James Wylie Blue
Retired Navy Master Chief Petty Officer James Wylie Blue, 75, of Greenbrier, Arkansas, passed away peacefully at home on January 10, 2020.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 15, at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Greenbrier, Arkansas. Service is 10 a.m. Thursday, January 16, at Lifesong Baptist Church in Greenbrier, Arkansas, with interment at 1 p.m. at Arkansas State Veteran's Cemetery, North Little Rock, Arkansas.
JW had 35 years of military service. His duty stations included numerous sea and shore commands but found his passion in recruiting young men and women into the United States Navy. Professional success followed him at each and every duty station.
JW is survived by his wife, Lydia, of 37 years; two sisters, Bettie June Lyon of Cedar Bluff, Mississippi, and Francis Kay Wheeler, of Mineral Wells, Texas.
Left to cherish his memory are daughters, Jami Elizabeth (Chad) Miller, Demetria "Buffy" Meadows, Keri Denise (Chris) Keis, and son, Garrett Wade Blue. His grandchildren were loved beyond measure, Taylor Reynolds (Greenbrier, Arkansas), Lane Alan Crawford (Mineral Wells, Texas), Cameron Bryce Miller (Tyler, Texas), Anna Grace Blue (Greenbrier, Arkansas), Ella Faith Blue (Greenbrier, Arkansas), Kylie Elizabeth Keis (Millsap, Texas), Ashton Bailee Miller (Mineral Wells, Texas), Kenidy Denise Keis (Millsap, Texas); and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by James Flenoy Blue (father), Veda Lavelle (Cruce) (mother), and Floyd Wheeler (brother-in-law), all from Mineral Wells, Texas; and Roland Lyon (brother-in-law). of Cedar Bluff, Mississippi.
JW embraced and loved the Greenbrier community and never met a stranger. He frequented the Wagon Wheel restaurant daily and offered wisdom at the Table of Knowledge. He was a golf fanatic and worked hard to promote the game. He was very interested in young people and offered encouragement to fulfill their future dreams.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Lifesong Baptist Church, 56th South Broadview Street, Greenbrier, Arkansas 72058.
Roller-McNutt Funeral Home
Published on January 13, 2020


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Robert Evan's, CWO/USN/RET
Jan 16, 2020
JW was my Navy Recruiter in 1972. He was the best man at my wedding in 1973. He was a friend and mentor.
Jaylia Martin
Jan 15, 2020
I remember J W Blue from Minerals Wells and the fact my parents Cleburne and Clara Belle Martin respected and like the Bluesโ€™ family members and store. It is so rewarding to see and celebrate and good life today like his. Gone home but never forgotten. Jadi Martin MWHS Class of 1969
John Zimmerman and Team
Jan 14, 2020
Peaceful White Lilies Basket was purchased for the family of James Wylie Blue by John Zimmerman and Team.ย  Send flowers
NC1 Retired Robert Phillips
Jan 14, 2020
NCCM Blue What a magnificent human being, he was a mentor a leader and most of all a Shipmate. He touched many a Sailor's lives and made a difference in this world...The Navy doesn't have many more left at his caliber. A man who took being a Sailor as a true commitment. You will be truly missed. Fair Winds and Following Seas........
Beverly Harrington King
Jan 14, 2020
JW was a very special person. So sorry for the loss. Many high school memories.
Roland Storey
Jan 13, 2020
JW was the man who recruited me in to the Navy he will always hold a special place in my heart my deepest condolences to the family
Martha Hermosillo Ruiz
Jan 13, 2020
I met JR in Junior High School, we were classmates all through High School. I would see him at his dadโ€™s store, he was a great friend. My thoughts and prayers with Lydia and all his family and friends ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™
Sandra Ferrell
Jan 13, 2020
Prayers of comfort, peace, and courage to the family of JW
Larry Lee
Jan 13, 2020
Rest in peace JW.