Preston Charles, Jr.
Preston Charles is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Ohio and Kentucky. After 35 years of service, Preston resigned from Hall & Jordan Funeral Home to pursue his lifelong dream of operating his own funeral firm. In Preston’s words, “Time has caught up with promise.”
Throughout his tenure at Hall & Jordan Funeral Home, he held several roles, including Chief Embalmer, General Manager and Executive Vice President. Preston graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1979 and from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (CCMS) respectively in 1981. While a student, he became a member of the illustrious Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Upon graduation from CCMS, Preston received The Delaine L. Beaver Award for Artistic Competence in Restorative Art. Just one week after graduation, he married his college sweetheart, Myrna, a Jamaican, who he fell in love with at first sight. A few years after the birth of their first child, his family became members of Greater Bethlehem Temple Apostolic Church in 1984. Today, Preston and Myrna have five children, five grandchildren and another grandchild on the way.
Post-graduation, Preston sought an apprenticeship (to complete state requirements) to become a licensed funeral director with many funeral homes in the city and seemingly was unsuccessful until he met Kevin Anderson. Mr. Anderson was instrumental in introducing Preston to the late Reverend Donald H. Jordan Sr.
Preston faithfully highlights his gratitude to the late Reverend Jordan for the opportunity to begin his career as a Funeral Director. In addition, Mr. Jordan’s business partner, the late Mr. Walter D. Hall, instilled in Preston the importance of patience and the artistic presentation of the deceased. Other influential mentors included Michael Early and Archie Pretty.
On June 5, 2017, Preston Charles Funeral Home opened their firm located at 400 N. Wayne Avenue in Lockland, Ohio.
On November 12, 2017, Preston Charles Funeral Home celebrated their Grand Opening at their second location at 918 S. Main Street in Middletown, Ohio.