— William “Bill” R. Cline, 77, of 3513 Sloop Place, Jacksonville Fla., and formerly of Danville, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2011, at Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville.
Bill was born to Thomas and Lucille Cline on July 1, 1933, in Terre Haute, Ind., and raised in Paris, Ill. He married Patricia Ann Fletcher on March 17, 1951, in Toledo, Ill.; she survives.
He is also survived by four children, Thomas (Debra) Cline of Sanford, Fla., and Jeryl Cline, James (Melony) Cline and Susan (Terry) Cline, all of Jacksonville; three grandchildren, Matthew Cline, Callie Cline and Fletcher Cline, and two great-grandchildren, Cole Cline and Lily Cline, all of Jacksonville; other relatives, and numerous friends.
Bill was a basketball player for Paris High School. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S Army for Company H, 130th Infantry, 44th Division. Bill was a 32nd Degree Mason, past monarch of the GAO Grotto, past president of the Vermilion County Cerebral Palsy Board, served on the Georgetown Fair Board, and lifelong member of IBEW Local 51, serving as past union steward and business agent. Bill retired from Illinois Power Company after 48 years in 1994, primarily serving as a line foreman.
Bill served on numerous charitable organizations and fundraising events. He was active in many churches and events throughout his life. Bill demonstrated a strong passion for life and love of family. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, the outdoors, family events and vacations, helping others and was a gardener extraordinaire. During Bill’s life, he touched many lives and will be remembered forever.
A celebration of Bill’s life with his family will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at CrossRoad United Methodist Church. Flowers are welcome, but those who wish may make donations to Rick Wilkins Foundation, P.O. Box 23429, Jacksonville FL 32241 or CrossRoad UMC, Gate Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32246.