OBITUARY

Sonia "Sunny" McCall

February 14, 1937June 7, 2021
Play Tribute Movie

Sonia “Sunny” Lee McCall Sunny McCall, 84 years old, of Hobe Sound, Florida, passed away on Monday, June 7, 2021. Born in West Palm Beach, Florida to Melvin and Laura Brown on Valentine’s Day 1937, Sunny grew up in the north end of West Palm Beach and Riviera Beach and graduated from Palm Beach High School. Her first job was with GMAC. Sunny married Ray McCall on November 29 of 1956 and they welcomed a son “Rusty” about a year later and a daughter Kelley a few years after. Around 1980, she returned to GMAC to continue her career where she eventually retired as the branch secretary. Family was always first but friends were just like family. The McCalls had a lot of honorary cousins, aunts, and uncles. The dinner table for Sunny’s family of four was always set as a table for six and she usually had to add a chair before finishing. She fed the neighborhood and everyone was always welcome. Sunny was very proud of being a multiple generation Floridian from the Moore side of her family and was also proud of her ties to Fitzgerald, GA from the Browns. She had a memory of the family tree as big as the Angle Oak. Sunny loved and cherished Ray, her husband of 64 years who is also a multiple generation Floridian. She was a fabulous wife, a wonderful mother, the best grandmother, a great friend to very many, and a secretary. Sunny was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Laura Brown; her daughter Kelley McCall Townsend; and two granddaughters Laura and Tara Townsend.

She is survived by her husband Ray; son Rusty and grandson Ryan.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s or your favorite charity. But, she did love roses.

  • FAMILY

  • Ray, Husband
  • Rusty, Son
  • Ryan, Grandson
  • Sunny was preceded in death by her parents,
    Melvin and Laura Brown;


    her daughter,
    Kelley McCall Townsend; and


    two granddaughters,
    Laura and Tara Townsend.

Services

  • MEMORIAL SERVICE

    Sunday, June 27, 2021

Memories

Sonia "Sunny" McCall

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Judy Smith

June 20, 2021

I, too, am so heartbroken for your loss. Sunny’s family was her “life”.
I will miss her beautiful smile at all of our reunions, alumni breakfasts and lunches.... and the talks we had catching up on families and friends.

Fondly,

Judy

Barbara Herrington

June 17, 2021

Ray, Rusty, Ryan
We are heartbroken for the loss of your beloved wife/loving mother/beloved grandmother. Sunny's devotion to her family was undeniable.....she was so proud of her three guys.
We feel blessed to be a part of the McCall "family" of friends...so, so many great memories.
Please know your family is in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
We love you.

Buddy and Barbara

Anita Miller

June 15, 2021

I met Sonny when I first started doing hair in 1982 she became a very loyal client and a friend. Sonny was a beautiful woman inside and out and holds a special place in my heart . We had many great talks ,laughs and tears I will truly miss her and I know she is the 4th angel now joining her 3 angels in heaven.

Dan Rousseau

June 14, 2021

I met Sunny in 5th grade at Lake Park Elementary. I was a "new student" there after having helped my dad drive our cattle along Military Trail from Lake Worth to our thousand acres of land on Hood Road, north of Lake Park. Sunny arrived shortly afterwards as an even "newer student." There were only about a dozen of us in our class, and with her outgoing personality she quickly became the energy behind most every class project and adventure. She was bright in every sense of the word and always had a smile for everyone.

Dan and Elizabeth Lewis

June 13, 2021

To the Beautiful McCall Family

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Mrs. McCall; a kind and loving person who always has a king word of encouragement to say to so many. Mrs. McCall rest in peace in the open arms of the angels in heaven

Bonnie Selleck

June 12, 2021

I was a newly wed of less than a year when my husband and I had to find a new place to live. There was an ad in the paper for a house on Longwood Rd. We went to look at it and wound up buying it. Little did I know at the time that a family lived next door and across the street that was to became my second family. Sunny was my go-to for advice and support during difficult times; she was like a sister. Her mother across the street was like another mother to me, and grandmother to my daughter; Kelly baby-sat my daughter. We were family. The love and support of the McCalls (and Browns) are among my favorite memories. Although I have moved to Georgia, Sunny and I stayed in touch, although not as much as I should have, and I was very sad to learn she had passed away. I have no doubt she has been reunited with her trio of angels. My thoughts and prayers are with Ray and Rusty. Remembering the happy times.

