DeEtte DuPree Nesbitt

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DeEtte DuPree Nesbitt

DeEtte DuPree Nesbitt, a fourth generation Houstonian, and fourteenth generation American, is the daughter of Raymond Benjamin DuPre and Alice L. Cade DuPre Foster.  She was married to the late Ernest V. Nesbitt.  Mrs. Nesbitt has a son, Charles Scott Massey Nesbitt, a daughter-in-law, Suzanna, and a granddaughter, Miss Luna J. Nesbitt.  Her beloved daughter, Alice L. Massey Nesbitt, passed away from complications of a stroke on March 24, 2013. 

In the Jamestowne Society Fall 2014 publication, it was announced that their Scholarship/Fellowship Fund will be named in perpetuity, the "Alice Massey-Nesbitt Fellowship Fund" which will provide fellowships for graduate students doing research for master's and doctoral theses on approved topics relating to the Jamestown Colony.

In February 2015, the Executive Committee of the Jamestowne Society  was unanimous in its recommendation that former Governor DeEtte DuPree Nesbitt of Houston, Texas became the only Governor Emeritus/Emeriti of the Jamestowne Society.  On May 16, 2015, The Governing Council of the Jamestowne Society accepted the Executive Committee's recommendation and unanimously elected Mrs. Nesbitt the only Emeritus/Emeriti in the Jamestowne Society's eighty year history.  This will be a stand-alone title on the Governing Board of the Jamestowne Society, in perpetuity.

Mrs. Nesbitt attended
Sam Houston State University and the University of Houston where she majored in Business Administration.  In 1976, she was one of the founders of an oil field service company in Texas.  After thirty-five years of ownership, Mrs. Nesbitt and her late husband's business partner sold their company to a publicly traded entity. She is currently a partner in a South Texas Oil Exploration Company. Her primary residence is in Houston, Texas.

Honorary Memberships
* Jamestowne Society  (unanimously elected Governor Emeriti, February
   20, 2015, inaugural recipient)
Ancient Heraldic and Chivalric Order of Albion (The very special rank of
   "Dame" was bestowed upon Mrs. DeEtte Dupree Nesbitt.  This special
   rank was bestowed upon Mrs. Nesbitt on December 25, 2013.)
* Hereditary Society Community of the United States of America (
   Nesbitt was awarded Honorary Membership in the inaugural HSC Class
   of 2003, and served as an HSC Consultant 2007-2009.)
* Order of Three Crusades 1096-1192 (Honorary Member, 2012 - life)
* Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the United States of America
   (Honorary Member, 2009 - life)
* Dames of Colonial Cavaliers 1640-1660 (Governor Emeriti, 2005)
* Order of Descendants of Colonial Cavaliers (Governor Emeriti, 2008)
* Order of Descendants of Justiciars (Honorary Member, 2015)

* Jamestowne Society  (past Governor General, 1998-2000; recipient of
   Resolution of Appreciation, 2000; Lt. Governor General 1997-1998;
   Auditor General 1995-1997; Councilor 1993-1995); First Texas Company
   Jamestowne Society (Honorary Governor Emeriti; Honorary Member)

* Order of Descendants of Colonial Cavaliers  (Founding Governor General,
   2007-2008; Honorary Governor General)

* Dames of Colonial Cavaliers 1640-1660 (Honorary Past Governor General;
   served as Governor General 2003-2005; Founding Deputy Governor
   General, 2000-2003)

* The Society of the First Families of South Carolina 1670-1700 (Honorary
   President for Life; National President, 2007-2009; Third Vice President,
   2005-2007; Recording Secretary, 2003-2005)
* Founders Fellowship (Founding Chief of Protocol)
* Order of First Families of Virginia 1607-1624/25 (Recording Secretary
   2005-2015;Councilor 2001-2005)
* National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth
   of Virginia
* National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Texas
   (Courtesy Member; Houston Town Committee)
* Colonial Dames of America  (past President of Houston Chapter VIII,
   1995-1997; Advisor to Houston Chapter V
III, 1997-1999)
* Huguenot Society of America
* Huguenot Society of South Carolina  (life member)
* Daughters of the Cincinnati (life member)
* National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
* Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry (life member)
* National Gavel Society
* Order of the First Families of Mississippi  1699-1817 (life member)
National Society Sons and Daughters of Antebellum Planters l607-l86l
   (life member)
* Society of the Descendants of Colonial Clergy (life member)
* Daughters of the Republic of Texas  (recipient of Appreciation Award; life
   member of the San Jacinto chapter)
* United Daughters of the Confederacy (Charleston Chapter #4,
   Charleston, South Carolina; recipient of Jefferson Davis Historical
   Award, Winnie Davis Medal and Special Recognition Award)

The Texas Genealogical College named Mrs. Nesbitt a recipient of the 2016 Hall of Fame Award on October 21st, 2016.  To view, click here.

