OBITUARY

J. Allen McCall Sr.

June 11, 1942June 11, 2021
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J. Allen McCall, Sr., age 79, passed away on Friday June 11, 2021 at his home in Sulphur, LA. J. Allen was born on June 11, 1942 to parents Robert Granval and Louise Benoit McCall.

J. Allen was a resident of Vinton for many years and for the past 28 years in Sulphur and a graduate of Vinton High School 1960 and SOWELA Technical College 1964. J. Allen was of the Catholic Faith and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Sulphur, LA. He retired from the Shaw Group as Vice President/General Manager in 2012 culminating a 50 plus year career including being a member of Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 106, Pipeliner’s Local 798, entrepreneurial ownership and various roles in the industrial maintenance area. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of sixty years, Brenda Racca McCall; his children Jessie Allen McCall, Jr. and wife Dorothy Snead McCall; Raymond Lynn McCall; and Edwin Clay McCall and wife Caissy Roger McCall; his grandchildren Kaitlin McCall Fruge, Robert Granval McCall, Madison Kay McCall, Neely Renee’ LaBauve, Konlee Anne McCall, and Lynlee Therese McCall, and great-grandchildren Natalie Marie McCall, Kaden Alexander Lafleur, Brantley Joseph Fruge, and Grayson Thomas Fruge; one brother Francis Alcee McCall, one sister Mary McCall Tharp; nephews and nieces, Glenn McCall, Joann McCall, Jeannie McCall LeBlanc, and Jason Lee Tharp. He is preceded in death by his parents Robert Granval and Louise Benoit McCall and his brother-in-law, Richard Lee Tharp. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Sulphur, LA. Visitation will begin at 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM Tuesday, June 15, 2021, with a rosary being prayed at 6:00 PM at Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home, Sulphur, LA. Visitation will resume at 1:00 PM, June 16, 2021 at Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home, Sulphur, LA followed with a processional to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Sulphur, LA to celebrate his Mass of Christian Burial with Rev. Aubrey Guilbeau officiating. Interment will follow at Mimosa Pines Garden South in Carlyss, LA under the direction of Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests those wishing to make donations to Our Lady’s School, www.olcs.org, Sulphur, LA or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, www.alzfdn.org, in his memory. The family would like to thank for the continued care and support from Evangeline Home Health, Annette, Maureen, Misty, and Dillion; Harbor Hospice for their caring spirit in J. Allen’s final hours, Daniel, Amber, and Tangela. And lastly, his personal care sitter, Vesta, for her love, support, exceptional care given to J. Allen. Words of comfort and fond memories may be expressed with the family at www.hixsonsulphurmemorial.com

  • FAMILY

  • Robert Granval and Louise Benoit McCall, Parents (deceased)
  • Richard Lee Tharp, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Brenda Racca McCall, Loving wife of 60 years
  • Jessie Allen McCall, Jr. and wife Dorothy, Son
  • Raymond Lynn McCall, Son
  • Edwin Clay McCall and wife Caissy Roger McCall, Son
  • Kaitlin McCall Fruge, Robert Granval McCall, Madison Kay McCall, Neely Renee’ LaBauve, Konlee Anne McCall, and Lynlee Therese McCall, Grandchildren
  • Natalie Marie McCall, Kaden Alexander Lafleur, Brantley Joseph Fruge, and Grayson Thomas Fruge, Great Grandchildren
  • Francis Alcee McCall, Brother
  • Mary McCall Tharp, Sister
  • Glenn McCall, Joann McCall, Jeannie McCall LeBlanc, and Jason Lee Tharp, Nieces and Nephews
  • DONATIONS

  • Our Lady’s School

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 15, 2021

  • Rosary

    Tuesday, June 15, 2021

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 16, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, June 16, 2021

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Patrick McCarthy

June 17, 2021

Francis recalls that his brother was athletic and smart.

I have more than a few memories from our summer visits to Vinton to visit with our cousins.

The McCalls were my Mom's younger cousins .. so for me .. one of those once-removed cousins.

All I knew was that we were all family .. and that is always the way we felt about each other. We all enjoyed being around each other and having each other's company.

One of my vivid memories from my youth .. was when we were enjoying a barbecue under Edna's big oak tree .. and Francis had either teased or irritated Jesse Allen .. and Jesse Allen was chasing Francis around that oak tree.

I just remember that those were the two fastest people I had ever seen.

I think Francis was determined to Not get caught .. or Jesse Allen just let him get away .. not sure which of those.

Brotherly Love .. probably.

Thanks be to GOD for our wonderful parents and relatives .. and that we have been able to make a living while also enjoying each other's company over the years.

May we all be Blessed to hold Jesse and all of those others in our hearts those who having gone before us .. until that happy meeting in the Life to come .. in the Family of the LORD and our Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph and all of the Holy Angels and Saints.

GOD Bless Jesse Allen and Francis .. and you all .. and us all.

FRANCIS MCCALL

June 14, 2021

Allen was two years older than me and I hated him from the start. He was perfect. Stronger, faster, more intelligent, wittier, had a gift of gab. Everything I was not. I was shy, weak, chubby, clumsy at athletics. I never appreciated how much pressure he was under as a child. He had to assume the role of leader at age nine, getting my sister and me up for school, making breakfast and seeing that we got to school. My mother was working a lot to help make ends meet, while my father was enjoying his favorite past time, drinking with his buddies. He overcame many handicaps from being born with a defective right eye (and his right side was his dominant side). So he had to learn to shoot a shotgun with his left side (he was a good marksman, killing many ducks, geese, doves and clay pigeons.) His fallen arches required him to use special built inserts in his shoes, yet he lettered in football and jumped over 6 feet in a District Track meet to win first. His intelligence led him to become CEO of Shaw Industries, a major construction company in chemical and petroleum industries. I regret that I never told him how much I really loved him and admired him for his integrity and courage. An old adage says, "Too soon old, too late smart." RIP, gentle soul! Love always, Francis

Stephen Lyons

June 13, 2021

I remember Jessie as a young man and I was a young boy. When he had a portable welding business and Lyons Insurance,Inc. wrote the coverage with my father Keith. He even talked me into mowing his yard one summer while living inSulphur. I learned a lot of good lessons ,I did not say fun lesson but "good Lessons"!! He will be missed by many. Please know the entire Lyons family has you in our prayers!

Stephen & Kathy Lyons and Family.

Kathleen Graham

June 13, 2021

Such a sad day for me. Jesse Allen was the older brother I did not have... since I was the oldest in my family. He and Francis would tease me calling me "Kat" and chasing me around the pasture... scaring this city girl with the cows. Only time in my life that I ever got to be the "little sister". Very special memories for me. May he rest in peace. All my love and prayers to Brenda, Mary and family.

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