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Thomas Walter Cline, Jr.

Thomas Walter Cline, Jr., 79, of Buford, GA, died on November the 5th of complications from lung cancer. A celebration of Tom's life for friends and family will be held at 2646 Ridgehurst on Saturday, November the 10th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. Tom was born January 28, 1928, in Sharples, West Virginia, into the coal-mining family of the late Thomas Walter Cline, Sr. and Mabel Craddock Cline of Madison, WV. A veteran of the 11th U.S. Army Airborne Division, Tom served in post-war Japan. He was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity and lifetime member of the West Virginia University Alumni Association. He and his wife, Phyllis, both graduates of WVU, lived in Morgantown, WV; Jacksonville, FL; and Atlanta, GA, before retiring to Buford in the mid-1990s to be closer to their grandchildren. Tom, who had over 40 years in the pest control industry, and his son, Walt, founded Do-It-Yourself Pest Control, Inc. in 1982, one of the nation's first do-it-yourself pest control supply stores. He was an avid football fan, following the Atlanta Falcons, the WVU Mountaineers, and the Buford High School Wolves with great interest. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Phyllis Carol Cox, a native of Charleston, WV; daughter Cynthia Ann Cline of Chamblee, GA; son Thomas Walter (Walt) Cline III and daughter-in-law Sherri Marie Cline of Buford; grandchildren Elizabeth Carol (Scotti) Cline of Charleston, SC, and Carl Fletcher Cline of Buford; sisters Doris Cline Browning of Buford and Marquetta Cline Meeks of Charleston, WV; brother Robert George Cline and sister-in-law Myra Grant Cline of Wilmington, DE; sisters-in-law Ann Cox Ovington and Barbara Cox Mason of Charleston, WV; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the tax-deductible Buford High School Academic Booster Club Fund which supports and provides scholarships to their many gifted and talented students. BHS ABC, c/o E. Cleveland, Buford High School, 2750 Sawnee Avenue, Buford, GA 30518. Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com