Published 10:17 am Monday, December 14, 2020

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Claude “Abe” Dry was born Aug. 19, 1918 in Stanly County. He graduated from Richfield High School and became a carpenter.

Claude “Abe” Dry

Dry served in the Navy during World War II. He served on a tanker during the Allied Invasion of North Africa. At the end of the war he served on the repair ship U.S.S. Numitor that was part of the occupation force of Japan.

After the war, Dry married Ola Nance on March 25, 1948 and they lived in Misenheimer.

Dry served as postmaster from 1949 until 1957. He also ran a small grocery store/service station in town from about 1953 until it closed in 1978.

Dry was a charter member of the Misenheimer Lions Club and is thought to have never missed a meeting in more than 40 years.

Together with his wife they were long time members of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.

Ola Dry died in 2004 and Claude passed away in 2007.

{Lewis Bramlett – Stanly County Historical Society}