Gerald Odis Deal, 90 of Cook Rd., Valdese, NC died Monday, April 4, 2011 at Grace Heights, Morganton, NC. Born March 31, 1921 in Burke County, NC, he was a son of the late William and Gertrude Branch Deal. Odis was a World War II U. S. Navy veteran and was a retired employee of Drexel-Heritage Furnishings. He was of the Baptist faith. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Nell Cook Deal; a brother, Ervin Deal and a half sister, Sylvia Branch.Surviving are his sons, Gerald Kerry Deal and his wife, Vickie of Conover, NC and Rodney Odis Deal of Florida; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.The graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at Burke Memorial Park with Mr. Bill Bradshaw officiating. The N. C. National Guard will perform military honors. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center. At other times the family will be at the Deal home, 3792 Cook Rd., Valdese.

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