Mrs. Mary Helen McCall of
the Watervale Community died at 1:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon October 29, 2011
at her Watervale Lane home with her family at her bedside. She had been gravely
ill for two weeks under the care of Sumner Hospice. She was 88. Her pastor.
Eld. Junior Dickerson officiated at the 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon funeral
services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed in
the Brim-McCall family lot in Dixon Springs Cemetery.
The only child of the late
Will Herod “John Reuben” Brim who died November 12, 1963 at the age of 69 and
Lena May Bradford Brim who died April 15, 1993 at the age of 96, she was born
Mary Helen Brim in the Riddleton Community on January 15, 1923. In Ringgold,
Georgia on January 1, 1942 she was united in marriage to Watervale native Frank
Thomas McCall. He preceded her in death at the age of 81 on June 15, 2003. Mrs.
McCall was the valedictorian of the 1941 class of Carthage High School. Her
career began as a teacher in the one room former Riddleton Grade School where
she taught grades 1-8 during World War II. She was an Avon representative for
many years, and for 25 years served as bookkeeper for her son’s McCall’s
Ductwork. A homemaker and matriarch of the family farm, she was always lending
counsel and wisdom to her children and their childhood friends and to her
husband Frank when he would listen. Mrs. McCall was a longtime member of the
Plunketts Creek Missionary Baptist Church at Rock City.
Surviving are her five
children, Tom McCall and wife Patsy of Lafayette, Jack McCall and wife Kathy of
Hartsville, John D. McCall and wife Phyllis of Tanglewood, Dewey McCall and
wife Reba of Hillsdale, Shari McCall Wills and husband Ken of Brentwood; ten
grandchildren, Frank McCall & wife Hillary, J. Brim McCall & wife
Emily, Jonathan McCall & wife Katie & Joseph McCall, Lynn McCall Kemp
and husband Joe Allen, Carson McCall & fiancée Karla, Olivia and Dyer
McCall, Kendra & Jackson Wills; four great-grandchildren, Josie, Luke,
Oakley & Elizabeth Jane McCall; caregivers, Lena Woodard & Evelyn
Cowan; brothers-in-law & sisters-in-law, Helen McCall, A. B. & Virginia
McCall, Charles & Mildred McCall Hix, Mary Nell McCall Hight, Gary &
Ruth McCall Garrett, Rebecca Hackett McCall, John E. & Kay McCall. The
family requests memorials to the Plunketts Creek Missionary Baptist Church.