Norma S. Metts, 84, formerly of Cinquapin, passed from this life Monday, May 16, 2022, at her home. Mrs. Metts was preceded in death by her loving husband, Carl W. Metts; her father Norman S. Smith; her mother, Mavis Brown Smith Baysden; and her step-father, James S. Baysden.
Norma was born Dec. 12, 1937, in the city of Beulaville in Duplin County, to the late Norma Smith and Mavis Brown Smith Baysden. She graduated from Richlands High School in 1956, where she was the 1956 Homecoming Queen. She married the late Carl W. Metts July 4, 1958. As a devout Christian, Norma, served people in many ways throughout her life. She taught Sunday school, taught Bible courses at a prison in N.C. and helped deliver Meals on Wheels. In her spare time, she loved writing poetry and cooking.
Norma worked several jobs during her life.She worked at the Marine Corp. Exchange at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville; Belk’s Department Store in Wilson; was Secretary of Bridge Maintenance of Brunswick; and she retired as a Commercial Loan Officer with United Carolina Bank in Whiteville.
Norma will be missed in many ways. Knowing she is finally with her Lord and Savior and not suffering the effects of COPD, gives us comfort and peace. We will always remember family vacations, holidays and her wonderful cooking. She was devoted to her family and loved them dearly.
A celebration of the life of Norma Smith Metts will be held at a later date in Jacksonville, N.C.
She is survived by her two sons, Walt (Vickie) of Chinquapin and Kevin Metts (Lisa) of Saint Petersburg, Fla.; three grandsons, Aaron Metts of Chadbourn, Eric Metts (Brittani) of Castle Hayne and Jacob Metts (Ashley) of Orlando, Fla.; one granddaughter, Kimberly Metts and husband, Bradley Leamer, of Saint Petersburg, Fla.; and one great-granddaughter, Abigail S. Leamer. She is also survived by her beloved sister, Sadie Baysden Ervin of Richlands; her brother, Sutton Baysden (Patti) of Hubert; and of course, her beloved fur baby and constant companion, Caesar.