Mr. Alva Sylvester Metevia

March 20, 1917March 7, 2019

A. Sylvester Metevia accomplished many things in his 101 years

Born 3-20-1917 to 3-7-2019

Sylvester was raised in the Methodist Children’s Home in Detroit. He graduated from High School at the Henry Ford Trade School then he worked for Ford, Chrysler, and GM until he retired and moved to Cherokee Village, Arkansas. He was a Paramedic in Cherokee Village. He loved hunting with his son Ernie in Canada. After his son Norman died about 5 years ago, he moved into Legacy Assisted Living where he lived until his death. He loved singing and would sing to the ladies at Legacy every day. He also loved to travel and took many trips with his wife Arlene to Hawaii, Europe, and Alaska and also did a cruise. He was an avid bowler and golfer. He loved exercising which was inspired by the late Jack LeLane and Charles Atlas. He loved bingo and played bingo until last week before he died. He never got mad or swore. Sylvester married Robert’s Mom when Robert was 9 years old. He was a good Boy Scout leader and Robert achieved Eagle Scout while Dad was the leader. He is survived by his sons, Ernest (Ann) Morenz and Robert (Dianne) Metevia. Norman's wife, Lynda lives in Florida near one of her sons; he also leaves behind grandchildren, Kemberli (Jerome) Burkey, Christine (Mike) Kovacs, and Troy (Maureen) Winslow, Cory (Adrienne) Winslow, and Michelle and Cheri; and many great grandchildren of whom many are here today, and he loved all of them. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Arlene; his son, Norman; grandson, Mike; and great grandson, Gordon. The greatest thing he did was at 101 years old, last year he accepted the Lord as his savior and is now with the Lord for eternity.


  • Visitation at Funeral Home Saturday, March 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 9, 2019

Mr. Alva Sylvester Metevia

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Ann Lindner

March 9, 2019

I'm a childhood friend of Dianne (Stoner) Metevia and have also enjoyed getting to know her husband. Robert and his family have my deepest sympathies. With love and prayers, Ann (Walstrum) Lindner

Ken Binder

March 7, 2019

Uncle Sylvester's archery range in his basement. I always thought that was cool. Also my dad took Uncle Sylvester and I up to the cabin one year. Dad set us up in the neighbors garage bow hunting for deer. I don't think Uncle Sylvester thought that this was real hunting however he didn't mind the heated garage considering it was December.