Marsha McNeely McCall, of Mint Hill, died at Carrington Place in Matthews on Thursday, September 17, 2019, two weeks after her 75th birthday. She lost a fierce battle with an aggressive, unrelenting cancer, but she was at peace when she died and in the company of some of her numerous friends and family.
Marsha is survived by sons Scott McCall and Jeff McCall (wife Lisa); granddaughters Regan McCall and Ayla Hinson (husband Alex); great grandchildren Ainsley, Austin, and Aven Hinson; and brothers Tom McNeely and Patrick McNeely (wife Janice). She’s also survived by a large contingency of cousins and by relatives of her late husband, Bill, most of whom were like brothers and sisters to her. She is predeceased by Bill McCall, her husband of 50 years, who died in 2013 of a stroke.
Marsha was born in Statesville, NC but lived all but the first four years of her life in the Charlotte area. Her parents were T.A. (Jack) McNeely and Eloise Rumple McNeely, who grew up in nearby farming and textile communities and moved to Charlotte in the 1940s. Jack worked in the landscaping and nursery business for many years and retired as the owner-operator of Parkwood Nurseries in Charlotte. When he retired, Marsha and husband Bill bought him out, and they ran Parkwood Nurseries together until 2013, when Bill had his stroke. After Bill’s death and the closing of Parkwood Nurseries, Marsha worked for about ten years at the drive-in window of First Citizens’ Ballantyne branch.
Marsha grew up in the Dilworth neighborhood and graduated from Myers Park High School in 1962. She immediately went to work doing bookkeeping and accounting. She met Bill at her first job and after a whirlwind courtship, they married in 1963. Back then people married at a much younger age, and we tend now to think that 19 or 20 is too young to be making such important life decisions. But marrying Bill turned out to be the best decision Marsha ever made in her life.
Wherever Marsha lived or worked, she made friends for life. She was dearly loved by so many people, probably because there wasn’t a smidgen of pretense about her and she genuinely cared about them. She somehow managed to keep up with her numerous friends and family until the end and many are devastated by her loss.
There will be a graveside service on Friday at Charlotte Memorial Cemetery, which is located at the intersection of Hood Road and Robinson Church Road. Visitation starts at 11:00am and the service will take place at noon.