Debbie Kneec3

June 12, 2021

John and I are very sadden to learn Sonny has gone to be with her girls! Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with Ray, Rusty and her many loved ones. So very sorry for your loss.

Sue Egger

June 12, 2021

The time has come where I have had to experience one of life’s hardest of times. The loss of my dearest and best friend.
I read the biography and found myself a big part of it.
We met in the seventh grade at Central Junior High. Something magical happened that day. We were to become life long friends until God took her home.
In all those years, we never had a cross word. There was a lot of laughter and secrets to share, things that we told no one else.
I listened today to a message on my answering machine from her 💔only a few days ago. I will keep it forever.
I will miss her everyday of my life and I will never be the same.
Kelly and the girls were waiting for her and her journey is over here.
My love to Ray Boy, Rusty and Ryan. How blessed you were that you had her in your lives. Me too🙏🏻

David Bludworth

June 12, 2021

Sunny was a beautiful and talented woman. She and her husband Ray had many friends who they shared time with. I offer prayers for Ray and the McCall family.

Carole Wilcher Orr

June 12, 2021

I was saddened to learn that Sonny Brown McCall had passed away. My deepest condolences to Ray and the family. Sonny and I were good friends in high school, and it was always nice to see her smiling face at our numerous reunions, breakfasts and lunches —and always with dear Ray, her life, her love, her best friend. I will always remember her soft, sweet voice. It must have been wonderful when Sonny reunited with Kelley and the girls, her three angels, once more.
Carole Wilcher Orr, PBHS ‘55

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Ray, Ryan, Sunny

FROM THE FAMILY

1983 Gainsville

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Sue Egger wedding

FROM THE FAMILY

Sunny

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Sunny, Ray, Jimmy, Moe, Linda

FROM THE FAMILY

Sunny and Katie, the future Mrs. McCall Jr

Biography

Sunny, Sonia Lee Brown, was born in West Palm Beach to William Melvin and Laura Virginia Brown on Valentine’s Day 1937. Her parents had the Pure Oil station at 4th and Dixie so this was her first job and where she first met Ray. They also did things like housed the traveling Budweiser Clydesdales annually so it was a popular place. Their house was in Monroe Heights, Riviera. The family vacations and road trips were to Ft. Drum, Lake Wales, and Fitzgerald GA. Out of town trips were always to see or meet up with family. Both sides were big families. Her teenage years were during the "Happy Days" era. Teenage life had Singer Island that was mostly beach. The Hut was the place to meet. Best Soda Shop and Campus Shop were the quick lunch stop across the street from Palm Beach High School. Fitz's, Blue Front, Harvey's, DQ in the Sim's Pharmacy building, Lake Worth Casino, Rialto, Palace, Paramount, Arcade, The Florida, Palms, and the Palm Beach Play House were the hang outs.

She married Ray McCall November 29, 1956. She was working for GMAC. They lived upstairs in Ray’s parents’ house (Roebuck House) on old Okeechobee Rd. They were active in the Junior Women's Club including the Frolics. They went boating and water skiing around Peanut Islands (there were two), Munyon Islands (there were two), and the ICW on the weekends. The water was clear, calm and the area under populated. The Blue Heron Bridge was a rickety wood structure. She said it was the best time to be young in the West Palm area. Friends from grade school are still close even if they live out of state.

