Honorable Judge James L. “Jim” Cline, Jr.
Honorable Judge James L. “Jim” Cline, Jr., of Greensboro, Ga., died Thursday, August 21, 2014, at the age of 62.
He was born April 17, 1952, in Canton, Ga., the son of the late Peggy Nally Cline and James Levi Cline, Sr. of Waleska, Ga. He was a graduate of Cherokee County High School and the University of Georgia with a degree in Wildlife Management from the Warnell School of Forestry. He also obtained a law degree from the Walter F. George Law School at Mercer University in Macon, Ga.
After graduating, he established his first law practice in Greensboro. He became the Assistant DA for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit and then Assistant DA for Bibb County. In 1995 he was appointed the Superior Court Judge of the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit by Governor Zell Miller. Judge Cline served with distinction during his career and was beloved by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His jurisdiction extended from Jones, Baldwin, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Morgan, Putnam and Wilkinson counties. Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading and cooking and was locally famous for his BBQ sauce – Judge Cline’s #9. When time permitted, he loved to travel.
In addition to his son, James Levi “J” Cline, III, and his fiance’, Lynn Oliver of Nashville, Tn., he is survived by his father, James Levi Cline, Sr. of Waleska; and Claire J. Cline, long time love and companion.
The funeral service was held Tuesday, August 26, at the First United Methodist Church South Campus in Greensboro with the Revs. Richard Chewning and Mike Morgan officiating. Pallbearers were the members of The Curling Society and the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit judges. The memorial service followed at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, 180 E Green Street, Athens, Ga. 30602-2152, or The Boykin Spaniel Society, P. O. Box 2047, Camden, S.C. 29020. McCommons Funeral Home of Greensboro was in charge of arrangements.