Ronnie J. Cleary, age 81, of Sanford, went home to be with his Lord on Friday, November 18, 2022, at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.
He was born in Joppa, Maryland on November 9, 1941, to the late Johnny Cleary and Isabella Wagner Cleary. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Ronnie J. Cleary, Jr. and daughter, Virginia Lynn Cleary as well as sister, Mary Cleary and brother, Keith Cleary. Ronnie served 3 years in the US Army 82nd Airborne and after 35 years retired from Civil Service. He had a heart for preaching, missionary work, and studying God’s word. His love for the Lord shined to those around him.
Mr. Cleary is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Ella; siblings, Ben Cleary of Sanford, Virginia Petty of Virginia, Sheba Smith and husband, John of Maryland, Harrison Cleary and wife, Ruth Ann of Maryland, Carrie Perkins of Maryland, Jerry Cleary and wife, Lois of North Carolina, Kyle Cleary and wife, Rose of Maryland, Willard Cleary and wife, Debbie of Sanford and Bobby Cleary and wife, Karen of Pennsylvania.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow in the chapel at 2:00 PM with Pastor Billy Norris and Pastor Linwood Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memory Gardens.