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John W. Blue

Donalsonville, Georgia

September 25, 1925 - June 7, 2024

John W. Blue Obituary

SON, HUSBAND, FATHER, PAPA, UNCLE, MILITARY HERO,

COMMUNITY LEADER, DEACON, SINGER, MUSICIAN, CHRISTIAN:

AN ALL-AROUND EXTRAORDINARY MAN

MR. JOHN WINSTON BLUE departed this earthly life on June 7, 2024, at the age of 98. Enduring until the end, he was courageous, and the memories he made will continue to be inspirations to all who knew him. He was born on September 25,1925, to the late John Calvin and Mattie Blue in Laurinburg, North Carolina. His Christian foundation began at Wilson Chapel Presbyterian Church in Maxton, North Carolina. They raised a kind and humble man.

Throughout his journey of life, he exhibited great courage as he enlisted and served his country for six years. In 1946, Mr. Blue joined the United States Navy for two years. Upon leaving the Navy, he decided to continue his education by going to evening classes for Veterans. Prior to completion, he was eager to serve his country yet again and enlisted and served in the United States Army for four years. During his tour of duty, Mr. Blue Fought in the Korean War and World War II, receiving three medals: Tap OCC Medal-Bronze Star, Korean Service Medal with Three Stars and the United National Service Medal.

After being honorably discharged in 1952 from the United States Army, Mr. Blue moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he began working in the medical field at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. With many hours of training, he became part of the Cardiopulmonary By-pass Technology Team until his retirement in 1976. During this time, of course, he found a church home and became a member of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Jamaica, New York, where he served on the Deacon and Trustee Board.

Ironically, Mr. Blue met Ms. Bobbie Jean Manley at Antioch Baptist Church in Jamaica, New York, while she was in town visiting her cousin. It did not take long for them to court, fall in love and marry on July 14, 1963. Through this union, the two were blessed with a baby girl, Veita Altamease Blue.

This city man relocated to the small town of Donalsonville, Georgia, in 1976. This was where the love of his life Ms. Bobbie Jean Manley was born and raised.

The simplest pleasures brought Deacon Blue boundless joy. He was able to find pleasure in gardening and planting okra, tomatoes, squash, potatoes and collards. He found joy in sharing his crops with family and the community. You could find him sometimes in the yard being handy, especially tinkering with his lawnmower, weed eaters and other gardening tools to groom his crops and yard. Deacon Blue had a love for fishing and did not care what kind of fish he caught; he just wanted them cleaned, seasoned and deep fried. During his downtime, he enjoyed reclining in his favorite chair completing fill-in word puzzles.

When he first moved to Donalsonville, he worked with the IGA store as a clerk. Yet, still having a passion for the medical field and caring for patients, he left the store and began working at Bainbridge Memorial Hospital as an orderly in which he helped medical and nursing staff with numerous nursing and medical tasks until 2004.

“Deacon Blue”, as he was affectionately called, had a good heart which was contagious to everyone that he met. He did not meet any strangers and was

always eager to express his love for THE LORD. He shared his passion of praising as a self-taught piano player, and you always saw him carrying his tambourine to church with anticipation of praising through music. His favorite hymn was “What a Friend We Have in JESUS”; his favorite songs were “I Am Redeemed” and “He Touched Me”. His favorite motto was, “Be real in whatever you do.”

Deacon Blue was a faithful member of Saint Matthew Missionary Baptist Church, where Dr. Patrick J. Gilley Sr. is the pastor. He dutifully served on the Deacon Board and as President of the Senior Choir and Member of the Laymen Organization.

Deacon Blue also worshiped with his community. He was the musician for the Second District Union and Women’s Department of the First Flint River Missionary Baptist Association. He was also a member of the Blakely Mass Choir, Sons of Allen (St. John AME), James Clarke Community Choir (Bainbridge, Georgia), The Historic Wesley Chapel Male Chorus (Blakely, Georgia), and American Legion Post 157 (Donalsonville, Georgia).

His two sisters Mattie Blue and Mildred Wilson, niece Fagarow “Noonie” Wilson, and his four- legged daughter Joy Blue preceded him in death.

Mr. Blue is survived by his beautiful wife, Mrs. Bobbie Jean Manley Blue; dutiful daughter, Veita Ford (Robert); grandson, Ryan Ford (Nyhema); great grandchildren: Nyla’Faith, Sarya’Naomi and Zayd Rese; and his sister Mildred’s children who considered him their “special uncle” and affectionately called him “Uncle Tommie”: Beverly Spence, Sharon Merchant (Curtis), both of Bronx, New York, Charles Blue (Lynn) of Port Richey Florida, and Robert “Punchie'' Blue of Manhattan, New York. He also had a special relationship with Destiny and Domonique Washington, whom he considered his grandchildren, and a special friend, Archie Gilchrist Jr. of Stockton, California.

His loved ones will continue to honor his legacy by actively living positive wholesome lives and reminiscing on the great memories that each shared with MR. JOHN WINSTON BLUE.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of John W. Blue hosted by Moore Funeral Home LLC.

