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For 27 1/2 years, Jasper A. ''Jack'' Drye watched as his Postal Service domain grew from a store corner niche to modern offices with computers.

''He was really proud of improvement, the computer field and changes to keep up with the times. He was happy to see it compete with other services,'' daughter Carolyn Griffin of Charlotte said Saturday.

Mr. Drye died Friday at home in Yaupon Beach near Southport [North Carolina] of pneumonia and a stroke. He was 63.

His postal career began in England when, as a paratrooper injured in the Normandy invasion, he was given noncombat duty as the company mail clerk. He later participated in the Battle of the Bulge and other World War II battles and earned medals from the U.S. and several European governments.

He returned to his log cabin birthplace at Richfield and in 1949 paid $427 for the equipment in the third-class post
office in the Crowell & Ritchie

Hardware store. His postal patrons doubled, and in 1963 a new building housed a second-class post office. In the latter part of his career, he saw the arrival of modern machinery and computers, and his original post office equipment was stored in a special cabinet he built.

In 1976, Mr. Drye retired to Yaupon Beach with his wife, Claudine, a former New London postal clerk. An avid fisherman, he also collected coins, antique bottles, guns and furniture. He was a member of Richfield United Methodist Church, VFW Post 6369 and the Richfield-Misenheimer Volunteer Fire Department.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at Hartsell Funeral Home in Albemarle.

Other survivors are son, Jeffery Drye of New London; brothers, Clyde Drye  of Albemarle; Benny Drye of Richfield; sisters, Mrs. Gladys Dellinger of Charlotte, Mrs. Melvin Barringer of Salisbury, Ms. Betty Drye of Richfield.

(The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, NC, 10 Nov 1985, Page 22A  - courtesy of Tedd Cocker)

(courtesy of William Poplin)

Grave markers for Jasper A. and Claudine L. Drye in the Richfield Cemetery, Richfield (Stanly county), North Carolina.

Jasper enlisted in the army a Camp Croft, SC on 30 November 1942 and served in Company I, 508th PIR.

Pfc Drye was awarded the Bronze Service Arrowhead device for participation in the Normandy assault.



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