Brakefield graduated from the University of Alabama in 1974 with a BA degree in advertising and public relations. He was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity.
He began his 36-year career with Phifer Inc. in the sales division in 1979. In 2007, he moved to the position of Director of Procurement.
Charlie was a member of First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa, Red Elephant Club, Tide Pride and Tuscaloosa Tip Off Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bruce and Tevera Lee Brakefield of Jasper.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Jan Legg Brakefield; his sister, Lou Ann Vandeventer (Danny) of Birmingham; his mother-in-law, Jessilee Legg; his sisters-in law, Joan Thornton and Susie Vann (Jimmie), all of Jasper; niece, nephews and a host of family and friends.
A celebration of life service will be held Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Tuscaloosa with visitation beginning at noon. Dr. Ken Dunivant will officiate.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the First United Methodist Church Organ Fund, 800 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35401 or Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35404.