Shirley Louise Cline

September 18, 1925April 7, 2019

On Sunday, April 7, 2019, Shirley Ball Cline peacefully passed away at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home (Trellis Supportive Care) of Winston-Salem, NC after several months of declining health. She was born September 18, 1925 in Hickory, NC to Henry Austin Ball and Blanche Edith (Smith) Ball. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, her husband H.L. Cline, and four sisters: Constance B. Overcash (Bill), Revonda Jean Ball, Millie B. Hollar (Harold), and N. Leona Ball. Greta B. Robinson (Carroll) of Irmo, SC is her surviving sister. Her three children: Jane L. Cline (Dick Forrest), David A. Cline, John A. Cline (Jean Morris), along with her grandson Matthew R. Drum will cherish their many wonderful memories of her. Upon retirement, she moved to Creston, NC and resided there for more than 25 years. She spent hours on the wrap around porch, admiring the mountain views, and painting. In 2013, Shirley relocated to Winston-Salem, NC to be closer to family. She had many hobbies that gave her pleasure. These included playing bridge, painting and drawing, and reading mysteries. Spending time with her large extended family provided much joy to Shirley. A great hostess, she loved sharing her home with her sisters and brothers-in-law, her children and grandson, along with nieces, nephews, and cousins. Shirley was a great champion of disadvantaged women and children, and homeless animals. Charities that supported these groups were direct beneficiaries of her largesse. A special thanks to Barbara Williams for reliable help and supportive care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to an animal charity of the donor’s choice.


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Shirley Louise Cline

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Greta Robinson

April 20, 2019

As a kid I looked up to my older sister. She was generous and helpful. As an adult Shirley and Bill went to Garden City with my family. We stayed on the canal and while the guys fished etc. she sat on the pier and painted the canal and the view of Murrels Inlet across it. She always welcomed us to her home and we went dancing, played board games, shopped etc. always having fun. When she moved to the mountains we walked the hill behind, chated around meals, and played cards, with her usually winning. When living in Winston I often played cards and board games with her. She liked having her fingernails painted but hated to go anywhere especially “cold doctor’s offices”. Shirley was smart and stylish. I loved her and will miss her.

Jean Morris

April 19, 2019

I couldn’t have asked for a better mother-in-law. She had so many good qualities! Above all, she was kind. She cared about people—all of them. She was artistic and creative—a wonderful watercolorist, seamstress, and antiquarian. She cared deeply about the natural environment and preserving habitat for wildlife. She was humble, always helping others to shine without seeking accolades for herself. She was hospitable, gracious, and fun to be around, always creating a magical world for friends and family with her warmth, humor, holiday parties, meals, games, and stories.

Teresa Ratliff

April 19, 2019

I have great memories, walking dogs going to graveyard/park/mountain trails. Shirley had hundreds of family members in her home for Christmas celebration with adults dancing, all the kids got each a gift (we were loaded) the adults played a game where you could open a gift or steal a gift from someone who had opened and this would last for hours. Shirley loved cards and playing games, even when she got sickly she would out last me wanting to stay up playing more. She had a caring heart always donating to charity, she would get so distraught when mail would come and she would see helpless people or animals suffering. The last time we spend the night she got up frequently worrying if we had enough covers. I was very blessed to have such a great aunt. Her kids always tried to make her happy: Jane, John, David and Matthew her Grandson all did an excellent job in supporting her as she aged; she was truly blessed to have their support. A great sister to my mom who also worked at helping her through the process.

Matthew Drum

April 18, 2019

She always was a sweet and caring grandmother. I shall miss her deeply.

Dana Robinson

April 17, 2019

I loved every moment I spent with aunt Shirley. She was such a fun, strong, and loving woman.