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John Layton Sessions, of Kirbyville, known to most of the world as “Doc”, went to be with his Lord while at home, Saturday, February 20, 2021.

He was born November 5, 1943 in Fort Worth, Texas. Throughout his life, Doc was a man who was unafraid to stand for what he believed. He had many passions: family, church, aviation, medicine, teaching. His love for his staff, his patients and his drive to find answers was passionately shown in his medical practice. This passion brought hope to those who didn’t know where else to turn. His ingenuity and imagination knew no bounds. Whether medical, mechanical, engineering, or he was just told “It couldn’t be done,” he never backed down from a challenge. If Doc wasn’t helping someone or fixing something, he was enjoying his love of flying and aviation; when he was doing all of this with family, his joy was complete. He was a pioneer, a mentor, a rebel, a friend. With a calm demeanor, quick wit, and dry humor he could breathe life into any situation. This made him unique and personal to each who were blessed to know him. His accomplishments and successes in his life could fill a book, but his greatest accomplishment in life was letting his family know how much they were loved.

John Layton Sessions is preceded in death by his parents Clyde Dean Sessions and Celeta Keith Sessions and his brother, Norman Keith Sessions.

He is survived by his beautiful wife, Jan Mouton Sessions. Her strength and courage always complemented his passion and perseverance, a testament to their 44 years of marriage. He is also survived by their children John Vincent Sessions, wife Jennifer, their children Christian and Megan; Jennifer Ballard, husband Justin, their children Jacie, Josh, Jacob and Janna; Joby Sessions, wife Emilie, their children Elise and Avia; Jaron Sessions, wife Laura, their children Jaron Blake, LynnLee, Thomas, Autumn, and Cherith; and his sister Elizabeth Garrett. He leaves behind a host of friends, family, church family, and patients whose lives he changed.

“John” to his wife, “Dad” to his children, “Poppa” to his grandchildren, and “Doc” to others, was man for whom tears do not do justice. The Bible says “This is Love, not that we love God, but that he loved us” 1 John 4:10a. We know that “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his Saints” Ps 116:15, but for those of us that are left behind, a huge void has been created, and we look to the day when we all meet again. As Doc would do- Always Hope. Fight. Never give up.

A Celebration of Life will be held at First Baptist Church of Kirbyville, Texas on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at 3pm. Memorials may be made to the Gideons and JAARS.