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OBITUARY

Rev. Dr. G. Daniel McCall, Sr.

May 14, 1932August 23, 2020

Augusta, GA -- The Reverend Doctor George Daniel McCall, Sr. (“Dan”) died Sunday, August 23, 2020 at his home in Augusta, Georgia. He was born on May 14, 1932 in Marion, North Carolina. A football scholarship allowed him to attend Davidson College from which he was graduated with a degree in economics (1954) and a commission as an infantry officer in the U. S. Army where his primary service was as an instructor in the Infantry School at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Following active duty (1956), he worked as a salesman with the Royal McBee Corporation in Charlotte, NC. Coming under the conviction of a call to ordained Christian ministry, he enrolled at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA earning a Master of Divinity degree Cum Laude in 1960. A Fellowship made it possible for him to earn a Master of Theology degree at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1961. Continued study earned him a Doctor of Ministry degree at Columbia Seminary in 1987, and he also received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Presbyterian College in 1987.

Dr. McCall served Presbyterian Churches in Highlands, Brevard, and Greensboro, North Carolina before becoming the Senior Minister of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church in Augusta, GA where he served for twenty two years retiring in 1997 and being named Minister-Emeritus by the congregation.

Dr. McCall served as a full-time interim pastor for several churches including Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA and Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC before returning home to become Minister of Pastoral care at Fairview Presbyterian Church in North Augusta, SC for 13 years. Dr. McCall retired in December 2015 after 54 years of active ordained ministry.

Over the years, Dr. McCall was active in Christian college ministries serving as a Trustee of Davidson College, Montreat-Anderson College, and Presbyterian College where he was Board Vice Chairman. In Augusta, Dr. McCall served as Director and President of the Kiwanis Club and as Director and President of the Clinton-Anderson Foundation, president of the Hospital Clergy Association and short terms of service with United Way, Child Enrichment, Red Cross, and the Institute of Religion and Health. Dan was a member of the Leadership Georgia class of 1977.

Dan's life epitomized the man that he was. It was a life filled with care and thoughtfulness toward others and a heart always focused on gratitude and thankfulness to his heavenly Father. But it was also a life lived fully with a passion for laughter, fun, and the physical pursuits of life like exercise, sports, and competition.

Many have experienced with surprise and delight, having had a brief past discussion with Dan, his ability to remember and remark upon details of that conversation with his usual concern and care. His capacity for remembering extended also to numbers. He could recall with ease the temperature of a day many years ago and loved playing games like Rummikub and Yahtzee where he routinely whipped many opponents. He especially loved his numbers when they related to football, particularly University of Georgia football. He could quickly recall the scores of key matchups dating back to the 1940s. Dr. McCall served as a chaplain to the UGA football team and loved cheering on the Dawgs every season. Everyone that knew him was aware of his dedication to daily exercise and realized they better be ready to respond to his question, "Have you been getting regular exercise?" Dan also loved hearing and telling jokes. No family gathering, sermon, speaking engagement, or social encounter was safe from one of his jokes that all came to expect and love. His greatest moments were when he was seated at the family table with all gathered around him. He would joyfully look around the table at each person, reach out to hold hands for the prayer, and say, "Y’all, THIS is Happiness!"

Dan declared his greatest earthly blessing to be his wife of 63 years, the former Linda Bradley Todd of Huntington, WV. ("Often Presbyterian ministers out marry themselves," he liked to say). Dan and Linda found great joy in their children, grandchildren, and friends. Survivors include his wife Linda, children George Daniel McCall, Jr., Bradley Todd McCall (Lee), George Samuel McCall II (Katherine), and Mary Linda Lamar (George), grandchildren George Samuel McCall III “Mac”, Mary McCall Chambers, John David Chambers, Jr., Matthew Bradley McCall, Stephen Trent McCall, Claire Ellen McCall, Anna Grace McCall, and Jonathan Graham McCall, and nephew Stephen Thomas Gore (Martha).

Dr. McCall was the son of George Samuel McCall and Elizabeth Mae Daniel McCall. He was preceded in death by his sister Virginia Mae McCall Gore.

