Janis Metcalf

Janis Metcalf, 81, of Bryan, passed away Sunday morning March 2, 2014 at her residence. Her family will receive guests during a visitation from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Thursday, March 6, at First United Methodist Church in Bryan, with interment to follow at the Aggie Field of Honor in the College Station Memorial Cemetery.

Janis was born March 1, 1933, in Athens, Texas, to Reuben and Annie Laura Hutcheson.
She attended East Texas State University where she received her degree in education. She taught for 42 years with 38 years being in Bryan ISD. She was named Teacher of the Year in 1978, and was a perennial favorite in the “Best Teacher” category for the Bryan Daily Eagle. She shared her love for learning with generations of Bryan residents, and taught, in some families, three different generations. She was known for her compassion, her generosity and her sense of humor. The legacy she left with Bryan ISD and the number of students she impacted cannot easily be calculated. She also was a friend and mentor to many younger teachers over her career. Her only goal was to provide the best environment for the student. Through the years, she was told countless stories from former students of how she changed the trajectory of their lives for the better.

She had a second family with the Texas A&M basketball team. Her home was always open to players and staff. She provided cookies, copies of newspapers for their parents, hugs and encouragement. She considered the ball players her own, and was their biggest fan. She was known to go to bat for quite a few of them with the coach when they needed an advocate in their corner.

Without question, Janis left this world a better place for being here, and, for that, we celebrate her.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Shelby Metcalf, Jr.; her parents; her sister, Joan McCool, her brother-in-law, Jack McCool and her nephew, Don McCool.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Shelley and Jack Valerius Jr,, her beloved grandchildren, Matthew and Kathryn Valerius, her niece, Dian Nelson her nephew, Chris McCool with his wife Martha and numerous great nephews and nieces. She has also been blessed with tremendous friends.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Hospice Brazos Valley, First United Methodist Church in Bryan, Aggieland Humane Society or the Bryan Animal Shelter.

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  1. Shelley, you probably won’t remember me, I was Kim Maddox back then, but I remember your mother being my favorite teacher and all the fun we had in her class. She was a truly special lady, as I am sure you already know. I saw her years after getting out of school, not long after the birth of my first daughter, and I saw your mom in the grocery store, and she still had to hug me. I am saddened by the news, and am tearing up reading her obituary. I am so sorry for your loss, I know what it feels like, I lost my mom 14 years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this trying time. Good luck and God bless.

  2. May the Lord Bless your journey to Heaven. You were very loved, and will always be missed. Of all the teachers I have had in my life, you were one of the most memorable. May God Bless You and Your Family.

  3. We are so sorry to hear of Janis’ passing. We are praying for all of you. She was a sweet, sweet lady… We will remember her always.

  4. Shelly, Jack and the precious twinkies,
    I am so very saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs. Metcalf. I can not remember a time in my life where she was not a part of my family’s life. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Matt and Katy, she adored you both; sorry about the twinkie reference-but that was her favorite term of endearment for you.

  5. Shelley, Sad to hear about Mrs. Metcalf’s passing. She was a great lady who will be sorely missed. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  6. I was so sorry to hear of Mrs. Metcalf’s passing. She was one of my teachers at Jones Junior High School. She was a wonderful teacher who truly cared about her students. Thank you for sharing her with us. Her students all loved her. God’s peace to the family.

  7. I am so saddened to hear of Mrs. Metcalf’s passing. I worked with her at Sam Rayburn Middle School. One of my daughters was fortunate enough to have her for their teacher. I was the school nurse and I knew when Ms. Metcalf sent a student down to my office, it was for a good reason. She was a fun, kind, no-nonsense lady, and everyone at the school loved her…students, faculty, staff, whoever came in contact with her. We will all surely miss this great lady. May God bless her and her family. Heaven has gained another angel.

  8. Very sadden to learn about the death of one of my favorite grade school teachers – the amazing Mrs. Janis Metcalf. She was one in a million, always encouraging me and my fellow classmates to do our best and to be the very best. For those of us who knew and loved her, words can’t express the profound impact she had on our lives. Several years ago, I attended her husband’s funeral—the legendary Aggie Basketball Coach Shelby Metcalf. It had been many, many years since I last saw Mrs. Metcalf. Like others, I walked over to her to express my condolences. I said, “I know you don’t remember me” and before I could utter another word she said…”You’re my sweet Sherry. How could I ever forget you?” Even while coping with her own grief, she remembered and supported others. I say to her now, “My sweet Mrs. Metcalf. How could I ever forget you?” My condolences to the Metcalf Family. May God be with you during your time of grief and sorrow.

    -Sherylon Carroll

  9. What a wonderful blessing to have known Mrs. Metcalf, she was a teacher that all teachers should set a goal to be like. She had the brightest smile and she never had a hair out of place. I smile as I say these things because she was truly inspirational. Heaven has received another Angel. God Bless her family for sharing her with us.

  10. I am sorry to hear of Mrs. Metcalf’s passing. She was truly a beautiful lady who I admired. She was one of my teachers at Anson Jones Junior High. She truely cared about all of us and especially those of us who were fortunate to have had her as a teacher. Even after all of these years when I would run into her around town she would hug me and made me feel so special. She NEVER forgot her students. She was so precious and will be greatly missed. God Bless you Shelly – you had a very special Mother.

  11. Shelley and family,

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Metcalf. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I loved having her teach me English in 5th grade. She was the best teacher.
    Love – Misty Martinsen

  12. Shelly sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Love y’all
    James Keitrah & Baylee Boren

  13. Shelly and family,
    So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. I knew her as a teacher before I was honored to know your dad as a fellow employee. She brightened everyone with her smile. Prayers for you all. What better place of rest is there to be other than Gods home.

  14. Dearest Shelly and precious family, We were so saddened to hear the passing of Ms. Metcalf. What an amazing lady and teacher she is and will always be. Robert and I had her as our teacher and then our son Josh had her and what an inspiration she was to all of us and Josh believed that he would attend Texas A & M and she stood right beside him and said yes you will attend study hard and listen and learn. Well Josh graduated in 2004 and has never stopped thank you for being such a wonderful loving lady that we all loved and admired. Will miss you beautiful smile and great hugs sweet lady.
    Blessings Always, The Krupa family

  15. She was my teacher at Anson Jones. A teacher to be remember by her students for her teaching ability,and kindness.A great loss to all of us.. I will never forget her or Coach Metcalf.I got to know Coach Metcalf at Shadeview Nursery where he was a regular customer and friend for years. I miss both of them. God bless them, and your family at this time.

  16. Mrs. Metcalf was my 8th grade English teacher at Sam Rayburn Junior High. It was my 1st year in Bryan and she made me feel very welcomed in her class. She had a special gift for teaching. She often spoke very lovingly of her daughter and husband.

  17. Condolences to the family of Mrs. Janis Metcalf. I had the honor of visiting briefly with her and Coach Shelby at a few Aggie Basketball games. May the Lord grant her eternal rest.

  18. Shelley , sending my condolence..sorry to hear about Mrs Janis. May the Lord help you during this tough time . Your mom was always a sweet lady. Love You. . JARVIS Williams

  19. Mrs. Metcalf was a tremendous educator that truely had the students best interest at heart. Mrs. Metcalf not only taught our minds but molded parts of our lives that only a teacher could do in the right direction. I count it as a privilege and a blessing to have known and had been taught by this beautiful person.


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