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Wednesday November 27th, 2019

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Homer Lee "Bud" McCalla

Home Lee “Bud” McCalla 1954-2019

“It was with heavy hearts we let him go, but he’s in glory, that we know!”

Homer Lee “Bud” McCalla, age 65, passed away peacefully, and surrounded by his loved ones, at 6:11pm on Friday, November 22, 2019, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, after experiencing post-surgical complications.

Homer was born on April 30, 1954 in Marion, Illinois to James Homer and Anna Belle (Fry) McCalla. He married Pamela Sue Rushing in Paulton on May 19, 1972. A lifelong resident of Southern Illinois, a retired coal miner, having spent 35 years with Peabody Coal, and then 3-4 years working with his friend Harry at Midwest Waste.

Bud was the best of us all! He was always smiling, pestering, and up to general mischief, but willing to lend a hand to anyone when needed. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, gardener, and all-around outdoorsman, and he loved the old westerns on tv.

He loved his family (especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren), more than anything, and we all returned that love with the same fervor. He will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.  A 13 year survivor of lung cancer, he was a walking miracle, and showed us all how to survive with style, as he never stopped smiling, doing what he wanted to do, and keeping us on our toes the entire time!

Bud leaves behind his loving wife of 47 years- Pamela Sue McCalla of Johnston City

Mother- Anna McCalla of Marion

Daughter- Cheryl (Shawn) Quertermous of Creal Springs

Son- Scott McCalla of Thompsonville

Five Grandchildren- Shaylee (JJ Johnson) McCalla of West Frankfort

     Seth Quertermous of Creal Springs

     Breea Quertermous of Creal Springs

     Jade McCalla of Johnston City

     Layton McCalla of Johnston City

Three Great Grandchildren- Jaxon, Jetson, and Britlyn Johnson of West Frankfort

Brother- James Steven (Rita) McCalla of Marion

Sister- Haley (Kevin) Koehling of Marion

Dearest Friends- Harry and Dianna Tippy of Marion

Several nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins and friends

He was preceded in death by his father-James Homer McCalla, his wonderful in-laws- Hubert (Kenny) and Margaret (Hanks) Rushing, and his grandson- Brenan Quertermous.

Services will be held on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Blue Funeral Home in Marion, with the Rev. Chris Cutsinger officiating.  Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove- Poordo Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-8pm on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Blue Funeral Home in Marion.

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I am so sorry for your loss . Sending prayers of comfort and peace .

Sissy Lynn Davis Nov 25 2019 9:42 PM

Bud, you will always be remembered as my dear friend and big brother. You and Pam were always there for me, no matter when or what for. Thank you for your kindness, caring ways and most of all just being yourself, yes even your ornery self. Again, thank you Bud. I will miss you " Old Man " and not seeing you sitting on your glider.

Mitzi Cline Nov 24 2019 11:57 PM