Kimberly Cline Callahan, age 57, of Ellenboro, NC died Saturday, October 7th at her home. Kim was born August 9th, 1960 in Tokyo Japan where her parents were stationed while her father served as a medical officer in the United States Air Force. Kim grew up in Durham, North Carolina and graduated from Jordan High School in Durham. She then went on to pursue her undergraduate degree in Biology from Wake Forest University and she received her Bachelor’s in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kim served as a registered nurse for 34 years, 21 of those years spent at Hospice of Cleveland County, where she served as Director of Nursing at both Wendover and Testa hospice houses.
She was a true example of servant leadership with her staff. Kim was a dedicated member of the Hopewell-Hollis Ruritan Club, and was recognized as Ruritan of the year numerous times. She was also a beloved member of Liberty Baptist Church in Ellenboro, NC. Kim was a faithful member of the choir, Sunday school teacher, and Awana leader. She also led the women’s ministry for many years in bible study, retreats, and other special events.
She is preceded in death by her father, Dr. John William Cline.
Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Tim Callahan, daughters Sarah and Whitney, mother Sally Cline of Graham, NC, brothers Steve Cline and wife Maggie, of Atlanta, GA, David Cline and wife Christy, of Albemarle, NC, Todd Cline and wife Kelly, of Burlington, NC, sister-in-law Tyra Jones and husband Bruce of Lake Wylie, SC, brother-in-law, Randy Callahan of California, mother-in-law Dorothy Jones and husband Myles, of Mooresboro, NC, numerous nieces and nephews, and close friends who are like family.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 10th, at 4:00 at Liberty Baptist Church in Ellenboro with Dr. Mack Tester, Reverend Owen Duncan and Dr. Ron Lynch officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday, October 9th from 5:00 until 8:00 at The Padgett and King Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 953 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150 or Liberty Baptist Church Building fund, Post Office Box 1000, Ellenboro, NC 28040 .
The Padgett and King Mortuary & Crematory is in charge of arrangements and an online guest registry is available at www.padgettking.com
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Kim was an amazing Christian woman, leader, and nurse. I am so honored to have worked with her for so many years. I learned so much from her example. I am better for having her in my life and will forever miss her. I will never forget her!
Submitted by Lee Ann Long on Oct 8 2017 08:41:55 PM
I am sending warm thoughts to Kim's family. I did not realize that Kim was a hospice nurse...but of course, she was a very special person doing what may be the most important job ever!
We went to high school together and had many, many days and nights of laughter. One memory stands out...it was spring and the prom was approaching. The room was filled with "the girls"...the chatter was abundant. Some of us had dates, but many did not...yet we all knew that "the boys" were in the same situation. Kim - perched on the arm of a chair (I still see her sitting there) seemed to hatch a plan. (It's very likely that Sally, Kim's mom was encouraging this - she was in the room too)...Anyway, Kim took the leadership role, assuring all of us that she would arrange it all with Steve....and she did. That night "the girls" all determined who should go to the prom with who...and Kim brokered the dates with Steve. (It's possible that "the boys" don't actually remember it this way, but trust me, this is how it unfolded!) We all had a wonderful time! Friends. Gosh....friends.
Submitted by Teressa Jimenez on Oct 8 2017 08:38:46 PM
I am sending many thoughts and prayers to Kim’s family. She was a kind soul and I have warm memories from high school and after. She always had a smile for everyone.
Submitted by Connie Pennell Steigerwald on Oct 8 2017 06:21:25 PM
I am so sorry to learn of Kim’s death. In high school, back in Durham, Kim was a friend to everybody she met and was a talented oboist in the Jordan High School band. She was such a warm person and a fun person to be around. My prayers for her family and close friends.
Submitted by K. Aaron Thompson on Oct 8 2017 05:59:45 PM
Patient, loving, and kind. I will miss you.
Submitted by Ursula T. Walls on Oct 8 2017 05:16:47 PM
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Ursula T. Walls lit a candle on Oct 8 2017 05:15:00 PM
Dear Tim & Family, we wanted to write and let you know how sorry we were to hear about all that Kim has been through. We have so many fond memories of your time at Hunter Hills Church. What a gift to have known your family! We know that our time here on this earth is only temporary. So thankful to know who holds our future! We will ask God to bring each of you to mind so we can pray for you during the coming days! We thank God for your family! Sincerely, Carolyn & Skip Nix
Submitted by Carolyn Nix on Oct 8 2017 03:33:19 PM
Truly a blessing to have known Kim as well as worked with her at Hospice. She touched many lives over the years and will be missed.
Submitted by Rhonda Hunley on Oct 8 2017 03:16:47 PM
I only met Kim a couple times going to some ladies ministries at Liberty with a friend. In just those couple meetings I could tell she had a true heart for people and Christ. Prayers are with the family.
Submitted by Ashley Henderson on Oct 8 2017 02:24:57 PM
May God provide you all with peace, comfort and understanding during this difficult time.
Submitted by Brandon Gosey on Oct 8 2017 02:13:33 PM
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