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Donald "Don" Quinton Dryden

July 1, 1949 ~ November 27, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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Donald "Don" Dryden Obituary

Donald “Don” Quinton Dryden, age 74, of Baldwin, Florida, graduated to Heaven on Monday, November 27, 2023. Mr. Dryden earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Master of Religious Education from Luther Rice Seminary. After a short stint in the U.S. Army, he served in God’s Army on the mission field in Haiti for nearly 45 years with his devoted wife. He loved fishing! But fishing for the souls of men was his passion. His love for The Word of God is reflected in his children and co-workers, and his smile and laughter brightened all who knew him. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Baldwin and Missionary Emeritus under Baptist International Missions, Inc. Don founded Grace Baptist Bible Institute in Port-de-Paix, Haiti, and helped start several churches and Christian Day Schools.
He was preceded in death by his infant son, Jason; his parents, William Quinton Dryden and Emily Pauline Hale Dryden; and his sister, Mary Rebecca “Becky” Gallagher. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Bridgitt Petrey Dryden of Baldwin; children, Benji (Kerri) Dryden of Port-de-Paix, Haiti, Lydia (Robert) Holley of Marrero, Louisiana, Aaron (Laura) Dryden of Cunningham, Tennessee and Esther Toussaint of Jacksonville; brothers, Bill Dryden of Williston, and Ken (Mary) Dryden of Okeechobee; sisters, Patricia Welch of Buckville, and Edith (Richard) Terry of Madison; 8 grandchildren, Micah, Ethan and Katie Dryden, Rachel, Robby and Ryan Holley, Lielle and Levi Toussaint along with a host of other family and friends.
His sons and grandsons are honored to be his pallbearers, including Aaron, Robert, Robby, Ryan, Micah, and Ethan. The honorary pallbearers are Brother Larry Altman, Brother Preston Johnson, Brother Leroy Ellison, Pastor Richard Harding, and Pastor Gene Burnsed.
Funeral Services will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at Grace Baptist Church, 479 Center Street, Jacksonville, Florida, with his son, Benji Dryden, and Pastor Dewayne Jowers officiating. Interment to follow in Brandy Branch Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 10:30 AM until the hour of the service. 
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to Haiti Ministry through Benjamin Dryden, BIMI, P.O. Box 9, Harrison, TN 37341.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to BLACKBURN-CURRY FUNERAL & CREMATION, 380 N. Lowder Street, Macclenny, Florida 32063. (904) 259-2806. Please share your condolences with the Dryden family online at

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December 2, 2023

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Grace Baptist Church
479 Center Street
Baldwin, FL 32234

Funeral Service
December 2, 2023

12:00 PM
Grace Baptist Church
479 Center Street
Baldwin, FL 32234

Interment following funeral service
December 2, 2023

Brandy Branch Cemetery
1906 Brandy Branch Church Place
Bryceville, FL 32009


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