James Sessions

May 22, 2022


Mr. James Sessions AKA “Uncle Pumpkin” passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2022. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2022, 2:00 p.m. at Ray Williams Memorial Chapel, 301 N. Howard Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33606. Interment to follow in Rest Haven Memorial Park Cemetery. MASK RECOMMENDED.

James was a native of Florida and was born to Jake and Karetta Sessions in Panama City, Florida where he grew up.  He was educated in the public school systems of Graceville and Panama City, Florida. James moved to Tampa, Florida in 1971 where he worked at the City of Tampa Sanitation Department. James found his passion and worked many years plastering and stuccoing where he excelled in paving, especially stucco. Some of James’ creative stucco designs can still be found in the local community where he lived.

Lovingly called “Pumpkin” by family and close friends, James had an outgoing personality and an infectious smile which drew many to his side. He was the best that ever did it and got away with it. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, listening to music, dancing, and spending time with family and friends. His favorite football team was the Minnesota Vikings. James will truly be missed by plethora of family and friends

James was preceded in death by: his father, Jake Sessions; maternal grandmother, Ella Baker; paternal grandmother, Jossie Waters; stepfather, John Alexander; stepmother, Mattie Sessions; sister, Donna Marie Sessions; brother, Willie Lewis Brown; brother-in-law, Master Sergeant Leroy Green Jr; aunt, Amelia Gayle; cousins, Josh Johnson, Ronnie Johnson, and Jeannie Williams.

He leaves precious memories with: his daughters, Teresa Sessions Burden and Nekuana Sessions ; son, James Sessions Jr.; mother, Karetta Alexander; grandchildren, Jerbar Noah, Janese Russ, and Shekinah Burden; great grandchildren, Camiyah Reed and Cameron Reed Jr.; siblings, loving sister and devoted caregiver Anita Green, Ilene Lane (Dennis), Delphine Lane, Jerry Ann Norton (Joseph), Johnny Frank Sessions (Linda), Jannie Mae Shivers, Barbara Tiller-Evans (Isaac), Jewel Gross (Gregory), Mattie  Sessions McCoy, Rickey Sessions, Ray Sessions (Arickia), Jack Sessions, Jerome Sessions (Dawn), Jessie Dean Brown (Pam), Grayson Sessions, Roderick Sessions, and Derrick Sessions (Anna Maria); aunt, Marylyn Ruth Torrence; nephews, Leslie Antonio Brooks Sr. (Yvette), Sergeant Major Edward Martez Hearn, Samuel Leroy Green Jr. (Kanisha), Marcus Sessions (Jillian), Johnny Frank Sessions Jr. (Tanya), Cleveland Alexander, John Chandler (Ebony), Leonard Green Jr (Sonia), and Chris Harris; nieces, Ebony Nicole Green,  Karetta Monique Green (Key), Kennetha Warren, Janelle Mond, Jeralaine Beckwith, and Tomika Truesdell (Gary); great nephews, Leslie Antonio Brooks Jr, Antonio Marquise Brooks, Dasean Brooks, and Jordan Brooks; special great niece, Ida Cherise Hearn; special cousins, Ella Mae Johnson, Laurie Mae Pate, Joann Mike, Jonetha Barkley, Ray Lamar Barkley, Genevie Rouhlac, Betty Jean Capheart, Pandora White, L.C. Capheart,  and James Session(Wife); close sisters- in-law, Michelle Dennard and Miarita Webb; special friends, Donald Williams AKA Dino, Van, Curtis Williams, Trent Saffold, Johnny Williams, Mary Davenport, Mary, Sheri Baker (Charzell), Tara Harris, Gloria Copeland, Loretha Barthel, Sandra Henderson, and Dave Cross; and a host of many other families, including the Green, Davis, Jones, and Webb family. Along with many other family and friends.

The visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 3, 2022, at Ray Williams Funeral Home, 301 N. Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606.  MASK RECOMMENDED.


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June 3, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Ray Williams Funeral Home
301 N. Howard Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606

Funeral Service
June 4, 2022

2:00 PM
Ray Williams Memorial Chapel
301 N. Howard Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606

Video is available for this event

Interment following funeral service
June 4, 2022

Rest Haven Memorial Park
4615 East Hanna Avenue
Tampa, FL 33610

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