Jean King McCalla, 83, of Iva, wife of the late John W. McCalla, Sr., died Saturday,
December 3, 2022, at her home. She was born in Abbeville to the late Benjamin H. and
Bessie Lee Erwin King.
A 1957 graduate of Abbeville High School, Mrs. McCalla entered the workforce at an
early age as a nursing assistant with Anderson Memorial Hospital (AnMed); it is there
where she met John, the love of her life of 47 years. She dedicated 30 years to Anderson
County School District 3 having loved and cared for many children throughout her
tenure. Most importantly, Mrs. McCalla was a mom who loved and adored her two sons,
never missing a ballgame, school event or art lesson. She was a member of Smyrna
United Methodist Church in Lowndesville, Mt. Carmel Yacht Club, Lake Secession
Association, and enjoyed volunteering with Meals on Wheels. Spending time with her
children and grandchildren brought her much happiness.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. McCalla was preceded in death by a sister,
Winton Lewis and three brothers, Julius ‘Buddy’ King, Osborne King and Allen King.
She is survived by her two sons, John W. McCalla, Jr. and his wife, Kelly G., of Lake
Secession and Jimmy S. McCalla and his wife, Kelly H. of Indian Land, SC; five
grandchildren, Carly, Caleb, Morgan, Madison, and Ashlee (Eric); and a great-grandson,
The family will receive friends 12:00Noon - 1:00PM, Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at
Harris Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 1:30PM in the funeral home chapel
with the Rev. Richard Powell officiating. Burial will follow in Melrose Cemetery.
The family extends their sincere appreciation to Agape Care Hospice and their wonder
staff who lovely cared for their mother: Samantha ‘Sam’ Todd, Yomakisha ‘Kisha’ Gambrell and
The family is at the McCalla Home on the Antreville Hwy.
Memorial contributions, in memory of Mrs. McCalla, may be sent to Smyrna United
Methodist Church, PO Box 100, Lowndesville, SC 29659 or to Good Hope Presbyterian Church, PO Box 396, Iva, SC 29655
A message of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting www.harrisfuneral.com
Harris Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Abbeville is assisting the McCalla family.