RJ McCall

Tuesday, October 30, 1945 - Saturday, May 25, 2024

A Deeply Loved and Honorable Man

Photo of RJ McCall  - 1945-2024

In the early morning hours of Saturday, May 25, 2024, RJ McCall, passed away at his home in Shelby, North Carolina. With his loving and devoted wife by his side, RJ entered peacefully and gently into his glorious place in Heaven. We rejoice and give thanks for the 78 years of his life.

RJ was born in the fall season of October 30, 1945, in Jackson County (Tilley Creek) North Carolina to the late Harley McCall, Jr. and the late Curlee McCall. Growing up among a large and loving family RJ learned the values of compassion and caring for others. He began his working career at an early age and later RJ’s life journey took him to proudly and honorably serve in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.  RJ courageously covered one million miles in the jungles of Vietnam, a testament to his pride and dedication to his country. Following his military career RJ embarked on his employment in the auto dealership industry, working for 45 years in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was an honest and hardworking man and he was always ready to lend a hand or support anyone in need.  RJ was well respected and with every handshake he was committed to being fair and true to everyone.  He was a friend to so many and loved helping anyone he met.

RJ held a great passion for cars- all types of cars and he was indeed a true NASCAR fan. Golfing was a favorite pastime for him and he delighted in spending time on the greens with his son and friends. These happy golfing memories were held in his heart long after RJ’s vision dimmed and he was not able to golf any longer.   He often enjoyed listening to beautiful gospel music and he loved the heartfelt songs and stories of country music.  

RJ’s great love for his family was immeasurable.  He married the love of his life, Doris Ann Wells on July 13, 1966 and they have shared 57 years of a wonderful marriage. Blessed with an amazing son and daughter-in-law and a precious granddaughter who was his pride and joy, RJ was thankful each and every day for his blessings.

Our hearts are heavy as we say goodbye to a wonderful man who has taught us many life lessons.  His memory will be a part of us forever. In lieu of flowers, let us honor RJ by sharing a smile, offering a kind word, and extending a helping hand.  RJ would be pleased.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Carroll, Ronald, John and Timothy McCall and his sisters, Betty Fuller and Martha Mullins.

Surviving are his beloved wife, Doris Wells McCall of Shelby; his loving son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Amy McCall of Raleigh; his granddaughter, Haley McCall who he adored; a sister, Mary Morgan; brothers, Bill McCall and Ray McCall and his wife, Glenda; an aunt, Lila Coggins; an uncle, Spencer Tilley; several nieces, nephews, cousins and  many dear friends.

A funeral service with military honors will be held at 12:00 noon, Thursday, May 30, 2024 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will be in Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain. 

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is deeply honored to be caring for the McCall family                  

Condolences from family and friends

Our heartfelt condolences for a cousin who will be dearly missed. He was loved by all whom he met and was honest with everyone he dealt with. Rest In Peace. Your lose here on earth will be heavens gain
Phyllis & Gary Gubson
So very sorry to hear this I always thought highly of both he and Doris
Wanda Wells
He was always a great big brother. As smart as they come Had a great wife, Doris, whom they spent their whole adult life together. I will always miss him & remember our last call the night before he died. He will be in my heart forever. In loving memory of R J . Larry (Bill). McCall. & Debra.
Bill McCall
My sincere Condolences to the family. i will keep you all in my prayers.
Michael Jones
Doris and Richard , It’s been many years now but I’ll always remember RJ. I am thinking of you during your time of loss
Rob Brigman
Doris, I was saddened to hear of R.J.'s passing. I am so sorry for your loss & your son. Pray God will be with you & the family as you go through this journey.
Vickie Pinkerton
Remembering your family in our prayers during this time.
Lorri Patton
Though we never had the pleasure of meeting RJ, due to his illness, his wife Doris is a faithful friend of our residents at Shelby Manor, where her Mother, Fannie Wells resided before her passing. Doris, what a handsome man and his Christian spirit lives on in you! Our heartfelt prayers are with you and your family at this time of loss. R J, may you rest in peace and thank you for your service. God bless.
Tricia Butler- Shelby Manor BOC
R J WAS ALWAYS SO SPECIAL TO ME . WOULD BE THERE ANY TIME I NEEDED HIM COULD TALK ME THROUGH ALMOST ANYTHING VERY GIVING IN TIME OF NEED WOULD BE THE FIRST ONE THERE IN TIME OF CRISIS.IT IS MY HONOR TO BE HIS LITTLE BROTHER WILL MISS TALKING TO HIM EVERY DAY .WILL SEE HIM AGAIN ONE DAY HE IS NOW MADE WHOLE NO MORE SUFFERING
RAY &GLENDA MCCALL
Doris, Richard and family, We are saddened by your loss. Doris, you and RJ hold a special place in my heart. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending love and hugs.
Larry & Jackie Edwards
I'm sorry that I couldn't make it to RJ service. I love you all. Danny & Family
Danny Haney
Dear Doris, I’m very blessed to have known RJ (and you of course!) since I was a young girl. I remember all our dinners together and worshiping Jesus at church. You, Richard and family will be in my prayers. I know RJ and my Daddy are having a wonderful time together in heaven Love you, Marlene
Bob and Marlene Ashton
We are so sorry for your loss! We all remember RJ fondly and are lifting you up in prayer. Kenneth, Lisa and Bennett family
The Bennett Family