SIKESTON -- Curtis Henry Cline, 91, died Dec. 21, 2002, at Clearview Nursing Center in Sikeston.
Born May 14, 1911, on a dairy farm near Morehouse, he was the son of the late William Henry Cline, a native of Hickman County, Ky., and Nannie Lena Cline of New Madrid County.
Cline was respected in the community for his hard work, honesty and integrity. He owned and operated Cline Limestone Company from 1939 to 1949 and is best remembered as a horticulturist and owner of Cline Nursery between 1950 and 1989. An active member of the First Church of Nazarene in Sikeston for over 60 years, he had a truly humanitarian heart with contempt for all that was mean or unjust and was strictly temperate in his habits.
On Nov. 2, 1935, at Sikeston, he married Marie Ruth Price who preceded him in death on Nov. 22, 2000, after 65 years of marriage together.
Survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, C. Eugene and Jeanette Cline of Tempe, Ariz., and C.F. and Kay Cline of Port Charlotte, Fla.; one daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Tom Harmon of Cape Girardeau; and five granddaughters; seven great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.
Four brothers, Howard Cline, William "Ed" Cline, Gazawell Cline and Clarence "Cotton" Cline; and three sisters, Eula Cline Goolsby, Vera Cline Johnson and Grace Cline Dye, preceded him in death.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston.
A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the First Church of Nazarene in Sikeston. Anyone who would like to share a story or memory of Curtis Cline is invited to speak at the service.
Burial will follow in the Memorial Park Cemetery at Sikeston.