Oren L. Cline

August 19, 1921December 27, 2012

HICKORY — Oren L. Cline, 91, passed away December 27, 2012 at Lutheran Home-East.

Oren was born August 19, 1921 in Catawba Co. to the late Oren L. and Anna Yount Cline. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Deal Cline, 2 sisters, Geraldine Price and Lucille Lail and 2 brothers, Allen and Glenn Cline.

Oren served in the Army during World War II from 1942 until 1945.

He graduated from Clevenger College of Business in Hickory in 1946.

While still a student at Clevenger, he and several others started Modern Business Service, which evolved into his accounting practice. He operated Oren L. Cline Accounting as well as his insurance agency, now known as BB&T Cline-Southern Insurance Services. In later years he formed Oren L. Cline Consulting.

Oren served on the City Council of Hickory during the 1960’s and served as Mayor Pro-Tem.

Oren served on boards of directors for several banks and businesses and Catawba Memorial Hospital. He served in various capacities on the boards of Lutheran Services for the Aging for 17 years. An active member of St. Andrews Lutheran Church, he served on the Church Council for many terms.

He was a member of the Lions Club for over 50 years.

In 2003 Oren received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor any North Carolinian can receive.

Oren was an avid world traveler and visited more than 50 countries.

He is survived by a daughter, Joyce Patterson and husband, Larry, of Matthews, NC; sons, Jeff Cline and wife, Joy, of Hickory and Dale Cline and wife, Brenda, of Hickory; granddaughters, Laura Cline Berry and husband, Chris, of Charlotte, Sally Cline Haden and husband, Andy, of Washington, DC, Betsy Cline of New York City and Molly Cline of Washington, DC; grandsons, John Patterson and wife, Erin, of Boone, David Patterson and wife, Melissa, of Charlotte, Adam Cline of Davidson and Luke Cline and wife, Lauren, of Raleigh; great granddaughters, Lauren Patterson of Boone and Mae Cline of Raleigh; great grandsons, Lance Berry of Charlotte, Cameron Berry of Charlotte, Cooper Berry of Charlotte, Luke Berry of Charlotte and Andrew Crane of Raleigh, Hayden Patterson of Charlotte, Oren Cline of Raleigh and Thomas Cline of Raleigh; half sister, Carolyn Cline of North Carolina and a half brother, John Pressley of North Carolina.

A memorial service will be Sunday, December 30, at 2:00 P. M. at St. Andrews Lutheran Church with Reverend Richard Fritz and Dr. David R. Keck, Sr officiating. A private burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 7:00 until 8:30 P. M. at Hickory Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Village (Lutheran Home), 1265 21st St., NE, Hickory, N. C. 28601.

Condolences may be made online at

Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


  • VISITATION Saturday, December 29, 2012
  • MEMORIAL SERVICE Sunday, December 30, 2012

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Barbara Truesdale Jarrett

January 4, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

January 4, 2013

Oren was a true "Southern Gentleman", a mentor and a trusted advisor! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family!

Libby & Dick Christian - Huntersville, NC

Rudy Wright

January 3, 2013

The last time I saw Oren, at Lutheran Home's 50th Anniversary, he had the trademark smile. A great man who will be missed by all.

January 1, 2013

TO the Family of Oren CLine,

Your Dad was such a gentleman, so friendly even to those he did not know. When visiting at the Lutheran Home, he always had that smile on his face and greeted me although he did not know me personally.

What a legacy he left for all of you!

May God give you the comfort you need as you adjust your lives to this loss.


Vernice and Norman Punch

Becky Hunter

December 31, 2012

Jeff & Family: I am very saddened to learn of your dad's passing. He was always very kind to me. Please accept my condolences.

December 31, 2012

When Oren spoke he was like E. F. Hutton,everyone listened. He will be greatly missed. Randy & Allen Davis, Davis Trim Shop

December 31, 2012

To the Cline family, I am so sorry for your loss of Oren, seems we are all at that time of life...Leslie Stogner

December 30, 2012

Oren and my father had a life long friendship, and our families were close friends for many years. It was always wonderful seeing Oren at the Lutheran Home and again with Joyce at my father's 90th birthday dinner. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cline family. I know that Joyce, Dale, and Jeff will always cherish their special memories of their father, a kind and gentle man.

Sharon Childers Williams, Columbia, SC

Sue Walker

December 30, 2012

Mr. Cline was a kind and gracious person; a gentleman in every sense of the word. Every time I saw Oren he made me feel like I was the only person in the room. He would listen intently and respond so encouragingly to the most insignificant story. The remarkable part was that he would remember what I had said the next time he met me! It takes the most special person to show so many people that kind of attention and caring. A beautiful spirit, a true light of what is the best in us, has moved on and will be so missed.

December 30, 2012

To the Family of Oren Cline, You have my sympathy, and in my Prayers.
Jack Blevins