Jim Metts PDF Print E-mail

James Ellis “Jim” Metts , 85, died Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at his Lake Murray home surrounded by his beloved family. Born in Prosperity on Nov. 26, 1933 he was the son of the late James Clifford Metts and Lucille Metts Epting.

He received his education at Prosperity High School where he played baseball, basketball, and football. He attended Newberry College. Jim was employed with SCE&G for six years and was a partner in the first food store in Chapin, the Chapin Red & White. In 1978 Jim started his own company, Metts Claims Service, and worked until retirement in 1997.

Jim was an active member of Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church since 1964, having served several terms on church council. He also served his church as a youth advisor, as a bus driver, and on various committees. He was a member of the Interaction Sunday school class, the Lutheran Mens Club, and the Leisure Timers.

Jim was an avid sports fan. He was a former president of the Chapin Eagle Club (Athletic Boosters) and was a member of the Newberry Indian Club. He loved Gamecock football and went to games both home and away for many years. He considered it a great weekend when he was able to attend a Chapin HS game on Friday and either a Newberry or USC game on Saturday. In later years one of his most favorite pastimes was attending any event in which his grandchildren were participating.

Jim was a proud South Carolinian, enjoyed boating on Lake Murray, and was a member of three camping clubs. He loved to travel and had been to all 50 states, as well as most of the Canadian provinces.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Phyllis S. Metts, a son, James E. (Jimmy) Metts, Jr. and his wife, Lauren of Ballentine, a daughter, Susan “Dennie” Bedenbaugh and her husband, Todd of Prosperity, and the joys of his life, his three grandchildren, Madison Metts, Corey Bedenbaugh, and Jay Metts. Also surviving are a nephew, Gabe Metts, and a niece, Morgan Straws. He was predeceased by a brother Phillip D. Metts and an infant son.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church by the Rev. Ralph Hill. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the church. Memorials may be made to Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church, 101 Boundary Street, Chapin, SC 29036 or to a charity on one's choice.

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#17 Heather 2019-03-14 08:09
May Jehovah God sustain you at this time of such great loss.
Psalm 34:18,19 "Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted;
He saves those who are crushed in spirit."
#16 Loretta W. Griffin 2019-03-10 17:11
Sending you all hugs & Love & Prayers! A beautifully service today! Always Enjoy seeing & speaking to Jim & Phyllis every time! Wonderful man & family! He will be truly missed! Prayers for peace & strength thru this difficult time.
❤️Love to all.. Tom & Loretta Griffin
#15 Karen 2019-03-10 09:29
Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your dear husband and father. When you see somebody that has been able to live such a long and full life as Jim has, one may wonder why does man have to die at all. But God gives us his personal promise found in the Bible at Revelation 21:4, where God tells us that very soon he will do away with death and sickness from the Earth forever, and then he will resurrect Jim to perfect life here on a fully cleansed Earth, being reunited with family and friends and being able to experience life as God meant it to be, which has always been God's purpose for mankind and for his Earth.
#14 Todd & Amanda Phipps 2019-03-09 08:59
Jimmy, We are so sorry to hear of your father's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God's love surround you all.
#13 Ingrid Bowers Cannon 2019-03-09 01:05
Dennie and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. You all will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
#12 Counts 2019-03-08 14:28
To the Metts/Bedenbaugh Family: We send our love and prayers to all. May your wonderful memories help sustain you in the coming days. Jim and Jean
#11 June McCash 2019-03-08 13:39
Jim, my cousin, was the closest thing to a brother I ever had. I will miss him more than I can say. My deepest sympathy to his family, whom he loved so very much. Godspeed, Jim.
#10 Bill & Johnette Adam 2019-03-08 13:11
Phyllis, Jimmy & Dennie...We are sorry for your loss; we will keep you all in our thoughts & prayers. Bill & Johnette
#9 Shirley H. Rivers 2019-03-08 12:56
Dennie, praying for you and your family.
#8 KIM SHEALY 2019-03-08 11:14
Dennie, Ronnie and I are so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. You and your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We love you.
#7 Jerry and Annette 2019-03-08 11:13
Phyllis, we have been blessed to have you and Jim In our lives. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jerry and Annette
#6 Kellie Moore 2019-03-08 09:51
Dennie and family, Loren & I are sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Loren & Kellie
#5 Brice & Alice Boozer 2019-03-07 23:50
Dennie and family, Brice and I are sorry for your lost. May God give you strength in the difficult days ahead. God bless you and your family.
#4 Mollie Graham 2019-03-07 19:59
Dear Phyllis,I am so very sorry to hear about Jim My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Take care.Love and Blessings Mollie
#3 Becky Chapman 2019-03-07 17:54
Phyllis and family, So sorry to learn of Jim's death. You have my deepest sympathy. Will keep you in my prayers. With love. Becky.
#2 Robbie Koon DeFreese 2019-03-07 17:44
Mrs. Phyllis, Dennie, Todd, Corey & Family, we were so sorry to learn of Mr. Jim's passing. He was such a great guy. Continued prayers for your family during this difficult time. Fondly, Dan & Robbie
#1 Sheriff Lee Foster 2019-03-07 16:28
Our deepest sympathy is extended on the passing of this fine man. May a life well lived be his testament. Lee, Carol, Joseph and Amelia