Frances Cannon Powell, 81, of Rockett St., Morganton, NC died Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at Camelot Manor Nursing Care in Granite Falls, NC following a period of declining health. She was born July 22, 1926 in Forsyth County, NC, and was a daughter of the late Kenneth Rondall Cannon and Nell Mae Bennett Cannon. Frances worked for 35 years at Drexel Furniture Plant #7, 25 years at the Holiday Inn, and 3 years at Western Piedmont Community College.She is survived by sons, Wayne Butler and wife, Joyce, of Asheville, NC, Jesse Boyd Powell and wife, Sallie Ray, of Chesapeake Bay, VA; a daughter, Linda Powell Vuncannon of Morganton; a brother, Donald Cannon of Bethlehem, NC; sisters, Laverne Atkins of Durham, NC, and Alta Cannon of Morganton; 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse James "Jim" Powell; a daughter, Virginia Powell Fox; sisters, Charlotte Smith, Cynthia Denton, and Katrida Williams; brothers, John, Bill, and Marshall Cannon; and a grandson, James Barus.Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, January 4, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Allen Bolick officiating. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 7, 2008 in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:30 until 8:30 pm at the funeral home. At other times, the family will receive friends at the residence, 101 Rockett St. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Catawba County, 3975

Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658.

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