Carey Montgomery Metts

July 4, 1940 - September 28, 2023

Carey M. Metts, 83 of Mills River died Thursday, September 28, 2023 after a period of declining health. He was born in Brooklyn, NY a son of the late Mellicue M. Metts and Anna Shea Metts. Before moving to the Buncombe County area in 1974, he spent many years in Tampa Florida. He attended Florida State University, before enlisting in the Coast Guard during the Vietnam War.

He met his wife of 59 years, Madeline Byrnes Metts when they were 13 and 15 years old and later married in 1963. Carey was a real estate broker and later ran a Small Business brokerage company, Metts Business Broker for over 30 years. He was a member of Brevard Church of God and with his family helped found Casa de Amor Orphanage in El Salvador many years ago. A big kid at heart, over the years Carey spent countless hours coaching Little League and Youth Football, mainly in the East Asheville area.

Surviving is his wife, Madeline Metts of Mills River; children Robert Karl Metts and wife Leasa of Marshall, Lenny Metts of Asheville, Curtis Metts of Florida, Carey M. Metts, II and wife Loren of Orlando, FL, Bryan Metts and wife Dana of Chesnee, SC, and Loretta Parshall of Pensacola, FL; a sister Jan Sylvester and husband Frank of Roswell, GA; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at 11am on Tuesday in the Chapel of Church Street Funeral Home. Pastor Kevin Travis will officiate. Burial will follow at Mills River United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service in the chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Childrens Home of El Salvador Casa de Amor Orphanage, or by clicking HERE.

Funeral Service

Tuesday, October 3, 2023
11:00 AM

Church Street Funeral Chapel - Directions
125 South Church Street
Hendersonville, North Carolina 28792


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Church Street Funeral Home - Directions
125 S. Church Street
  • Tuesday, October 3, 2023

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  • October 02, 2023
    Pastor Jonathan and Sandra Stewart says:
    Lenny and family, We are so sorry for the passing of your father. It is a comfort to know you will see him again in heaven. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • October 02, 2023
    Antoine Ignizio says:
    Dearest Madeline, Carey was a good man. He will truly be missed but always remembered by our family. Prayers for you and your family Antoine

  • October 01, 2023
    Roger Parker says:
    So sorry for your loss praying for you and your family

  • September 30, 2023
    Crystal Watson says:
    Mr. Metts was an amazing person. He was loving, supportive, outgoing, and always had a smile on his face. He loved everyone and wasn’t afraid to show it. He was a great son, dad, grandpa, husband, child of God, leader and man. He will be greatly missed. Until we meet again rest easy. I love you.

  • September 29, 2023
    Joey and Kathy Luther says:
    Carey and Madeline Metts took us under their wings back in 1981. We were new, baby Christians attending the West Asheville Assembly of God. Many Sundays we went out to lunch with the Metts. They were instrumental in shepherding us as we grew in our walk with Christ. Around 1989 or 1990, Carey and Madeline visited us in Northwest Arkansas. We were part of a ministry there and had started a home for unwed mothers. I remember Carey standing in the driveway emotionally sharing with us how deeply he desired to start a children’s home for hurting kids. And then…..he did. In 2001 Casa de Amor was born in El Salvador thanks to our Heavenly Father using His dear children, Carey and Madeline. Carey saw that dream come true and it continues today. How many lives dear Carey touched! Including ours. Thank you Carey! See you soon.