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The Marion Star, Issue of September 7, 1927, Front Page
The Morning News Review (Florence, SC), Sunday, September 11, 1927, page 2.
(both newspapers carried the same obituary)


Beloved Citizen and Former County Officer Passed Away At His Home Near Marion
Early Friday Morning After An Illness of Ten Days.
Had Served Marion County as Sheriff, Treasurer and Member of the House.
A Son of a Famous Sire and a Brother of Famous Blue Brothers, Admiral Victor Blue and
Surgeon General Rupert Blue.
Came to Marion When a Lad and Has Always Been Close to Our People.
Large Gathering for Funeral Services. Interment at Old Cemetery.

William Evans Blue, former county officer and beloved citizen, died at his home a half mile north of Marion Friday morning at 3 o’clock after an illness of ten days.

From the first attack at his heart, about ten days ago, Mr. Blue’s physicians and his family held small hope of his recovery, as the attack was acute. Skilled physicians and nurses were employed to bring him relief, but the giant body and indomitable will gradually weakened under the onslaught of disease, and Friday morning all that was mortal of William E. Blue passed beyond the veil.

The funeral services, conducted by Dr. J. M. Holladay, of the Presbyterian Church, Dr. Rufus Ford and Rev. Williams, of Centenary, were held at the residence at 2:45 o’clock Saturday afternoon and a large number of sorrowing people from many parts of this and other counties were present to pay a last tribute of respect to this popular citizen. Immediately after the services at the home the funeral cortege passed through Marion to old Centenary Church, where the remains were interred in the Godbold family plot. Many of Mr. Blue’s life-time friends and neighbors served as honorary pall-bearers, while the active pall-bearers consisted of some of his younger friends and kinsmen. A mass of beautiful flowers covered the bier as loved ones sorrowfully turned from the tomb and with tear-dimmed eyes returned to their homes.

William Evans Blue, the son of the late Col. John Gilchrist Blue and Annie Evans Blue, was born, May 8, 1863, at the Blue Plantation, in Scotland County, N. C. His parents removed to Marion when the deceased was only a lad. Col. Blue was a splendid citizen and in the troublous days of Reconstruction was an inspired leader of the Hampton forces.

Until his voluntary retirement from public life, about ten years ago William E. Blue was one of the most popular and most competent officers of the county. He has served as sheriff, treasurer and as a member of the House. He was successful in some of the most heated campaigns in the history of Marion County, and even tho he made political enemies they always recognized his honesty, his fearlessness and his devotion to duty.

On July 26, 1911 Mr. Blue married Miss Elizabeth Godbold, daughter of the late J. M. and Augusta Richardson Godbold. In addition to his widow this splendid citizen is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Admiral Victor Blue, retired; Surgeon-General Rupert Blue, Mrs. Sallie B. John, Mrs. Ellie Blue Wheeler of Marion; Mrs. Ben Nicholson, of N. C. and Misses Kate Lily and Henrietta Blue, of this city.




Capt. John Aubrey Wheeler, of Camp Eustiss, Va., spent several days here last week, with his mother, Mrs. Effie Blue Wheeler, having been called here on account of the sad death of his uncle, the late William Evans Blue, of this city.

Submitted by Jane B. Thompson, 19 May 2004

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