Ira Sidney Cline

August 16, 1933May 14, 2018

Ira Sidney Cline, age 84, of Conover, NC, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, NC. Born August 16, 1933, in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Thomas Lee Cline and Vida Gertrude Keisler Cline.

Ira was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Conover, NC, where he had served in numerous capacities, including elder, deacon, church council, Sunday school superintendent, cemetery committee, and church secretary. He was the owner and operator of Ira Cline Strawberry Farm in Conover, NC, and was a member of the NC and National Strawberry, Blueberry, Small Fruit and Vegetable, and Roadside Marketers Assoc. Ira was a charter member of the St. Timothy Volunteer Fire Dept. in Conover, NC, charter member of the Catawba County Farm Bureau, 4-H leader, member of the NCDACS Commissioner’s Circle, Hickory Nut Square Dancers, Foothills Antique Tractor Assoc., and Catawba Valley Cattlemen’s Assoc. He was a life member of the NRA, member of the Catawba Valley Rifle & Pistol Club, and NC Rifle & Pistol Assoc. Ira was also a member of the Catawba County and NC Republican Party. He was the recipient of one of North Carolinas highest honors, The Old North State Award.

In addition to his parents, Ira was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Reinhardt Cline; grandson, Hoyle Hoover; and sister, Lena Simmons.

Survivors include daughters, Claire C. Sipe and husband, Ron of Conover, NC, Sandra C. Herman and husband, Joe of Conover, NC, and Susan C. Hughes and husband, David of Conover NC; son, Thomas E. Cline and wife, Deborah of Conover; sister, Annie Boughton and husband Bob, of Marietta, GA; grandchildren, Marie Sipe, Elizabeth Beisler, Holly See, Eric Herman, Kaitlan Herman, Sidney Hughes, Emilie Hughes, Christopher Cline, and Chelsey Cline; great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Natalie, Kassidy, Jackson, Madelyn, Cayden, NaLae, Livia, Delilah, Lilly, Brendan, and Caleb.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at 4:00 PM on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Scott Johnson and Rev. Anton Lagoutine officiating. The burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday, May 18, 2018, at Drum Funeral Home in Conover, NC, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

Condolences may be sent to the Cline family at

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to: St. John’s Lutheran Church, Cemetery Trust Fund, 2126 St. John’s Church Rd., Conover, NC, 28613.

The family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover, NC.


  • Receiving of Friends Friday, May 18, 2018
  • Service of Remembrance Saturday, May 19, 2018

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Don & Helen Bledsoe

May 18, 2018

From the Bledsoe Family, we want to send our most sincere condolences in the passing of Mr. Cline, a very precious man. He was a asset & a blessing to our community. Our "Prayers" reach out to his Family, may the Lord ever strengthen you now and in the days ahead.
With Deepest Sympathy,

Rev. Don & Helen Bledsoe
and Family

Tammy West

May 18, 2018

What a man! Ira and Ann supported me in everything I did. He was so special to me. I will miss his political insight and advice, his strawberries and his smile. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. You had a wonderful dad, granddad and family member!

James Elliott

May 15, 2018

Condolences to the Family! There are so many Great memories left behind.
It has been a Blessing to have shared such a short time with Ira!
God's Peace!