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Emmanuel L. McCall, Jr. Remembered with Reverence at Memorial Service

Emmanuel L. McCall, Jr.
September 10, 1965 – November 24, 2022

Honesty, integrity and reverence describe the accolades given Deacon Emmanuel Lemuel McCall, Jr. at his memorial service on December 3, 2022 at First Baptist Church of East Point, Georgia.

The graduate of Benjamin E. Mays High School of Atlanta, Georgia who studied at the University of West Georgia, graduated from the International Technical Institute, the Control Data Institute and employed for years with Delta Airlines, transitioned November 25 after suffering from complications of a stroke and kidney problems, says his father, retired pastor Dr. Emmanuel McCall, Sr. At his request, Deacon McCall was cremated. According to his father, his ashes will be placed in a family vault at Lincoln Cemetery in northwest Atlanta.

“Your name tells everything about you,” said Harold Hastings, a First Baptist deacon and “friend like a brother” to “Eman” for 38 years. “We weren’t just friends, we became brothers,” he told those gathered at the church.” We sang in the choir and went fishing together. He even convinced me to become a deacon. He was a deacon by definition, a true servant of the people.”

In fact, First Baptist pastor Kamau Welcher eulogized the 57-year-old Atlantan by utilizing verses from the Biblical Chapter of 1st Timothy and the poem “Live Your Creed” by Langston Hughes to describe McCall Jr.’s character. “When we honor the life of your son, we also honor the sacrifice of his parents,” he said. “If I wanted to show you an earthly example of one who’s temperate, self-controlled, respected, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent or quarrelsome, not a lover of money, worthy of respect, sincere, and not pursuing dishonest gain, it’s Deacon Emmanuel McCall, Jr.”

His description drew cries of amen from the large crowd at First Baptist Church of East Point.

The 90-minute memorial service included musical selections from close friend John B. Smith Jr., Publisher/Editor of The Atlanta Inquirer, and prayer and comments from Reverend Keith Reynolds, current pastor of Christian Fellowship Baptist Church (CFBC) of College Park, Georgia (McCall, Sr. was the church’s first pastor). Eman was a deacon there and became charter members along with his mother and sister. Dr. Damon P. Williams, Sr. pastor of Providence Baptist church located in the Cascade Road community of southwest Atlanta also lifted prayer and comments.

Emmanuel, Jr. was also a member of Union Baptist Church where he joined as a child after moving from his birth city of Louisville, Kentucky to Atlanta with his family in the summer of 1968.

“I celebrate you God because you have granted your son Emmanuel, Jr. entry into the land of life,” prayed Williams. “I celebrate you that any of the troubles he experienced down here in this life are no more. Let his legacy be with us all the days of our lives.”

Emmanuel L. McCall, Jr. is survived by his father Reverend Dr. Emmanuel L. McCall, Sr., and mother Mrs. Emma Marie McCall; a sister, Mrs. Evalya “Evie” Morris (Dr. Roosevelt Morris, Sr.); three nephews, Roosevelt, Jr., Jonathan, and Benjamin; a niece, Alexis Marie; and two step-children, Joshua and Victoria Nelson. Other members of the family include aunts, Mrs. Mary Ella Woods of Louisville, Kentucky, and Rev. Myrtle McCall of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; uncles, Mr. W. Michael (Anita) Johnson of Louisville, Kentucky, Mr. Albert C. (Barbara) Johnson of Lexington, Kentucky, and Mr. Timothy (Carmen) McCall of West Middlesex, Pennsylvania; along with a host of cousins.

Memorial service arrangements were provided by Murray Brothers Mortuary of southwest Atlanta. Visit Emmanuel Jr.’s notice and other details of the service at

Last updated on December 7, 2022

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