EASTOVER - William "Billy" Richard Sessoms, 79 of Eastover, NC passed away Sunday, April 15, 2018 in his home.
Bill was born July 4, 1938 in Williamston, NC to the late Charles Worth and Rometta McLamb Sessoms. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dannie Jean Sessoms; brother, Charles Sessoms and sister, Ann Sessoms Royal.
Bill was a 20 year Navy and Vietnam Veteran reaching the rank of Chief Petty Officer, serving (towards the end of his service) as the Chief Yeoman for the Vice Chief of Naval Operations and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. After his service in the Navy he worked on Capitol Hill as the Office Manager for United States Congressman Bill Young (R, FL), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
After his career in Washington D.C. he moved back home to N.C. and began his "retirement" career working with his brother Clyde and then volunteering in the heart center at Cape Fear Valley Hospital where he became volunteer of the year. He eventually moved to Eastover, NC where he found his true calling and a strong community of friends as a member and Deacon of Lebanon Baptist Church. Bill enjoyed playing cards, listening to country and gospel music and spending time with family and friends.
The family will receive friends at Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home on Thursday evening from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, April 20th at 2:00 pm at Lebanon Baptist Church. Burial will follow at The Old Bluff Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
He is survived by his daughter's, Michelle Molosso and husband, Mike of Columbia, SC and Dannie Larkin of Fairfax, VA; sister, Betty Blackburn and husband, Marvin of Lumberton, NC; brother, Clyde Sessoms and wife, Charlotte of Bellingham, WA; grandchildren, Jamie Larkin, Kelly Larkin, Maggie Larkin, Morgan Molosso and Matt Molosso.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Children's Ministry at Lebanon Baptist Church, 3329 Beard Rd, Eastover, NC 28312.
Jernigan Warren Funeral Home
Thursday April 19th, 2018
6:00pm - 8:00pm
545 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Lebanon Baptist Church
Friday April 20th, 2018
3329 Beard Rd.
Fayetteville, NC 28312
Old Bluff Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Friday April 20th, 2018
Old Bluff Church Rd.
Wade, NC 28395
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Hello Sessoms Family,I'm a neighbor living in the area.
Having heard of your most recent loss, I want to leave you a brief post. I too, well know the grief of losing love ones, and that at times like these, it is encouraging just to know that others are thinking about us. Something that has really helped me to cope with such losses, is the wonderful promise of Christ Jesus, recorded for our comfort at John 5 :28,29. I hope, that when you are feeling up to it, that you are going to look up these powerful Scriptures, in your copy of The Bible. Also, I hope that this brief note, finds The Family feeling as good as can be expected Today.
With Greatest Sympathy, Your Neighbor : P.D.Walker.
Submitted by P.D.Walker on Apr 22 2018 11:43:47 AM
Do not be amazed at this for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out . John 5:28,29
Submitted by PS on Apr 21 2018 10:54:18 AM
Dannie - I so enjoyed meeting your dad a few years back when he visited you and the girls in Fairfax at Christmas. He shared with me great stories of his life in public service...may he be at peace now and may you and the girls and your sister and family find comfort in your memories. Peace and Love, Meg.
Submitted by Meg on Apr 19 2018 09:48:04 PM
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Lela Averitte lit a candle on Apr 17 2018 04:50:32 PM
if may seem that Death is the victor but that is momentary because the time is fast approaching when the promise at 1Corinthians 15:21, 22, 26 will be fulfilled. It says: "For since death came through a man, resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. For just as in Adam all are dying so also in the Christ all will be alive..."And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing."
Submitted by A Neighbor on Apr 17 2018 08:26:37 AM
Losing a loved one can be very difficult.
Sorry for your grief. Death is our enemy but know that soon God has promised to swallow up death forever and a resurrection of our loved ones. Isaiah 25:8 and Acts 24:15
Submitted by Jo Myles on Apr 17 2018 08:14:14 AM
Mr. Billy a very dear friend and was always happy and caring on some kind of fun with everyone. Charles will certainly miss Mr. Billy. He so enjoyed visiting and joking with him.
Submitted by Charles and Julia Godwin on Apr 16 2018 06:06:54 PM
One of our family's best friends!
Submitted by Love to all, Joy, Gary & Garrett on Apr 16 2018 05:08:02 PM
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