“Now the day is over, night is drawing nigh, shadows of the evening steal across the sky. Jesus give the weary, calm and sweet repose, with thy tenderest blessings, may our eyelids close. When the morning wakens them may I arise, pure and fresh and sinless in thy holy eyes.”
Reginald “Reggie” Darnell McCall was born on October 17, 1966 at The Brooklyn Women’s Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. He was raised in Brooklyn by his parents the late Cornelius McCall and the Thelma Burney McCall.
Reggie received his primary education in the Fayetteville, North Carolina Schools and late in the New York City school systems. He attended South Shore High School and graduated in 1983. Reggie continued his studies at The College of Aeronautics and Technology.
Reggie was introduced to music at an early age in church. He went on to further his talents as a member of the NY Vanguard Drum Corps where he learned to play baritone and percussion. Reggie began playing the organ at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church where he faithfully served under the leadership of the late Reverend James T. Reader. In 1983, he went to serve at Pilgrim Church under the leadership of the late Archbishop Roy E. Brown. During Reggie’s tenure with Pilgrim, he went on to serve as the National Minister of Music and taught the essence of praise and worship to ministries across America.
In January 1995, Reggie joined the Saint Mary Church of Christ under the leadership of leadership of Bishop R. Chambers. He served as the Minister of Music of Saint Mary for 25 years where he continued to teach praise and worship. Reggie served as the National Minister of Music for the United Pentecostal Churches of Christ under the leadership of Archbishop J. Delano Ellis, II. Reggie also served as the National Minister of Music for the United Covenant Churches of Christ under the leadership of Bishop Larry D. Trotter and Bishop Eric D. Garnes.
Reggie was a musician, songwriter and composer. Reggie wrote wrote songs for many gospel recording artists, most notably Bishop Hezekiah Walker and Dr. Judith McCallister. Reggie wrote many songs with hos song writing partner, partner Elder Timothy Harper. The two wrote “High Praise” which was made famous by Dr. Judith McCallister on her 2001 recording “Worship In His Presence (Live).” In 2003, Reggie held a live recording for his debut solo album “A Minstrel’s Praise” at Saint Mary Church of Christ. In 2010, Reggie composed and arranged the original score for “Lotto” an independent film by Actor Jerry Russo of HBO’s The Sopranos.
Reggie’s true passion was working as a Recreational Therapist for 25 years. He was dedicated to improving the quality of living for not only his patients, but for his family and friends. Reggie was a humble servant and worked diligently to uphold God’s kingdom.
Reggie was blessed with two sons whom he loved dearly. Both of whom he shared his shared his musical gifts.
Reginald “Reggie” Darnell McCall transitioned from this life on July 14, 2020 in New York, NY. He leaves to cherish his memory his two sons, Julien Darnell McCall (Allyson) and Jared Reginald McCall; three brothers, Cornelius “Ron” McCall, Michael McCall and Lorenzo Koonce; one sister, Cleopatra Lacewell; three sisters-in-law, Deborah McCall, Liwanda Edwards and Lillian Roberts; two brothers-in-law, Alan Lacewell and Leslie Edwards; three , Michael McCall, Matthew McCall aunts, Mary Mack, Nellie McCall Wright and Ruth Washington; one uncle, William McCall; four nieces, Lauren McCall, Kenyah Miller , Aaliyah McCall and Madison Roberts; seven nephews, Michael McCall, Matthew McCall, Lorenzo Koonce, Peter Lacewell, Justyce Lacewell, Andrew Lacewell and Jason Edwards; two Godchildren, Tehillah Smith and Luke Harper; the mother of his children Lisa Edwards McLaughlin; a host of great-nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and lifelong friends.
Till we meet, till we meet. Till we meet at Jesus feet.
God be with you, till we meet again.
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