Attorney John Cloninger
Attorney John Cloninger is a 1978 magna cum laude graduate from the University of North Carolina Charlotte School of Law who represents injury victims throughout Western North Carolina. His services have earned him national renown and earned an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Bristol continued his trust in Cloninger the following season, giving him more starts than any other Reds pitcher except Jim Merritt and Warren Spahn. Unfortunately, however, Cloninger’s struggles with control hampered his progress.
Early Life and Education
Cloninger was born in Lincoln County, near Charlotte. During her formative years on a farm she excelled at mathematics and science studies while later attending a country school.
Carl E. Cloninger was an established farmer and livestock breeder who also loved baseball; two of her sons pursued professional careers in minor league baseball leagues.
As John remains her devoted partner of 58 years, Donetta leaves three sons behind: Don Jr., Jack, and Mike; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sister Mary Gadd; as well as many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will take place Saturday afternoon at 4PM at Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and, instead of flowers being sent directly, donations may be made directly to Levine & Dickson Hospice House Huntersville instead.
Cloninger first made his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds of 1964 after two more seasons in the minors, becoming one of few bright spots on an otherwise disappointing pitching staff – sharing in over 40% of wins along with Bob Lemaster!
His breakthrough came on July 3 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco when he became the first pitcher ever to hit two grand slams within one game, followed by setting a minor league record of 16 strikeouts within an innings on July 4.
Today, Cloninger practices law at John C. Hensley Jr., P.C. He provides representation for injury victims suffering due to medical malpractice, product liability cases, automobile or trucking accidents or workplace injuries. Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Cloninger their highest legal ability rating.
Achievement and Honors
Cloninger has earned numerous accolades and awards for her research, scholarship and teaching, including being honored as the recipient of the 2014 James and Mary Ross Provost’s Excellence Award winner for having demonstrated first-rate scholarship in teaching. Furthermore, she conducts cutting-edge research which involves undergraduate students.
Her practice is known for its responsiveness and dedication in assisting clients through challenging times. She earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, as well as membership of the North Carolina Bar Association.
In 1970, the Braves sent Cloninger down to Class A Jacksonville with the hope that he would serve as an ace replacement for Warren Spahn (aging). Cloninger won 19 games that year; an achievement which still holds as the most by any rookie pitcher in franchise history.
Cloninger continued farming in Lincoln County while also engaging in his favorite activity – quail hunting. He and his brother would often take time off work to go hunting together nearby communities.
Cloninger spent his offseason working as sheriff’s deputy in a nearby county while also spending time at his family farm and further exploring his passions of player scouting and development with multiple Major League teams.
Doris Cloninger was an amazing foster mother to many children through House of Samuel, as well as being the proud grandmother to eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She leaves behind her beloved husband Charles L. Cloninger of Cowgill; daughters Carol and Carla Hall (Cullin and Gracie); son, Johnny Cloninger from Iron Station; brother Mike Ballew as well as nieces and nephews who all miss her dearly.
Cloninger made his professional baseball debut for the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, and St. Louis Cardinals between 1984-1997; batting right-handed and throwing right-handed respectively, his win/loss record stood at 113-97 with an earned run average of 4.07 while amassing 1,120 strikeouts.
Community involvement included membership of both Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce, board membership with Aflac Inc, elder/deacon duties at St Mark’s ELCA Lutheran Church Claremont.
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