American Veteran 09

SFC Albert Dryer, Sr.

July 18, 2020


We celebrate the life and memory of SFC Albert Dryer, Sr. whose death occurred Saturday, July 18, 2020 at his residence under the care of Hospice Savannah, Inc.

It was a joyous day, February 22, 1932, when Corine Dryer gave birth to a son, Albert Dryer in Dorchester County Georgia (near Midway).  Ten years later Corine and Albert relocated to Savannah, Georgia. His mother had two sisters that he lived with,  during his youth, at one time or another.  Albert attended Savannah Chatham County  Public Schools and in 1998 graduated from Savannah State University with a BS degree in Sociology.  Albert said “he became a man when he left high school to fight in the Korean War”.  After he left Korea, he re-enlisted  into the Army and served twenty years and six months.  Dryer as many called him, has always been proud of his military service and career.  During his time of service, Dryer was trained as: a cook, a Mess steward and a Drill Instructor. After retiring from the Army Dryer became employed and worked for the U.S. Postal Service until his retirement.

     As time progress, Dryer visited Second Arnold Baptist Church just after they relocated from Arnold Street, to its present location on Thirty-Seventh Street. He became a member in February 1987. There he met and married Veola Simmons and they have been married for over thirty years.  Dryer recently stated “I wouldn’t trade my life with Veola for nothing in the world”.

      During his years at Second Arnold, Dryer established the recognition of Veterans and  the Fifty plus (50+) Year Members as a part of  the church anniversary celebration.  In the early 1990’s, Dryer revived the church’s newsletter and made it a regular staple of the church under his leadership as editor and photographer. When his son Prince came to visit with a video camera,  Dryer started the video ministry and soon became the church photographer.  Dryer was ordained as a deacon August 14, 1988 and again in 1996. He eventually stepped down from his position as deacon.  He organized the Children’s Church in September 1995 and served as the Director of the B.T.U. (Baptist Training Union) for many years. One of the small things that Dryer will be truly remembered for, by Second Arnold members, will be hearing their names on the radio (WSOK) and television (WSAV) on their birthdays, and often someone from Second Arnold would win the WSAV birthday cake.  But to many it was the small things  that made the largest impact.  When the mother of the church, Mother Elizabeth Bolden, was in her nineties and immobile due to arthritis,  it was Dryer who installed a door bell that allowed her to identify the person at her door without getting up again.

     During his final battle with illness he stated “Let it be said that I have not given up the faith” Albert Dryer Sr. departed this world a fighter Saturday morning July 18, 2020.

For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 2Tim 4:6-8

     Albert Dryer Sr. leaves to cherish his memories his  loving wife Veola Simmons Dryer; Seven sons: Albert Dryer Jr. (Bluffton, OH), Anthony Dryer (Savannah, GA.), Prince Albert (Kelly) Dryer (Middletown, DE), Eric (LaDonna) Dryer (Savannah, GA), Paul Dryer (Savannah, GA), Dwayne (Regina) Simmons (Chattanooga, TN) and Jamaal (Patrice) Simmons (Savannah, GA). Three daughters: Gayle Dryer Chisolm (West Columbia, S.C.), Sonia (Dr. Rolston) Dryer Mondaizie (Macon, GA.) and Pamela Dryer (Savannah, GA.); Eighteen grandchildren;  Twenty great-grandchildren; Eight great-great grandchildren and two Goddaughters Dr. Elena (Lavon) Bryant and Alexandria  Scott, and a host of family, cousins, friends and co-workers.

Public viewing will be held 4-7 p.m. Friday, July 24, 2020 at Campbell & Sons Funeral Home 124 W. Park Ave. Savannah, GA 

Graveside service will be held 12 noon Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Hillcrest Abbey East 1600 Wheaton St. Savannah, GA 31404

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July 24, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Campbell and Sons Funeral Services

Graveside Service
July 25, 2020

12:00 PM
Hillcrest Abbey East
1600 Wheaton St.
Savannah, GA 31404

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