Philip Lauriston Dresser, 90, proudly served in the Navy during WWII

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obit flagPhilip Lauriston Dresser Sr., 90, of Wilmington, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center.

Philip was born Feb. 21, 1925 in Wilmington, son of the late Kenneth B. and Georgie E. Smith Dresser. A son, Philip L. Dresser Jr., and a sister, Lucille Dresser Blake, preceded him in death.

Mr. Dresser was a member of Wrightsboro United Methodist Church. He grew up in Leland. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Philip was a graduate of N.C. State University. He was a member of the Coastal Tri-County Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Bettie Smith Dresser; a son, Mark Smith Dresser of Leland; brother, Alvin E. Dresser of Charlotte; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at Wrightsboro United Methodist Church, with the Revs. David Hollowell and Lynn Wall officiating. Prior to the service at the church, the family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the service hour. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery in Watha.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Philip’s memory may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401, or to Wrightsboro United Methodist Church, 3300 N. Kerr Ave., Wilmington, NC 28405.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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