H. Clifton Blue Jr.
Herbert Clifton Blue Jr., 72, of Pinebluff, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, of heart disease, at his home.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Boles Funeral Home, in Southern Pines, with the Rev. Archie Stevens officiating. The family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at Boles Funeral Home, in Southern Pines.
“Cliff” grew up in Aberdeen. He was the son of Herbert Clifton Blue and Gala Nunnery Blue, of Aberdeen. Cliff was a graduate of Aberdeen High School, class of 1959. He graduated from Louisburg College, class of 1962.
After college, he was drafted by the United States Army as a military police officer, stationed in Germany. After being honorably discharged, he moved back to the Sandhills and went to work for his father at the Sandhill Citizen newspaper in news and advertising, and later, as managing editor.
Mr. Blue was also elected police commissioner for Moore County. Later in his career, he owned and operated the Captain Print Shop in Aberdeen, on Knight Street.
He is survived by his wife, Kay Starnes Blue, of Pinebluff; his sons, Herbert Clifton “Trip” Blue III and wife, Kimberly, and Patrick Starnes Blue, both of Pinebluff; his brother, John Lee Blue (Lynn), of Pinebluff; sisters, Patsy Bailey (David), of Derwood, Md., and Beth (Max) Willet, of Cary; two granddaughters, Annon Blue and Cara Blue, both of Pinebluff; and many nieces and nephews.
Online condolences may be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com.
Boles Funeral Home and Crematory of Southern Pines is serving the family.