James Cline

James Lyle Cline

Saturday, January 8th, 1938 - Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
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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.
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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Deborah Humbert

Posted at 09:18pm
We, in the choir of EACC, really appreciated singing with Jim and Janet. They were a key part of our choir for many years. I also am very thankful to have had Jim do great electrical work in my homes. We have missed them since their move!

William Edwards

Posted at 02:38pm
Bill and Carol Edwards send their heartfelt condolences to the entire Cline Family.

Jamal Derakhshan

Posted at 12:23pm
Jim Cline was a wonderful and cherished neighbor. His wit and dry sense of humor always lightened your day and I could always count on him to help me out in a pinch. As I recently moved into a new home, I have come to appreciate even more all the time he spent updating my electrical systems and the tricks he taught me, some of which I'm still able to use. I was very lucky to have such wonderful neighbors in Cleveland and wish Janet and children all the best. My heartfelt condolences to all his family, he was an excellent role model for life and it was wonderful to have known him.

Jamie Knapp

Posted at 02:17pm
My appreciation for Uncle Jim grew as I got older. As a child, I enjoyed being around Uncle Jim but was somewhat intimidated by him. Once I became an adult and realized all that is involved in raising a family, I gained a much greater appreciation for the strength of his character and the depth of his commitment to Aunt Janet, Josette, Raleigh, and Julie. I am so glad I was able to visit with him at the Gardner family reunion in June. Fittingly, that was possible only because of his suggestion that those of us who have been close friends to the Gardner family be invited even though we are not officially part of their family tree. Rest in Peace, Jim Cline.

Susan Rankin

Posted at 08:48am
Mr. Cline is going to be missed by everyone he in contact with. He was always popping off a joke or two. Helping Judge Judy with here cases.
Condolences to his family members and those who were blessed in calling him a friend. What a great man to know.

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