NEW MADRID - William O. "Shorty" Blue, 85, died Jan. 8, 2007, at his home.
Born Aug. 19, 1921, in the Farrenburg community, to the late William Henry "W.H." and Jennie Harr Blue, he was a World War II veteran and received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medals.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Allen Blue on July 6, 1977.
One son, Billy Blue; two sisters and one brother also preceded him in death
Other survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Chuck and Linda Blue of Wildwood; one daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Bill Boyd of New Madrid; one sister, Earline Sweet of the Farrenburg Community; one brother, Raymond "Pete" Blue of East Prairie; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Richards Funeral Home in New Madrid, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Leonard Aarant officiating.
Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in New Madrid.