Portrait of John Van Bokkelen Metts, Jr.John Van Bokkelen Metts, Jr. (1915-2003) was born in Wilmington, NC. He attended the University of North Carolina (now University of North Carolina Chapel Hill) and served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. Metts worked as an independent insurance agent for many years. He was elected to the Board of County Commissioners for two separate terms and served as the Chairman in 1970. Metts was an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church and involved in many civic affairs. He is buried in Oakdale Cemetery.