Mr. Cline was born in White Plains to the late J.E. and Eunice (Lovett) Cline. He moved to Oxford when he was 11 years old. He attended Oxford College before transferring to the University of Georgia, where he received an agricultural economics degree. While at UGA, he received his pilot’s license, sang in the Men’s Glee Club, played trumpet in the Red Coat Band and served in the ROTC. Once he returned home, he eventually became captain in the Covington Army Reserve. At the age of 60, he began hiking the Appalachian Trail, in sections, for 10 years. Mr. Cline was a pillar of the community and was largely responsible for Georgia Perimeter College-Newton Campus, and he supported several service groups and local projects. He was recently awarded the R. Carl Chandler Award, a lifetime achievement award presented by Oxford College. Upon receiving his award, Mr. Cline stated, “I’ve had a long, healthy adventurous life. I am most grateful and have few regrets. Oxford College and education have been a magnificent part of my life.” Rob Fowler III, close friend and presenter of the award, called him the “consummate path finder and mentor to me." There were people who said, "Why should we do this or that?" Mr. Cline would say, "Why not?" He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and the entire community.
Survivors include: his loving wife, Margie (Greene) Cline; children, Carol Cline and Kenneth Noteboom, Charles and Melinda Cline and Paul and Belinda Cline; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; a sister, Lucy Cline Huie; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mr. Pierce Cline will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Allen Memorial United Methodist Church, in Oxford, with the Rev. Max Vincent officiating. The family will receive friends in the Allen Memorial Chapel after the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oxford College of Emory University’s Cline Music Scholarship Fund for the benefit of Allen Memorial Church, 100 Hamill St., Oxford, GA 30054; or to Georgia Perimeter College Scholarship Fund for Newton County Students, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, GA 30014.
Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home in Covington is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at http://www.caldwellandcowan.com/.