Barbara Collins McCall

Sunrise: November 17, 1942

Sunset: January 21, 2023

Barbara Collins McCall passed away, peacefully, on January 21, 2023. She was born on November 17, 1942, to the late, Joseph and Gladys Collins in Norfolk, Virginia.  She was one of seven children– Catherine, Bertha, Joseph, Josephine, Gladys, and Warren, all with the exception of Catherine, who preceded her in depth.  She was a resident of Chesapeake, Virginia.

Barbara McCall graduated from the historic, Booker T. Washington High School, in Norfolk, Virginia.  She continued her education at her beloved, Norfolk State College (present-day, Norfolk State University), where she received both her Bachelor of Secretary Science and Master of Communication degrees.

Barbara McCall began her professional career at Norfolk State College, as the Confidential Secretary to the College’s first President, Dr. Lyman Beecher Brooks. She continued her professional career at Norfolk State University for 47 years, where she retired from her alma mater, in 2012, as a Professor of English.

Barbara McCall was affiliated with numerous professional and community organizations. She served in a leadership role, as the faculty adviser for Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society. She was also a member of the Chesapeake-Virginia Beach Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. As a proud alumna, she also was an active member of the Norfolk State University Retirees Association, and the Phi Delta Kappa sorority for educators. She was a faithful and active member of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception (St. Mary’s Catholic Church) for over 50 years.

Barbara McCall married the late Clifton McCall, Jr., and from their union, had three children and several grandchildren–Monsita (Darnell and Terrell), Monique (Jason, Tiffani, Kiara, and Javion) and Clifton, III.

Barbara McCall leaves to cherish her memory, her children, her grand and great grandchildren, her oldest sister, Catherine Johnson of Norfolk, Virginia, her sisters-in-law, Regina Collins of Suffolk, Virginia and Edna Collins of Norfolk, Virginia, a brother-in-law, Sterling Nunnally of Petersburg, Virginia, her best friend since the 5th grade, Dr. Bertha Taylor Escoffery of Chesapeake, Virginia and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Viewing and Family Visitation will be at Metropolitan Funeral Service (Berkley Chapel) in Norfolk, Virginia, on Thursday, January 26, 2023 (2:00pm to 7:00pm). A Wake Service will be from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

A Celebration of Life will be held on January 27, 2023, at 11:00am at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, 232 Chapel Street, Norfolk, Virginia, 23502. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery, 1000 E. Indian River Road, Norfolk, Virginia, 23523.

Repast will be held at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, 232 Chapel Street, Norfolk, Virginia, 23502.

Omega Omega Service will be conducted by the Chesapeake-Virginia Beach Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and held on a virtual platform on January 31, 2023 at 6:00pm. Please log in to the ceremony early as entry will not be available once the ceremony begins. Virtual log-in information: 

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Viewing Thursday, January 26, 2023 2:00pm - 7:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Wake Service Thursday, January 26, 2023 5:00pm - 7:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Service Friday, January 27, 2023 11:00am The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception 232 Chapel Street Norfolk, VA 23504 Interment Riverside Cemetery 1000 E Indian River Road Norfolk, VA 23523

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    Rev. Dr. James Edwards, lll says

    Reverend Dee and I are offering our condolences to the family of my Delta sister and Booker T. Washington 1960 classmate , Barbara Collins McCall. Rest in peace Barbara for a life well lived.

    Rev. Dr. James Edwards, lll
    Retired Pastor / NSU Class of ’69

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    Sante O. Smith says

    Keeping the McCall family lifted in comforting prayer in the passing of Spartan Barbara McCall.

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    Dr. Sheryl Bailey says

    My deepest sympathies are extended to the McCall family at the passing of Mrs. Barbara Collins McCall. May God’s enduring love and your sweet memories give you comfort at this difficult time. Prayers and Blessings, Dr. Sheryl Bailey

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    James Smith Jr. ,Ed. D says

    To the Family, Please accept my sincere condolences and prayers for you. Mrs. Barbara McCall will be remembered as an amazing colleague to many of us. On behalf of the Norfolk State University Retiree’s Association, I would like to express our sincere “Thanks” to you for sharing her with us. She will be missed, mostly remembered for her loving spirit. Prayers and Blessings , Dr. James Smith Jr., NSURA President

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    Mia Gray says

    Monique you and your family are in my prayers. May yoyr memories and family times together be a reflection of your family happy times and fun together. Please except my condolences

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    Teresa Pridgen says

    Picture her as she was full of life and love although she is not here physically she is watching from above. I know you will miss her deeply, just remember the joy she brought to you and your family, the special times that was shared, keep them close to comfort you and there in your heart ❤️ you will always find her. My deepest condolences 🙏

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    Estherine J. Harding says

    Deepest sympathy and prayers to the McCall Family. May God bless, comfort, and heal your wounded spirit in the passing of Mrs. McCall. She was such a kind and loving individual. I enjoyed conversing with her during our time together at Norfolk State .University from my early days until we retired and after. Mrs. McCall was a supporter of the Estherine J. Harding Endowed Scholarship and Charity Breakfast to assist needy Spartans with their educational costs. All who knew and loved her will greatly miss her just as you and your family.
    Rest in peace, Mrs. McCall; you were an awesome servant to the people of Norfolk State College/University.
    Estherine J. Harding, NSU Retiree
    2016 Distinguished Alumna, Life Member of the NSU Alumni

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    Catrina Jones says

    Monsita & Monique and Family, i thoughts and prayers are with you during this time a beyond. Your mom loved you all, she is resting now, knowing that you will be okay. Memories of all she taught you and the love she showed you will forever resonate with you.

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