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Mr. Willard Eli Cline, 97, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at his residence, following a period of declining health.
Willard was born on October 3, 1920 in Alexander County to the late Perry Cline and Lilly Miller Cline. He was retired from the furniture industry, where he worked as supervisor for 40 years, a member of Winkler's Grove Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corp.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Smith Cline of the home, one son, Dan Cline of Granite Falls, a daughter, Patricia Miller Cline of Viewmont, a step-daughter Peggy Walker and a step-son, Larry Winkler. Also surviving are three grandsons, Jason and Jonathan Cline and Curt Miller, one granddaughter, Monica Cline and two step-grandchildren, Melvin E. Walker III and Nikole Walker.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 4:00 P.M. at Winkler's Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Dale Faulkenbury, Rev. Paul Deal and Rev. Kenneth Faulkenbury officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with Military Honors provided by the NC National Guard and the Caldwell Veterans Honor Guard.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, from 3:00 until 4:00 P.M. at Winkler's Grove Baptist Church.