Billie Sue Cline


Billie Sue Carter Cline, 93, of Hickory, N.C., passed away from this life into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, April 8, 2018, at Frye Regional Medical Center after a period of declining health over the past few years.

Miss Billie was born May 12, 1924, to the late William Moore and Naomi Annas Carter.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 69 years, the Rev. J.T. Cline; her parents; two sisters: Mildred Carter Fox and Lois Carter Hefner; and brother, Thad Moore Carter.

Billie, along of her husband, the Rev. J.T. Cline, ministered as a devoted pastor’s wife to numerous churches in North Carolina as well as East Tennessee for 69 years. After the Rev. J.T. Cline’s death, she remained a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church in Conover.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters: Gail Cline Morton of Knoxville, Elaine Cline Beal and husband, Glenn, of Newton, N.C.; grandchildren: Donna Lane and husband, Steve, of Corryton, the Rev. Dale Leonhardt of Hickory, N.C., Denise Sears and husband, Vernon, of Dandridge; great-grandchildren: Krista Lane Trott and husband, Matt, of Knoxville, Donald Ray Sears of Dandridge, Macie Lane Beeler and husband, Shane, of Corryton, Haley Lane Beeler and husband, Blake, of Corryton, Bethany Leonhardt Bryant and husband, David, of South Carolina, Daniel Leonhardt of South Carolina, Tara Nichole Sears of Dandridge, Jacob Leonhardt of Boone, N.C., Aaron Leonhardt of Connelly Springs, N.C.; 12 great-great-grandchildren, all loved and beloved by their "Nana"; her cherished and beloved sister, Vonda Carter Hefner and husband, D.C., of Granite Falls, N.C.; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at 5 p.m. at Woodlawn Baptist Church. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 3 until 4:45 p.m. at the church. Dr. Ed Yount and the Rev. Dale Leonhardt will be officiating the service.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Mount Zion Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family gives a special thanks and love to the caregivers Patty Hawley, Deborah Norman, and Dale Leonhardt, for all the love and care they gave to Miss Billie making her last days full of peace and joy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Children Ministries of Woodlawn Baptist Church, 440 7th Street Place S.W., Conover, N.C., 28613 or to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1787 Cajah Mountain Road, Hudson, N.C., 28638.

Online condolences may be left at

Hickory Funeral Home is serving the Cline family.


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