Newly submitted obituary for SGM Marion Louie Dryden, 85

by | January 29, 2019 9:16 am

   Funeral services for SGM Marion Louie Dryden (ret), 85, of Swainsboro will be held Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Swainsboro First  Baptist Church with Reverend Casey Shaw and Reverend Franklin Sasser officiating. Graveside services with  full military honors will follow in the Swainsboro City Cemetery with Reverend Jim Harrell and Tommy Kirby officiating. He died Sunday morning, January 27, 2019 at his residence, under the care of hospice, following an extended illness.

Mr. Marion Louie Dryden Dryden was born on August 11, 1933 in Madison County, Florida to the late Reverend James Franklin Dryden and Mary Lizzie Phillips Dryden. Since 1966, he, along with his wife and two daughters, became residents of Emanuel County. He was a member of Swainsboro First Baptist Church and served as past president of the Lions Club, the Exchange Club, and Agri-Business. SGM Dryden retired from the United States Army after 20 years of service, including 11 years as a recruiter. He served in the Korean Conflict, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and in Vietnam. During his service, he was presented several medals of honor, including the Bronze Star, Army Commendation, Good Conduct, National Defense Service, Vietnam Service, Korea Defense, and a Triple Bronze Star. Following his service in the United States Army, SGM Dryden worked with Ford Motor Company, and was past owner of Fordville. He also worked with Modern Woodman Insurance Company. SGM Dryden received numerous perforce and sales awards through both Ford Motor and Woodman Insurance Companies. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 10208 in Salt Springs, Florida and was a member of the American Legion. In addition to his parents, SGM Dryden was preceded in death by his brothers, Quinton, James, Burt, Bennie, and Johnny Dryden; and his sisters, Lola Phillips, Arminta Raines, and Lola Sandefur. 

Survivors include his wife, Frances Wood Dryden; his daughters, Denise Dryden (Bob) Neil and Julie Dryden Holland; his grandchildren, Jed (Shaye) Davis, Laci Davis (Tommy) Kirby, and Anna Holland; his great-grandchildren, Kylie Davis, Jillian Davis, Gaston Kirby, and Lani Kirby; his great-great-grandchild, Braylee Williams; and a host of many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Mike Farthing, Don Wilkes, Milton Gray, Richard McNeely, Ed Daniels, Lamar Faircloth, Rosby McKenzie and Jeff Newsome. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Jimmy Morgan Sunday School Class and the Citizens Bank Coffee Club.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests all donations be made to Pruitt Hospice.

Tomlinson Funeral Home and Crematory of Swainsboro is in charge of arrangements.

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