Nelson Abner “NAP” Prescott Jr.

Nelson Abner “NAP” Prescott Jr.

104, Columbia

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at Colonial Funeral Home for Mr. Nelson Abner “NAP” Prescott Jr., 104, of Columbia, who died peacefully at on Saturday, March 11, 2017 in Columbia. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery. The Rev. Greg Pittman officiated at the services. Visitation was held from noon until 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, at Colonial Funeral Home.

Abner was born on Nov. 26, 1912, in Lexington to Nelson and Elma Prescott. He graduated from Morgantown High School in 1929. He married Daisy Lee Carney, also from Marion County, in 1937. After moving to Mobile, Ala., he began working as an aircraft mechanic for an air freight company, which later became TACA Airlines. When TACA moved its base to Moisant Airport in Kenner, La., he moved his family there in 1946. He ultimately became TACA’s Chief Mechanic with responsibility for maintaining electronic and mechanical aspects of all of the airlines’ aircraft. He worked for TACA until his retirement at age 88 in 2000.

Abner was accomplished at everything to do with electronics and was passionate about computer sciences. He built his first flashlight at age 9, his first radio at age 11 and built his first computer at age 60. At age 12 he and his father drove a Model T Ford (the 12 year old doing most of the driving) from Morgantown to Chicago, where the elder Prescott lettered and illuminated graduation diplomas for six months of every year.  Abner loved to fish and always kept his tackle and an Igloo in his car. His success kept his freezer full and his family in constant search of new fish recipes. He was an active and dedicated member of the Chapel of the Cross in his later years and attended regularly until his hospitalization and limited mobility interrupted his participation.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Daisy Carney Prescott; his parents, Nelson Abner Prescott Sr. and Elma Prescott; brother, William Prescott, and sister, Pauline Prescott Willoughby.

Survivors include his children, Nelda Prescott Sibley (Dr. Riley) of Metairie, La. and Cherry Annice Prescott of Columbia; granddaughter, Amanda Leah Sibley of Metairie, La., and nephew, Kevin Albritton of Goss.

 The family thanks the entire staff of The Grove for their consistently dedicated, competent, and loving treatment of Mr. Prescott.

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Colonial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.