Willis H. Dryden

Willis H. Dryden Sr.

CRISFIELD — Willis H. Dryden Sr., 68, of Crisfield 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 Dec. 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 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.

He is survived by his wife of almost 38 years, Virginia Lee Sterling Dryden of Crisfield; seven children and 14 grandchildren, Nancy Lemler and husband, Bob, of Pennsylvania; Kenny Sterling of New Jersey 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 and her daughter, Nina Kaye Adkins; cousins, Bruce Chelton of Florida 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.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Beverly Dryden Rayne in 2011.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. at Bradshaw & Sons Funeral Home in Crisfield, where a viewing will be held from 1-2 p.m. The Rev. Robert Daniels will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow 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 The Daily Times on Jan. 6, 2013