Two Former Deacons Pass Away
Eric Metzler Died on September 1, 2011 at the age of 51.

Sept. 8, 2011

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - On Thursday, September 1, 2011, former Wake Forest defensive lineman, Eric Metzler, Esp., died in this hometown of Rochester, NY. Metzler played during the early eighties under head coaches, John Mackovic and Al Groh. Metzler had his best season for the Demon Deacons in 1981 when he accrued 39 tackles, 21 of which were unassisted. He graduated from Wake Forest with his Bachelor's Degree in 1983 and went on to obtain a law degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, NH in 1987. He became a partner at the Chamberlin, D'Amanda, Oppenheimer, & Greenfield Law Firm practicing matrimonial and family law. Metzler kept close ties to football by becoming a youth flag football coach in Rochester, while also becoming active in UNYFEAT (Upstate New York Families for Effective Autism Treatment).

Metzler is survived by his loving wife, Paula; beloved children, Matthew, Casey, and David; sister Lori (Craig) Popen; brothers, Daniel (Marge), Kurt (Susan), Frederick (Patricia), Stephen (Melissa); mother-in-law Jean Casey; sister-in-law, Barbara (William) Krenzer; many nieces, nephews, cousins; secretary Judy Ross; and long-time partner and friend, Lew Gould, Esq.

William Henry "Billy" Heins Jr. died Friday September 2, 2011 in Sanford, NC, at the age of 79. A native of Kinston, NC, Heins graduated from Sanford High School and served four years in the United States Navy before coming to Wake Forest. While a student at Wake Forest, Heins majored English Literature and minored in History, while also becoming a member of the Varsity Tennis and Swim Teams.

After his graduation Heins succeeded his mother and father on the Board of Directors of the Heins Telephone Co., a family owned business. Later on in life, he developed passions for traveling, gardening, art and especially, and became especially involved with the North Carolina Symphony. He became a proud member of Lamar Stringfield Society, a group of Symphony supporters.

Heins is survived by two nieces, Nancy H. Kinlaw and Jane H. Thomas, and a nephew, Durant Cooper Holler III.

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