OBITUARY

Deloris Phillips Dryden

October 18, 1929January 11, 2021
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Ruth Deloris Phillips Gibson Dryden, 91, passed away on January 11, 2021 at the Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Aldersgate in Charlotte, NC.

Mrs. Dryden was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Mrs. Dryden was a servant of God who attended Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte. She was known to many as “Mama D”. She was one of the founding members for GEMS (God Embracing Mothers). Mrs. Dryden dedicated many hours serving in the Church Kitchen. She had a passion for traveling with her husband throughout the world sharing their love for Christ.

Mrs. Dryden is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Elmer J. Dryden of Charlotte, NC. She is also survived by her children, Douglas H. Gibson of Tampa, FL, Connie R. Grundmann of Boiling Springs, SC, Deborah D. Andrews of Blairsville, GA, Michael J. Dryden of Chester, SC and Stephen J. Dryden of Brandon, FL; and seven grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Mrs. Dryden was predeceased by her five brothers, Uriah Phillips, Jr., Marvin A. Phillips, H.B. Phillips, Neal Phillips and David C. Phillips.

A service to celebrate Mrs. Dryden's life will be held 11:00 am Thursday, January 14, 2021, at Hickory Grove Baptist Church Harris Campus, 7200 East W.T. Harris Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28215. The Reverend Clint Pressley and the Reverend John Harrill will officiating. The family will greet friends following the service while practicing social distancing. Burial will be at a later date in Selma, AL.

In lieu of flowers, it is Mrs. Dryden’s wish that donations be made to Hearts and Hammers Ministry at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC. Please notate your donation is in her memory.

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    Thursday, January 14, 2021

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Guy and Diana Dryden

January 12, 2021

To our beloved sister-in-law Dee,

We love you so much. We will miss you!!
The wonderful memories for times spent with you will be with us for ever.
Sonny and Diana Dryden

Thank you for the best fried okra, Sonny

Wendy Crews

January 12, 2021

Mama D,
Thank you for welcoming me into the family with your kindness, generosity, and love. You always made me feel special. Monique and I laughed and cried the other day as we remembered our wonderful week with you and Papa D in Asheville when we were kids. To this day, we both agree that our New Year's Eve celebration at Bill Stanley's BBQ & Bluegrass was the most fun we've ever had on New Year's Eve! Thank you for all the wonderful memories over the past 38 years! You are loved!
Love,
Wendy

Lee Dryden Stabler

January 11, 2021

Aunt Dee made me feel special every year as I received a birthday card from her. She was a world class cook!!! Enjoyed many meals at her table.
My sympathies and prayers are with you all.

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Biography

Ruth Deloris Phillips Gibson Dryden, 91, passed away on January 11, 2021 at the Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Aldersgate in Charlotte, NC.

Mrs. Dryden was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Mrs. Dryden was a servant of God who attended Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte. She was known to many as “Mama D”. She was one of the founding members for GEMS (God Embracing Mothers). Mrs. Dryden dedicated many hours serving in the Church Kitchen. She had a passion for traveling with her husband throughout the world sharing their love for Christ.

Mrs. Dryden is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Elmer J. Dryden of Charlotte, NC. She is also survived by her children, Douglas H. Gibson of Tampa, FL, Connie R. Grundmann of Boiling Springs, SC, Deborah D. Andrews of Blairsville, GA, Michael J. Dryden of Chester, SC and Stephen J. Dryden of Brandon, FL; and seven grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Mrs. Dryden was predeceased by her five brothers, Uriah Phillips, Jr., Marvin A. Phillips, H.B. Phillips, Neal Phillips and David C. Phillips.

A service to celebrate Mrs. Dryden's life will be held 11:00 am Thursday, January 14, 2021, at Hickory Grove Baptist Church Harris Campus, 7200 East W.T. Harris Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28215. The Reverend Clint Pressley and the Reverend John Harrill will officiating. The family will greet friends following the service while practicing social distancing. Burial will be at a later date in Selma, AL.

In lieu of flowers, it is Mrs. Dryden’s wish that donations be made to Hearts and Hammers Ministry at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC. Please notate your donation is in her memory.