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Hardage - Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home and Cemetery

850 St Johns Bluff Road North, Jacksonville, FL

OBITUARY

James Robert Metzler

April 22, 1935October 4, 2019
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On October 4, 2019, after a brief illness, the Penn State Nittany Lions lost their number one fan, James “Jim” Robert Metzler, 84, of Jacksonville. He was born April 22,1935 in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania to the late Ruth Myers and James Robert Metzler. He graduated from Mt. Joy High School in 1953 and Penn State University, College of Agriculture Sciences in 1957. He proudly served his county in the United States Navy with a rank of LTjg. Because Jim never met a stranger, he was a successful salesman and currently working in Specialty Advertising, having won numerous sales awards over the years. He was a member of Fort Caroline Baptist Church. Jim loved his football, was an avid Nittany Lions fan, and in 1995 became a Jaguars fan as well. However, he always made sure everyone knew how his Nittany Lions were doing. Today, Jim would be bragging about them being undefeated so far this year! He also enjoyed genealogy, traveling, his Sudoku puzzles, and entertaining everyone with his stories, often laughing before finishing the story or delivering the punch line. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mary; his three children: daughters: Kimberly Metzler and husband Johnny Haynes of Winston Salem, NC; Michelle Saunders of Greensboro, NC; son, James and wife Sonia, of Archdale, N.C; stepdaughter: Cathy Smith, stepsons: David Smith, and John Smith (Misty), all of Jacksonville; five grandchildren: D. Michael Swartzel, Jr, Megan Saunders, James Haynes, Michaela Saunders, and Jack Metzler, step-grandchildren Lauren Nash (Rusty), Lindsey Yarusso (Patrick), Melissa (Baron) McWright, Wesley Smith and Chole Statkus, numerous extended family members and friends. The family will receive friends Friday October 11, 2019 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. at Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home, 850 St John’s Bluff North. A funeral service will be held Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 10:00 am with Pastor Richard Powell officiating at Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home, 850 St John’s Bluff North. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens. Online condolences may be made at diginitymemorial.com. While flowers will be accepted, memorials may also be made to the Melanoma Research Alliance, 730 15th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20005.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 12, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, October 12, 2019

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Janice Askwith

October 13, 2019

Dear Mary and family.
Jim was always so kind and gentle with anyone in our church. Please know that I'm praying for you for peace in knowing Jim is with JESUS laughing a good time. Let GOD lift you up today and in the weeks to come when you think of him. Blessings Janice Askwith

Norma Herr Sorrels

October 13, 2019

God rest your soul, Jim. We went to school together, graduated together. Bless your dear family.

Linda Beeson

October 10, 2019

Sorry for your loss. We will continue to pray for the family. Bless you all and be safe when traveling. Boyce and Linda Beeson

Evelynn Livingston

October 8, 2019

Mary and family, I’m sending you my love and prayers during this time of grief. May God comfort you and keep you. I’ll always have such fond memories of Jim. He will be missed.

JoAnne Stenski

October 7, 2019

Dearest Mary,
Please accept our deepest sympathy. Jerry and I always enjoyed being in Jim's company. He had a quick wit and added fun to the conversation. He will be greatly missed. Know that you and his family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Joyce Baker

October 7, 2019

Mary, with thoughts of love to gently remind you that in this time of sorrow you are deeply cared for, even when our words don't come out right. Trusting God to hold you very close at this time when you need Him the most. I loved teasing Jim and he was always quick with a funny remark.
With sincere sympathy, Joyce Baker

Nestor & Myrtle Moscoso

October 6, 2019

Mary, Nestor and I always enjoyed Jim and his friendly personality and the fun he shared with us at Pioneers. Please accept our sympathy for your loss.

Billy Johnson

October 6, 2019

Mary so sorry for your loss always enjoyed workin with Jim at the pharmacy and seeing him at church God be with you and your family

Violet Cheeseman

October 6, 2019

Mary praying for you and asking God to give you peace . Jim will be missed he was always friendly . We will miss him at the pioneers dinners and entertainment he loved taking part in the performance . He was good at doing his part and was always a good sport. Violet Cheeseman

Phyllis Moss

October 6, 2019

Mary, my condolences to you and the family. I will truly miss him. He and I always greeted each other at church with "hello neighbor" followed by a big smile, laugh and hug.

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Biography

On October 4, 2019, after a brief illness, the Penn State Nittany Lions lost their number one fan, James “Jim” Robert Metzler, 84, of Jacksonville. He was born April 22,1935 in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania to the late Ruth Myers and James Robert Metzler. He graduated from Mt. Joy High School in 1953 and Penn State University, College of Agriculture Sciences in 1957. He proudly served his county in the United States Navy with a rank of LTjg. Because Jim never met a stranger, he was a successful salesman and currently working in Specialty Advertising, having won numerous sales awards over the years. He was a member of Fort Caroline Baptist Church.
Jim loved his football, was an avid Nittany Lions fan, and in 1995 became a Jaguars fan as well. However, he always made sure everyone knew how his Nittany Lions were doing. Today, Jim would be bragging about them being undefeated so far this year! He also enjoyed genealogy, traveling, his Sudoku puzzles, and entertaining everyone with his stories, often laughing before finishing the story or delivering the punch line. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mary; his three children: daughters: Kimberly Metzler and husband Johnny Haynes of Winston Salem, NC; Michelle Saunders of Greensboro, NC; son, James and wife Sonia, of Archdale, N.C; stepdaughter: Cathy Smith, stepsons: David Smith, and John Smith (Misty), all of Jacksonville; five grandchildren: D. Michael Swartzel, Jr, Megan Saunders, James Haynes, Michaela Saunders, and Jack Metzler, step-grandchildren Lauren Nash (Rusty), Lindsey Yarusso (Patrick), Melissa (Baron) McWright, Wesley Smith and Chole Statkus, numerous extended family members and friends.
The family will receive friends Friday October 11, 2019 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. at Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home, 850 St John’s Bluff North. A funeral service will be held Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 10:00 am with Pastor Richard Powell officiating at Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home, 850 St John’s Bluff North. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens. Online condolences may be made at diginitymemorial.com. While flowers will be accepted, memorials may also be made to the Melanoma Research Alliance, 730 15th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20005.