OBITUARY

Sterling B. McCall Jr.

February 25, 1935October 7, 2013

Sterling B. McCall, Jr. passed away Monday, the 7th of October 2013, in Houston at the age of 78. He was a long time Houston resident and had recently retired to Austin.

McCall was born on the 25th of February 1935, to Sterling B. McCall and Dorothy Royer McCall. He was raised in Houston and graduated from Lamar High School in 1953. He attended Southern Methodist University graduating in 1957, with a Bachelor in Business Administration. He went on to attend the University of Texas Law School where he met his wife Marianne and graduated in 1960. McCall served as an officer in the United States Air Force in the Judge Advocate General’s Department from 1960 – 1963.

After his military service, he spent several years in Houston as a real estate attorney. However, his longtime love of the automobile lead him to found Southwest Toyota in 1969 (later Sterling McCall Toyota) which was the first single point Toyota franchise in Houston. He grew the dealership into one of the largest and most respected in the country. In 1989, McCall was chosen by Toyota as one of the first 40 Lexus franchises in the United States and quickly grew it into one of the largest in the country. As a visionary businessman, McCall co-founded Group 1 Automotive, an international automobile retail company in 1995 and assisted in its IPO in 1997.

In his retirement, he was an avid car collector and founded the Sterling McCall Old Car Museum in Warrenton, TX. The museum included a variety of cars from the early 1900’s through the 1960’s. One of his favorite groups of cars was his large collection of Cadillacs. In the last years, he enjoyed collecting many exotic cars and his most recent passion was the all-electric cars of Tesla. However, his biggest joy was his twelve grandchildren whom he loved dearly.

McCall served on the board of Goodwill Industries of Houston carrying on his father-in-law’s legacy. He served for more than 20 years, most recently as the Senior Chairman of the Board. McCall was involved with and supported a variety of other charitable causes over the years including Pine Cove Christian Camps, Laity Lodge Foundation Camps, Round Top Children’s Library, SIRE, Champions-4-Children plus many more.

McCall is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marianne O. McCall, his children Sterling B. McCall, III and wife Mauri, Raymond O. McCall and wife Monica, Allison Anne McCall and Karen M. Brown and her husband Steve and his twelve grandchildren Madison & Maegan McCall, Merritt, Madeleine & Avery McCall, Virginia, Grace, Anna & Margaret Sitzes, AnneElise, Corbin & MaryClaire Brown. He is also survived by his sisters, Patti McCall Holliday, Mary Anne McCall VanCoutren and husband Andy.

A memorial service is to be conducted at eleven o’clock in the morning on Monday, the 14th of October, at Chapelwood United Methodist Church, 11140 Greenbay Street in Houston, where Dr. Jim Jackson, Senior Pastor, is to officiate.

In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions may be directed to Goodwill Industries, 1140 W. Loop North, Houston, TX, 77055; Pine Cove Christian Camps, PO Box 9055, Tyler, TX, 75711; Laity Lodge Foundation, PO Box 290670, Kerrville, TX, 78029; Round Top Children’s Library, PO Box 245, Round Top, TX, 78954; SIRE, http://sire-htec.org/; Champions-4-Children, 3804 Avenue B, Austin, TX,78751; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Services

  • Memorial Service Monday, October 14, 2013
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Sterling B. McCall Jr.

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Patricia

October 8, 2014

October 7, 2014. One year and you are still sorely missed and fondly remembered. Rest in peace.

Patricia

February 25, 2014

Sterling was a very sharing soul. He is fondly remembered and sorely missed especially on what would have been the 79th anniversary of the day God blessed us with his loving, sharing soul.

An adoring friend

November 20, 2013

Sterling was an ordinary man who did extraordinary things as God's revelation. He lived God's word through the love he showed and the good deeds he did for others. He was truly selfless and an example of God's love here on earth.

Aaron Faland

October 18, 2013

It was an honor working for you. You will always be in our hearts. You will be greatly missed. Aaron and Debra Faland

Patricia

October 17, 2013

Sterling was an inspiration to so many people in so many ways; always giving, always kind. He filled many hearts with his love, passion and compassion. We are all the better for his munificence, his wit, his charm and the memory of his smiling face. He was a wonderful conversationalist, a caring friend, a provider of comfort and sage advice, and a source and strength for one to become a better person. My heart hurts from his passing but is happy for having been in his life. God Bless and keep his loving soul.

Ron, James and Alex Taylor

October 16, 2013

Sterling was a great man with a large heart. He will be missed. Our condolences to all of the McCalls

October 14, 2013

We knew Sterling and Maryanne as farm neighbors on Roznov Road. We watched Roznov Farm grow with lots of
activities and structures as the grand-
children numbered. His antique cars in the annual Fourth of July Round Top Parade were great entries. Sterling will be dearly missed in Fayette County as a very special person who shared his generosity with many.
Charles and Patricia Schmidt
Ticker Tape Farm
Fayetteville, Texas

Glen Schulz

October 14, 2013

Mr. McCall helped thousands of people in the Houston area alone, I one of them. Thank you sir and God bless. I will remember him fondly.

October 14, 2013

Though I never met Mr. McCall, My grandmother, Claudia McCall Megathlin, told me many stories of her brother,Sterling B. McCall Sr, I believe that this was his father. My sincere condolences to the McCall family. Mary Karen Megathlin Lopez

Col George O Lewis, USAF (Ret)

October 13, 2013


Thank you, Sterling, for your service to our country.