Jordin Merit Metcalf
Jordin Merit Metcalf: Son of Rod and Amy Metcalf
Obituary for Jordin Merit Metcalf
Jordin Merit Metcalf age 18 of Waleska, GA passed away
Saturday June 20, 2015. Funeral Services are scheduled for 2:30PM
Friday June 26, 2015 from Canton First United Methodist Church with
interment to follow in the Old Macedonia Campground Cemetery. Reverend
Jim McRae will officiate. Visitation hours will be Thursday June 25,
2015 from 2:00PM- 4:00PM and 6:00PM- 8:00PM at Darby Funeral Home.
Jordin is survived by his father and mother; Rod and Amy Metcalf,
Waleska, GA, brothers; Johnathan Metcalf, Waleska, GA, sisters; Nikki
Rogers, Acworth, GA, Chesley Brown, Acworth, GA, Grandparents; Harold
and Judy Metcalf, Shepherd, MI, Joseph Meyer, Canton, GA, birth mother;
Lisa Rogers, Douglas, GA, aunt and uncle; Kerrick and Melissa Kontio,
Holland, MI, and several cousins, nieces and nephews. The caring staff
of Darby Funeral Home is in charge of these arrangements.
Cherokee Tribune (Canton, GA)
‘A servant’s heart’: Waleska teen who died Father’s
Day weekend remembered
Published: June 24, 2015
The father of a Waleska teen who died this weekend said his son will
be remembered for having a servant’s heart and an ability to
make people laugh. Jordin Merit Metcalf, 18, of Waleska died Saturday
when a truck hit him from behind while the teen was walking his bicycle
on the side of a road in Cartersville, Georgia Department of Public
Safety spokeswoman Tracey Watson said.
The funeral service is set for Friday at Canton First United Methodist
Rod Metcalf and his wife, Amy, adopted Jordin and his older brother,
Johnathan, in 2011, after the brothers spent a few years living at
the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch in Waleska.
Metcalf said there will always be a hole in his heart, describing
the teen as “a great young man.”
“Jordin loved to laugh, he had an infectious laughter. He never
met a stranger, he could have a conversation with anyone who was willing
to talk to him. He had a huge servant’s heart,” the teen’s
Metcalf said Jordin loved the outdoors, loved his family and loved
Christ. Jordin Metcalf also played on several recreational baseball
and basketball teams and tried his hand at football.
A few months ago, Metcalf said he had a talk with his son. During
the talk, Metcalf said Jordin told him he knew Jesus Christ, he knew
his father loved him unconditionally and he saw the opportunities
his father had given him to be successful.
“I can’t imagine what life’s going to be like without
him,” Metcalf said, adding that at least the family knew he
was “in God’s arms.”
Before the brothers became part of the Metcalf family, they lived
at the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch in Waleska, a home for boys in the
state foster care system. While at Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, Executive
Director Zach Blend said he knew the brothers well.
Blend said Jordin will be remembered for being bright and joyful,
his infectious sense of humor and for putting a strong importance
on his relationship with God.
Jordin would always jump into service work at the ranch, and was a
brother not only to his biological brother, but also to his fellow
housemates, Blend said.
Along with his service to the community and friendships with other
boys at Goshen Valley, Blend said the Waleska teen also showed great
“While Jordin was here he had his appendix taken out,”
Blend recalled. “I remember the trip to the emergency room where,
as a staff, we stayed with him through the night. The courage with
which he handled that circumstance was unexpected.”
Don and Terry Frazee were Jordin and John’s house parents at
the ranch, and Blend said “in many ways” the Frazees prepared
the brothers for the opportunity to be loved by their adoptive parents.
Blend also said Jordin attended Liberty Hill Baptist Church in Canton
during his time at the ranch, and said the teen was very involved
with the youth group there.
“He was very much loved,” Blend said. “And I know
he had a great love for Rod and Amy, his parents. And a great love
for his brother John.”
Many memories came to mind about Jordin, his father said.
The family has a boat on Lake Arrowhead, and the teen loved water
sports, his dad said.
“He immediately took to the water,” Metcalf said of his
son. “He picked up water skiing almost immediately.”
Metcalf said Jordin got back in the boat after learning to water ski
and asked when he would be able to use one ski instead of two, and
the father said he told Jordin it would probably be a couple weeks.
“A few minutes later he got back out there on the skis and before
I knew it he kicked off one,” Metcalf said, adding that his
son went for quite a while on the single ski. “He got a big
smile on his face when I had to say ‘OK son, I was wrong.’”
The young Waleska man also loved to travel, Metcalf said, adding he
was able to go on a few cruises and visit several other states in
Another memory Metcalf had of his son was once when he was in Atlanta
ministering to homeless people.
“I remember him grabbing the hand of a homeless man and leading
the group of people he was with in a prayer for that man’s safety,”
When the last big snow storm hit the area, Metcalf said he and Jordin
got stranded at Woodstock Middle School where the father is a counselor.
He and his son ended up staying to help students who were stranded,
and Metcalf said the other teachers commented about how Jordin was
helping to serve the students and clean up after them.
A funeral service is scheduled for Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Canton First
United Methodist Church, at 930 Lower Scott Mill Road, with internment
to follow at the Old Macedonia Campground Cemetery. the Rev. Jim McRae
Visitation is set for Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at
Darby Funeral Home in downtown Canton.
Jordin Metcalf is survived by his parents, Rod and Amy Metcalf; brother,
Johnathan Metcalf; sisters, Nikki Rogers of Acworth and Chesley Brown
of Acworth; grandparents, Harold and Judy Metcalf of Michigan, and
Joseph Meyer of Canton; birth parents, Lisa Rogers of Douglas; aunt
and uncle, Kerrick and Melissa Konito of Michigan; and several cousins,
nieces and nephews.
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