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Friends and family pay tribute to one of West Virginia’s ‘greatest success stories’

BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) It was a stirring tribute inside the Raleigh County Convention Center Friday as friends and family paid tribute to one of West Virginia’s ‘greatest sons,’ Chris Cline, and his daughter, Kameron.

Cline’s long-time attorney, Brian Glasser, described his friend’s life as one of the state’s greatest success stories — a little boy from Isaban broke barriers in the coal industry.

Cline and his daughter were killed Thursday in a fatal helicopter crash off of the coast of the Bahamas.
Kameron Cline’s brother-in-law James Graham Kenan described his sister as a kind-soul with a love for friends and family.

“She could have anything she wanted. But she didn’t ask for or want for much. Expensive material things didn’t matter to her.”

When other people saw closed doors, Glasser said Chris Cline broke through them. But through that success, he said Cline never forgot the coal miner whose shoes he once filled. Cline was meticulous over miner safety and donated millions over the years to numerous charities, many benefiting children.

“Many people in this room were inspired by Chris or felt his presence. He was one of West Virginia’s greatest sons.”

Despite Cline’s success in business, his son-in-law said it was his role as father and grandfather that he cherished the most.

“There was so much love there. So much that each will be unwinding it for the rest of their life. Everyone here tonight will remember Chris as a raw force who could do the impossible.”

In lieu of flowers, the family  In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate gifts to either: Powercross, (www.powercross.org) a ministry for student athletes, at 1133 West Front Street, Statesville, N.C., 28677.  YMCA of Beckley-Raleigh County (www.ymcaswv.com), 121 East Main Street, Beckley, West Virginia, 25801

Annie Moore

Multimedia Journalist

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