The News &
Houston Raeford Cline,
93, died peacefully Sunday morning.
Mr. Cline was the born in Mecklenburg County on November 7, 1915. He was
the son of Robert Gordon and Nora Grice Cline. Houston graduated from
Paw Creek High School where he was an outstanding athlete, playing both
basketball and baseball. He played Class D baseball in the textile league
of the 1930's. He and his brothers loved to hunt; roaming the woods and
fields of the Piedmont with the pointers and setters they raised and trained.
Houston also enjoyed fishing, building his own rods and tying flies.
Houston served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He attained
the rank of Master Sergeant while stationed in the U.S., England, and
France. He was retired from his own business, Cline Golf Cart Service,
which serviced fleets of golf carts at a number of area golf clubs. Houston
was a kind gentleman who loved to tell a good story and never met a stranger.
His love for his family was returned in full: he and his laughing smile
will be sorely missed.
Mr. Cline is survived by his wife of 67 years, Blannie Edwards Cline;
his daughter, Deborah Cline and her husband, Don Modenbach of Charlotte;
his son, William Lee Cline and his wife, Jeanne Rapp Cline of Raleigh;
his grandson, Lt. Charles Houston Cline, U.S.N. of Norfolk, VA; and his
granddaughter, Katherine Lenore Cline of Washington, DC.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jean Carolyn Cline, and his
four brothers and two sisters.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Levine & Dickson Hospice House
for their care during Mr. Cline's final days. Special thanks go to the
nurses and aides whose loing kindness was such a blessing to him and his
family. The family also appreciates the care given to Mr. Cline by the
staff of Elmcroft of Little Avenue where he was a resident for the past
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Levine
& Dickson Hospice House, 11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville, NC 28078.
Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Funeral Home, Weddington Chapel.