Ralph L. Powell, of Brookwood Drive, Valdese, NC, died Thursday, October 25, 2007 at Valdese General Hospital. Born in Burke County, NC, on August 20, 1928, he was the son of the late Marshall and Alice Saunders Powell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Howard and Gene Powell, and a sister, Ruth Polen. Ralph was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a retired employee of both Franklin Motors and Better Homes, both in Valdese. He was an active member of Christ United Methodist Church and was treasurer of the Men’s Club.Mr. Powell is survived by his wife, Frances W. Powell of the home; a son, Alan L. Powell and wife, Terri, of Charlotte, NC; a granddaughter, Lauren Powell of Charlotte; a brother, Ray Powell and wife, Mona, of Valdese; and a sister, Margaret Mastrodominaco and husband, Pat, of Trenton, NJ.The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 28, 2007 at Christ United Methodist Church with Rev. Ken Curtis officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park with military graveside rites to be performed by Valdese American Legion Post #234. The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home 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 residence in Valdese. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, P.O. Drawer 38, Drexel, NC 28619.

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