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Herbert Leon Metcalf, age 66, 128 Honeycutt Road, Unicoi, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in Holston Valley Hospital.
He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County, a son of the late Pritchard and Ruby Bailey Metcalf Sr.
Mr. Metcalf was of the Baptist faith and was a loving and devoted husband, dad, and pappy.
He was a retired school bus driver for the Unicoi County School System with 21 years of service.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Pritchard Metcalf Jr.; eight sisters: Dell Rice, Alma Jean Metcalf, Hattie Lou Hughes, Cleo Leppanen, Betty Ray, Dorothy Smith, Vera Mae Wheeler and Wilma McIntosh.
Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 45 years, Wanda Jones Metcalf; four daughters: Karen Rios and husband, Craig, Unicoi, Susan Fenske and husband, Bret, Lakewood, Ohio, Amy Metcalf and fiance, Tyson Silvers, Unicoi, Randie Metcalf and fiance, P.J. Cook, Johnson City; six grandchildren: Nicholas Fenske and wife, Allie, Sarah Rios, Garrett Rios, Julia Fenske, Isabella Yates and Samuel Yates; one sister: Zell Rice, Mars Hill, N.C.; several nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Ronnie Smith, Unicoi; a special niece, who was like a sister, Wanda Briggs, Flag Pond, and a special friend, James Laughren, of Unicoi.
Funeral service was held at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, in the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Darren Shelton, the Rev. Craig Shelton, and the Rev. Steve Rice officiated.
Graveside service is at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Metcalf Cemetery in Flag Pond.
Active pallbearers were James Laughren, Ronnie Smith, Bret Fenske, P.J. Cook, Tyson Silvers and Craig Rios.
Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Metcalf family through a complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at
Robert Ledford Funeral Home and Chapel was in charge.