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Charles Sessions Polk

A memorial service will be broadcast live at 2:00 PM on Friday, January 15, 2021, on Hathorn Funeral Home’s Facebook page, for Charles Sessions Polk, 79, of Hattiesburg, who passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Highland Community Hospital. Rev. Geoffrey Joyner will officiate.

Sessions grew up in the Clem Community on his family’s farm. There he learned the cowboy life and cared for his cattle and horses. In 1987, Sessions surrendered to the Gospel ministry and became a United Methodist Pastor. His impact was felt all over South Mississippi where he pastored many churches and filled countless pulpits over his lifetime. He was also a gifted educator. He began his teaching career at Wingfield High School in Jackson. While at Prentiss High School, he served as the Assistant Principle and also taught Latin, Government, and Economics. He was Headmaster at Simpson Academy and later was Principle at Mize Public Schools. His family recalls his love for traveling out West. There was one trip to Rome where he was able to use his Latin background. Sessions loved his family, served his God, and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Frances Polk; brother, Larry Polk; two fur babies, Henry Lipsey Polk and Slater Polk; and his faithful horse Lightning.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Rebecca Crews Polk of Hattiesburg; Daughter, Julie Davis (Ray Loftin) of Columbia; Sons, Tom Jeff Davis of Bassfield, Patrick Polk of Hattiesburg; Sister, Beth Lipsey of Tuscaloosa; Grandsons, Christian Nibert (Ashley) of Columbia, Joshua Nibert of Bourbonnais, IL, Zachary Davis of Hattiesburg, and Robert Polk; Great Grandchildren, Kourtney and Brennan Wells of Columbia; “Sorta Daughter”, Shannon Vega of Hattiesburg; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia is in charge of the arrangements. Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at


Charles Sessions Polk
November 28, 1941 - January 12, 2021





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