Bobby Dotson Cline was born in Lawton, on Oct. 22, 1931. Upon his death on Dec. 20, 2019, Bob joined his wife of over 60 years, Penny (Pearl Stiner). He attended Rexroat Elementary and when the family (parents Roy and Bonnie (Rice) Cline and brother Kenneth Rogers) moved to Oklahoma City, he attended Cleveland Elementary, Taft Jr. High and Classen High School, graduating in 1950. Bob began wrestling in jr. high and boxing in high school and continued through his service in the Navy. In high school he was a Golden Gloves boxer who weighed in at 105 lbs. Bob met Penny, the love of his life, at NW Baptist Church in Oklahoma City while still in high school.
Bob enlisted in the US Navy immediately after high school. He proposed to Penny by letter as soon as she graduated high school in 1952 and included a one-way ticket to Hawaii, where he was stationed. After the Navy, they moved back to Oklahoma, now with baby Bobby in tow, where Bob graduated with an education degree from Central State College. And now with another baby, Lanita (Parker), they moved to Seattle, where Bob began his life-long career with the YMCA and where son Terry was born. After serving as the physical director with the YMCA in Seattle and Wenatchee, Wash., and Ft. Worth, Texas, he became the executive director in Ardmore, where he finished out his career.
Fond memories for Bob included beautiful canoe trips with Bobby Joe through Canada, mountain hiking, helping teach multiple generations how to swim, and being a racquetball fanatic (playing in the Senior Olympics). He recalled leading exercise classes (aerobics) early in his career which were accompanied by a pianist who provided the music for the class. Later in life he hit every garage sale in Ardmore and managed two antique booths, which were more about socializing and less about treasures.
Bob is survived by three children, granddaughters Michelle Stevenson and Lisa Batson, and multiple great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Bob provided us with many wonderful memories as well, which we will cherish. The family would like to thank his YMCA family, friends, fellow garage salers and antique booth colleagues, and especially the staff and residents, volunteers and service organizations at the Ardmore Veterans’ Center, who provided him with outstanding care and a loving environment.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Caregivers’ Support Group, which Bob helped found, at Southwest Baptist Church, 2120 Myall St., Ardmore, OK 73401, and the Iron Riders Motorcycle Club, P.O.Box 434, Lone Grove, OK 73443 which regularly sponsors events at the Veterans’ Center.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 at the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home Centennial Chapel in Ardmore.
Memorial condolences may be left for the family online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com, where Cremation With Care was entrusted.