Lucy Cline Huie
February 13, 1921 – September 27, 2020
Lucy Cline Huie, a longtime resident of Clayton County, died peacefully on September 27 at home. She was age 99.
Lucy first lived in Jonesboro at age twelve when her father, a Methodist minister, served the Jonesboro Church. She was a graduate of Wesleyan College and Emory University. She served as librarian at Agnes Scott College until WWII when she served throughout the war in an army hospital as a librarian for wounded American soldiers. She married Arthur Huie Jr., a local farmer and artist, in 1946 and settled in Jonesboro, where they raised a family.
Over many decades Lucy was active in community service, taking a leadership role in organizations including Scouts, League of Women Voters, Toastmasters, Historical Jonesboro, Pen and Pica Writers group, Great Books discussion groups, and Alexandrian Institute. Over her lifetime in Jonesboro she participated in the Presbyterian and Methodist churches, and the community work of the Salvation Army.
Lucy had a key role, as Chair of the Library Board in the 1960s, in establishment of libraries in Jonesboro, Riverdale, and College Park. With her husband Arthur, she was active in the Georgia civil rights movement in the 1960s as an organizer of HOPE (Help Our Public Education), which advocated for keeping public schools open for all people during desegregation of Georgia's public schools. Because of these activities, the Ku Klux Klan repeatedly burnt crosses in her yard. In the 1980s she and scholar Philip Callaway interviewed on tape many of those (Including former Ku Klux members) who had been involved in Georgia's civil rights conflicts; those recordings are archived in the Special Collection of Emory University Library.
In the 1950s, Lucy learned to fly a small airplane. In the 1960s, 70s and 80s she joined a group committed to research in para-psychology; earned a qualification in nutrition; became a skilled public speaker; and helped develop the Native American Heritage dimension of Historical Jonesboro. She started a travel agency which allowed her to fulfil her love of world travel.
She donated land for the Jim Huie Recreation Center in Jonesboro, Georgia, in memory of her son Jim: and donated resources for Mental Health in memory of her son Henry. All her life, with great integrity and hopefulness, she lived her belief “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Lucy was the daughter of Rev. Earl Cline and Eunice Lovett Cline and sister to Edgar, John, and Pierce; beloved mother of John Patrick Huie, Jim Huie (deceased), Mary Rebecca Huie-Jolly, and Henry Huie (deceased); and the grandmother of Tammie Smith, Joy Tilley, Daniel Jolly, Benjamin David Jolly, Abel Huie-Jolly, and Miriam Huie-Jolly. She has five great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews Deirdre Lenihan Sloyan, Jennifer Cline Romano, Carol Marie Cline, Charles Cline, and Paul Cline.
A memorial service will be scheduled in late October at the Jonesboro Cemetery.
Condolences to John P. Huie and Mary Huie-Jolly care of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, GA (706-543-7373).
A Graveside Memorial Service will be held at a later date.