Rev. Dr. George Daniel McCall Sr.
1932 - 2020
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Rev. Dr. George Daniel McCall, Sr.
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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The Augusta Chronicle - 08/26/2020



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Published in The Augusta Chronicle from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2020.
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August 30, 2020
I thank God for this example human decency and love, who brought into this world some of its greatest treasures, and who left it better than he found it.
Jayme Caspall
Friend
August 29, 2020
Dan was such a wonderful man! He was always quick to pick us out in a crowd for a warm greeting. We will miss him!
Billy and Peggy Herman
Billy and Peggy Herman
Friend
August 28, 2020
Dan was a very special man who allowed the Lord to have His way with him fully and completely. The Holy Spirit oozed out of every pour in Dan’s body. He was a very bright light. I was always blessed, refreshed and encouraged after visiting with Dan and Linda over the years when I would see them in Augusta and the Western NC Mountains. I will miss Dan greatly. Bill Hock
Bill Hock
Friend
August 28, 2020
The world is diminished without Dan McCall in it. Thanks for sharing him with the Starmount and Farthing families. Well done, good and faithful servant!
Rev. Stan Farthing
August 28, 2020
If we could soar above the clouds and look into the heavens, there we would find a light that shines brighter than all the rest...Dan Mcall. He was a man who achieved everything that God intended for him ... and so much more. In Dans words...." A friend is a true gift from God" We were all blessed to be his friend.
Joel Conte
Friend
August 28, 2020
Dan was one of my favorite people in the world! Always such a sweet smile and that beautiful, warm voice. I will miss him.
Lisa Turner Maddox
Friend
August 28, 2020
Thank you for allowing Wendy’s Senior Services to help care for Dr. McCall. He was so very nice and showed and so much gratitude and respect to my staff.
Wendy Hebbard
Acquaintance
August 28, 2020
I have known Dan for almost 40 years. He has had a major impact on my life and the lives of countless others. He will be greatly missed.
David Booker
Friend
August 27, 2020
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August 27, 2020
Dr. McCall and I were friends for over 25 years while I worked at the Reid Preschool. We were unlikely pair but had so many wonderful talks. He was always so interested in my well being as well as my family. He was such an interesting person & we were both big UGA Bulldawg fans! Later we were so honored to have him perform the wedding ceremony for my son & his wife. I pray that Mrs. McCall and the entire McCall family take comfort in knowing that he was loved and admired for his compassion and good nature. He will be missed.
Lovingly, Ellen & Bill Herin
Ellen Herin
Friend
August 27, 2020
Dr. Daniel McCall, truly our Blau Family minister. After college Linda and I located in Augusta and found a Presbyterian home at Reid Memorial in the early ‘70s. Soon afterward Dan arrived to lead our young family in the way of our Lord. Dr. McCall, a person of demonstrated character with exceptional leadership characteristics. Our family is surely fortunate to be students of his ministry...Bill Blau, Linda Blau, David Blau, & Daniel Blau
Bill Blau
Friend
August 26, 2020
Remembering all the support Dr. McCall gave me during the years I attended Reid Memorial.
Virginia Allen
Acquaintance
August 26, 2020
We say goodbye to Dan whom we are blessed to have known. He baptized and married our children, and his spiritual guidance eased us through the darkest days of our lives. He was held in high esteem, and his influence will be far-reaching. We pray for comfort for his family.
Lee and Richard Carmichael
Lee Carmichael
Friend
August 26, 2020
We only met Dr. McCall one time and that is when his grandson Mac and our son graduated Chandler from Augusta Prep in 2014. We talked a long time at a gathering following the graduation ceremony and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

George, Katherine, Mac, and Trent and the rest of the family, our thoughts and prayers are for you. It is obvious that Dr. McCall was an outstanding Christian, Husband, Father, and Grandfather. An overall wonderful person that will be missed by many.

Chuck and Carla Saunders
Acquaintance
August 26, 2020
Dr. McCall was a wonderful man. God Bless Him. My prayers are with the family.
Sadie Whelchel
August 26, 2020
I never had or will have a better friend
Jerry Howington
August 26, 2020
Dr McCall's influence on our lives ,along with his wit ,charm and wisdom will leave a

void in the lives of all who knew him .
James L Lester Jr
Student
August 26, 2020
He was a dear friend to my mom (Helen) and family.She attended Reid Memorial after my dad passed away.My condolences to the McCall family. May his soul rest in eternal peace
Neville Jagnandan
Friend
August 25, 2020
Dan & my father were old North Carolina friends. Prayers & condolences to the family.
Cannon
Friend
August 25, 2020
Dan McCall was by far the kindest man I’ve ever met. He would come see folks at University Hospital where I was working and would always ask about my mother. He had a memory for details that was amazing and his kindness was always so sincere! We were better for having known such a wonderful person!
Nancy Trahan
Friend
August 25, 2020
The Department of Georgia Disabled American Veterans thanks Reverend Doctors George Daniel McCall Sr. for his honorable service to our nation. May he rest in peace and may his memory be a blessing to his family and all who knew him. CW4 (Ret) USA Albert Boudy, DAV Department Chaplain
Albert Boudy, CW4 (Ret) USA
Served In Military Together
August 25, 2020
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
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