Shirley Ardis Nesbitt, 79, widow of Harry Lee Nesbitt, died on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at Sumter Health and Rehab in Sumter.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she was a daughter of the late Richard and Esther Avins Ardis. Affectionately known as "Granny" by all who knew and loved her, she was a homemaker and housewife. She loved children and opened her home to many over the years as a caregiver. She had a passion for cooking, baking cakes and catering for weddings. She loved to crotchet and sew. She was a member of Alice Drive Baptist Church.

She is survived by three daughters, Cheryl (Larry) and Terri Nesbitt of Sumter and Missy Thompson (Tommy) of Rock Hill; a daughter-in-law, Becky Nesbitt of Sumter; a stepson, Johnny White (Sarah) of Manning; special son, Ronnie Dodson (Kelly) of Sumter; two brothers, Don Ardis of Lexington, North Carolina, and Joe Ardis (Brenda) of Sumter; a sister-in-law, Linda Ardis of Sumter; grandchildren Ashlee Benton (Shea), Megan Nesbitt, Gracie Nesbitt, Kierra Foisey (Aaron), Zach Theisen (Stacey), Matthew Theisen, Shane Nesbitt and Noah Nesbitt; and great-grandchildren, Ethan, Katie, Claudia, Cameron, Corey, Brayden, Chasen and Dawson (Amber Nesbitt).

In addition to her parents and late husband, she was preceded in death by her sons, Harry Jr. and John Nesbitt; grandson, Christopher Nesbitt; sister-in-law, Diane Ardis; sister, Peggy Cochran; brothers, John and Walter "Tootsie" Ardis; and special sons, LeRoy Woods and Bo McIntosh.

A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at Sumter Cemetery with the Rev. Clay Smith officiating.

The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday at Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Zach Theisen, Matthew Theisen, Shane Nesbitt, Noah Nesbitt, Shea Benton, Aaron Foisey and Larry Truesdale.

Memorials in her honor may be made to Alice Drive Baptist Church, 1305 Loring Mill Road, Sumter, SC 29150.

Online condolences may be made at .

Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.