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Esther (Sessoms) McLean

September 23, 1940 ~ August 18, 2021 (age 80)


“One of these mornings, it won’t be very long; you will look for me and I’ll be gong; I’m going to a place where I’ll have nothing to do, but just walk around heaven all day”

Deaconess Esther Sessoms McLean formerly of Elizabeth City, North Carolina entered eternal rest on August 18, 2021 at the residence of her daughter and son-in-law in Suffolk, Virginia.  She was the daughter of the late Rev. William and Florence Sessoms.  Along with her parents, she was proceeded in death by her husband Rev. John Q. McLean, Jr.; five brothers, William, John, James, Artis and Larry Sessoms; two sisters, Gladys Riddick and Angurline Walker-Freeman; one daughter, Desiree M. Seymore and one grandson Jeremy J. Floyd.

Homegoing Services will be Saturday, August 28, 2021, 1:00 p.m. at Mt. Lebanon AME Zion Church in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Rev. Javon Leach, Pastor and Rev. Elsie Cole as Eulogist. Interment will be in the Dove’s Landing Cemetery, Elizabeth City, North Carolina.  A public walk-through viewing will be on Friday, August 27, 2021 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the funeral home.  Masks are still required for all services.

Esther leaves to cherish her memories, five children, Valerie Floyd (Kenneth), Suffolk, Virginia, Derrick McLean, Washington, DC, Terry McLean (Elvese), Franklinton, NC, Wendy McLean, Elizabeth City, NC and Dildra Lax, Marietta, Ga; fourteen grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren; one brother, Paris Sessoms (Theresa); three sisters, Axcie McDaniel, Phylis Shelton (Timothy) and Diana Good; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Beach River Funeral Home is expressing sympathy to the McLean family.

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August 27, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Beach River Chapel
310 E. Grice Street
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Homegoing Celebration
August 28, 2021

1:00 PM
Mount Lebanon A.M.E Zion Church
320 Culpepper Street
Elizabeth City, NC 2909

August 28, 2021

2:30 PM
Dove's Landing Cemetery
1609 Peartree Rd
Elizabeth City, North Carolina 27909

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