Mr. James Junior Metcalf
July 14, 1921 – January 18, 2013
JAMES JUNIOR METCALF Shreveport, LA
In the early morning of Friday, January 18, 2013 James Junior Metcalf slipped gently from this earthy life at the Grace Home in Shreveport, La. with his daughter by his side to go to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He anticipated joining loved ones who had preceded him there - especially the love of his life, Mittie Marie Grigson Metcalf, for whom he cared through 13 years of illness...living out their marriage vows: "in sickness or in health...".
A memorial service honoring Mr. Metcalf's 91 years of life will be celebrated on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. at Centuries Memorial Funeral Home Chapel at 8801 Mansfield Road, Shreveport, Louisiana. The Associate/Senior pastor of Brookwood Baptist Church, Rev. John Harp, will minister. Visitation will be prior to that service from 3:00 p.m. until service time. The Burial will take place on Monday, January 21 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sylverino Church Cemetery in Texarkana, Arkansas.
James Metcalf was born in Ashdown, Arkansas on July 14,1921 and reared there by his parents, James Henry Metcalf and Rose Ella Brown Metcalf, where he played football in high school. James was retired from the United States Navy, a veteran of World War II and a Pearl Harbor survivor. "With the exception of the Suez Canal, I traveled around the world," he said, his ship having docked on both sides of that canal. After his Navy career ended in 1961, James went to work for Day and Zimmerman in Texarkana, Texas as a millwright from where he retired a second time.
He was for many years an active member of Cornerstone Baptist Church (formerly Calvary Baptist) in Texarkana, Arkansas, prior to his move to Shreveport, Louisiana in 2004 to be near his daughter and her family. He then joined Brookwood Baptist Church where he was a member of the Andrew Sunday School Class.
Besides his parents and his wife of 54 years, Mr. Metcalf was predeceased by an infant daughter, Mittie Ann Metcalf, and his only son, James David Metcalf. Three brothers, Henry, Arry and Cecil Metcalf and two sisters, Irene Ash Waggoner and Florence Metcalf also predeceased him. He is survived by his daughter, Marilyn Huber and her husband, Brian. Three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, precious to his heart, survive to cherish his memory and to tell his stories: Jonathan Huber and his wife, Staci, and their children, Haley, David and Paul Huber, of Arkadelphia, Arkansas; James Huber of Houston, Texas; and Emily Marie Huber Seale and husband, Matthew, and their daughter, Ella Claire Seale, (and a baby daughter due in the spring), of Bossier City, Louisiana. His dearly beloved sister, Jeraldine Metcalf Fuller, a sister-in-law, Edith Grigson, a brother-in-law, Brosie Grigson, in addition to numerous dear nieces and nephews, survive as well.
The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to the following: Carol Bullock, Martha Cook, and Loraine Lee of Brookwood's homebound ministry, who visited our daddy faithfully during his Shreveport years; The Glen Retirement Center staff and the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Home staff, who cared lovingly for him while he lived with them; and the staff of the Grace Home who have made these last days easier for daddy and for our family. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of his Sunday School Class, Asa Curtis' Andrew Class. Psalms 116:15 "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints."
- Visitation Sunday, January 20, 2013
- Funeral Service Sunday, January 20, 2013
- Graveside Service Monday, January 21, 2013
Mr. James Junior Metcalf
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John Scharch Jr
February 1, 2013
As the new Secretary of Bro. Metcalfs Lodge in Key West, Fl., Dade Lodge NO. 14 I am saddened to hear of his passing and will inform his brothers at the Lodge also. He was our longest tenured member at 64 years and 7 months. If there is anything we at the Lodge can assist the family with please let us know. Our address is Dade Lodge - 533 Eaton st. - Key West, Fl. 33040
Respectfully, John Scharch Jr. Sec.
January 30, 2013
Allan and I want you to know how sad we are to hear of your loss. I know he will be deeply missed.
Carol and Al Grigson
January 21, 2013
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Metcalf when he was at the Glen. He reminded me so much of my Daddy. We became instant friends and I enjoyed talking with him every time I saw him. He really loved to play bingo and seemed to enjoy life. He was a sweet precious man. I really miss him now when I volunteer out there.
January 20, 2013
I had the great pleasure of meeting James "Cat" Metcalf when I went to work at LSAAP, he was a very good millwright, a kind and caring man and one of the nicest people I have ever met. I want to send my condolences to his family and let them know he touched the lives of everyone he came in contact with. God now has a great man at his side. RIP Cat
January 20, 2013
Many fond memories from Calvery Baptist of Mr. Metcalf, Marie, David and Marilyn. May you and your family treasure your memories, as well. Thoughts and prayers to you, Marilyn, and your family.
For the Commander, Carroll R. Michaud
January 20, 2013
The Final Salute
“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.
This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to James Junior Metcalf our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for James. And to James it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during WW-II while serving in the U.S. Navy. James, you are a true patriot, who served with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family and country. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.
On behalf of the 1,261 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion, I extend our sympathies and our condolences to James' family and loved ones.
Stephen J. Lavery, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 S. Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109
January 20, 2013
What an honor to have known Mr. Metcalf. He was the strong man that sat in a pew on the right side of Calvary Baptist Church all my childhood years. He always had time to say Hello. I lost track of this wonderful man thru the years and then one day he came into Arkansas City Hall to rent a building for his annual family get together. I knew him instantly and when I told him who my parents were he quickly started asking me questions about my family, even after 30 years he remembered. You always knew what a wonderful Christian he was just by his attitude and his presence. He will be missed by many, many people but what a wonderful memory we have of knowing him. I know he is in heaven with his sweet Mrs. Metcalf and David.
Marilyn,you and your family are in my thoughts and and prayers.
January 19, 2013
"Let me put it like this" has been the beginning of many a wonderful story we have heard from Uncle James. Many of us still use the phrase and think of HIM each time the phrase comes out of our mouths. We know that he is in the best possible place with his wife and family who have gone on before him to heaven. Praise the Lord! Through his witness on earth, Uncle James has shown us what a Christian walk truly is: to love God with all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and to love others as much as you love yourself. So many times we have watched him as he cared for our grandparents, for our Aunt Marie (very few of us could have done the job he did with our aunt...truly amazing). To God be the Glory that we have gotten to witness such love on this earth.
To think that this man made it through Pearl Harbor and went on with the Navy for many years and that his wife endured his absence with such dignity, praying for him each day and night...there are not enough words to express our gratitude for their witness.
"Thank you, Lord, for the honor of knowing the man we knew by the name of Uncle James Metcalf. We know that You call him One of Your Own. We praise You, Heavenly Father, for his life and love. Amen."