The Rev. William R. McCall, 92, of Cleveland, passed away Saturday Sept. 8, 2012, in a local health care facility.
He was the son of the late Virginia Dora Perkins McCall and James Duncan McCall. He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 60 years, Frances Jane Baker McCall; and two sisters, Wilma Faye Duranceau and Bennie Curry Ashworth.
He and his wife were long-term Church of God missionaries, who served more than 35 years in Honduras, Guatemala, Jamaica, Panama and throughout Central America. He was an ordained bishop of the Church of God for more than 65 years serving as an evangelist, pastor, missionary and educator.
He received his associate’s degree from Lee College (now Lee University), Cleveland; his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Trinity University, San Antonio, and an honorary doctor of divinity from the Colegio Biblico Pentecostal de Puerto Rico.
He was a proud U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and was a former member of the Cleveland Amateur Radio Club.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law: Robert and Lynn McCall of Cleveland and Mack and Raquel McCall of Friendswood, Texas: four grandchildren: R. Stephen and Misty McCall, William Christopher and Kimberly McCall, Angela and Ryan Cochran and Paul and Emily McCall; plus 12 great-grandchildren: Jacob, Mckenna, Reed, Gage, Jessica, Reiley, Anna, Abigail, Joshua, Elizabeth, Ella and Nora; one sister, Queen Esther Stringer of Lufkin, Texas; and one brother, David McCall and his wife, Louise, of Orangeburg, S.C.; and many nieces and nephews.
The Celebration of Life and Ministry service in Cleveland, will be held at Westmore Church of God at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 11, 2012, with Dr. Tim Hill, Dr. Roland Vaughan, Dr. Rigoberto Ramos, Pastors Wendell Smith and Kelvin Page officiating.
The Westmore Sanctuary Sunday School Class has been asked to serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at the church, beginning at 11 a.m., before the service.
An additional Celebration of Life and Ministry will be held at the Paris, Texas, Church of God, West Bonham Street, on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at 1 p.m. CST with Dr. Robert White and Pastor Douglas Holt officiating. The family will receive friends from noon until 1 p.m. CST at the Paris, Texas, Church of God on Thursday. Interment will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Paris, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in the name of William and Frances McCall to Church of God World Missions, Cleveland, Tenn.
The North Ocoee Chapel of the Jim Rush Funeral Homes has charge of the arrangements.
The memorial book may be viewed and signed at http://www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com/.