Michael Robert Cline
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Michael Robert Cline
  • August 25, 1946 - November 16, 2017
  • Richmond, Virginia

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CLINE, Michael Robert, 71. On November 16, 2017, Aunt Sarah's (Brook Road), the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity lost one of their best customers. Those who knew and loved Mike appreciated his keen support. Mike was predeceased by his parents, Ellis Wallace Cline and Wilhemina Faye Mayfield; brother, Ellis W. "Wally" Cline; and sister, Paula Suzanne Batteau. He is survived by his children, Kelci K. Haag of Richmond and Michael J. C. Cline of Ashland; uncle, James G. Mayfield of S. Pasadena, Calif.; and a host of loved ones, friends and colleagues: Joanna Keith, Carina Andrews, Chase Decker, Doug Gava Ph.D., Skip Gelletly, Sherry Guese, Floyd Henderson, Tommy Kennedy, Dick Lacy, Marsha Meadows, Linda Pinney, Mark Plume Ph.D., Joann Robinson and Blake Runyon. If you weren't mentioned specifically by name, please don't feel slighted the Times Dispatch charges by the line.

A California boy, Mike was an Eagle Scout and an athlete with a track record and enjoyed rafting and skydiving. He worked at various jobs as a youngster before being drafted into the Army and serving during the Vietnam War, receiving a Bronze Star for Meritorious Achievements. Grateful for returning from Vietnam, Mike continued a lifelong pursuit of education: Associates in Life Sciences at Sierra Community College, Bachelors in Psychology at University of Florida, Masters in Psychology at Radford University and Doctorate in Counselor Education at University of Virginia, as well as advanced certification in Counseling at University of Florida. Mike was a licensed clinical psychologist (CA), licensed professional Counselor (VA) and licensed sex counselor. He was a professor at J. Sargent Reynolds Community College for 42 years. Mike loved teaching and longed to return to his students in the Spring prior to his illness forcing him to retire on November 16, 2017.

His Colleagues, Chase Decker, Doug Gava (PhD), Linda Pinney and Mark Plume (PhD) have been a source of support and care during Mike's lengthy illness. Students Carina Andrews and Floyd Henderson have long ago left the classroom and been friends and support for Mike over the Years. Mike had a lifelong love of art, cinema, science, history, anthropology and architecture. His Queen Anne Victorian house in Ginter Park transformed over the years, either by Mike's own hand or with the help of craft or tradesmen, and became a home with his daughter Kelci and son Michael.

He enjoyed his trips to his Uncle Jim's "hotel" in Pasadena, trips to Holland, Australia and Egypt and visits with his friend, Joanna Keith in Roanoke. It was with great sadness that these trips were circumvented when Mike's battle with Stage IV lung cancer escalated over the almost past three years. The last seven months have held various stages of challenge, until he finally succumbed from the effects of a stroke last weekend. Mike wanted nothing more than to donate his body to medical reseach to prove the impacts of Agent Orange on himself and other Veterans. While the family could not locate a current research project, we salute the Veteran and scholar for his persistent focus on education and his service to his country and the Commonwealth. Family, friends, colleagues and former students are all invited to a memorial service to be held at Woody Funeral Home, Parham Rd., at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2017.