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Nelda Charleen Davis was born on Dec. 17, 1946 to Charles and Aileen Davis in Baird, Texas. She went to school in Putnam, Texas where she played basketball and was a cheerleader. 

While in school, she met and fell in love with L.C. Donaway. They were married on Aug. 12, 1966 in Putnam. Together they had two daughters, Gay and Joy. 

First and foremost, she was a wife, mother and a homemaker. She worked as a tax assessor in the Taylor County Courthouse and also for a couple of car dealerships. She was a cosmetologist for the last few years and substitute taught, which she loved. 

She loved working with Emmaus organization. When she wasn’t working, her favorite activity was going to any Albany High School sports event. She loved her grandkids and her great grandkids wholeheartedly. 

For many years, Charleen and L.C. have been affiliated with the AA  Alanon and Alaleen Programs and were very proud of their accomplishments. 

Charleen was preceded in death by her beloved grandparents, Robert and Gunn; her parents, Charles Davis and Aileen Davis Brewster; her sister, Vernetta Pierce; and niece, Jennifer Benefield.

Mrs. Donaway is survived by her husband and friend, L.C. Donaway; daughter, Gay Smith and husband Justin; granddaughter, KC Hendley and husband Brian; son, Nash; granddaughter, Aly­cia Smith; daughter, Joy Campbell and husband Jody; granddaughter, Ryane Campbell and partner Ethan Stubbs; son, Jase and baby Heath James on the way; Karen Benefield and husband Donald and their family, Hubert and Marlene Donaway and their families, Nettie and George Ramsey and their families, Lee and Bess Donaway and their families, Warren and Cindy Donaway and their families, Randall Hess and family, Pat and Darrell Love and family, James Gunn and family.

Mrs. Donaway passed away Thursday, April 29, 2021 at the age of 74.   Graveside services were held May 4 at Dothan Ceme­tery with Rev. Jeff Turner and Pastor Paul Johnston officiating. Interment followed under the direction of Morehart Mortuary.

Memorials may be made to charity of the donors choice and may be left at Morehart Mortuary. Condolences may be made online at PD

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