Mr. Illinois Blue, son of Wanda E. Blue was born October 8, 1972 in Lumberton, North Carolina. He peacefully transitioned from Earth to Glory on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loved ones.
“Dean,” as he was affectionately called by family and friends attended the Public Schools of Robeson County and graduated from Fairmont High School in the Class of 1991. He was loved by everyone that he came in contact with, to know him was to love him. You could not be around him without laughing the entire time. Dean was a Dallas Cowboy Super Fan along with “his” North Carolina Tar Heels. He also enjoyed playing spades and throwing horseshoes.
Preceding him in death was his brother, Anthony Blue; maternal grandmother, Mable McDowell; a nephew, Jaron “Moe” Blue; one aunt, Tina Nealy; two uncles: Linwood Blue and Reverend Dr. Danny Blue.
Dean leaves to cherish his fondest memories: his wife, Felishia Blue of the home; his mother, Wanda Blue; his children: Shanee, Keyonna (William), Jacquetta, Takara, William, Adarius, and Javian. Grandchildren: Zaniya, Dazariah, Dazaya, Cassidy, Alona, Alaylah, Cenovia, Kaylind, Khloe, Caleb, and Dakoyta. Two sisters: Wanda “Von” Blue and Lisa McQueen (Dajuan); and a brother, Donald Blue; one sister-in-law: Millicent Leonard. Nieces: Jasmine, Arabia, Kaleia, Areona, Sequoia, Dalasia, Antana, and Mary. Nephews: Deshawn, Tishawn, Brandon, De`Andre, Antonio, Jaiden, Bleu. Aunts: Joyce Moore, Carolyn Moody (Stanley), Janice Blue, Amanda Powell (Randy) and two uncles: James Blue (Brenda) and Paul Blue and a host of family and friends.
Close relatives that were raised as brothers and sisters are: Linwood Blue, Kayunda Jackson, Antonio Blue, Kendrick Moore, Frankie Jackson, Sheba Blue, Mine Blue, and Kismet Blue. Special friends: Robert McKinnis, Corey Chavis, Latiska Stephens, Tomeka Hill and Ernie McDaniel (best friend for 30+ years).