McCALL George Emmett McCall received the gift of eternal life Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, after a courageous three and a half year battle with cancer. He was born in Atlanta, Ga., on June 15, 1943, the third of four sons of the late Henry Bunn McCall and Lillian McMillan McCall. He grew up in Sanford, Fla., and graduated from Seminole High School, where he played varsity basketball and football and served as president of the student government. He received his B.A. and juris doctor degrees from the University of Kentucky. At UK, he was a member of the Moot Court Board and Army ROTC and was named a Distinguished Military Graduate. Emmett was a member of the general staff of the U.S. Army' s First Signal Brigade in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Clusters. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Capt. He was a member of both the Florida and North Carolina Bar Associations and was a partner in the law firm of Bell, Davis and Pitt, where he conducted a general business and mediation practice. He served for 15 years as the chairman of the 21st Judicial District' s Character and Fitness Committee for the N.C. Bar and was named one of the state' s elite lawyers by Business North Carolina. Emmett was very devoted to his family, his friends and his clients in addition to being an avid golfer, sailor and world traveler. His strong belief in giving back to his community led to his serving as president of Reynolda Rotary Club, Forsyth Country Club, the Nature Science Center, Piedmont Wind Symphony and the PTAs of Whitaker Elementary and R.J. Reynolds High Schools. He also served on the boards of Cancer Services, the Youth Opportunity Homes, Piedmont Craftsmen and the Boy Scout Troop Committee at Centenary Methodist Church. He was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church, where he served as elder, deacon and worship service usher, taught Sunday school and was a member of the Architectural Construction Committee. He was preceded in death by his brother, Henry Bunn McCall Jr. and wife Sylvia. He is survived by Allison Towne McCall, his wife of 32 years; sons, George Emmett "Mac" McCall Jr. of Austin, Texas, and Robert Dudley McCall of New York City, N.Y.; brothers, Glenn McMillan McCall and wife Reida of Sanford, Fla.; and John Daniel McCall and wife Margaret of Greensboro; and a host of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today, Dec. 13, at First Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends immediately after the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 300 North Cherry St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101. The McCall family wishes to thank Drs. Andy Koman, John Conforti, Kathy Greven and Doug White of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for the excellent care they provided throughout Emmett' s illness and Sharon Epps for her compassionate caregiving to him at home. The McCall family is being assisted by Salem Funeral and Cremation Services.
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Published in Winston-Salem Journal from December 12 to December 13, 2007