The Transylvania Times -

Burlin McCall


December 26, 2019

Burlin McCall, 91, passed away peacefully in his sleep Thursday morning, Dec. 19, 2019.

He was born in a railroad shack in Balsam Grove May 7, 1928, to the late Oscar and Dorothy McCall.

He worked at Ecusta for 38 years and also owned his own grading business, McCall’s Grading, which he started in the early ‘60s. It could be argued that, in one way or another, he had a hand in building the majority of Transylvania County.

For over 40 years, he worked sometimes up to 20 hours a day. Between his grading business and Ecusta, there was hardly time for sleep. He did, however, hold Sundays sacred and always made time for God and his family. His love for his family was apparent in everything he did and his absence has left a gaping hole in our lives.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 70 years, Ernestine McCall; his daughter, Marlene Head; his parents, Oscar and Dorothy McCall; and his brother, James McCall.

He is survived by his children, Marshall McCall (Sandy), and Martha Orr; four grandchildren, Lissa Padgett, Keturah Allgood (Carolyn), Sam Head (Nadine), and Desireé Abram; eight great-grandchildren, Kohl and Kyndall Padgett, Alyssa, Andrew, Emma and Carson Abram and Zachary and Ezekiel Head; three sisters, Aileen Hayes, Othalene Owen, and Lou McClain; brothers, Martin and Gene McCall (Connie); and several nieces and nephews.

He lived his life in service and devotion to the Lord, with integrity and honesty. He would not want you to mourn but instead celebrate the amazing life that he lived, and rejoice in the fact that he is reunited with the love of his life and his youngest daughter.

His services were held Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, at the chapel at Moody-Connolly Funeral home, and he was laid to rest at The Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory.

Online condolences may be left at

Moody-Connolly Life Celebrations, 181 S. Caldwell St., in Brevard, cared for the family.


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