Abel Waddill Cline, Jr.
July 24, 1925 – February 25, 2016
LOUISIANA – Abel Waddill Cline, Jr., 90, died Feb. 25, 2016.
According to his wishes he was cremated. He requested no service or memorial be had. His ashes will be spread in the same location as those of his late wife, Jane.
He was born July 24, 1925 to Abel Waddill Cline and Florence Wilbert Cline in Plaquemine, LA where he spent many happy summers. He was raised, with his older brother George in Bowie. He attended Bowie High School and graduated in 1943.
He enlisted in the U. S. Army, was assigned to an engineering unit, and trained at Texas A&M before being deployed.
His unit built roads and bridges for Allied advancement and helped in the start of the rebuilding of Europe. He mustered out a Sergeant in communications in 1946.
He attended North Texas State College in Denton where he received a bachelor of accounting and later a master of education. While there he met Jane Loftis whom he married in 1949.
He and Jane built a house on Idiot’s Hill in Denton and during the years filled it with children. He taught both math and driver’s education at Denton Junior High School and was part owner of The Denton Commercial Print Shop.
He spent many years as a sofa referee for the high school football games in Denton County. Until his health disallowed it, he was an avid pilot and flew his own Piper Tri Pacer.
In 2015 he created the Anton Wilbert foundation to give back to the city of Plaquemine, LA and named it in honor of his great grandfather whose legacy enriched his life. He loved dogs and public television.
He is survived by all his children, Sarah (Sally), Kay, her husband, Steve and their children, Christa and Mark, Abel III and his children, David and Pam, Martha, Virginia and her son, Michael, Gretchen, Amanda, Priscilla and her husband, Noel, and their children, A.J., Zac and Ethan, and, David and his children, Austin and Alaina.
His family wants to thank and is deeply grateful to Dr. Emmanuel Desai in Lewisville for his extensive care and treatment of their father/grandfather through the years; and also to thank Dr. Gregory F. Kozielec in Denton for helping him keep his eyesight.
In lieu of flowers his family requests any donations be sent to one’s local animal shelter, local public television station, or to the Anton Wilbert Foundation, P.O. Box 694, Plaquemine, LA 70764.
Arrangements entrusted to
Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home
740 S. Edmonds, Lewisville, TX | 972.436.4581