Miles Funeral Home in Hazlehurst announces the graveside service for Mrs. Martha Pauline Clifton Sessums, 97, who passed away at her residence April 26 after a lengthy illness. A private burial was held April 28, 2020 in Hazlehurst Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Kevin Steele officiating.
Mrs. Sessums was born and raised in Hazlehurst. She lived in Augusta for 65 years before moving to Byron in 2007. She was the daughter of the late Minnie Bryant Clifton and the late William Lawrence Clifton of Lumber City. She was a loving wife for 53 years to her late husband, Joy Davis Sessums Sr. She was preceded by her brothers William L. Clifton Jr., George W. Clifton, and Frank Clifton; sisters Willie Bell Clifton Godwin, Louise Clifton Brewer, and Lois Clifton Kent.
She was a graduate of Hazlehurst High School, and was a secretary at Lilly Tulip Cup Company, Augusta, for over 30 years. Mrs. Sessums was a charter member of National Hills Baptist Church in Augusta and more recently Centerville Baptist Church in Centerville.
Survivors include son, Joy Davis Sessums Jr. (Carol) of Perry; daughter, Janice Sessums Gibson (Kenneth) of Byron; sister, Anna Lee Clifton Fletcher of Sarasota, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.