There will be a family funeral in the near future with the hope of a public celebration of life once the pandemic has subsided.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a contribution to the Hale Foundation (P. O. Box 2843, Augusta, GA 30914-2843) or to Presbyterian College (Clinton, SC) in memory of the Rev. Dr. George Daniel McCall, Sr.

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26, New International Version.

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Marsha Downing

September 2, 2020

Linda,

LaRue and I send our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. I know LaRue and Dan shared a special relationship and we want you to know that you are in our prayers.

Steve Brett

September 1, 2020

My main memory of Rev. Dan is how he always greeted you with genuine enthusiasm.

My contact with Dan was through the Kiwanis Club.
I was away from Augusta for 20 years, moved back 3 years ago.
When I saw Dan the first time he gave me the greeting described above.

He was a wonderful person.
A GREAT MAN WHO WILL BE MISSED BY MANY

William Royster

August 31, 2020

From the time he married Marian and I October 1981 Dan has been a very good friend and inspiration to us both. We will miss his jokes, his advice and most of all his friendship.

Billy & Marian Royster

EMORY WILLIAMSON

August 28, 2020

Dan came into my life when I was in second or third grade and moved his family in right up the street from us. While we did not attend Reid at that time, his family and children were instant friends and I hope to say to this day.

As I grew up had my own family and experienced up and downs, Dan was always there. He presided at my Father's funeral at my request and has always been generous but direct with me at different turns in my life. While I would see Dan occasionally in latter years, he was and always will remain a larger than life leader in a most gentle and thoughtful manner.

We, in Augusta, whether you were a member of RMC or not, benefited from having him here. I can only imagine the impact he has made on other communities, schools, individuals and congregations. He was and is truly a gift to all that know him and his "way". I am saddened to know I won't run into him here and there.

His family should be so proud of his positive influence and incredible caring manner. He was a true leader in every sense and an amazing father to his children and all of us who know him. He brought people together.

Emily Mullner

August 27, 2020

Dr. McCall has and always will fill a huge part of my heart. I will never forget sitting in “big” church and hearing his welcoming jokes and getting the biggest hugs after the service. One memory I will never forget was when he officiated my brother and sister-in-laws wedding and after the service he walked me back up the aisle. This was so special to me!

Susan Baker

August 27, 2020

I will always remember how kind Dan was and what a comfort that he was to Randy and to me throughout Randy’s journey with FTD. He visited regularly to pray with us, tell a joke and always brightened our day. Dan was an extraordinary person and this world was a better place because of him. My sincere condolences to Linda and all of his family. Thank you for sharing him with us.

Sharon Brant

August 27, 2020

I was 16 and on the pastoral search committee for Starmount Presbyterian Church when I met Dan. Mr. Ralph Bell and I were assigned to go listen to Dan preach in Brevard. He used the Buffalo Springfield song Stop Children What’s That Sound as part of his sermon and he was wonderful and the Spirit told us he was the man for our church. When we made the call he and Linda had three very ‘active’ boys and Linda was pregnant. We promised if they accepted the call Linda would have the girl they so wanted(like we knew:-)). You accepted and your baby girl soon followed:-) Your family was a blessing to our church and Dan led us well. God blessed us with Dan’s guidance, wisdom and love. He will be missed!
Sharon Kronenfeld Brant

Lori Hart

August 26, 2020

How blessed we all are to have had the Rev. Dr. G. Daniel McCall in our lives. I truly felt that when Dan prayed with you and for you, a peace would come upon you and you could almost hear God say amen to Dan's prayer. Lets us all thank God for the gift of Dan McCall, his life and his legacy.

David Keller

August 26, 2020

I remember Dan from the first Sunday he joined Fairview as Associate Pastor. He did have a refreshing penchant for telling a joke or two before his sermons and was great with numbers (football scores, etc.). After he left Fairview, he and I got together for lunch several times, most at Water From the Rock in Augusta. The last, in February of this year, was at the Augusta Country Club. Little did I know it would be the last one. I love the man...I'll miss the man. God bless him.

John and Louise Stroup

August 26, 2020

Reverend McCall (Dan) officiated our wedding 51 years ago at Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church. He obviously did a good job of our pre-martial counseling as here we are, still very much married and very happy. We loved Dan McCall. God bless him and his family. We send them prayers and encouragement in this period of grief.
John and Louise Stroup

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