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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