Elmer Neil Cline of Miami died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1920, in Miami after a sudden illness.

He was 87.

Cline was born Jan. 31, 1920, in Putnam to Jacob Sherman and Missouri Gertrude “Lacy” Cline. He graduated from Miami High School in 1939.

He was a World War II veteran of the Army.

He worked for the City of Miami.

He was a life member and past post commander of American Legion Post No. 147 and Post Chef-de-gare of Voiture 213 of 40 & 8 Societe of Miami. He was a member of the Northeast Oklahoma Funeral Detail and the Disabled American Veterans.

He was a member and served as a deacon at the First Christian Church of Miami.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Lucille Cline, on Dec. 20, 2006, and by one son, Roger.

Survivors include two sons and their wives, James and Diana Cline of Owasso and Dale and Karen Cline of Columbus, Mo., seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at First Christian Church in Miami with the Rev. Leon Weece officiating. Burial will be in Noel (Mo.) Cemetery.

Military rites will be conducted by the Northeast Oklahoma Funeral Detail.

Pallbearers will be members of the Northeast Oklahoma Funeral Detail.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami.

Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church building fund.