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John Ethridge McCall


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John Ethridge McCall

Memphis, TN

John Ethridge McCall passed away recently at the age of 75 after experiencing declining health during the last year.

Mr. McCall was born and raised in Memphis. After completing high school, he joined the army and was based in San Francisco serving as a Military Police Officer. He briefly returned to Memphis before moving to the Palm Beach Area of Florida. In Florida he worked as property manager and builder for a local Doctor. Seven years ago he retired and returned to Memphis to be close to his large family. His tender, caring heart, dry sense of humor, and his love of family enabled him to pick up where he left off.

One thing Mr. McCall was most proud of was his name. He will be the 5th John Ethridge McCall to be buried in the McCall family plot in Forest Hill Cemetery. The first was his great-grandfather who was appointed U.S. Judge for the Western District of TN by President Theodore Roosevelt and served from 1909 until time of his death in 1920.The most recent burial was Mr. McCall's son, who passed away December 3, 2016.

Mr. McCall was the loving son of John Ethridge McCall and Whitney McCall West. Besides his parents, Mr. McCall was preceded in death by his adored son, John Ethridge McCall; brother, Warren Butler McCall, and sister, Whitney McCall Hoover. He leaves behind two sisters, Mabel McCall McNeill (Phillip) and Marcia McCall Wunderlich, and two brothers, Walter Pidgeon McCall and William Finis McCall. He also leaves a step mother, Mary Wilder McCall, a stepbrother, Bill West (Susan) and stepsister, Marty White (Jim). There are also numerous nieces and nephews who enjoyed spending time with their uncle who livened up family gatherings.

Funeral Services will be held 1 p.m., Wednesday May 17, in the chapel at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, 700 Poplar Ave. The Very Rev. Andy Andrews and The Rev. Laura Gettys, Canon Pastor, will officiate. A visitation in adjacent Martyrs Hall will begin at 12 noon. A private burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery on Elvis Presley Blvd.

The family requests donations be made to the VA Medical Center, 1030 Jefferson, or donor's choice.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on May 14, 2017
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