Ronald Gene Smith, age 73, passed away Tuesday, November 17 at First Health Hospice House in Pinehurst.

Ron was born February 2, 1947, in Detroit, MI to the late Chloella Brown and Charles W. Smith.  He served in the military as a member of the Golden Knights Parachute Team from 1967-to 1969 and then completed an MA in Art History at the University of Iowa.  He retired from a career in financial services at the age of 57 and pursued his passion for realist painting studying at the Angel Academy in Florence, Italy, and locally at the School of Classical Architecture. 

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Deborah and his sister, Fran Bonham of Stuart, FL.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sandhills Cat Coalition, PO Box 4541, Pinehurst, NC 28374, or online at

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Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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