ABEL WADDILL CLINE JR(1925 - 2016)

Abel Waddill Cline, Jr.

Abel Waddill Cline, Jr. died Thursday, February 25, 2016. He was 90.

He was born July 24, 1925 to Abel Waddill Cline and Florence Wilbert

Cline in Plaquemine, Louisiana, where he spent many happy summers. He

was raised, with his older brother, George, in Bowie, Texas. He attended

Bowie High School and graduated in 1943. He enlisted in the U. S. Army,

was assigned to an engineering unit, and trained at Texas A&M before being

deployed. His unit built roads and bridges for Allied advancement and

helped in the start of the rebuilding of Europe. He mustered out a Sergeant

in Communications in 1946.

He attended North Texas State College in Denton, Texas, where he received

a Bachelor of Accountancy and, later, a Master of Education. While there

he met Jane Loftis whom he married in 1949. He and Jane built a house on

Idiot's Hill in Denton and, over the years, filled it with children. He taught

both Math and Driver's Education at Denton Junior High School, and was

part owner of The Denton Commercial Print Shop. He spent many years as

a SOFA referee for the high school football games in Denton County. Until

his health disallowed it, he was an avid pilot and flew his own Piper Tri

Pacer. In 2015 he created the Anton Wilbert foundation to give back to the

city of Plaquemine, Louisiana, and named it in honor of his great

grandfather whose legacy enriched his life. He loved dogs and Public

Television.

He is survived by all his children: Sarah (Sally); Kay, her husband, Steve,

and their children, Christa and Mark; Abel III and his children, David and

Pam; Martha; Virginia and her son, Michael; Gretchen; Amanda; Priscilla,

her husband, Noel, and their children, AJ, Zac, and Ethan; and, David and

his children, Austin and Alaina.

His family wants to thank, and is deeply grateful to, Dr. Emmanuel Desai in

Lewisville for his extensive care and treatment of our father/grandfather

through the years; and also to thank Dr. Gregory F. Kozielec in Denton for

helping him keep his eyesight.

According to his wishes he was cremated. He requested no service or

memorial be held. His ashes will be spread in the same location as those of

his late wife, Jane. In lieu of flowers his family requests any donations be

sent to one's local animal shelter, local public television station, or to the

Anton Wilbert Foundation, P.O. Box 694, Plaquemine, LA 70764.

Published in Plaquemine Post South from Mar. 8 to Mar. 9, 2016