Charles M. Nesbitt, 88, of Southern Pines, N.C, passed away on Monday, May 2, 2022. He was 88.


Born February 27, 1934 in Rochester, N.Y., Charles, known to most as "Skip", visited North Carolina with his father in 1952. While in the Sandhills, boarding the family's horses for the winter, Nesbitt met Bessie. The two were married in 1954 and recently celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. 


For the first forty years of their marriage, Nesbitt and Bessie divided their time between a home in Matawan, New Jersey and homes in the Sandhills of North Carolina. Nesbitt was a world-class farrier, who at the peak of his career was the first farrier invited to join the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, an honor he declined but very much appreciated. 


As his family grew, Nesbitt became a licensed pilot so he could fly back and forth between his work in New Jersey and his home in North Carolina. Every Friday night, Skip raced home in his Bellanca aircraft to watch his son play quarterback for the Union Pines, N.C., football team and daughter in the marching band. 


Nesbitt was a sports fan partial to the Yankees, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Carolina Tarheels. Nesbitt watched the ebb and flow of Wall Street with a cool head, but found it was the game of golf that could sometimes ruffle his feathers. Nesbitt loved golf - less on days when the ball found the sand trap, more on days like December 13, 2007 when he shot a hole-in-one at The Carolina. In his retirement, Nesbitt worked as a starter at The Carolina, Whispering Woods, and Woodlake. Nesbitt was very proud of his family.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in memory of Skip Nesbitt. 


A celebration of his life was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2022 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Southern Pines, N.C. with Pastor Gregg Newton and Pastor Robbie Gibson officiating. The burial followed at Johnson Grove Cemetery in Vass, N.C.


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