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Joseph Franklin Metts Jr.

January 10, 1940October 14, 2020
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Joseph Franklin Metts, 80, of Reelsboro, passed away at CarolinaEast Health Center on Wednesday, October 14, 2020.

Joe was a member of Reelsboro United Methodist Church and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who had a passionate heart for his family, especially the love of his life, Marie, for whom he cared for during her difficult illness. Joe was a self-taught entrepreneur who had several business ventures during his life but was most known for his garment business, which he dearly loved. He was dedicated to his work and always strived to make a better life for his family. We can rejoice knowing that he has been reunited with his lifelong best friend and wife, Marie Metts, in heaven.

He was the son of the late Joseph Martin Metts and Hattie Mae Jarman Metts. His brothers and sisters are Ivey (d) and Pat Metts Sr., Hilda (d) and Edgar Futrell, Sidney and Lucy Metts Sr., Frederick and Pumpkin Smith, Carlton and Anne Metts, Ray Metts, Faye and Chester Heath, Nelson and Melba Metts, Gene (d) and Annette Metts Sr., Bruce and Thelma Metts and Baby Gladys Metts (d).

Surviving family include his children, Joseph B. Metts (Carrie), Frederick Leroy Hardison, Jr. (Donna), Cindy Saulter (Dennis), David Hardison (Paula), and Tina Metts, Shelly Leonard; eight grandchildren, Christen Lee (Justin), Courtney Finch (Cody), Jessica Hardison, Felecia West, Crystal Homer (Skyler) and Kimberly Saulter, Taylor Metts and Joseph A. Metts; and twelve great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 21st at Cotten Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, October 22nd at Cotten Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Rex Bennett officiating. Burial will follow at Sand Hill Cemetery with the Reverend Riley Green officiating.

As a 27 year cancer fighter and survivor, the family suggests that memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers be made in his name to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are in the care of Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, October 22, 2020

  • Burial (Following Funeral Service)

    Thursday, October 22, 2020


Joseph Franklin Metts Jr.

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William Elliott

October 21, 2020

I met Joe thru my wife when she worked for him at his garment company. Later years we bought property next to a property of Joe's. Some years later Joe and Marie built a house there and we became friends not just neighbors. RIP my friend.

Ray Metts, Jr.

October 20, 2020

Joey, Frederick, Cindy, David, and Tina,

I am so very sorry for your loss. I am especially sorry that we can not be there to spend time to heal and comfort you all, as a family. Please let me know if there is anything that we can do. We have lost a great man, but Heaven has gained an angel.

Love you all,

Ray Metts, Jr., Erika Humphreys, and Family

Donna Riggs

October 19, 2020

RIP Mr. Joe. Prayers and comfort to the family. Your dad is one of the finest men I have ever known. He always had a smile -- no matter the health challenges he faced, or Marie--that smile was always thre. He always hugged Mom when he came to Bojangles--and he always had that big bright smile. Heaven is a brighter place today because he is there. God bless all of you. Donna Riggs

Joey Jarvis

October 18, 2020

I met joe when I was hired at Metts garments I was a material spreader also did a little work down at the Ice cream place he kept me busy and off the streets .Metts Garments is where I found love for country music me and David all day long singing country songs til this day I still sing Johnny daddy was taking him fishing LOL to me Joe was a Good man To Tina ,David ,Fred,Joey and Shelly May God bless you all .

Vikki Grady

October 18, 2020

So sorry for this family's loss. I did not know him personally but he was my moms 1st cousin and they spoke often via phone. God bless you all!!

Pam Toler

October 18, 2020

You will missed Joe. Thank you for all you done for my girls. I know you are pain free and back with Marie. Until we meet again I love you. It doesn’t seem real:(

Ruth Ligon

October 18, 2020

My name is Ruth Jones Ligon formerly Ruth Jones Glasper , I worked at Metts Garment and also in his DayCare at Metts Garment in New Bern in the 1980s. I was known as Ruth Jones Glasper at the time.

I am sorry for your loss!

I used to see Joe and Marie at the store., they would stop and we would chat for a few minutes. Then I would see him and he would always speak to me. He remembered me. I left the sewing room and he asked me to work with his sister-in law, Lucy Metts. They were very nice to me!

Janie Fulcher

October 18, 2020

I worked for Joe many moons ago! He was a character for sure! Condolences to his family and all who knew him. He will be sorely missed by many!

Carl Labus

October 18, 2020

Joe always greeted people with a genuine smile and a friendly handshake. He was a true gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Margaret Henries

October 17, 2020

We miss you and love you,hope you and Marie are holding hands. I’ll see you again..


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