Richard Nosti, of Hayesville, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Although he was a native Floridian, he considered Hayesville his second home from the moment he and his wife, Sara Nosti, retired to the mountains in 1988.
Richard graduated from the Plant High School in South Tampa, Fla. and served in the United States Navy during World War II. Upon returning from the Navy, he married Sara Parrish and started a family, eventually welcoming Carol Swain, Diana Jo, Martha Sue and Jennie Lou to their small family. In life, he was fond of saying that he was surrounded by women, that even the goldfish, cats, dogs and hamster were ladies. So, it is only fitting that he had four granddaughters as well as daughters, Sara and Shana Worsham, Jessica Gentry and Andrea Suarez.
Richard was the son of the late Manuel and Josephine Pickett Nosti and the husband of the late Sara Nosti. He was also preceded in death by his daughters, Carol Nosti and Martha Monaldi; his siblings, Harold Nosti and Eugennie Gibson and his granddaughter, Shana Worsham.
Surviving are “his girls” daughters, Diana Gentry and Jennie Shaver and husband, Buck; three granddaughters, Sara, Jessica and Andrea Suarez and husband, Randy; two grandsons, Buddy Shaver and wife, Lizbeth and David Shaver and wife, Carolyn.
Richard leaves behind many grieving friends and family, but we are comforted by knowing that while he is no longer with us, he has been reunited with his wife, Sara; daughters, Carol and Marti; and granddaughter, Shana; in addition to many lifelong friends.
There will be no funeral services at this time. However, a Celebration of Life will be held in the spring of 2019. His ashes and the ashes of his beloved wife, will be scattered in Boca Grande Pass in Boca Grande, Fla. at a later date. It is fitting that their final resting place will be together, in the waters off the island where they created a lifetime of memories.
Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville: www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com is in charge of arrangements.