Chunkyville became extinct in 1868, when the post office was discontinued and the place was absorbed into the railroad town of Chunky in Newton County. The only remnant of the original town of Chunkyville is the cemetery, currently known as St Mark Cemetery, where many of the residents are interred.
Males had a median income of $32,813 versus $26,000 for females. About 16.2% of families and 16.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 12.7% of those age 65 or over. Chunky also has a Town Hall and a Volunteer Fire Department.
The Town of Chunky is served by the Newton County School District, though some of the households within the 39323 postal district are in the West Lauderdale school district, part of the Lauderdale County School District.
Chunky was named for a Choctaw Indian Village called Chanki Chitto.
The name comes from an old Native-American game of Chunka, a corruption of the word Tuchungkee, which was a ball game played with Chunka Stones.
There is a public landing just east of town on the Highway 80 bridge, and another public landing 1/2 mile farther east on another Highway 80 bridge.
This section of river is known as the "Seven Mile Bend", although it is scarcely over three miles (5 km) in length.It was on this site that the trestle collapsed under a troop-carrying train of Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War; the wreck is called the Chunky Creek Train Wreck of 1863.A Confederate regiment of Choctaw Indians camping nearby saved many lives of soldiers who had been thrown into the raging flood swollen river.The racial makeup of the town was 87.79% White, 1.74% African American, 9.30% from Choctaw races, and 1.16% from two or more races.Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.76% of the population.Chunky is home to many who worship in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, most of whom attend church in Meridian. The Chunky River is a hidden treasure with very little development along its shores, making it an attractive adventure to those who choose to canoe or kayak in it.