A little over a year after being married Sunny gave birth to Rusty, Raymond Robert McCall Jr, the day after Christmas 1957. Sunny said he has been late his whole life. They bought a house on the corner of Longwood and Florida Mango Rd. A couple of years later Kelley was born September 29th. JC Harris, Burdines, Marshalls, Woolworth, and Montgomery Wards were the down town before the mall existed. Sunny was active in the Babies Well Clinic and church at this time. She drove a blue-green VW beetle full of kids. The friends were always welcome. Dr. Harold Yunt was the pediatrician. He and Pinky are still family friends to this day.

Sunny left GMAC while pregnant with Kelley Gaye McCall to be a stay home mommy. This was her real calling. Grandparents on both sides were local, very supportive, and did what grandparents do. Her kids were always sparkling clean, well dressed, and of course had "manners." Both children were runway modeling for local stores including Burdines. A Rarebit burger in the Hibiscus Room was the reward. Both sides of the family had businesses in town.

As the children got older they got interested in bicycles, go karts, mini bikes, fishing, camping, trampoline, everything. Sunny now had three kids, her husband Ray, Rusty and Kelley. If Ray and Rusty went to the shell pits to fish then Kelley went too. So those trips turned into picnics. Then came a series of campers, the Smokey Mountains every summer and many trips to see all of Florida. This was with other similar families and those are still close.

Rusty graduated high school and had college plans. To make this possible Sunny went back to work at GMAC. She made lifelong friends there. Rusty worked in Stuart after college. He always loved Hobe Sound. He found two buildable lots and recommended Sunny and Ray buy one. They did with only investment in mind. The family built Rusty's house in 1985. After that they then decided to build and move to Hobe Sound. So after 31 years on Longwood Road the McCall Sr family moved to Hobe Sound. There was no I-95 yet. A1A was two lane and the scrub board bumps held you to 25MPH. But, it was worth it. Melvin Brown had passed a few year earlier so Laura Brown made the move also. For her, Ray and Sunny build a mother-in-law apartment next to the house. Kelley, now Kelley McCall Townsend came to Hobe Sound also as a family with her husband. Yes, it was like the Walton's. It was happy times.

Kelley and Joe built a beautiful house in Banyan Lakes. They made beautiful babies. Laura Lee was Sunny's first grandchild. Later came Tara the second grandchild. The family would celebrate Thanksgiving at the Brown's Farm in Fitzgerald, GA annually. The Sunday after Thanksgiving in 1996 tragedy struck. Kelley 36, Laura 4, and Tara 18 months were killed and Joe was left with lifelong injuries. This was a very hard time. The support from family and friends went beyond any imagination.

Rusty met Diana through a great boating friend Stephan, Diesel Steve. Rusty had taken over the Mother-in-law apartment after Laura passed. Diana became a McCall but there were no plans for children. That later changed with Ryan born on Groundhog’s Day 2000. Ryan is Sunny's third grandchild and the only male McCall in this line of family. Ryan is a junior in college perusing a degree in business. He is on the dean's list. Sunny was so proud of him.

With Sunny, family was always first but friends were just like family. On Longwood, her family of four’s dinner table was always set for six and usually had to add a chair before finished. She fed the neighborhood and everyone was always welcome. The move to Hobe Sound added distance and removed the drop by visits and Sunny missed that. But, the phone worked and she stayed in touch with everyone. Work, Kelley, and her girls kept Sunny busy. Later, Ryan and friends filled the seats at the dinner table and thing were McCall normal.

She was very proud of being a multiple generation Floridian from the Moore side of her family going back to the Ft. Drum area. She was also proud of her ties to Fitzgerald, GA from the Browns. Sunny had a memory of the family tree as big as the Angel Oak on Johns Island, SC. She loved and cherished Ray, her husband of 64 years. Ray is also a multiple generation Floridian with ties to Ft. Pierce and Ocala. She was a fabulous wife, a wonderful mother, the best grandmother, a great friend for life to very many, and a one job twice secretary.

Sunny is preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Laura Brown; her daughter Kelley McCall Townsend and two grandchildren Laura and Tara Townsend.

Sunny is survived by her husband Ray, her son Rusty, and her grandson Ryan.