In Memoriam ––Judge Morris McCall
PORT NECHES, Texas––Municipal Court Judge Morris McCall Sr., a district and Texas Conference prayer advocate for UM Men, died February 28 in Houston.
An Air Force veteran (1946-49), Judge McCall graduated from Stephen F. Austin in 1951 and the University of Texas Law School in 1954.
He served as a municipal judge for 41 years.
“I worked the prayer line with Morris many times at Texas Conference retreats,” said Dan Ramsey, former president of the National Association of Conference Presidents. “I have no doubt he is operating the Upper Room Prayer Line in Heaven.” Dan says that some fathers and sons also answered prayer requests and their participation in the prayer ministry helped heal differences between them.
“Morris was a great man of faith, and a dear friend of many of us,” said Gil Hanke, top staff executive of the General Commission on UM Men. “He loved UMM at every level, and attended our meetings in Nashville and in the Texas Conference for decades. I don’t think he ever came to the Prayer Advocate meetings without a check to support the prayer line. He was a joy to be around, and I already miss him.”
Judge McCall served as the lay leader of the district and First UMC in Port Neches.
He also led many Easter Sunrise Services sponsored by the Rotary Club; those services were later named the Judge Morris McCall Easter Sunrise Services.
Judge McCall is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 61 years; daughter Ann; son Morris; and four grandchildren.