Max O'Rell Sessions, Jr.


Max O'Rell Sessions Jr., passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Wake Forest Baptist Cancer Center on March 21, 2019. He was born in Winston-Salem on November 15, 1950 to Max O'Rell Sessions Sr. and Betty Morris Sessions. He was educated at Whitaker Elementary School, Wiley Middle School, Reynolds High School, Wake Forest University and UNC School of the Arts. Max worked at Sessions Specialty Company and was a member of Knollwood Baptist Church. Max had a strong affinity for the arts, especially film. He created some of his own productions and was steadfastly involved in promoting the appreciation of many film genres over the decades. He was a frequent volunteer at the RiverRun Film Festival. His quick wit and energetic spirit added a special spark to every occasion and will be greatly missed. Max was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother and his son, Wil Sessions (Paige) and grandsons Max and Marshall. Other survivors include his brothers Steve Sessions (Anne) and John Sessions (Lora), his sister Carol Hefner (Larry), nephews Ben Sessions, Trent Hefner, David Sessions, and Nathan Sessions and nieces Kate Sessions and Lilly Sessions, and many other family members who loved him dearly. The family would like to thank Felix Hairston and his team of caregivers and the staff on the 7th floor at Wake Forest Baptist Cancer Center for their compassion and attention. There will be a graveside service at 2:00 p.m. at Forsyth Memorial Park on Sunday, March 24 followed by visitation at the home of John and Lora Sessions, 349 Arbor Road, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Cancer Services, 3175 Maplewood Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, in memory of Max Sessions Jr. Online condolences may be made through