Sharon Annette Merritt McCall was born on April 5, 1946 in Marietta, Georgia, and died on January 17th in Tallapoosa, Georgia after a long battle with cancer.
Sharon’s top priorities were always her faith and family. She was actively involved at her beloved Bethany Baptist Church. She often used her unique creativity and immense talent for interior design to transform the church for Vacation Bible School, youth group classrooms, and other special events. Friends called her frequently for advice before painting, redecorating, or refurnishing, and she was always happy to help.
Speaking of friends, Sharon never met a stranger and seemed to know everyone in town. She loved a good conversation and a good time. She had a well-developed sense of humor and appreciated a great joke, whether hearing it or telling it. She also had the stamina of a racehorse and at times the stubbornness of a mule, while simultaneously being selfless and kind. She took care of everyone and put their needs before her own. It is often said that she had two children but raised countless others. She was the trusted confidant of numerous people of all ages.
Sharon loved playing cards with her sisters, bird watching, and being outdoors. On the rare occasions when she wasn’t on the go, she loved to sit in the sunroom and enjoy the silence while waiting to see which birds showed up that day and count turkeys.
Sharon also had a real sense of adventure. While not much of a swimmer, she loved the water, whether it was floating on a noodle in the lake, cruising around on her pontoon boat, or going fishing. Her latest project was rebuilding the lake house. And although she did not live to see its completion, her fingerprints and her spirit fill the place.
Sharon is survived by her husband, Gene McCall; daughter, Michelle McCall of Atlanta, Georgia; son, Arlon McCall of Marietta, Georgia; brother, Terry Merritt (Charlotte), and sisters, Donna Price (David), Dawn Maxwell and Wendy Sutton as well as five nieces and nephews and four great nieces and five great nieces and nephews. She recently reunited with mother Gladys Irene Merritt and brother Courtney Merritt both previously of Tallapoosa, Georgia.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, January 20th at 11:00am, immediately followed by a memorial service at 12:00pm, both at Bethany Baptist in Tallapoosa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bethany Baptist Church Youth Group and mailed to Bethany Baptist Church at 420 Bethany Church Rd., Tallapoosa, Georgia 30176. Please be sure to include your name if making a donation so we’ll be sure know to thank you.
Cremation services are being provided by Hutcheson’s Memorial Chapel & Crematory of Buchanan.