A $550,000 gift, the largest cash gift in the history of the college, was received from Nesbitt and Martha Martin Cline of Greenville, SC. The Cline’s generous donation is being used toward construction costs for two residence halls which will accommodate twenty-four students each. One of the two-story residence halls will be named in honor of Neb and Martha Cline.
Mr. Cline was born in Charlotte, NC. After a flu epidemic in the winter of 1918-19 claimed the lives of his parents, he moved to Connie Maxwell Children’s Home. Later, his career took him to Alabama, California, Georgia, North Carolina, and New Jersey, working for Goodyear, Standard Oil, and Sears Roebuck. He started his own company, The Cline Company, 47 years ago. Today, his two sons and four grandsons work for The Cline Company, which caters to the textile and marine industry with drive shafts, brakes, clutches, etc.
Martha Cline, who married Neb in 1941, is a Limestone College alumna and former music teacher. She served as pianist for their church, Earle Street Baptist for many years. She continues to be involved in the music ministry at the church by playing the piano for different organizations of the church.
Neb Cline commented at the ground-breaking, “We pray that these dormitories will be a blessing for years to come. We have been blessed beyond words, and we weanted to share it with you.”
Martha Cline added, “North Greenville’s focus on Christ making the difference is the highest standard of excellence you could have. Lives will continue to be changed here.”
Executive Director of Development Mike Carlton stated, “I was so overwhelmed with the generosity of this wonderful Christian couple. The uniqueness of this gift is the genuine love, care, and concern in which it was given.”
Printed in the September 1995 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.