DeSoto Parish Schools Superintendent Cade Brumley had a lifelong friendship with Zwolle girls basketball coach TJ McCall, and doesn’t know how he’ll manage going forward after his friend’s death on Monday. Visitation for McCall will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday at Roseneath Funeral Home of Mansfield. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday with burial at Paul’s Family Cemetery in Converse. The Caddo coroner ruled McCall’s death due to an aneurysm and a stroke, which happened between midnight and 1 a.m. early Monday morning. A family friend said he was told death was swift.
McCall, 35, was found deceased next to his bed in his mother’s home early Monday morning by a family friend. The cause of death won’t be official until an autopsy is conducted on Tuesday morning, but it is believed to be of natural causes. “We were the odd couple. I was the straight guy and TJ was the wildcard,” Brumley told The Times. “It’s tough – it’s hard to think that someone I’ve spent so much time with throughout my life is now gone.” The 2007 Times Coach of the Year, McCall coached two seasons at Bossier High, and was a roommate at Northwestern State with Brumley and Southwood assistant softball coach Chuck McBee.
“We don’t know many details right now,” said McBee, who was at the McCall home in Mansfield on Monday evening. “His body was taken to Caddo Parish for autopsy, but the autopsy was postponed until tomorrow.” McCall apparently had been staying with his mother, who was released from the hospital on Mother’s Day but remained bed-ridden due to a head-on collision with an 18-wheeler several months ago. Bossier High principal David Thrash said McCall “was passionate about coaching kids.” “He kept in contact with a lot of the kids after he left here,” Thrash said. “I was shocked when I received a text message about his death this morning. TJ was just a good ole country boy. One of the main reasons he left here was to be back closer to his mom.”
McCall began volunteering at the Louisiana Lion’s Camp in Leesville as a 16-year-old and kept up the work until a couple of years ago, according to McBee and Brumley. “TJ really had a passion and a heart for disabled children and he spent every summer down there,” Brumley said. “I think he only gave it up because he felt like he was too old to be a counselor.”
The services for McCall will be at Roseneath in Mansfield either Thursday or Friday. Twitter: @JimmyWatson6