Winston R. "Bill" McCALL

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McCALL, Winston R. "Bill", of Pisgah Forest, North Carolina and Avon Park, Florida, passed away on November 16, 2012. He was the sixth generation of the Samuel and Eleanor McCall family who settled in the area of The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in 1803 that would later become Transylvania County. Mr. McCall was the last surviving son of Zebulon R. McCall and Lazona L., Ray. He was born on January 18, 1927. His early pioneer family has been traced back to Grandparents, Enos S. McCall and Sarah Jane Wood McCall. His Great Grand Father was Samuel C. McCall, who enlisted in the Union Army at Knoxville to fight with Kirk's Raiders. The main focus of Kirk's Raiders was to keep the railroad at Asheville from falling to Confederate Forces. His great-grandmother was Martha A. Lanning McCall, Samuel C. and Martha McCall was buried near Enos and Sarah at the Balsam Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Balsam Grove, North Carolina. His great-great-grandparents were Robert and Rachel Glazener McCall, who are buried in McCall Cemetery, west of the fish hatchery in the Pisgah Forest National Forest. His great-great great-grandparents were Samuel and Eleanor McCall, who came from the coastal area of North Carolina west to Chapel Hill, then to the Transylvania area in 1803. The McCall family is listed in the first census of 1798 as wagon makers who helped the Revolutionary War Cause against England. As a young boy, Winston dreamed of flying airplanes. His early years were in the U.S.Navy and then he was hired by United Air Lines in 1948. During his 38 years with United Air Lines, he flew every plane that United had in their fleet, from the DC-3 on through the 747 as Captain. He flew troops to the Korean War and into Vietnam when United was contracted by the military. His favorite route was the Pacific flight to Hawaii and Japan. Through his years with United Air Lines, he often said that he probably made that trip 4000 times, many of those trips before modem navigation systems like GPS. His skill of flying was passed on to many students, friends also members of the Civil Air Patrol. He enjoyed boating and fishing and owned several airplanes that he flew across America with his wife after he retired. He and his wife loved to motor home along with a motor cycle on the back. They spent one year going around America and Canada to most Nationals Parks and Monuments. They also had many pleasant cruises out of foreign ports. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Ann McCall; a son, Robert Patrick McCall of Goose Creek, SC; a daughter, Linda Lorscheider (Larry), of Enterprise, OR; grandsons, William R. McCall (Michelle) of Moncks Comer, SC; Mark Morton (Michelle); Grandson Stephen Morton from the Lexington KY area; granddaughter, Tami Sue McCall of North Platte, NE; step-son, Douglas Benton (Tiffany) of San Jose, CA; step-daughter, Karen Bradbury (Scott) of Greenville, SC; 8 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. His nephews, Tony McCall (Barbara) of Nashville,TN, Gene McCall (Mickie) of Fairview, NC were also interested in the family genealogy and helped him compile the McCall history with information from family bibles and records. Winston wrote his autobiography and members of his family and friends appreciate reading the entertaining and exciting life adventures lived by this fine gentleman. The family asks that donations be sent to SAFE, a home for women and children in need of shelter at 50 Appletree St. Brevard, NC 28712 or the Hospice of Transylvania at 1266 Asheville Hwy. Brevard, North Carolina 28712. The family wishes to thank the Hospice staff and Registered Nurses for their ongoing dedication to patients that are cared for at home. Mr. McCall has his headstone located next to his grandfather and grandmother, Eons and Sarah Jane Wood McCall at the Balsam Grove Cemetery in Balsam Grove, NC. A private family memorial of his life will be held at a future time when members of his family can convene. Arrangements are being handled by: Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and Crematory Brevard, North Carolina

Published in TBO.com on Nov. 18, 2012
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