January 20, 1947 ~ March 19, 2020

Born in: Henderson Co., NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Ralph Curtis Burrell, Jr., 73, entered into the presence of the Lord March 19, 2020, following a long illness. At the time, he was a resident of Flesher’s of Fairview Health Care Center in Fairview.

Ralph was a son of the late Ralph Curtis, Sr., and Juanita Jean Leslie Burrell.

Mr. Burrell is survived by his wife, Joyce Gilley Burrell; son, Ralph Curtis (Curt) Burrell, III (Crystal); sister, Freida Burrell; and his brother, Gwynn Burrell (Hope).

Graveside services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Flesher’s of Fairview Health Care Center, 3016 Cane Creek Rd., Fairview, NC 28730.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. To the Burrell Family,
    Ralph and I were friends at Sand Hill and Enka. I didn’t see him much after high school but when I did he was always the same friendly Ralph with a story to tell. I will have to say he was a good friend back in the 60’s someone you will always keep in your memory. I am sorry for your loss. May the Lords blessing be with you and give you peace at this time. David King Class of ’65’

  2. Frieda & family, I am so sorry to hear about Ralph. Remember we all were good friends at Sand Hill and beyond. Ralph was also good friends with my brother, Earl Ballard. They are probably joking like they did in school.

  3. Dear Joyce and Curt,
    Carole and I are so sad to learn of Curtis’s passing. Curtis was a faithful, outgoing friend. We remember all the great times we had when Curtis and you were at Temple. He loved coming to the games and always had a smile , shared his love of our Lord with everybody. May God give you every comfort and grace to carry on until the day we all stand together in Heaven. Carole and I are on Facebook. If you are let us know. We would love to see you. If there is anything you need let us know. We’ll be praying for you.

  4. Freida, so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. I know he was special to you. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Freida – so sorry about Ralph. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Those very special memories will continue to make you smile!


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