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Remembering the Life of Naomi “Sue” Cline

Naomi “Sue” Cline, 75, passed away Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at her home.

Born May 28, 1946 in Welch, WV, she was the daughter of the late Ralph Cook and Ora Short Cook.

Sue was a lifelong resident of Wyoming County. She was a member of Brenton Baptist Church, a real estate agent for over twenty years and a former member of the WV State Senate, where she proudly represented District 9 from 2016 to 2020.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” Cline.

She will be dearly missed by her two children, Carla Thomas and husband J.C. of GA and Joshua Cline and wife Talina of SC; sister, Connie Stafford and husband Dave; brother, Ralph Cook, Jr; grandchildren, Siara Pope, Taylor Thomas, Jackson Thomas and Sophie Cline; four great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.

Visitation service was held Thursday, January 6, 2022 from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM at Evans-Calfee Funeral Service in Oceana.

Gov. Jim Justice has issued a proclamation, ordering that all United States and West Virginia flags at the Capitol Complex in Charleston and all state-owned facilities in Wyoming County be displayed at half-staff from dawn to dusk on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in commemoration of the distinguished life and service of former West Virginia Senator Sue Cline.

Cline was elected to the West Virginia State Senate in 2016 after first being appointed to the seat earlier that same year. She went on to serve a full, four-year term, concluding in 2020.

Cline also served as Vice President of the Pineville Area Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the Wyoming County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Upon learning of Cline’s passing, Gov. Justice said in a statement, “Sue was a great senator and an even greater friend who will be missed by so many. She will be remembered for her fierce loyalty to the great people of Wyoming County and all those in southern West Virginia.

“Cathy and I send our deepest condolences to Sue’s family and loved ones as they mourn her untimely death.”