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William F. DRYDEN Obituary
POQUOSON - William Freeman Dryden, 88, a native and lifelong resident of Poquoson, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012.
Freeman worked at C&O Railroad for a few years, and then retired in 1987 after 28 years from Newport News Shipbuilding, in the sheet metal department. He was a member of Tabernacle United Methodist Church, Poquoson, was treasurer of his Sunday school class, and was active in after-church visitation. He was a member of the Poquoson Yacht Club, the Poquoson Pythians Lodge #161, and the Warwick Moose Lodge #1711. Freeman loved farming, and continued selling produce at Miss Becky's Store. His homeplace was converted into what is now the Poquoson Museum.
Freeman was preceded in death by his parents, Wallie J. and Rebecca "Miss Becky" Dryden; his wife of 64 years, Roma L. Dryden; sisters, Charlotte Smith and Rebecca Freeman; and brother, John "Jack" Dryden.
He is survived by his daughter, Christy Firth and husband, E.T.; son, Ryan Dryden; two grandchildren, Janel Crawford Morgan, and Christopher Crawford and wife, April; a great-grandson, Zachary Morgan; sister, Mary Ann Lynch; beloved cat, Missey #2; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, and other times at 204 Sir Ralph Lane, Poquoson. A celebration of Freeman's life will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home, by Pastor Donald G. Marsh. Burial will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News.
Memorial contributions may be made to Poquoson Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 2099, Poquoson, VA 23662.
Online condolences to www.claytorrollins.com
Special thanks to the fifth floor nurses at Riverside Hospital, and to hospice nurse, Jessica Dryden Hunter, for their care and support. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.


Published in Daily Press from Nov. 27 to Nov. 28, 2012
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