On Saturday, August 3, 2019, James Lyle “Jim” Cline, loving husband and father of three children and six grandchildren passed away at the age of 81. Jim was born on January 8, 1938 in the absurdly steep hills of Weirton, WV to William and Elsie Mae (Gardner) Cline. On January 14, 1961, he married Janet Marie Knapp in Pine Grove, WV. They raised one son, Raleigh and two daughters, Josette and Julie in their home of 50 years in Cleveland Heights, OH. They relocated to Fayetteville, AR in 2014 to be closer to family.
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Jim received his engineering degree from the Fenn College of Engineering in Cleveland in 1966. He used this degree many times to wire things in his own home that neither the City electrical inspector nor NASA could ever figure out. Much to the delight of his children a large train with actual smoke coming out of its stack circled the Christmas tree every year.
Jim was a salesman within the electrical component world for many years including several owning his own business. He also directly applied his knowledge as a commercial and residential electrician.
Jim and Janet were very active church members of Euclid Avenue Christian Church on Mayfield Rd in Cleveland Heights from the early 1970’s until their move south. They had a passion for music and were choir members for over 25 years. He also plied his electrical and mechanical abilities along with his financial acumen to the benefit of EACC for many years. His skills and leadership were much admired by friends, family and fellow parishioners.
Jim was preceded in death by his sister, Esther, and his brother, Gardner. He is survived by his wife Janet, his three children, his sister Freda, six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Per his wishes, a public service will not be held but family and friends will gather for remembrance. Jim’s cremation is being handled by Westfield Chapel in Springdale, AR and if desired and in lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the American Lung and Heart Associations.
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