Celebrating the Life of
December 29, 1951 - December 4, 2020
The Virtual Celebration of Life for
from Tuesday, December 29, 2020
God, in His divine wisdom, chose to lend to this world the sweet spirit of Beverly Jean Metoyer. She was born on December 29th, 1951 to Georgiana Sugars in Santa Monica, California. “Big”, Curtis Sugars, Sr. became her earthly father. Beverly went home to her Heavenly Father on December 4th, 2020.
Beverly, fondly known as “BJ” and “Bev”, graduated from Santa Monica College. She went on to attend California State University at Northridge, transferred to Cal Poly Pomona and graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in the College of Professional Studies at The University of San Francisco in San Francisco, CA on May 21st, 1992.
Beverly was a well-respected Human Resources Professional; her career was enriched through her management experience with MGM/UA, 20th Century Fox Films and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In August of 2003, Beverly was promoted to Sr. Vice-President, Human Resources at Warner Bros. Television where she managed WBTV’s Human Resources department and served as lead human resources consultant for all of Warner Bros. TV units. She joined WBTV (then Lorimar TV) in 1989 as a manager. Beverly implemented a number of successful initiatives and programs during her tenure and was a member of The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. She also volunteered as a Personnel Commissioner at the City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA. Beverly retired, being honored by the President of each division of the WBTV Group in 2017.
Beverly’s professional career journeyed alongside of her spiritual commitment. She started her spiritual journey, as she would say, “trusting the Lord”, at the New Bethel Baptist Church of Venice, CA under the pastoral leadership of her Grandfather, Luther McCraw. She successfully juggled directing, singing, and leading her church choirs with family, her professional career and her home life.
Beverly met and married the love of her life, Dr. Joseph P. Metoyer, Jr. in 1977. Their family quickly grew as she and Joe added Sharyl to Joe’s four children creating a wonderful blended family. Bev became a very busy mom, guiding and directing their family with wisdom and giving strength to their union. In 1999, Beverly and Joe planted a Christian Church, ACTS-A Church That Studies in Santa Monica, CA where she faithfully served until her death. Beverly and Joe celebrated 43 years of marriage on Thanksgiving Day – 2020.
Bev’s favorite pass time was shopping and spending time with her family and friends. She often took her granddaughter Meghan (affectionately known as Missy #2) with her. She was famous for finding bargains and deals. She had gone as far as Hong Kong on a shopping trip. She was most notorious for directing her driver to park in just the right spot at any mall in Southern California, to get easy access to her favorite stores. Almost any weekend, you could find her dining at a Nordstrom’s Café. Her favorite room at home was her beautiful walk-in closet, “Bev’s Closet”. Beverly also loved having tea with her girlfriends and a good conversation which often produced that unique laugh and smile which was so infectious.
While Bev had a busy lifestyle, she was passionate about taking time to connect with and help others. The wisdom she shared had a lasting impact and was a blessing to so many people. Both in her professional and home life, she was honest and forthright, she was known for taking care of business, being a mentor, friend and a force to be reckoned with.
Beverly leaves to grieve her loss her loving husband, Joe, her baby daughter, Sharyl and Sharyl’s daughters, Meghan and McKenzie, her sons – David (Sue), Fred, her daughters, Monica, Nicol (Keith). Her grandchildren Asiah, Krystal, Freddy, Shari, Micaela, Davey, Kamau, Dasia, Jeriah, Jaylon, Tai, Dillon and great-grandson, “Jo-Jo”. She leaves her Mother, Georgiana and her brothers William “Manson” (Grace), Curtis Jr. (Pat), Donte (Justin) and her sister Barbara. Nieces Traci (Raymond), Denise “Nee-Nee” and Dechel. Nephews Devin (Elyse), Daryl (Stacy), Greyson and Christian. Great-nieces and nephews Alexis, Brennon, Don, Kayci, Zaylin, Josue, Josselyn, Danica, Dayna, Delaney and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives and friends.
Preceding her in death is her precious grandson, Landon, her father, Curtis Sugars, Sr., her natural father William, and two sisters, Carolyn and Marilyn Yvonne.