Mr. Billy Ray Cline, 83, of Statesville, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. He was born December 4, 1936, in Rowan County, N.C., to the late Marvin Love Cline and Polly Wood Cline.

Mr. Cline attended Rowan County schools and on November 6, 1965, he married Ola Mae Sanders Cline. They shared 55 years of joyful marriage. He retired from Kewaunee Corporation, served in the U.S. Army Reserves and was a faithful member of Rocky Hill Baptist Church. He loved gospel music, and he loved to sing and make everyone laugh. He never met a stranger.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Walter Cline, Belinda Rae and Leslie Ann; one brother, Bob Cline (Denise) of Statesville; and three sisters, Bonnie Sue Cline Williams of Statesville, Geraldine Cline Myers of Cleveland, and Annie Cline Emrich (Ralph) of Matthews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2020, at Rocky Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Henry Cook, Jr. and Rev. Gary Jennings officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2 p.m. before the funeral hour.

The family would like to thank the Gordon Hospice House and his special caregivers, Jim, Ronald, Rose, Joe and Sue.

Memorials may be made to Rocky Hill Baptist Church, 823 Mountain View Road, Statesville, NC 28625 or Gordon Hospice House, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Troutman Funeral Home is serving the family.

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