersville, Indiana. Pastor John Reynolds will officiate. Military honors at the church provided by the United States Air Force Honor Guard and Fayette County Veterans Council. The family will receive friends from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 9, 2018, at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home and on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Calvary Baptist Church and online condolences may be made anytime at millermosterrobbins.com.
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