The Bexar County Court of Commissioners at San Antonio, Texas conferred the title of Hidalgo (a member of the lower nobility of Spain), upon Mrs. Nesbitt. She is also the National Recipient of the Silver Good Citizenship Medal from the National Society Sons of the American Revolution, the Varina Howell Davis Medal from the Military Order of the Stars and Bars, and the Honor Award from the Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Listed In
Marquis Who's Who in America
Marquis Who's Who of American Women
Marquis Who's Who in the South and Southwest
Marquis Who's Who in Finance and Banking

A Dedication of Confederate Markers:  Evergreen Cemetery, February
      8, 1992;
Privately Published, 1994
Memorial to DeAnna DuPre Walker; Huguenot Society of South Carolina;
     Transaction #98, 1993
Lest We Forget: Houston's Forgotten Soldiers in Gray; Confederate
     Veteran, November-December, 1991
Hall and Fuller Families; Nacogdoches County Families, 1985

Television Appearances
Mrs. Nesbitt appeared on NBC television during the 1990's.  She was interviewed several times about the restoration of the historic Evergreen Cemetery.  To view
, click here.

Mrs. Nesbitt appeared in the television pilot, Positively Houston, Houston's positive local news program by the University of Saint Thomas and Christina R. Maxwell, executive producers on PBS. 
To view, click video one  video two or video three. Mrs. Nesbitt continues to support PBS.

Other Notes
Mrs. Nesbitt was elected to life membership in The Pilgrims of the United States (in alliance with The Pilgrims of Great Britain.)

For decades Mrs. Nesbitt has been a supporter of Houston's Theatre Under the Stars and she is recognized for her efforts in the VIP category.

DeEtte Nesbitt and COL Charles Lucas, M.D.
open the 2011 HSC Annual Gala

For many years, she has been a part-time model for various benefits and events.  Pictured is the most historic gown she has modeled over the past thirty years.  The dress is a replica of the gown worn by Napoleon's cousin, painted by DuBuFE, which hangs in a museum in Versailles. (Courtesy of the Houston Chronicle - 1987)  To view,
click here.

For years, Mrs. Nesbitt was featured in then nationally acclaimed artist and designer, Laura Gibson's Jewelry Collection

She was a Board Member of Evergreen Friends, Inc., and was one of the leaders in obtaining a historical marker for the cemetery.  In 1992, Mrs. Nesbitt chaired a dedication of markers which was the largest grave marking ceremony of its kind in the State of Texas.  In 1994, Mrs. Nesbitt chaired a dedication of the Texas State Historical Marker, for Evergreen Cemetery, and since 1995, she has served as a Commissioner for the Harris County Historical Commission. 

Between 1984 and 2014 she served on
the Committee of the Houston's Confederate Ball and the Southern Heritage Ball.  Mrs. Nesbitt was elected Co-Chairman of Houston's Confederate Ball in 1987, served as the Advisor to the Chairman of the Ball in 1989 and 1990, and she was elected the Honorary Chairman of this Ball in 1995.

Mrs. Nesbitt is a member of "Greater Houston Preservation Alliance" (Houston's Local Partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation).  She serves on the "Historic Neighbor Proud Committee".    One of the homes saved from demolition was the James Robert Cade, Sr.  house, ca 1872,  Mrs. Nesbitt's great-grandfather, which was featured in the book, Images of America - Houston- 1860-1900.  (Courtesy of "Greater Houston Preservation Alliance").  To view, 
click here.

On February 2, 2016,   Mrs. Nesbitt was notified by the State of Texas that Mr. Cade was selected to be honored with an Official Texas State Historical Marker.   He was the only individual  selected to receive this prestigious honor  during 2015-2016.  The marker will be placed in Glenwood Cemetery  in Houston Texas along with other notables such as Howard Hughes, Jr., award winning film star Gene Tierney, wild-cattter and celebrity, Glenn McCarthy, Sr. and others.     Mr. Cade is considered to be the Howard Hughes of innovation in the  design and manufacture of steel-fabricated private and public railcars in the United States ca 1885-1912. A significant dedication ceremony  is being planned for 2017-2018. A book is being compiled and  will be published after the dedication.  

In 1994, she was elected the National Recipient of the George Washington Honor Medal in the category of Individual Achievement which was awarded by the Freedom Foundation of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.  She was appointed a Kentucky Colonel for life for her historic preservation in that State. Additionally she served as Director for the Dad's Club for over a decade.

Mrs. Nesbitt has been a thirty year+ member of the Petroleum Club of Houston. She is a member of the Junior League of Houston, and a family member of the West Side Tennis Club of Houston. Following in the footsteps of her Anglican forebears, she is a devout and lifelong Episcopalian.

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