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
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.