We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Revels Funeral Home - Lumberton
Genelle Oxendine Blue, 51, of St. Pauls, NC, went home to be with the Lord on June 6, 2022, after a valiant battle with cancer.
On September 20, 1970, Genelle was born to Steven and Elaine Oxendine in Robeson County, NC, and grew up in the Shannon community. After she graduated from Magnolia High School in 1988, she went on to study at East Carolina University and later transferred to North Carolina State University, where she graduated with her BS in Sociology. Genelle was very active in several Native American student organizations and always encouraged and mentored many Indian students during her time on and off-campus.
While at ECU, Genelle met the love of her life, Neil Blue, Jr., and they were married on December 31, 1994. They resided in Greenville, NC, for 13 years, where they attended the Pentecostals of Greenville and made many lifelong friends. In 2008, Neil and Genelle moved "back home" and joined United the Pentecostal Church of Spring Lake as Associate Pastors. Neil and Genelle served in many areas of ministry during their marriage including pastoring in Wadesboro, NC. Genelle was the type of person who inspired you to be better just by the life she lived. If the Jesus people see is the Jesus in us, then they saw a Jesus of love and compassion in Genelle. Neil and Genelle were dedicated soul winners and avid home Bible study teachers. Neil taught the Bible studies, but Genelle loved. Her true unconditional love for people, sweet spirit, and desire to see people receive the same type of experience with God that she had received automatically drew people to her. Her unwavering faith was displayed in so many ways throughout her life and during her sickness. After her cancer diagnosis, she often comforted her family and friends by saying, "God has this under control."
In addition to being a dedicated and loving wife and daughter, Genelle worked with the Partnership for Children of Cumberland County. She was always known for her meticulous record-keeping and going the extra mile, and always willing to lend a helping hand to her co-workers. Even after her diagnosis, she continued to work and tried to make any transition for her co-workers as easy as possible.
Genelle is survived by her husband of 27 years, Neil Blue, of the home. She is also survived by her parents Stephen and Elaine Oxendine, one brother Stevie Oxendine, and one sister Gail Baker (Sean) all of Shannon, her father-in-law Jack Blue of Rowland, brother-in-law Chris (Shona) Blue of Garner, and brother-in-law Cory (Casey) Blue of Rowland. As well as 7 nephews and 3 nieces, 2 great-nephews, two special cousins, Billenna Richardson and Tammy Brayboy, and many other relatives, friends, church family, and co-workers. She had an incredible faith that will forever be remembered.
The family wishes to encourage those wanting to remember Genelle with a memorial tribute to benefit organizations she cared about to consider a donation to any of the following:
The Partnership for Children of Cumberland County at www.ccpfc.org/genelle
The American Cancer Society at https://donate3.cancer.org – Designation to Genelle Blue
Fayetteville Technical Community College Student Relief Fund, which provides emergency assistance to students facing financial hardship such as rent, utilities, childcare, transportation, and food. In Genelle’s memory, donations may be made to FTCC Foundation’s Student Relief Fund at PO Box 35236, Fayetteville, NC 28303 or via https://www.faytechcc.edu/giving/give-now/. The Student Relief Fund is the second item on the drop-down menu under “designation.” Designation to Genelle Blue.
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