Judge Cline was born April 17, 1952, in Canton, the son of the late Peggy Nally Cline and James Levi Cline Sr. of Waleska. 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.
After graduating, he established his first law practice in Greensboro. He became the assistant district attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit and then assistant district attorney for Bibb County. In 1995, he was appointed the Superior Court judge of the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit by Gov. 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 to Jones, Baldwin, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Morgan, Putnam, and Wilkinson counties. Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, and cooking, and was locally famous for his barbecue sauce — Judge Cline’s #9. When time permitted, he loved to travel.
In addition to his son, James Levi “J” Cline III and his fiancée, Lynn Oliver of Nashville, Tenn., he is survived by his father, James Levi Cline Sr. of Waleska, and Claire J. Cline, longtime love and companion.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, 180 E. Green St., Athens, GA 30602-2152, or The Boykin Spaniel Society, P.O. Box 2047, Camden, SC 29020.
McCommons Funeral Home in Greensboro had charge of arrangements. Visit www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.