November 9, 1941 ~ November 18, 2022

Ronnie J. Cleary, 81, of Sanford, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2022, at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.

He was born in Joppa, Maryland, to the late Johnny 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 three years in the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne and after 35 years retired from Civil Service.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ella; siblings, Ben Cleary of Sanford, Virginia Petty of Virginia, Sheba Smith of Maryland, Harrison Cleary of Maryland, Carrie Perkins of Maryland, Jerry Cleary of North Carolina, Kyle Cleary of Maryland, Willard Cleary of Sanford and Bobby Cleary of Pennsylvania.

The family received friends on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow in the chapel at 2 p.m. with Pastor Billy Norris and Pastor Linwood Johnson officiating. Burial followed in Lee Memory Gardens.

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Arrangements are by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.