Members of the Supreme Court Bench, headed by Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor, the Association of Trial Judges of Liberia, the Liberia National Bar Association, and other prominent legal practitioners, are expected to join family members of former Ad Hoc Supreme Court Judge, the late William Boima Metzger, Sr., in the little town of Damballa, Porkpa District, Grand Cape Mount County, to bid him farewell as he takes his eternal rest.
According to the funeral arrangements, the remains of Judge Metzger will be removed from the Samuel A. Stryker Funeral Home on Thursday, December 19, and taken to the Temple of Justice for one hour, where employees will view his remains. The body will then be taken to the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral on Broad Street for three hours of wake-keeping starting at 6:00 p.m.
At 9:30 a.m. on Friday, December 20, the Funeral Mass will be held at the Trinity Cathedral. Immediately thereafter, the body will be taken to the St. Paul Episcopal Church in Tubmanburg, Bomi County for viewing. Judge Metzger's remains will then be taken to his hometown of Damballa, where another night of wake-keeping will take place on Friday night.
According to a release from the Grand Lodge of Ancient and Accepted Masons, Republic of Liberia, the Most Worshipful Grand Master, Worshipful Brother James A.A. Pierre (32 degree), will perform the Masonic rituals at the burial site on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., followed by interment at the Damballa Cemetery.
The release said rituals by the Grand Master was in line with a request by the late 32 degree holder, Rt. Worshipful Brother Metzger, Grand Junior Warden and Honorary Deputy Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient and Accepted Masons of the Republic of Liberia.
Judge Metzger died on November 26, 2013 at the John F. Kennedy Medical Hospital aged 88, following months of illness.
As Traffic Court Judge in the late 1960s, the late Judge Metzger rose to the rank of a highly respected trial judge. During the interim leadership of Charles Gyude Bryant, he was among judges appointed to serve on the Supreme Court Bench as Ad Hoc Judges.
He leaves to mourn his loss his widow, Bernice Stubblefield-Metzger, several children and foster children including William Jr., Wayne (USA), Winifred, Wilhelmina, Maima, Kula, Wilmot (USA), Jenneh, Wilfred, Clarence (USA), Mrs. Miatta Metzger-Sherman, Evangeline Metzger–Wotorson, and several other family members.