|Birth: ||Sep. 30, 1957|
|Death: ||Dec. 12, 2008|
SUSAN WADE NesSMITH passed away at her residence in Fanning Springs on Friday, December 12, 2008. She was 51 years old. Susan was born in Dublin, GA on September 30, 1957 to Deward and Betty Wade. She was a lifelong resident of the area and of the Methodist faith. Susan owned and operated the Lighthouse Restaurant for 26 years. She was an avid hunter and fisherman. She enjoyed helping people and the love of her life was her grandchildren.
Susan is preceded in death by her mother, Betty Jo Wade.
She is survived by her son, James William NesSmith, Jr., of Fanning Springs, FL; her father, Deward P. Wade of Old Town, FL; a sister, Donna Wade Lord of Ocala, FL; a brother, Bill Wade of Suwannee, FL; a daughter-in-law, Rachel NesSmith of Trenton, FL; her companion, Randy Mikell of Old Town, FL; one niece, Tracy; four nephews, Ross, Kory, Randy and Scott; three grandchildren, Josie NesSmith, James William "Trae" NesSmith, III, and Joel Green.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 11:00AM at Keen Cemetery with Pastor Jake Cravey conducting the service. Visitation will be on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 from 5:00-7:00PM at Watson Funeral Home.
Arrangements under the care of Watson Funeral Home, 426 West Wade Street, Trenton, FL 32693. Phone: 352-463-8888.
GILCHRIST COUNTY JOURNAL
Thursday, December 18, 2008
By John M. Ayers
The community was shocked and saddened by reports that spread like wildfire Friday morning that Susan "Sue" Wade NesSmith, owner of the Lighthouse Restaurant, was found dead in her home in Fanning Springs. Sue, as her family and friends and anyone she came in contact with knew her, was reported to have left her family a note before taking her own life.
Gilchrist County sheriff David Turner reported that 911 Dispatch received a call from the Lighthouse Restaurant in Fanning Springs that the owner did not show up to open the well-known restaurant's doors. The sheriff's office sent investigators to the scene and upon entering her home found her inside deceased. The sheriff reported the investigation is continuing.
Sue NesSmith will be remembered for always having a kind heart and the love she expressed for her family, especially her son and grandchildren. Ms. NesSmiths' love for her family extended not only to daily visits, but she would often pick up her grandchildren at school and take them to the AWANA program on Wednesday evenings at Bethel Baptist Church west of Trenton.
Sue NesSmith grew up in the restaurant business as she worked with her mother Betty Wade to open the Galley Restaurant at the end of the CR-349 in Suwannee. Sue married James NesSmith, and they also worked with Mrs. Wade in the Suwannee restaurant for some time. Sue and James relocated the Galley Restaurant to Fanning Springs where it was for several years in south Fanning Springs on US-19. When a building became available in north Fanning Springs where the former Chris' Restaurant was located, the Lighthouse Restaurant was re-located to its present location.
Ms. NesSmith was a very hard working and driven individual. She made the restaurant her life. Ms. NesSmith worked hard in every aspect of the business, from busing tables to cooking to hosting; she was driven to make the Lighthouse Restaurant a place where people in the community could go and enjoy good seafood as well as evening specials.
Sue enjoyed visiting her family and welcoming her Pennsylvania family to Florida. When her family would arrive in the sunshine state, Sue would always welcome them into her home and provide them with her great tasting, traditional southern cooking. She was a wonderful cook and had a very outgoing personality. She enjoyed life and many things that came with working hard and having a good family. It was through her hard work that she was always willing to help the community when there was a need.
She was very involved in school activities especially when her son James was in school. Sue was also a true friend of the Suwannee River Fair Association. She supported the fair for many years, and her many purchases of grand an reserve champion cattle will always be remembered by the youth that she and other businesses partnered together to support.
Sue NesSmith was a generous person to her family and the community. The tri-county area has lost a friend and a very successful business woman.
Deward Puckett Wade (1928 - 2012)
Betty Jo R. Wade (1931 - 2001)
Created by: Vera Mikell Sodek
Record added: Dec 12, 2008
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