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Ronald Thomas Drury


December 5, 2016

Ronald Thomas Drury

Ronald Thomas Drury passed away after a very brief illness on Dec. 1, 2016, surrounded by his loving and heartbroken family.

Born in Miami Beach, Fla. and raised in North Miami, he graduated from North Miami High School in 1967. He was predeceased by his parents, Julius "B" Drury and Doris Drury of North Miami.

He was a Vietnam veteran, assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division of the United States Army. He served as both an investigator and as a Military Police Officer from 1969 to 1971. Among other medals, he received the Bronze Star for his service.

After returning to the United States, he continued his education and earned both a B.S. in Criminology and M.S. in management from Florida International University. He was a police officer with the Miami-Dade County Police Department from 1973 to 1980, and worked as an instructor at the Southeast Institute for Criminal Justice.

He was also the Safety Coordinator for Capeletti Bros., Inc. in Miami Lakes from 1980-1984. Fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a business owner, he founded RJD Unlimited, Inc. Investigat-ions in 1984. His incredible personality and attention to personal service ensured the company's success for 29 years.

He and his wife, Judy Conkling Drury, were married for 37 years. They recently retired to the mountains of Western North Carolina, moving to the town of Brevard. He thoroughly enjoyed his new hometown and loved experiencing its seasonal beauty and friendly people.

He never met a stranger, and was widely known for his warm personality, big heart and the love he showered on his family and friends. He was a wonderful husband and father who left behind a wealth of happy memories.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Joanna Drury and Denise Drury Homewood, and son-in-law, Scott Homewood, all of Asheville; brother, Ken Drury and sister-in-law, Connie Drury, of Cumming, Ga .; and sister-in- law, Terry Conkling, of Brevard.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at St. Timothy United Methodist Church, in Brevard.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ron's name to St. Timothy United Methodist Church, 1020 Asheville Highway, Brevard, NC 28712 or Bread of Life, 238 South Caldwell St., Brevard, NC 28712.

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Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family.


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