Willis H. Dryden

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CRISFIELD - Willis H. Dryden, Sr. died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Born in Crisfield on Feb. 10, 1944, he was the son of the late Norris Robert "Shug" Dryden, who died in 1985, and the late Isabel Chelton Dryden who died December 10, 2012. A graduate of Crisfield High School class of 1963, he was a waterman and served 10 years in the Army National Guard. He also worked at Rubberset Corp. in Crisfield. He was a member of the Crisfield Elks Lodge #1044. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with the gang at Gordon's. He also enjoyed playing games on Facebook the last few years. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Beverly Dryden Rayne in 2011. He is survived by his wife of almost 38 years, Virginia Lee Sterling Dryden of Crisfield; seven children, Nancy Lemler and husband Bob of Pa.; Kenny Sterling of N.J. and his children Kristal and Kenny, Jr.; Iva Jean Riggin and husband Jay of Crisfield; Reginald Sterling and wife Beverly of Salisbury and their children, Reggie, Jr., Tracey, and Jordan; Ronnie Sterling and wife Melinda of Crisfield and their children Kelly and Scott; Willis H. Dryden, Jr. and wife Andrea of Marion Station and their children Mallory, Madison, and Molly; and Michelle Dryden of Crisfield and her children, Nina Marie, Olivia, Shelby, and Gavin; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Marlene Dryden Adkins of Crisfield; a niece, Nina Kaye Adkins of Crisfield and her daughter Lauren; cousins, Bruce Chelton of Fla. and Donnie Chelton of Salisbury; his special friends, Billy and Monique Welch of Marion Station, and Doug Nelson, Fred and Joan Simms, Buddy Carson, Buddy Carson, Jr. and Tim Carson, all of Crisfield; and many other friends at Gordon's in Crisfield. Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Bradshaw & Sons Funeral Home in Crisfield where a viewing was held from 1 to 2 p.m. The Rev. Robert Daniels officiated. Interment with military honors followed in Sunnyridge Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Lower Somerset County Ambulance and Rescue Squad, LSCARS, P.O. Box 406, Crisfield, MD 21817; or to the . To send condolences, please visit www.bradshawandsonsfuneralhome.com

Published in NewsZapMD on Jan. 16, 2013
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