Billy Gene Metts
(06/19/1936 to 06/05/2017)
Billy Gene Metts, born in Lafayette County to Martha Rhea Metts and Richard H. Metts, and a child of God, left earth for a better place on June 5, 2017.
Visitation will be at United Funeral Home on Thursday, June 8th, from 5 – 8 pm and service will be at Harmony Baptist Church, Friday, June 9 at 2 pm officiated by Brother Johnny Rakestraw and Brother Gary Yates.
Loved ones suffering his earthly life’s passing but rejoicing his new home are Dorothy Lee Roaten Metts whom he married December 19, 1954, his only son Ken Metts, his granddaughters, Amanda (Krieg) McCarthy (Ryan) of Brandon, MS, Katie Metts, Marlee Metts, and grandson Kody Metts. Billy is survived by one sister, Louise Crump of Prattville, AL, and sister-in-law Lottie Metts, widow of his only brother R. L. Metts. He is also survived by his wife’s sister, Velma Jarrett (Charles) who was like his own sister. Numerous family members including nieces, nephews, and cousins on both sides of the family will miss him.
He was a hard worker from an early age of 13 as he worked at John’s Café, a local favorite drive-in at New Albany, MS, (there is a favorite story behind this job). His work in the furniture industry began at age 18 for four years, then he served for six months in active service and six years in the army reserves where he served as a Specialist 5. After his military service, he returned to the furniture industry. Having worked for 30 years in the furniture industry (Futorian and BenchCraft), he then partnered with Glen Terry and John Gentry at Gentry Gallery – then as co-owner with Glen Terry of GFI where he retired in 1999.
Quote from his grandson’s 2009 school report: “His most important job to me is being the “BEST” grandfather in the world. He does special things like pulling us in a wagon behind his lawn mower, picking us up after school, taking us to Sonic, and showing God’s love in all he does.”
As a member of Harmony Baptist Church and his love for God, he served many areas of honoring God including deacon since October 1966, and Sunday School teacher.
He served on the Board of Good Samaritans of Union County for several years. He was a Gideon and a Shriner. In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to Good Samaritans of Union County or The Gideon’s International to further Gods work on earth.
In honor of Mr. Metts service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Army Flag during his visitation and service.