January 17, 2005: Headlines: COS - Sierra Leone: Obituaries: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Sierra Leone RPCV John McCall dies in Atlanta

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Sierra Leone RPCV John McCall dies in Atlanta

Sierra Leone RPCV John McCall dies in Atlanta

Sierra Leone RPCV John McCall dies in Atlanta

Obituaries: Atlanta: John McCall, 64, helped serve others worldwide

By Kay Powell
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 17, 2005

John McCall was a preacher's son, which might account for his commitment to the Peace Corps, VISTA and anti-poverty programs.

With his biology degree from Virginia Union University, he joined the Peace Corps in 1964 and taught school in Sierra Leone, Africa, for two years.

"He had such a great experience in Africa and felt a closeness to the continent," said his son, John "Jay" McCall II of Atlanta. "He was a preacher's kid, so he always had a feel for mission work. It was part of his raising."

Mr. McCall's work with the Office of Economic Opportunity brought him to Atlanta in 1967, monitoring anti-poverty programs in six Southeastern states, said his colleague Bob Knight of Jonesboro.

"We monitored programs and services back in the days when it was dangerous to be in Mississippi," Mr. Knight said. "On those trips, he would talk about his time in Sierra Leone. He sometimes discussed that there were similar problems in both places."

"He was quite a deep individual," Mr. Knight said. "He had good, clear thoughts and good, clear insights that he was able to articulate."

The funeral for John Jones McCall Sr., 64, of Atlanta, who died of prostate cancer Wednesday at South Fulton Hospital, will be noon Tuesday at Providence Missionary Baptist Church. Murray Bros. Cascade Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Her husband, who lost his left eye in an accident when he was a young man, was a quiet, low-key person who was a good one to have in charge, said his wife, Geneva Hurley McCall.

In his 34-year career with the federal government, Mr. McCall also conducted recruiting for Volunteers in Service to America, or VISTA, Mr. Knight said. The OEO became the Community Services Administration before it was shut down during the Reagan administration, he said.

Mr. McCall then spent 22 months searching for a job that suited his government rating and didn't require him to move from Atlanta, his wife said. He was a Food and Drug Administration inspector when he retired in 1999.

Then, the fun began. While he was working, Mr. McCall entertained himself by riding his Kawasaki motorcycle and swimming in his enclosed backyard pool year-round.

"He loved traveling," Mrs. McCall said. "He liked to learn about stuff and was up on every gadget. Anything electronic was his thing."

His lifelong dream had been to own a recreational vehicle and travel wherever he wanted.

So, when he retired, he bought his biggest gadget, a 27-foot expandable RV, she said. He always had the latest in camera equipment to record their travels throughout the South and the cruises they took twice a year.

"These five years he's been retired, he sacked it all in. He fulfilled a lot of dreams," his wife said. "He just was a happy person."

Survivors include a brother, Cary S. McCall Jr.; and a sister, Wilhelmenia Morgan, both of Richmond.

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Story Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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