Ama Selu Dunnington

Born in San Francisco, California on November 13, 1970

Departed on June 17, 2020 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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Ama Selu Ezell Dunnington
November 13, 1970 – June 17, 2020

Ama Dunnington was born Ama Selu Ezell to father Ronald Ezell, and mother Susan Freis Ezell, in San Francisco, CA on November 13, 1970. Her family only remained in San Francisco a short time before moving back to their farm in West Virginia, and from there to Washington, DC, where she grew up along with her brother, David Ezell. She met the Lord Jesus in 1991, after a winter stay with her father and step-mother, Judy Ezell. In 1994 she married her boyfriend from her teen years, Tim Dunnington, and started a 26-year family journey, during which she and husband Tim finished college and raised two children, Chance (16) and Petra (14). She battled her first bout of breast cancer in 2015, at age 44, and though it remained in remission for about 4 years, it nonetheless returned in January of 2019, leading to her death at age 49.
Ama was a gifted writer, a thinker, a loving wife and caring mother, a good friend, and most of all, a lover and servant of her Lord and Savior, Jesus. She graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Psychology, and volunteered her time at the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center, counseling teens and helping run the office. In addition, she cared for and taught young children for many years at Bellevue Baptist Church, and served the Lord on mission in Honduras. She slipped quietly into His embrace on the morning of June 17, 2020, and will be in our hearts forever.
She is survived by her husband, Tim Dunnington; son Chance, and daughter Petra; brother David; step-father Richard Falknor; aunt Catherine Freis and uncle Richard Freis; cousins Adam Freis, Koré Hale, Katheryn Rodler, and Laura Stearman.
A memorial service and celebration of Ama’s life is planned for June 27, 2020 at 10:00am at Forest Hills Baptist Church (

18 Comments to Ama Selu Dunnington

  1. Woody and Denise Murray
    June 25, 2020 1:26 pm

    Truly a fine example of a Christian wife and mother
    Prayers for her family

  2. Judy Ezell
    June 25, 2020 2:02 pm

    We will all miss you while you’re gone and we look forward to seeing your smiling face when it’s our turn to go home.
    I’m sure there were Hallilujahs ringing all across the land as you entered those gate with your Messiah at your side. Be at peace dear one as Yashuah watches over your beloved family in your absence. May their lives be a testimony to the faith you taught them, and may they be comforted with hope and peace in their grief.

  3. Jamie Parolini
    June 25, 2020 2:51 pm

    Oh Ama, what a beautiful life you lived. You left a great legacy of love and service to your sweet children. I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to get to know you over the years. You will be missed by many. -Love, Jamie Parolini

  4. Lori Burdette
    June 25, 2020 4:20 pm

    Ama, your legacy will live on in your beautiful children. I am honored to have called you friend.

    June 25, 2020 5:55 pm


    June 25, 2020 5:59 pm

    AMA Will be truly missed Her faith and love for her family and most of all her GOD, was truly recognized in her life she will be missed dearly.

  7. Aussie & Serjik
    June 25, 2020 8:47 pm

    God honored our family to be Dunnington’s neighbor. I always called them “ The good neighbor “ and they knew that.
    She was full of God’s love.
    We will truly miss her, specially her beautiful smile!

  8. Floyd Cassista
    June 25, 2020 10:15 pm

    I spent Ama through Tim. He & I spent a few years together “Engaging” at Bellevue Baptist. I had so much fun spending time with her, getting to know her, Chance & Petra. I will miss her, just as I miss Tim, Chance & Petra also.

  9. Rebecca Johnson
    June 26, 2020 4:20 pm

    A model of a lovely and sweet Godly woman. Ama, I am going to miss you. I love you and your beautiful Tim, Chance, and Petra.

  10. Brad Ezell
    June 27, 2020 9:21 am

    AMA was my 1st cousin. Her dad Ronnie was my uncle. My heart breaks for everything she went through but I know I’ll see her again.
    To the family, our hearts and prayers are with you through this difficult time.

  11. Gary, Janet, Emily & Erin Woodard
    June 27, 2020 10:12 am

    We are sad at her passing but overjoyed that she has entered eternity with her heavenly Father and is truly pain free and cancer free. Ama is a kind and wonderful soul who will be missed so much. We send our love to Tim, Chance and Petra.

  12. Nick and Brandy Choate
    June 27, 2020 10:19 am

    Our hearts and prayers are with you.
    We were truly touched by Ama’s smiling and caring presence when we first visited Bellevue Baptist. We love you all very much and are grateful for the time we had.

  13. Christy
    June 27, 2020 12:29 pm

    Ama, We will miss walking along side of you in this world. The fruits of your faithfulness are well seen in your family- your legacy which also is Christ’s legacy.

  14. Phillips Family
    June 27, 2020 1:06 pm

    Wife, Mother, Child of God, You will be missed by so many. We were so lucky to know you and your beautiful family. May Peace, Love and comfort surround your beautiful children and your husband in this time of sadness. We love you

  15. angie TenNapel
    June 27, 2020 2:54 pm

    With all our love with miss Ama and promise to be with and help you all when ever and wherever needed.
    She was a beautiful human with a beautiful soul. We are all heartbroken.

  16. Carole Griffin
    June 29, 2020 8:31 am

    So sorry to hear about this. Miss you guys and think of you often. Praying for you all

  17. Mark and Sally Watson, Billy, and Thomas
    June 29, 2020 11:01 am

    Ama was a sweet, kind, beautiful, and intelligent lady and a great friend, wife, mother, and sister in Christ. We love you guys so much and are praying for Tim, Chance, and Petra. We are here for you.

  18. Flanagans
    July 3, 2020 2:08 pm

    Our hearts go out to the Dunnington family. We were stunned to learn about Ama and offer prayers of peace and acceptance. Love to Tim, Chance, Petra, Sage and Atticus.

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