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Preston Charles, Jr.

Preston Charles, Jr.

Executive Director

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.

Telephone: 1-513-678-3190


Warren Clarke

Warren Clarke

Director of Operations, Chief Emblamer



Kamira Davis

Kamira Davis

Funeral Director

Kamira M. Davis was born in Cleveland, OH to Gary A. Harris and Roslyn Waugh-Harris. She is the middle child of two brothers, Terrence and Marcell Harris. She attended parochial and public schools and is a graduate of Stow Munroe Falls High School.

She was very active during her high school years participating in track and field. Other school activities included student council, photography, yearbook and secretary of her senior class. During her junior and senior years she attended the University of Akron's Post-Secondary program earning enough credits, which enabled her to start at the University of Cincinnati as a second semester freshman. Her community activities include volunteering at the Akron Food Bank, membership in Jack and Jill of America and the Phenomenal Young Women's Program.

She continued her studies at the University of Cincinnati where she aspired to become a Pediatric Physician's Assistant. She was granted a full 4 year scholarship through the UC'S Darwin T Turner Scholarship Foundation where she was required to maintain a 3.5 GPA average each quarter. Her involvement remained consistent as she held position in various organizations.  She mentored incoming freshmen each year in the B.A.S.E (Brothers and Sisters Excelling), assisted in reestablishment of the U.S.B.A. (United Black Students Association) volunteered at the Over-the-Rhine Soup kitchen and was a Resident's Assistant for two years. Socially she participated in Shades of You and pledged the Illustrious organization of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from the college of Arts and Science, she worked in the medical field at Good Samaritan Hospital in the Maternity Ward.

Kamira is married to Walter Davis and they are the proud parents of two beautiful children. It was after the birth of her second child that she decided to pursue her lifelong dream to become a funeral director. She attended and graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2012. She served her apprenticeship at Thompson Hall and Jordan.  She is currently working as a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, Notary Public and a licensed insurance agent.

"Reach for the top, the bottom is crowded".


Jerry Cosby

Jerry Cosby

Funeral Assistant

Jerry L. Cosby was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to the union of the late Burnice Cosby and the late Ethel Cosby-Jackson.  He is the eldest of two children.

Jerry attended Cincinnati Public Schools and graduated from Withrow High School.  Jerry was very active in sports, particularly baseball and football, and was a member of a high school fraternity.  Upon graduating from High School, he attended The University of Cincinnati.

Jerry held several positions during his working tenure; his first as Traffic Manager at Railroad Express; his second as Traffic Analyst at the Drackett Products Company.  While attending a distribution and logistics seminar for the Drackett Products Company, he was approached by a representative of the Office of Compliance for the Federal Government and was asked to participate in an executive training program in the retailing field.  Jerry accepted the challenge and was appointed to the position of Buyer with Federated Department Stores.   In that position, Jerry worked directly with the Owners and Executives of the Cincinnati based, owned and operated Shillito’s Company.  After working in this capacity for many years, Jerry went into a different area of retailing and accepted a position as General Manager for Red Lobster.

After working in the restaurant retailing industry for years, and missing the distribution and logistics arena, Jerry returned and held the position of Traffic Distribution and Logistics Manager at the Dubois Chemical Company until the company was sold five years later.  Jerry then worked for Cincinnati Container Company where he held the position of Senior Transportation and Logistics Manager for 23 years before retiring in 2002.

After several years of relaxation, Jerry joined the Thompson, Hall and Jordan Funeral Home’s staff as a Funeral Assistant.  In July 2017, Jerry left that position and joined the Preston Charles Funeral Home Family where he continues to have a very strong commitment to provide compassionate and professional service to those he is given the honor to serve.

Jerry and his wife Raye Ann Cosby reside in Springfield Township.  He has two grown sons and one daughter who passed away unexpectedly, too soon. 


Kimothy Wright

Kimothy Wright

Funeral Assistant

Kimothy (Kim) was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Withrow High School.  Born to the union of Thomas Fowler and the late Anna R. Fowler, Kim was the sixth of eight children.

Kim worked at The University of Cincinnati for 32 years before her retirement in 2008.  Kim’s dedication and hard work opened the doors for her to move up the corporate ladder in a short period of time.  She was promoted from parking-attendant to Supervisor of Parking Service later to Radio Operator and retired as Assistant to the Public Safety Parking Director.  During Kim’s employment at The University of Cincinnati, she received several awards for her outstanding customer service skills.

The next chapter of Kim’s working life was the desire and passion to serve families as they experienced difficult times.  In June 2016 Kim joined the staff at Hall-Jordan Funeral Homes where she was an administrative assistant and funeral assistant.  When the doors of Preston Charles Funeral Home opened for business in June 2017, she joined their team.  It is an honor and a blessing for her to be a part of the Preston Charles Funeral Home organization.

In her spare time, Kim is a volunteer at the soup kitchen and food pantry once a week.  Her hobbies are arts and crafts, line dancing, and finally, Kim’s passion is to be the friendliest, most compassionate, and joyous person she can be to everyone she is blessed to meet and to serve.

Kim is a member of New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Kim and her husband, Thomas, have one son (Thomas, Jr.) and three beautiful grandchildren. 


Raye Ann Cosby

Raye Ann Cosby

Raye Ann Cosby was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and was the third and youngest child born to the union of the late Wayne H. Williams, Jr. and the late Doris Raye Williams (nee Williams).

Raye Ann attended Madisonville Elementary School where she was a Spelling Bee Champion; Lyon Junior High School where she was a cheerleader and track star; and Withrow High School where she was an alumni of a prestigious sorority.

Upon graduation, she pursued a higher education and attended Edge Cliff College in Cincinnati where she studied Real Estate and The University of Cincinnati where she studied Secretarial and Business Courses.

Raye Ann worked in the property management field where she acquired extensive management skills and experience in the selling and rental of residential and commercial real estate.  After working in the property management and real estate arena for years, Raye Ann changed careers.

Raye Ann joined The Procter & Gamble Company where she held multiple positions during her 24+ year career.  Raye Ann retired from Procter & Gamble in 2002, as Executive Assistant; reporting to Vice Presidents and Senior Executives at the Cincinnati based Headquarter and Corporate Office.

Procter & Gamble gave several African American women the opportunity to hold clerical and secretarial positions.  In 1989 Raye Ann was promoted to Executive Assistant and was the first African American to hold the position, worldwide; a position she held, and continues to hold, with pride and honor.

After retirement, Raye Ann returned to Procter and Gamble as a consultant and worked in the Accounts Payable Department for two years.

In 2004, Raye Ann began a 13+ years working experience at Thompson Hall and Jordan Funeral Homes.  She held many positions there — receptionist, secretary, account receivables and payables, public affairs (i.e., supporting and assisting families), assistant to the late Rev. Donald H. Jordan, Sr., executive assistant to his wife and provided secretarial support to funeral directors.

Raye Ann brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and skills to Preston Charles Funeral Home. She has a strong and sincere commitment to provide exceptional customer service, with compassion and empathy, to all families and individuals Preston Charles Funeral Home is called to serve.

Raye Ann and her husband Jerry, live in Springfield Township.  She has one son, Donald Wayne Brown (Cincinnati, OH) and one angel-daughter, Kellie Lynn Brown, who passed in 2007.



Dennis Thomas

Dennis Thomas

Funeral Assistant & Public Relations Coordinator



James Singletary

James Singletary

Funeral Assistant & Public Relations Coordinator



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