Highway 11 bridge named after Pierce Cline

COVINGTON -- The Ga. Highway 11 bridge at exit 98 on Interstate 20 has been renamed the Pierce Lovett Cline Memorial Bridge by resolution of the Georgia General Assembly.

The late Pierce Cline was instrumental in the location of Georgia Perimeter College in the area. The site for the college is located on Cline's former cattle farm. Cline also headed up a committee that raised money to purchase technology for the school. Cline's close friend, Sandy Morehouse, initiated the honor, calling upon State Rep. Doug Holt, R-Social Circle, who co-sponsored the resolution.

"He was just a wonderful man; he was a friend to a lot of people. He was a very successful real estate entrepreneur. He was a wonderful giver of his own time and his own resources," Morehouse said.

In addition to his involvement with Georgia Perimeter, Cline was a supporter of Project Adventure, a program for troubled youth, and of Oxford College, which recognized his legacy with the school's lifetime achievement award, the R. Carl Chandler Award.

"He was a great example of a community leader and participated in community activities," Morehouse said.

Cline's widow, Margie, said the bridge renaming is a fitting tribute as "most students cross that bridge either going or coming."

Georgia Perimeter College recently dedicated its annual Daffodil Festival to Cline as well.

"It just keeps going on," Margie Cline said of the tributes to her late husband, who died in November. "I think Pierce would absolutely dig a hole and get in it if he knew all the things that are going on when he was so quiet, behind the scenes of everything."