Carolyn S. McCall passed away peacefully on June 25, 2023 surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Michael B. McCall, her daughters, Chandra Douglas (Brian) of Nashville, and Elizabeth Bemiss (Scott) of Gulf Breeze, her son, Michael B. McCall, II (Lori) of Charleston, and eight grandchildren, Abigail, Clara, Matthew, Scott Michael, Baxter, Henry, Karl, and Lillian, who knew her as Froggy. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nellie Neville Simmons and Walter Washington Simmons, and her two siblings, Inez Simmons Davis, and Walter Washington Simmons, Jr.
Carolyn was born in Wilmington, NC on February 8, 1948. She was the youngest of three children. As a child, she spent most of her spare time on Wrightsville Beach. She was a sophomore at New Hanover High School when she met Mike. She graduated in 1966, and the two married in 1969. Carolyn earned a degree in elementary education from Wilmington College. After graduating, she taught the first through fifth grades at elementary schools in southwestern and southeastern Virginia for nearly two decades. She often volunteered to others that she enjoyed teaching fifth graders the most.
She raised her family in Virginia and South Carolina, then spent 16 years in Kentucky before returning to the coast to retire with Mike. She spent the first six years of retirement on Isle of Palms, SC before settling in Gulf Breeze, FL.
She was the recipient of two organ donations and is eternally grateful for the gifts of life she received and the last eleven years she spent with her grandchildren. Through her experiences, she became an advocate for organ donation.
Carolyn had many passions. She was the consummate entertainer and host who always made sure everyone had a seat at the table and a full plate. She was a prolific baker who never missed an opportunity to serve dessert to friends and family. She was an avid gardener, always planting, growing and sharing with others. She was a natural artist, often expressed in painting, but always apparent in everything she touched.
Above all, she was a selfless, compassionate and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who will be sorely missed and always remembered.
Carolyn attended Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church. A visitation will be held on Saturday, July 1, 2023, at 10:30am, followed by a memorial service at 11:00am. A reception will immediately follow the service in the Reception Hall.