Thomas Grover Cline
Thomas Grover Cline, 79, of Hampton, VA, went home to his Lord and Savior on August 3, 2023, surrounded by loved ones.
Tom was born to Emerson and Jean (Purcell) Cline on January 13, 1944, in Columbus, OH. He grew up with his parents, younger sister, Susan, and numerous extended family in Ashville, OH. After graduating from Ashville High School, Tom earned a BS in Education from Ohio State University and a MEd from The College of William and Mary. He served in the US Air Force for 27 years of active and reserve duty in Thailand, Germany, and Kuwait, as Commander of the 71st Aerial Port Squadron at Langley Air Force Base and as the Air Force Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer for Virginia. Tom began teaching at Huntington Middle School in 1971. He taught and served as an administrator in Newport News Public Schools for 36 years, earning the Virginia Technology Education Association’s Teacher of the Year award in 1987 and dedicating his life to thousands of young people.
Tom met the love of his life and dedicated wife of 55 years, Linda Polick, on a blind date in 1967. They married in April 1968 and went on to have four children: Lori, Wesley, Timothy, and Tammy. He was a man of strong faith and modeled the importance of family, hard work, and doing what was right.
In addition to being a dedicated and loving father, Tom loved reading, working with his hands, ham radio, golf, growing vegetables, especially Carolina Reapers, and learning about military history. He was an Eagle Scout and enjoyed working as a Scout leader for many years. Tom was also active in the community working with the Red Cross and as Chairman of the Virginia Educators’ Credit Union board.
Throughout his entire life, Tom held an unwavering faith in God, which he shared with all those who surrounded him. He was an active and devoted member of Temple Baptist Church, serving in many capacities over his 55-year membership. He had a passion for ministry and a servant’s heart. Tom left a lasting legacy of giving and kindness through his work with the homeless, rebuilding homes in Nickelsville, VA, mission trips to South Dakota and Africa, and disaster relief work throughout the United States and internationally.
Thomas joins his father, Emerson, his mother, Jean, and his son, Wesley, in Heaven. He is survived by his loving wife, Linda; children, Lori (Hobert), Timothy (Sonja), Tammy (Scott); eleven grandchildren; Jeffrey (Emily), Anna Sophia, Katie, Adrianna, Albert, Julia, Emma, Cecelia, Dominik, Christopher, and Linnea; his sister Susan (David); and numerous nieces, nephews, family and dear friends. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 8, 2023, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at Temple Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Parklawn Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the J. Walter Martin Mission Fund at Temple Baptist Church, Red Cross, LINK of Hampton Roads, St. Jude, or the SPCA.
“His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant…enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Matthew 25:23