Charles P. Michaels, 90, of Morganton, NC died Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at his residence. Born in Burke County, NC on August 22, 1920, he was the son of the late Oscar A. Michaels and Florence Buff Michaels. Charles was a member of Mountain View #2 Baptist Church where he was a deacon and taught Sunday School. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Pacific Theatre of WWII and retired from Drexel Heritage after 40 years.Charles is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Vonnie Mae Pritchard Michaels of the home; sons, William Michaels and wife, Linda, of Morganton, David Michaels of Asheville, NC, Robert Michaels and wife, Sheila, of Chancellor, AL, and Steve Michaels and wife, Carol, of Morganton; sisters, Essie Epley, Mary Jane Simmons, and Ruth Pritchard, all of Morganton; eleven grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren.In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by a son, Gerald Daniel Michaels; a brother, Oscar R. Michaels; and sisters, Junie Michaels and Betty Pollard.The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 22, 2011 at Mtn. View #2 Baptist Church with Reverends Kenneth Mashburn and Burl Sain officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center where the body will remain until placed in the church thirty minutes prior to the funeral hour. At other times the family will be at the home on Morning Star Church Road. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.

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