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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Aarin Marlow lit a candle on Mar 31 2018 12:54:21 AM
What a great lady! I miss you dearly ... but you are with our Heavenly Father rejoicing ! Thank you for all the great teaching memories and laughs. Mrs. Michelle was a very faithful and amazing lady ! Save me a seat. Much love and deepest prayers for Mr. Bernie and Ms. Faye. Rest In Peace Angel !
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Yvonne Moore Taylor lit a candle on Mar 29 2018 05:40:59 PM
My deepest sympathies. Michelle will be greatly missed and remembered fondly as a loving, kind, energetic, engaging, supportive coworker and friend.
Submitted by Sharon Best on Mar 29 2018 11:07:36 AM
Faye and Bernie, what a beautiful life God gave you two to enjoy for many years, yet far too few. However, through the eyes of those who knew her so well, I see that this jewel of a young lady lived perhaps more in her 48 years than most of us live in 70 or more. What a legacy she leaves in the hearts and souls of so many, children and adults alike. She will surely live on in you and in all those privileged to have known this beautiful soul. May God give you the strength to endure your loss. Love and prayers!
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Sheila Campbell Hill lit a candle on Mar 28 2018 08:22:44 PM
Michelle and I drove school buses for Boone Trail while we were students at Western Harnett High School. She was always bubbly and talkative. I admired how she continued her education and the love she had for children. I will be praying for her family and honored to know her.
Submitted by Sheila Campbell Hill on Mar 28 2018 08:22:20 PM
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