Ardella McMillan McCall, daughter of the late James and Viola Sharpe McMillan and a native of Baxley, was born May 8, 1921. A long time resident of (Appling County) Baxley, she made her entrance into the celestial city of Heaven. Devout Christian and dedicated mother, Mrs. McCall, ninety-two years of age, made her departure from this life, July 22, 2013 in Jesup at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
Ardella completed her primary, elementary and high school education in the public schools of Appling County with an ambition to excel and prepare for her life’s journey. After graduating from high school, she matriculated through Fort Valley State College (Class of 1962) of Fort Valley, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. Mrs. McCall invested her time, energy and talents serving children for 38 years in Appling County.
On Oct. 22, 1942, Ardella McMillan and David S. McCall were united in Holy matrimony. Together they shared forty-seven years of marriage and together they had six children.
Deaconess Ardella professed her faith and acceptance of Christ as her Savior at a very young age and joined Thankful New Jersey Missionary Baptist Church. She aspired reverent Christian character throughout the more than eighty years of dedicated and diligent service to Thankful New Jersey M.B.C. of Baxley in numerous capacities including Sunday School teacher, Senior Mission president, Usher Board, Church secretary and the Deaconess Board.
Mrs. McCall’s civic and community works included: Georgia Association of Educators, Retired Teachers Association of Georgia, National Teachers Association, treasurer/secretary of Old Field Memorial Gardens, President of Jack Summerall Family Gathering, Magnolia Garden Club, lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and Adah Chapter #3 of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was even named Appling County Schools Teacher of the Year for 1968-1969.
Mrs. McCall was the matriarch of eight siblings who preceded her in death: Phedia M. Gourdine, James A. McMillan, Eldora M. Thompson, Ceasar McMillan, Osby McMillan, Sr., Carnell McMillan, Cleo McMillan and Mildred M. Mosby.
Mrs. McCall a benevolent giver, provided food and transportation for others, daily communicated with peers, Bible scholar and had a passion for “GIVING ORDERS.”
“HEAVEN will never welcome a sweeter Mama, Grandmother, Aunt, Friend; earth will never lose a greater soul.”
Survivors include six children, David (Ella) McCall, Marsha M. Hartwell, Annette McCall, Willa Dean Veal, James (Frances) Powell and Mozella Hall; 25 grandchildren, numerous great and great-grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, Marie McMillan and Mattie Geneva McCall; a Godson, Isaac Culbreath; special friends, Elease Rogers and Tommie Ogden, Mamie McNeil, Charles Carter, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, the TNJMBC Family, the Jack Summerall Family and the many children whose life she touched so immeasurably.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 27 from Thankful New Jersey Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Alfred Cason presiding. Eulogy was given by Pastor B. J. Virgil. Interment followed in Old Field Memorial Gardens on Ten Mile Road, Baxley.
Active pallbearers were Ricky Mosby, David Hartwell, III, Keith Studstill, Jermaine McCall, Cornell Cooper, Marcus Hartwell, Jarrod McCall and Tony Bell.
Honorary pallbearers were Appling County Retired Educators, TNJMBC Senior Mission, TNJMBC Deacons/Deaconesses, Dr. Lance Hendrix and Dr. Ronnie Harris.
Musical selections were rendered by a combined choir and Inez Castleberry,
Professional services were entrusted to Baxley Funeral Home.