OBITUARY

William Perry Metheny Jr.

June 2, 1944May 31, 2019

William Perry Metheny, Jr, died May 31, 2019, after courageously battling lung cancer and lymphomas for many years. He was born June 2, 1944, in La Plata, Maryland, and grew up in Camden, Delaware, graduating from Caesar Rodney High School in 1962. He then joined the United States Marine Corps, serving on active duty and in the Reserves for 32 years, including a tour in Vietnam.

After his active duty military service, he joined the Prince William County Police Department and served honorably for 25 years. While raising his children, he served as a Boy Scout Troop Leader, as well as actively supporting the Girl Scout Troop led by his wife. Bill was a member of the John A. Lejeune Masonic Lodge Number 350, in Quantico, and served as Grand Master in 1975. He was a founding board member of the Prince William County Retired Police Officers Association. He was also a Trustee of the Prince William County Supplemental Plan for Police Officers and Uniformed Fire and Rescue Personnel. At his church he founded a cancer support group and walked with and led others prayerfully on their cancer journey.

Preceding Bill in death were his first wife Bonnie Patterson Metheny, his parents William P. and Elsie Metheny, and brother Eugene Metheny.

He leaves his wife Donna, son William P. (Lori) Metheny, III, daughters Colleen (Tim) Painter, Cathy (Scott) Fillis, and stepsons William Humphreys and Jeff (Shelagh) Humphreys. He is also the grandfather of William P. Metheny, IV, Hannah and Lane Metheny, Amanda Flick, Katie Freeman, Rebecca Painter, Ryan Fillis, Sarah, Jenna and Dana Humphreys, and 2 great grandsons – Jon Freeman and William P. Metheny, V. Along with his sister Carole (Robert) Campbell and brother Robert (Linda) Metheny and several nephews and nieces.

Bill enjoyed singing in several church choirs, most recently at Ebenezer UMC in Stafford, where he was a member, as well as with the Rappahannock Choral Society for several years.

He was known for his love of gardening and his talent in woodworking, completing many beautiful projects, including cherished cradles for his grandchildren. Always the jokester, family and friends knew to expect the unexpected from him. Bill loved to care for and serve others, to spend time meditating on God’s word, and trusted the faithfulness of his Savior, Jesus Christ.

Visitation will be at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Home, 186 Shelton Shop Road, Stafford, Virginia on Friday, June 7, 6:00-8:00 pm. A memorial service celebrating Bill’s life is scheduled for Saturday, June 8 at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 161 Embrey Mill Road, Stafford, Virginia at 10:00 am, followed by a private interment. A reception will immediately follow the memorial service in the Gathering Room of the church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions, in honor of Bill, to one of these organizations that Bill cherished:

Rappahannock Choral Society, PO Box 716, Locust Grove, VA 22508 Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 161 Embrey Mill Rd, Stafford VA 22554 https://my.ebenezerumc.org/default.aspx?page=3406 James E. Fisher Memorial Scholarship Fund, 6012 Omega Ln, Manassas, VA 20112

Services

  • Visitation Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, June 8, 2019

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Jeanne West Ogden

June 10, 2019

I just found out about Sgt Methemy and was so sad. He was my Cpl for many years at Prince William County Police Department and I have nothing but respect for him. He was a great supervisor and an amazing mentor. When I faced cancer he reached out and extended care and concern that I truly know was heartfelt. I will dearly miss this special man.
Rest In Peace Bill

Dolores Shifflett-Haley

June 7, 2019

Colleen, Bill, and Cathy, I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad. I pray God’s peace will surround you and comfort you during this difficult time and in the days ahead.

Donald Ritenour

June 7, 2019

Bill served as Worshipful Master of John A. Lejeune Masonic Lodge the year before me. We had a great working relationship and spent many evenings and some weekend time together. He was a true friend and Brother on whom I could always rely for assistance. He will be sorely missed by many.

Annette Thomas

June 5, 2019

Your Prince William East Gideon and Auxillary Members were notified by Alicia Austin, VA Auxilary Chaplain of the passing of Mr. Matheny. We are sending our prayers and condolence to the family. God knows our needs and God will provide your needs during your time of sorrow.
Annette Thomas
Prince William East
Auxiliary President

Arthur Maroney

June 3, 2019

Bill and I served in the bass section since the inception of RCS. We were the "class clowns" and shared humor and voice together. I will miss his fellowship, but I'm sure he is sharing jokes, between notes in heaven.

Julie Lampkins

June 2, 2019

I met Bill through the cancer support group at Ebenezer UMC. My late husband, John, had cancer too. We had many interesting conversations at the meetings and Bill always made sure we kept our eyes and hearts on God. His faith helped us carry on and I appreciate him so very much for that. We all were going through very difficult times, but our friendships made us feel less alone.

Much love to all of you who knew and loved Bill too.

Hal Litton

June 1, 2019

I worked with Bill at the Prince William County Police Department. He was a tremendous person to be around. Good sense of humor too. We’re all going to miss him. As a brother in Christ, I know I’ll see my friend again and I’ll work with him again forever.

Richard Leonard

June 1, 2019

On behalf of the Prince William County retired Police Officers Association I pass along our heartfelt thanks and condolences to Bill's family for sharing him with us. He helped found our organization and set the example for all who followed in his footsteps. Bill represented the Police Department and USMC with honor, distinction and professionalism. He was all we aspired to be and his loss is especially difficult for all who knew and served with him. A true leader and gentleman. His legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Rest in peace my friend.

Wayne Stewart

June 1, 2019

Bill certainly was one of the good ones. He was always friendly to everyone and he loved to laugh. I enjoyed the times I got to work with him at PWC and will always remember him. My sincere condolences to the family on your loss. Rest in Peace friend.

Pete Barlow

May 31, 2019

Great man great leader. Semper Fi Marine

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