Michelle Lea Cline Restifo, 48, of Sanford, NC fought the good fight, kept the faith and received her crown of glory on March 25, 2018. Michelle was born on February 17, 1970 in Richmond, Virginia but grew up in Harnett County NC.
She was the daughter of the late James Luke Cline and Faye Moss Cline of Lillington, NC. She was married to Bernard Restifo of New York, USAF Retired. Michelle attended Cape Fear Christian Academy as a child but was a graduate of Western Harnett High School. There Michelle drove a school bus while working as a teacher assistant. She attended Campbell University earning a Bachelor’s Degree of Science Graduating Summa Cum Laude. Michelle became a teacher at Western Harnett Middle School working with exceptional children. She continued her studies at Campbell University earning two Master’s degrees, one in School Administration and the other in Education. Michelle was recognized a WHMS Teacher of the Year and Harnett County Teacher of the Year in 2010-2011. She was also recognized as a NC Teacher of Excellence in exceptional children’s field. Her love for children and their needs was her greatest asset. After working in the classroom, she moved to a Central Office Position as an Exceptional Children’s Compliance Specialist working with teachers in various schools. Michelle was member of the Gamma Pi Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa an education sorority for women. She was an active member at Gourd Springs Baptist Church teaching the C3 Adult Sunday School Class. Michelle hobbies included fishing, football, and classic cars.
Michelle is survived by her husband Bernard Restifo and her mother Faye Moss Cline. She was preceded in death by her father and grandparents Russell and Alma Moss and Madison and Ethel Cline.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 between 6-8 pm at O’Quinn Peebles Phillips Funeral Home in Lillington NC, 27546. The Funeral will be on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 4 pm at Gourd Springs Baptist Church, 4575 Ray Rd, Spring Lake NC 28390 with Pastor Ronnie Stewart officiating. Entombment is at Westview Cemetery in Lillington, NC 27546 immediately following the funeral service.
O'Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home & Crematory
Wednesday March 28th, 2018
6:00pm - 8:00pm
1310 S. Main St.
Lillington, NC 27546
Gourd Springs Baptist Church
Thursday March 29th, 2018
4575 Ray Rd
Spring Lake, NC 28390
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They Say ~ By John Tranmer
They say I'm sorry for your loss
They say your heart will mend
They say you're in a better place,
and death is not the end.
They say you're reunited
with loved ones gone before.
They say that you'll be waiting
when I walk through heaven's door.
I feel their love in every word
of comfort they impart,
and know that each is spoken
from deep within the heart.
But all the words of comfort,
though kind, sincere, and true,
can't take away the emptiness
I'm feeling without you.
My heartfelt condolences to the love of Michelle’s life, Mr. Bernie, and her sweet sweet momma, Ms. Faye. I’m eternally grateful that GOD’s perfected Will for my life afforded me to know Michelle. To know her, was to love her. Thank you both for sharing Michelle with so many of us. She was a beacon on light & she sprinkled everyone she encountered with the selfless love that she showered upon you both. Michelle is sorely missed, however, may we find solace and rejoice in knowing, “To be absent from the body is to be present with The Lord.”
You all remain in my prayers,
Ms. Tirea M Sansbury
EC Teacher/Case Manager
Overhills Middle School
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I am praying for much peace and comfort in the days ahead, for the family of this life well lived. Michelle was my compliance specialist as I worked as a Special Education in Harnett County. She was indeed passionate about her work, and truly had a heart for children. I can recall attending her engagement party. She was absolutely thrilled to be marrying her best friend. She has transitioned to greater glory.
Submitted by Micala Fisher on Mar 28 2018 01:23:29 PM
Faye, Ray and I are so very saddened by your loss of Michelle. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and her husband. We remember the cute little child who met the school bus with Lisa and Marc. We saw her not too long ago at a restaurant and had the opportunity to talk to her. Our love, Ray and Ann Adcock
Submitted by Ray and Ann Adcock on Mar 28 2018 12:54:35 PM
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27 May God give you and your family strength and I know He will my friend.
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Lifting your family in prayer!!! WHHS class of '88
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