Laveda Faye (Bearden) Metz

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Faye Metz

Faye Metz, 94, passed away September 23, 2020, in Danbury, Conn. Faye was born May 8, 1926, in Marmaduke, Ark., the daughter of Elbert and Ester (Hopper) Jenkins.

Faye always loved school. She graduated from Marmaduke High School in 1943, where she was a member of the Beta Club and played basketball.

After high school Faye moved to St. Louis to work. She lived there until 1945, when her first love returned from his World War II post overseas. Faye married Alvie “Doc” Bearden in April 1945, and moved to Florida until Doc was discharged for the Army Air Corps. Over the next five years, Faye and Doc moved among Chicago, Piggott, Ark. and Detroit, ultimately settling in Southgate, Mich., where they raised their two daughters.

Sadly, Doc passed away in 1961. After Doc’s death, Faye stayed in Michigan and over the next 18 years, she raised her daughters and worked in the accounting departments of several small companies and the Burroughs Corporation.

In 1978, Faye reconnected with a friend from Piggott, James V. Metz. Faye and Jim married in 1979, and made their home in Pearl, Miss. For the next 10 years, Faye and Jim worked in Mississippi and then retired, traveling the country in their motor home and spending their winters in Frostproof, Fla. After their years of traveling, they settled back into their home in Pearl, where Faye loved to work in her yard and grow tomatoes.

In 2018, Faye moved to an assisted living center in Danbury, Conn., to be closer to her daughters. Though she moved to New England, her heart was always in her southern homes.

Faye is survived by her daughters, Sondra Bearden and Theresa Bearden-Rettger (Michael) of Ridgefield, Conn.; step-children, Paul Metz (Melanie) of Birmingham, Ala., Jamie Metz (Fagan) of Lake, Miss., Tim Metz (Joy) of Crystal Springs, Miss. and Tom Metz, of Pearl, Miss.; grandchildren, Sarah (Hugo), Stephen (Jamaul) and Brian (Lauren) Rettger, five step-grandchildren and seven step- great-grandchildren.

Faye was predeceased by both husbands; her sister, Ophie Stokes; her brothers, George Junior Jenkins and Dwight Jenkins; and a stepson, James T. Metz.

A memorial service for the family will be held on Oct. 24, at the Ridgebury Congregational Church, Ridgefield, Conn. Faye’s final resting place will be in the Piggott Memorial Garden, Piggott, Ark., once it is safe for loved ones to travel and be together. A graveside service and gathering of family and friends will take place then.

In Faye’s memory please do an act of kindness for someone in need.