SON, HUSBAND, FATHER, PAPA, UNCLE, MILITARY HERO,

COMMUNITY LEADER, DEACON, SINGER, MUSICIAN, CHRISTIAN:

AN ALL-AROUND EXTRAORDINARY MAN

MR. JOHN WINSTON BLUE departed this earthly life on June 7, 2024, at the age of 98. Enduring until the end, he was courageous, and the memories he made will continue to be inspirations to all who knew him. He was born on September 25,1925, to the late John Calvin and Mattie Blue in Laurinburg, North Carolina. His Christian foundation began at Wilson Chapel Presbyterian Church in Maxton, North Carolina. They raised a kind and humble man.

Throughout his journey of life, he exhibited great courage as he enlisted and served his country for six years. In 1946, Mr. Blue joined the United States Navy for two years. Upon leaving the Navy, he decided to continue his education by going to evening classes for Veterans. Prior to completion, he was eager to serve his country yet again and enlisted and served in the United States Army for four years. During his tour of duty, Mr. Blue Fought in the Korean War and World War II, receiving three medals: Tap OCC Medal-Bronze Star, Korean Service Medal with Three Stars and the United National Service Medal.

After being honorably discharged in 1952 from the United States Army, Mr. Blue moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he began working in the medical field at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. With many hours of training, he became part of the Cardiopulmonary By-pass Technology Team until his retirement in 1976. During this time, of course, he found a church home and became a member of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Jamaica, New York, where he served on the Deacon and Trustee Board.

Ironically, Mr. Blue met Ms. Bobbie Jean Manley at Antioch Baptist Church in Jamaica, New York, while she was in town visiting her cousin. It did not take long for them to court, fall in love and marry on July 14, 1963. Through this union, the two were blessed with a baby girl, Veita Altamease Blue.

This city man relocated to the small town of Donalsonville, Georgia, in 1976. This was where the love of his life Ms. Bobbie Jean Manley was born and raised.

The simplest pleasures brought Deacon Blue boundless joy. He was able to find pleasure in gardening and planting okra, tomatoes, squash, potatoes and collards. He found joy in sharing his crops with family and the community. You could find him sometimes in the yard being handy, especially tinkering with his lawnmower, weed eaters and other gardening tools to groom his crops and yard. Deacon Blue had a love for fishing and did not care what kind of fish he caught; he just wanted them cleaned, seasoned and deep fried. During his downtime, he enjoyed reclining in his favorite chair completing fill-in word puzzles.

When he first moved to Donalsonville, he worked with the IGA store as a clerk. Yet, still having a passion for the medical field and caring for patients, he left the store and began working at Bainbridge Memorial Hospital as an orderly in which he helped medical and nursing staff with numerous nursing and medical tasks until 2004.

“Deacon Blue”, as he was affectionately called, had a good heart which was contagious to everyone that he met. He did not meet any strangers and was

always eager to express his love for THE LORD. He shared his passion of praising as a self-taught piano player, and you always saw him carrying his tambourine to church with anticipation of praising through music. His favorite hymn was “What a Friend We Have in JESUS”; his favorite songs were “I Am Redeemed” and “He Touched Me”. His favorite motto was, “Be real in whatever you do.”

Deacon Blue was a faithful member of Saint Matthew Missionary Baptist Church, where Dr. Patrick J. Gilley Sr. is the pastor. He dutifully served on the Deacon Board and as President of the Senior Choir and Member of the Laymen Organization.

Deacon Blue also worshiped with his community. He was the musician for the Second District Union and Women’s Department of the First Flint River Missionary Baptist Association. He was also a member of the Blakely Mass Choir, Sons of Allen (St. John AME), James Clarke Community Choir (Bainbridge, Georgia), The Historic Wesley Chapel Male Chorus (Blakely, Georgia), and American Legion Post 157 (Donalsonville, Georgia).

His two sisters Mattie Blue and Mildred Wilson, niece Fagarow “Noonie” Wilson, and his four- legged daughter Joy Blue preceded him in death.

Mr. Blue is survived by his beautiful wife, Mrs. Bobbie Jean Manley Blue; dutiful daughter, Veita Ford (Robert); grandson, Ryan Ford (Nyhema); great grandchildren: Nyla’Faith, Sarya’Naomi and Zayd Rese; and his sister Mildred’s children who considered him their “special uncle” and affectionately called him “Uncle Tommie”: Beverly Spence, Sharon Merchant (Curtis), both of Bronx, New York, Charles Blue (Lynn) of Port Richey Florida, and Robert “Punchie'' Blue of Manhattan, New York. He also had a special relationship with Destiny and Domonique Washington, whom he considered his grandchildren, and a special friend, Archie Gilchrist Jr. of Stockton, California.

His loved ones will continue to honor his legacy by actively living positive wholesome lives and reminiscing on the great memories that each shared with MR. JOHN WINSTON BLUE.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of John W. Blue hosted by Moore Funeral Home LLC.

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