MOUNT VERNON — Boyd C. “Bud” McCalla, 84, of Conroe, TX, formerly of Mount Vernon, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018, at the Heartis Conroe Senior Living Center. He was born Feb. 2, 1934, in Mount Vernon to the late Harold and Irene (Boerstler) McCalla.

Bud was a 1952 graduate of Gambier High School. He honorably served his country in the Army from 1956-1958 at Fort Polk, Louisiana. After his military service, he attended and graduated from the Columbus Barber College. Bud owned and operated his own barber shop, Bud’s Barber Shop on East Chestnut Street for over 40 years in Mount Vernon.

Bud was a longtime member of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church. He was an extremely active Freemason. He was a member of the Mount Zion Lodge #9 F.&A.M. since 1958, where he served as the Worshipful Master; Clinton Commander #5 where he served as Eminent Commander; member of the Ohio Priory #18 as a York Rite Cross of Honor; the Knox Chapter #236 Order of Eastern Star, where he served as Worthy Patron three times; the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons Clinton Chapter #26 where he served as High Priest; the Royal & Select Masons, Kinsman Council #76 where he served as Illustrious Master, and served as the Grand Representative to the Grand Council of Hawaii for 17 years.

Bud is survived by his son, Mark (Denise) McCalla of The Woodlands, Texas; two grandchildren, Sarah and Nicole; step-son, Dean (Colleen) Donaldson of Mount Vernon; stepdaughters, Charlotte (Ian) Watson of Mount Vernon, and Carolyn (Nick) Finke of Wyoming; six step-grandchildren and 12 step-great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothea Fyffe of Lexington, Kentucky, Marilyn Young of Mount Vernon and Margaret “Maggie” Frost of Mount Vernon; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Donaldson McCalla.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, where a memorial service celebrating the life of Bud will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13. Burial will follow in Mound View Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council. Mount Zion Lodge # 9 F. & A.M. and the Knox Chapter #236 Order of Eastern Star will hold their memorial ceremony following the visitation on the 12th.

Memorial contributions may be made in Bud’s memory to the Ohio Masonic Home Foundation.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Boyd C. “Bud” McCalla.


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