Jesse Giles Dunaway, age 82, of Keysville, VA, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Thursday, October 17, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Nannie Dunaway; three sisters, Betty Harris, Ruby Trammell, and Connie Francis; two brothers, Morrell Dunaway and Daniel Dunaway.

Jesse is survived by his loving wife of sixty-one years, Dorothy L. Dunaway; a son, Ronnie Dunaway and his wife, Teresa; a daughter, Peggy Brown Witt and her husband, Jason; three grandchildren, Jeremy Dunaway, Wendy Tucker and her husband, Chris, and Olivia Witt Pettry and her husband, Tyler; four great-grandchildren, Chastity Dunaway, Caleb Tucker, Camden “Fred” Tucker, and Samantha Ryleigh Pettry; one brother, Mack Dunaway; and two sisters, Inez Jones and Cora Langford.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 19, 2019, at Friendship Baptist Church, Drakes Branch, with interment to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. A reception will follow the service in the church fellowship hall. The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA is serving the family.

Condolence Messages

  1. Melinda Bentley Thompson

    17 October 2019 5 years ago

    So sorry for the loss of Mr Dunaway. He was a sweet soul. I will always remember him as my husbands “Church Buddy”! He always sat beside my husband when he came to Emmanuel Bible Church and Jerry would find his page for him in the hymnal. Prayers for the family.

  2. Cheryl Whirley

    17 October 2019 5 years ago

    Dorothy, Ronnie, Peggy and families, I am so sorry for your loss. God bless you all.

  3. Jimmie Dix

    17 October 2019 5 years ago

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Jesse. I will always remember his kindness. I will continue to keep the family in my prayers, may God bless you all.

  4. Grace Robinette Findley

    17 October 2019 5 years ago

    Thoughts of deep and sincere sympathy are with the family at this sad time.

  5. John Henry and Janice Noblin

    17 October 2019 5 years ago

    I m so sorry to hear the lost of Jessie may the Lord heal you and your family broken heart God bless you

  6. Dewey Fallen

    18 October 2019 5 years ago


  7. Frannie Gaeta

    19 October 2019 5 years ago

    Dorothy and family,
    I am sad to hear of Jesse’s passing. I will never forget him and will always cherish the memories I have of working with him at Palmers Grocery. He was a very dear soul. My thoughts are with you during this time of grief and mourning.

  8. Judy Childress

    21 October 2019 5 years ago

    Dorothy and Family,
    I was very sorry to hear about Jesse’s passing. He was a very nice man. I used to go in Palmer’s store when he worked there. He always had a smile on his face. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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