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Obit – Mrs. Helen Mundy McCall

Mrs. Helen Mundy McCall age 97, of Simpsonville, South Carolina and a longtime Carthage resident, peacefully entered into eternal rest surrounded by her family at the home of her daughter in Simpsonville on Thanksgiving Day morning at 11:45 a.m. She was pronounced deceased at 12:45 p.m. by Hospice of the Upstate.

Mrs. McCall is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Her services will be conducted by her pastor, Bro. Tim Frank from the Carthage First Baptist Church, on Saturday afternoon December 2nd at 3 p.m. Her grandsons, Ben and Bryant Phillips, will deliver eulogies. Burial will follow beside her husband in the Garden of Gethsemane at the Smith County Memorial Gardens.

The McCall family will receive friends at Sanderson in Carthage on Saturday, Dec. 2,  from 1pm until leaving for the church at 2:40 p.m.

Helen Marie Mundy was born on November 6, 1926 in Elmwood, Tennessee. She was the daughter of Mattie Esther Snoddy and Raymond D. Mundy. She was preceded in death by an infant brother and also by her sister, Edna Louise Mundy Duke, who died in 2021.

She was a 1945 graduate of Smith County High School. While in high school Helen was a member of the marching band as a majorette, a Home Economics major, president of the Home Economics Club, and class president in 1943. While in high school she met Ray Barnett McCall and they were married on August 25, 1945.

After they were married they lived on the McCall family farm where the two ran a dairy and sold milk to local grocery stores. They also worked for D.T. McCall and Sons where Helen was the bookkeeper and furniture buyer. Their first child, Esther Carol, was born in December 1946, and their son, Ray Barnett McCall, Jr. was born in 1950. In 1952, Ray and Helen made a very difficult decision to leave Carthage so that Ray could prepare for the ministry.

Ray enrolled in Belmont University, became the pastor of River Road Baptist Church, and Helen went to work for Genesco Shoe Company as a bookkeeper. In 1956 they moved to New Orleans, Louisiana where they both attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. While in New Orleans, Helen completed two years of college level courses and in 1957 she gave birth to their third child, Amy Louise. On weekends and during summers they traveled to Montegut, Louisiana where Ray pastored the Charpentier Baptist Mission.

Following his graduation from seminary, in 1959 they moved to Cookeville where he assumed the pastorate of the Westview Baptist Church. Helen took her role as the pastor’s wife very seriously, participating in every area of the life of the church. In 1962, Ray became pastor of Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church. Helen’s role as Sunday school teacher, Woman’s Missionary Union leader, Bible Study leader, wife and mother, meant that she was never idle. She was also employed as a teacher’s aide at Shelbyville Mills Elementary School.

In 1971 Ray became the pastor of Glenwood Baptist Church in Nashville. While in Nashville, Helen worked as a teacher in the Glenwood School for many years, and later as a bookkeeper for Woodlawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park. While serving at Glenwood, Ray and Helen led four mission trips to the Pine Ridge Oglala Sioux Indian Reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. 

In 1991, following 20 years as pastor at Glenwood,

Ray retired from the pastorate and they moved back home to Carthage. Ray then served as interim minister at First Baptist Church for a short time, and later became the Director of Missions for the New Salem Association of Baptists. He and Helen led three missionary groups to London, England, and one to New York City.

In 2004, following forty seven years of service to the work of the Lord, Ray retired as Director of Missions.  The love of Helen’s life and high school sweetheart Ray Barnett McCall passed from his earthly journey of service to his heavenly reward on February 2, 2008 at the age of 83.Helen continued faithfully to serve as Sunday school teacher, in the WMU, as a Bible Study leader, and was active in the community until she moved to South Carolina in 2012.

Helen was a woman of many talents. She was a supportive wife, a caring mother and a loving grandmother and great-grandmother. She was an accomplished seamstress who, over her lifetime made countless beautiful clothes for her daughters and granddaughters. 

She kept an immaculate home, and while cooking was never her favorite thing to do, her husband and family always looked forward to delicious homemade meals and special treats made especially for them by “Nana.” She made many beautiful quilts, custom draperies, coverlets and pillows for her own home and the homes of her children as well. She created exquisite needlepoint artwork that she gifted to her children and grandchildren.

Helen is survived by her children: Carol McCall Phillips and her husband, Ben Dixon Phillips of Simpsonville, South Carolina; her son, Ray Barnett McCall, Jr. and his wife Kathryn Harrison McCall of Nashville; and her daughter Amy McCall Stark of Sevierville, Tennessee.

She will be missed by her grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren: Her grandson Ben Dixon Phillips lll and his wife Kim, and their daughters McCall Elizabeth, Courtney Virginia, Lucy Cotter, and Amy Dixon Phillips of Midlothian, Virginia; Bryant Barnett Phillips and his wife Kelley, and their children Mattie Jane, Benjamin Manning, Edward Barnett, John Dixon, and Margaret Marie of Simpsonville, South Carolina; Her first granddaughter, Ann Marie McCall and her husband Carl Kahle, and their sons Miles Edward and Bennett Harrison Kahle of Nashville; Kathryn Kristine McCall Neff and her children Gregory Warren Neff lll, and Amia McCall Neff of Nashville; Kathleen Carol Stark and her husband Jack M. Minor and their daughters Savannah Grace and Kensington Marie Minor of Nolensville; and David Harrison Stark and his wife Marie of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and her brother, Raymond D. Mundy, Jr. of Nashville, Tennessee and many nieces and nephews.

The family has requested memorial gifts to the Ray Barnett McCall Endowment for Missions which was established in 2008 with the Tennessee Baptist Foundation, and may be sent to the New Salem Association of Baptists, 434 Lebanon Highway, Carthage, Tennessee, 37030, or by calling or coming by the funeral home.


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