Hal Winton Cline Sr., 77, of Covington, passed away Jan. 22. He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Patsy Diane Jones Cline. He is survived by wife Mary Cline. He graduated from Georgia State University and was a veteran of the United States Navy, stationed in San Diego and Okinawa. A loyal member of the First Presbyterian Church, he sang in the choir and was present almost every time the church doors opened. In fact, he opened the doors every Sunday morning, turned on the lights, made the coffee and greeted worshipers as they arrived. In his younger years in Mansfield, he and his family enjoyed raising their own vegetables and sharing them with friends. They were active members of Covington Christian Church. Mr. Cline, who had been injured early in life in a car accident, became an accomplished wood worker. After his retirement, he devoted time to his grandchildren, always having time to play with them and delight them with many, many small gifts.
Surviving are daughter Cynthia Morgan, son-in-law Wayne Morgan of Windsor, Colo.; sons Hal W. Cline Jr., of Shady Dale and Matt A. Cline of Atlanta; Beth Fish Cline former daughter-in-law; surviving grandchildren Jackson Ellis, Madison Ellis, Taylor Ellis, Christina Stewart, Amanda Cason, William Cline, Nick Cline, Destiny Cline, Haley Cline and great-grandchildren.
The family will have a graveside memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, at Love Joy United Methodist Church with the Rev. Billy Wade officiating.
The Covington News,
Feb. 4, 2010