Ronald Roger Coalson

July 11, 1943 - December 6, 2022
Ronald Roger Coalson

Ronald Rogers Coalson, 79, of Wilmington, NC died unexpectedly Tuesday, December 6, 2022.

Ron was born in Atlanta, Georgia on July 11, 1943 the son of the late John D. Coalson and Bessie Price Coalson. He grew up in Goldsboro, NC and graduated from Goldsboro High School in 1960. He entered King College in Bristol, TN where he earned his Bachelors Degree in 1964. He was then commissioned into the US Navy where he was trained as a fighter pilot reaching the rank of Lt. Commander. Following his military service he was a pilot for Trans World Airlines, MGM Grand Airlines, Braniff International Airways and retired from Federal Express. During his varied airline pilot career he also joined Medical Air Rescue Company of Rapid City, SD. During his service there, he built a nationwide air ambulance service one of the first in the country, and became its President during his two and half years of service.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lane Brown Coalson; sons, Drew Coalson of Carlsbad, CA; Cameron Smith and wife Jessica of Boone, NC; daughter, Lauren Smith of Wilmington, NC; brother Bert and wife Melissa of High Point, NC and grandchildren Danica Coalson, Ashlyn and Brooklyn Smith.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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  • January 24, 2023
    John Braly lit a candle:
    Lit since January 24, 2023 at 1:29:46 PM

  • January 23, 2023
    John Mcsherry says:
    RIP RON 👍

  • January 23, 2023
    TOM CORBOY says:
    Lots of good memories starting with Ron's FAM-1, his first flight in an F8 Crusader. Heartfelt condolences Mary Lane. RIP Ron.

  • January 23, 2023
    Crist Berry says:
    From Crusader days

  • January 23, 2023
    David Matheny lit a candle:
    Lit since January 23, 2023 at 1:50:48 PM