Landscapes 17

Carl Alvin Nunnally, Sr.

September 30, 1948 ~ September 4, 2021 (age 72)


Peacefully, on the evening of September 4th, 2021, Carl Alvin Nunnally, Sr. transitioned into eternal rest. Carl was born in Augusta, Georgia on September 30th, 1948, to the late Edward Nunally and the late Jessee “Shane" Rouse Lanier. Carl’s transition into the afterlife was predeceased by His Beautiful Wife of 52 years the late Frankie Louise Nunally and His Brother the late Jerome Lanier. 


Carl devoted His life to Christ at the early age of 7 in 1955 and was baptized by the late Reverend Lowry at Tabernacle Baptist Church located in Augusta, Georgia.


Carl attended A.R. Johnson Junior High School as a 9th grader. He later attended Lucy Craft Laney High School and received His High School Diploma in 1966. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Management at Park College in Parkville, Missouri in 1981.


Carl was a hard worker of an honest caliber since the very young age of 5 where in his Augusta neighborhood he kept the yards of his fellow neighbors clear of trash and clutter without even being asked. His older sister Yvonne can recall Carl earning the neighborhood nickname “Baldy” while running errands for his neighbors at the young age of 6. He ultimately ended up with small monetary earnings because of his work. Carl used what he made to help his mother and his other siblings. His younger brother Horatio can recall his big brother Carl never being around to play with him and his brother Jerome when they were young children. Horatio knew it was because his oldest brother was working as a Grocery Bagger and a Delivery Boy at Aarons Market. Carl was 8 years old at the time. He earned the store owners trust as a mature and responsible young man over the next few years. Carl’s diligence impressed the store owner Aaron Hall so much that he made Carl the Assistant Manager at the young age of 11 years old!


In his sophomore year Carl became a Lucy C. Laney Highlights Newspaper Staff Member. During his sophomore and junior years, Carl worked with the newspaper as a Business Affairs Liaison who sold ad space to various Augusta businesses to help make the newspaper profitable. His efforts assisted the Lucy C. Laney Highlights Newspaper to win an American Newspaper Publishers Award! Carl became one of the first Sportscasters for the Laney Mighty Wildcats football team as a junior and a senior in high school. In those same years of high school, Carl doubled as a Statistician for the football team and made weekly Saturday morning radio reports on WTHB and WAUG. In his junior year of high school Carl received an invitation to become a member of the prestigious Lucy C. Laney Big Brothers High School Fraternity. The fraternity consisted of the top male academic, civic, and athletic leaders of Lucy C. Laney High School. In his senior year, Carl received the most votes to become the Business Manager for the prestigious fraternity of leaders. During his junior year in high school Carl became a Youth Organizer in the Augusta Chapter of the NAACP. He went on to become the President of the NAACP Augusta Youth Chapter. Carl was only 15 years old at the time! It was at this time that Carl helped the NAACP Augusta Chapter’s delegation of adults to organize and participate in the historic March on Washington with Dr King. It’s almost needless to say that Carl was highly respected in Augusta as a thoughtful, wise, mature, and honorable young man prior to joining the Air Force at the age of 20 in July of 1968. 



During his career as a Servicemember, Carl received orders that allowed him and his family to see the world. Over the span of his Air Force career, Carl competed assignments in California, the Philippines, Missouri, Greece, and South Carolina. He never took an assignment that did not include his family during his career in the military. After receiving numerous medals, ribbons, and other awards of distinction for 23 years of service to his country; Carl retired as a Master Sargent from the Air Force. He settled with his family in the Columbia, South Carolina area and began a new life as a civilian. Carl made a few career changes after life in the military while living in Columbia. He taught as a Substitute Teacher in the Richland One School District during the day while working as a US Postal Service Worker at night. Carl became a full time US Postal Service employee one year later. He would go on to serve as a US Postal Service Worker for the next 17 years of his life before finally retiring for the last time in his life. 


Carl met his wife Frankie in the 9th Grade where they were both classmates at A.R. Johnson Junior High School in Augusta, GA. They quickly became high school sweethearts. One year after Carl graduated from High School, he and his high school sweetheart Frankie crossed the 13th Street Bridge to North Augusta, South Carolina and became husband and wife on August 17th, 1967. Since that day Carl began a life of love with his wife that lasted 52 extraordinarily beautiful years. During those years Carl became a dynamic breadwinner and an extremely loving Dad of three boys that he took the greatest pride and pleasure in raising.   


Carl was a true people person. There was never a stranger that Carl could not talk to. He took great pride in the heritage and culture of his family lineage and the history of his race. Carl was a keeper of family traditions and their historical significances. He was a dad who made a consistent effort to raise his three boys to be men of virtue and good character. As his wife affectionately referred to him as “Big Carl”, he gave his sons lessons to last a lifetime in the Art of Manhood. Carl had an exceptional ability to be a “dad figure” to many of the young people that he encountered in his lifetime. He made it a point for him and his wife to never miss special moments in the lives of his many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren alike.


Carl’s most notable hobbies consisted of being a very avid reader on subjects pertaining to world news, local news, world history, law, business, religion, politics, education, and culture to name a few. He enjoyed healthy activities such as taking daily 5-mile bike rides, daily 3-mile walks, having daily meditations with prayer, and eating the finest garlic bulbs and ginger roots that life has to offer… daily! One of Carl’s favorite hobbies was spending hours in his yard and the yards of many others leaving them with spectacularly manicured lawns and bushes. He enjoyed traveling and could rarely be found at his residence in his later years of life. 


To cherish his memories are his three sons, Carl Alvin Nunally Jr., Mark Anthony Nunnally, Timothy Allen Nunally; two daughter In laws, Ndacha Nunnally and Khadra Nunally; five grandchildren, Perchea Nunally, Carl Nunally III, Quaseem Nunnally, Amber Nunally, and Tamiah Nunnally; his sister, Yvonne Alford;  his brother, Horatio “Ray” Lanier; his stepdad-in-law, Symelvertt Henderson Jr., his sister-in-law Shielda (Kirk) Hogan; his brother-In-law, Johnnie (Paula) Walker; a special auntie; Martha Lou Harris; a special uncle/aunt-In-law, Silas and Gloria Holmes; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.


Carl Alvin Nunnally Sr. was a bold and courageous leader in every way. He taught others how to help others. He lived a life of Ma’at where Truth, Righteousness, and Harmony always took precedence over all other things. His kingship evolved from a genuine and loyal soul that was unmatched and truly one-of-a-kind in every way possible. He lived a life full of purpose and meaning that allowed many humorous, kind, and thought-provoking memories to be made. He has completed a most honorable earth walk journey that will live in our hearts forevermore. His presence was one of a legend, a Godly gift to cherish. He will truly and unequivocally be missed by all who are lucky to have known him.

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September 16, 2021

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home
2930 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203

Funeral Service
September 17, 2021

11:00 AM
Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home
2930 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203

Video is available for this event

Interment following funeral service

Fort Jackson National Cemetery
4170 Percival Road
Columbia, SC 29229

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