OBITUARY

Mickey Wilson Dry

1 October, 19395 October, 2021

Mickey Wilson Dry, 82, was born in Albemarle, North Carolina. He graduated from Albemarle High School, Lenoir-Rhyne College (now Lenoir-Rhyne University), and School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University. He completed the Executive Program at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Mickey also served in the NC Air National Guard for six years before being honorably discharged in 1967.

He was married for almost 60 years to Dorothy Dry, his college sweetheart, whom he met when they were both students at Lenoir-Rhyne, class of 1961. He retired January 2001 after 39 years of employment with the Wachovia Corporation, as the Chief Credit Officer and Senior Executive Vice President. Mickey has resided in Albemarle, Shelby, Charlotte, Kinston, Greenville, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Singer Island and Port St. Lucie, Florida. Mickey treasured the relationships he developed in all of these places, and happily maintained them over the years.

A lot of what Mickey enjoyed centered around his appreciation of nature and the beauty of the outdoors. In his days of living in eastern North Carolina he enjoyed sailing with his family and friends. He always liked hiking and traveling to U.S. National Parks. When Mickey and Dorothy moved to Florida, one of their favorite activities was walking on the beach together. He loved spending time with his family and was there to celebrate milestones, including grandchildren’s birthdays. He also valued being part of the smaller, everyday moments, such as watching them play sports, sharing a good book, or just hearing about their day. For 20 years, Mickey and Dot had a cabin in Meadows of Dan, Virginia, and he delighted in hosting his grandchildren for visits and exploring the area together by hiking, fishing, and canoeing. As an engaged member of his larger community, Mickey served on numerous boards and was part of many organizations. He was formerly on the boards of Winston-Salem State University, Piedmont Regional Trauma Board, and Old Hickory Council of Boy Scouts of America. As an alum, he was deeply involved with Lenoir-Rhyne, serving as Chairman of the Board of Visitors, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and President of the Greenville Area Alumni Association. He was an active member of the Lutheran churches in the communities where he resided.

Mickey is survived by his loving wife Dorothy; son Todd and daughter-in-law Nita; daughter Tracy and son-in-law Gavin; and grandsons Brandon, Chandler, Bryce, Garrett, and Sterling. He was preceded in death by his parents, Myron and Clara Dry of Albemarle, North Carolina. One of the things we’ll miss most was how present and engaged he was with all of us. He always provided unconditional love and support to each one of us.

Something close to his heart was providing educational opportunities for children of all ages. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Lenoir-Rhyne University at https://www.lr.edu/give, or the Holy Spirit Lutheran Church Preschool, Juno Beach at https://www.hslcjuno.org/donate.

A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 13301 Ellison Wilson Rd, Juno Beach, FL 33408. Following the funeral service will be a committal service at Riverside Memorial Park, 19351 SE County Line Road, Tequesta, FL 33469.

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  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, 14 October , 2021

  • Committal Service to Follow

    Thursday, 14 October , 2021

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Roxanna Leon

15 October 2021

Only good memories from Grandpa when he was visiting the boys and spend time with us. A lovely person, he was always nice to me.
My condolences to all the family, you all are in my prayers, love you all.

Meredith Hull

14 October 2021

My formative years were heavily influenced by the fine gentleman that was Mickey Dry. I am a better person for having known him. He and Dot did a marvelous job of raising two remarkable children. All of the Dry's are very lucky to have had his strong but gentle presence in their lives.
Much love to all!
The Hulls

Elizabeth Deal

13 October 2021

We remember with fondness our four years as classmates and friends at Lenoir Rhyne College. We pray that your faith in a loving God and strength from loving family and friends will sustain you on your journey of grieving the death of your beloved life partner, Mickey.
Libby and Claude

Pamela White

13 October 2021

Mickey was a true gentleman. All my interactions with him while at Wachovia were pleasant, and, oftimes amusing. I am honored to have known him.

Chuck and Kathy Foster

12 October 2021

Aunt Dot & family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We have wonderful memories of Uncle Mickey during the many visits to mom and dad’s house.

Rich & Pat Yeakey

12 October 2021

Yesterday’s influence.
Today’s memories.
Tomorrow’s reunion.
Our hearts are broken to hear of Mickey’s passing. We have been friends with Mickey & Dot for 20 years…but even 20 years isn’t long enough. We will always cherish the sweet memories we have of much time spent together in Florida and even in Michigan.
To Dot and family: May Our great God surround you with His loving care as you grieve this deep loss in your lives.
Much love, Pat & Rich

Fred Brown

11 October 2021

I think I knew Joe. I am a hall of fame player that went to graduate school after I came out of the 82bd Airborne Division after a tour as a Company Commander in 2nd 325th Infantry (ABN) . I transferred to the NC Air Guard where I commanded the 156th Aeromedical Squadron for 19 years and received 2nd Bronze Star. LR empowers folks like Joe and me to achieve much .. in my case much more than I expected.. Fred Brown , Colonel (ret)

Richard Maxey

11 October 2021

I have known Mickey forever! In college together and in the Banking circles for many years. Someone to look up to and admire.LR and the rest of us will miss him. There is no question Mick is in the hands of God.

Elizabeth Gilley

11 October 2021

We Gilleys loved him too and are better humans for having known him!! My love and heartfelt compassion is extended to those who loved him the most. Beth

David Keck Sr

11 October 2021

Dear Dot, family and others dear to Mickey: Grace and peace from our Lord Jesus. We grieve with you at the death of this "best beloved son" of Lenoir-Rhyne and faithful family and follower of his Savior. I always felt a kinship with Mickey since my grandfather Rhodes (Dr. George H.) was his pastor (1939-49 at First Lutheran until retirement) and probably baptized Mickey as he did me in May of 1939 when I was 6 months old, coming down from Illinois to my Mom's parents home. That baptismal font is still in that same church facility where one of my Associate Pastors, John Futterer, served for 22 years until becoming our pastor at Kimball Memorial in Kannapolis (where we'd once served together, 1986-89. We enjoyed being together with you two at L-R and other L-R connections thru the years.

May you know God's comfort and peace in this time of separation, and in all the days ahead until you are reunited in our Lord's Heavenly Realm.

In Christ's love, David (and Diana)

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