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William W. Sessoms

August 21, 1919 - June 12, 2017

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Dr. William (Bill) Walter Sessoms, age 97, of Stuart, Florida died on Monday, June 12, 2017 at Martin Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Roseboro, N.C. on August 21, 1919 to Jerome Lee Sessoms and Sally Maggie Bowles. Bill grew up on the family farm in Leland, N.C. and helped his family live off the land and worked odd jobs during the depression era. In 1940 he received his BS degree from Wake Forest College located in Wake Forest, N.C.. He taught High School Biology and Chemistry in Wilson, NC.. In 1943 he was...

Dr. William (Bill) Walter Sessoms, age 97, of Stuart, Florida died on Monday, June 12, 2017 at Martin Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Roseboro, N.C. on August 21, 1919 to Jerome Lee Sessoms and Sally Maggie Bowles. Bill grew up on the family farm in Leland, N.C. and helped his family live off the land and worked odd jobs during the depression era. In 1940 he received his BS degree from Wake Forest College located in Wake Forest, N.C.. He taught High School Biology and Chemistry in Wilson, NC.. In 1943 he was inducted into the US Army, attended Officer Training School to become a forward artillery spotter. He married Betty Ann McHenry on March 5, 1944 in Clyde, Kansas. Three weeks after his marriage to Betty he left for France and arrived at Normandy Beach on D-Day plus 6. During his Service he attained the rank of Captain, received three Purple Hearts, a bronze Star and a Silver Star. During the Battle of the Bulge he was missing in action and presumed dead, but fortunately with the help of a French family he was hidden until a month passed and he could get back across to the US occupied area. He saw a great deal of the war being on the front lines, during one battle he and two other soldiers were in a church steeple directing artillery fire and a German tank shot out the church beneath them. He was discharged from the Army in 1945 following the end of WWII. Soon afterwards he was offered a position as Contact Represenative for the Veterans Administration where he helped Veterans receive benifits and counseled them on educational options. At some point he began to listen to his own advise and decided to further his own education, so he applied and attended the Medical College of Virginia and studied dentistry in Richmond, Virginia where he graduated in 1952. Upon graduation he moved to Greensboro, N.C. where he practiced Denistry for 32 years. Bill's main interests were his family & gardening and was also very active in the church (First Baptist Church of Greensboro). Bill and Betty enjoyed traveling domestically and internationally, spending lots of time between N.C., Myrtle Beach and Florida. In 1987 he purchased a condominimum in Stuart, FL and they split their time between N.C. and Florida. In 2004 he sold the N.C. home and permanently moved to Stuart, Florida. He joined the condo association board of directors and served for 17 years. During those 17 years he worked with & directed the grounds crew, utilizing his love for gardening.
He is survived by his beloved wife Betty of 73 years, his son Barry and wife Karen, his son Brent, and grandsons Trey, Troy, Jonathan and Nicholas. He was preceded in death by his parents and all of his siblings; James, Helen, Myrtle, Lennon, and Jimmy.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Association.

Funeral service will be held on July 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the First Baptist Church located at 1000 W. Friendly Avenue, Greensboro, N.C.. The location of the interment is the Westminster Gardens Cemetery and Crematory, 3601 Whitehurst Road, Greensboro, NC.. Funeral home in Stuart, Florida is Aycock Funeral Home and the Funeral home in Greensboro is Hanes Lineberry, 336-272-5157.

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