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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Michelle has been such a wonderful friend, co-worker and advocate for my son. I know that she is in Heaven and at peace... Our family will miss you!
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Faye and Bernie, we are so sorry for your loss. She was a bright light in this world and always a friend. She will be missed by so many. Prayers for you both. I can only imagine the hug she gave Jesus and her daddy! James and Darla Gunter
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