Gary took his final free fall on November 19, 2019, after a long battle with cancer, with his loving daughter, Marciea, by his side and loving family nearby. He went peacefully in the comfort of his own home.
Gary was preceded in death by his father, Harold J. Metz, of Glenville, along with many other family members and friends.
Gary is survived by his mother, Beulah G. Metz, of Butchers Fork, sister, Anita Carder, of Butchers Fork, Charlie's son, Tyler Metz, of Butchers Fork, Anita's daughter, Trisha Stringer and her daughters, Lilly and Maggie, of Buckhannon. His greatest accomplishments were his children, and grandchildren, daughter, Marciea L. Jenkins, and grandson, Hayden J. Collins, of Glenville, daughter, Brittany M. Jenkins, and grandson, Hayden E. Humphrey, of Saint Petersburg, his son, Gary B. Jenkins, and granddaughter, Braysley, of Kitzmiller, MD, grandson, Gary L. Jenkins, and granddaughter, Hayley A. Jenkins, of Glenville, his step-daughter, Julie P. Lowther, and step-grandchildren, Brandon L. Pyles and Samantha B. Pyles, of Auburn.
Gary was born in France to Beulah and Joe Metz during their service in the U.S. Army. Gary joined the Army at 18 and with hard work and perserverence, he became SGT. of the Heavy Equipment Division. He was awarded for his excellent marksmanship among others before being honorably discharged. He was a career logger, jack of all trades, and conqueror of most. He had a love for motocross and the great outdoors, whether hunting, fishing or hiding Easter Eggs. He enjoyed being constructively destructive, tearing down the old and repurposing it into something beautiful and useful. Free falling 120 mph for one mile and soaring like a bird was one of the greatest thrills he enjoyed. Skydiving was a passion he shared with family and friends multiple times. He always said, “You gotta be tough when you're dumb and dumb when you're tough.”
Gary chose to donate his body to the Human Gift Registry at WVU.
On behalf of Gary's family, we want to give a special thank you to Cindy Parker, his girlfriend, who stood by his side over the past couple years giving him comfort and love. There will not be funeral services since he donated his body. Although, when his remains are returned to the family, there will be a gathering of family and friends to celebrate what a great man he was, which will be announced. Thank you to everyone who was there for our family to help us through this difficult time.