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Date of Issue: September 20, 2007

Obituaries

The Rev. James M. Metts Jr.

The Rev. James M. Metts Jr., 76, of Bradenton, died Sept. 12.

Born in Water Valley, Miss., the Rev. Metts ministered in churches in Alabama, Mississippi and Florida, including Island Baptist Church, Anna Maria; First Baptist Church in Marianna, Fla.; First Baptist Church, Bradenton; and Northwest Baptist Church, Bradenton. He graduated from Benford High School in Duck Hill, Miss., received his bachelor of science degree from Mississippi College and his master’s degree in theology from New Orleans Baptist Theology Seminary. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Rotary Club, was active with the chamber of commerce and served as moderator of the Ministerial Associations. He was past-president of the Bradenton Kiwanis Club.

Visitation was Sept. 14 and services Sept. 15. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife of 54 years Martha A.; son Jed and wife Linda of Elkin, N.C.; daughter Kathy of Bradenon; sisters Frances Dickerson of Tupelo, Miss., and Mary Evelyn Owen of Clarksdale, Miss.; and grandchildren Jay Martin, Joshua Martin Jim-Ed and Carly.

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