Charles Dunnaway

On Tuesday, December 14, 2021, Charles Dunnaway, loving husband, father of two children, grandfather of eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren; was called from this world to his heavenly home by the LORD at the age of 66.

Charles was born on May 27, 1955 in Birmingham, AL to Carl and Virginia Dunnaway. He married Jackie on May 29, 1976 and raised two children: Christopher (Chris) and Michelle.

Charles spent many years working for Birmingham and Pelham City municipalities, leading maintenance crews, he was hardworking, and a gifted landscaper. After Charles retired from the City of Pelham in 2019, having served the city for 23 years, he filled his days with helping others, but his greatest joy was spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Charles never met a stranger and never went anywhere that he didn’t see someone he knew. He was always laughing, making jokes, and full of stories to tell. Charles was an active member of New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where he used his talents helping to keep the property grounds looking good. He had a servant’s heart and blessed many with his handiwork.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Virginia Dunnaway; brother, Dale Dunnaway; and grandson, Cale Lewis. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Jackie Dunnaway; son, Chris Dunnaway; daughter, Michelle Lewis; grandchildren, Alyssa Morgan (Chase), Caleb Duncan, Alex Lewis, Tristian Lewis, Caid Lewis, Keylen Lewis, Jaylen Lewis; and great- grandchildren, Wynter and River Morgan.

A celebration of Charles’ life will be held at New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church 5521 Double Oak Lane, Birmingham AL 35242)  on Friday, December 17, 2021. A visitation will be begin at 12 pm and a service will follow at 1 pm. Charles will be laid to rest in Southern Heritage Cemetery.


  1. Rosemary Vernon Augur on December 15, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    With heartfelt sympathy to Jackie and all the Dunnaway family. May God hold you close and grant you His loving peace.
    Rosemary Vernon Augur

  2. Brandy Parker Saia on December 16, 2021 at 7:29 am

    My heart breaks for your family. We grew up with Charles at New Hope. He was such a great man. He loved his family and would do anything for you. GOD called his Angel Son home.He will be missed here on earth. My heart and prayers go out with your family at this time.

  3. james dunaway on December 16, 2021 at 11:56 am

    I Loved my brother so much.He will be greatly missed by so many people.Charles had a big heart and would help anyone in need.Thanks to everyone for caring.Love you brother.

  4. Joyce Dunaway on December 16, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    charles had 4 brothers : Dale who died in June of 2016, James , Wayne and Randy. They loved each other and were always helping others. They have great love for God and their families.

  5. Alyssa Morgan on December 17, 2021 at 9:55 am

    My Grandaddy was the best kind of man. He’s the greatest example of a true friend who would do anything for anyone. He loved everyone he ever met, nobody was a stranger. The world was a better place for him existing in it & now Heaven is even more beautiful.

  6. Wes Jarrett on December 17, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    I grew up with Charles and knew him since 2nd grade at the old New Hope Elementary School. He was always a true and loyal friend. I’m really saddened by his departure but know he has a home in heaven. Sincere, heartfelt prayers for this family.

  7. Cynthia Street Watson on December 18, 2021 at 11:30 am

    My thoughts and heartfelt prayers go out to Jackie and the entire Dunaway family. I pray God will grant you peace and help you through this painful time. Charles was a good friend to all, a kind man with an enormous heart . He will be greatly missed.