Brian Keith Charles

March 4, 1969 ~ November 18, 2023 (age 54) 54 Years Old

Brian Charles Obituary

Brian Keith Charles 54, of Phelps, KY passed away November 18th, 2023, at his other residence in Inez, KY. 

He was born March 4th, 1969, at Williamson, WV, the son of Janet “Hudgins” Charles of Phelps, KY, and the late Paul Charles.  

In addition to his father, he was also preceded by his sister, Paula Gail Charles.

Brian was the principal of Martin County High School and former principal of Warfield Elementary School.  He was of the Protestant faith.  Brian was part of Phelps High School Regional Champions in 1988 and a Kentucky Colonel.  He dedicated his life to being an educator and was a devoted dad and grandfather, cherishing his family. 

In addition to Brian’s mother, Janet, those remaining to cherish Brian’s memory include his children, Corey (Raeanna) Charles of Huddy, KY, and Brett (Kailee) Charles of Forest Hills, KY; his brother, Dr. Mitch (Dr. Paulette) Charles of Huntington, WV; two sisters, Sissy Charles, and Ginger (Patrick) Jones both of Pikeville, KY; grandchildren, Raelynn, Denlei, Aspen, Saylor, and Palmer Charles; nieces and nephews, Austin, Cody, Angel, Emilie, Olivia, Hunter, Ginna, and Raven; special friends include: Larry James, Superintendent of Martin County Board of Education, all of the staff and students of Warfield Elementary and MCHS, and the community of Martin Co.        

The family will receive friends Tuesday, November 21st, 2023, at the Jones & West Funeral Home in Phelps from 6:00-9:00 P.M. 

Funeral services will begin at 1:00 P.M. in the chapel Wednesday with pastors, James Justice, Mitch Bowling, Earl Jones, and Tom Dotson officiating.

Interment will conclude at Buddy Hatfield Cemetery in Jamboree, KY.  Cody Estep, Austin Estep, Hunter Jones, Matt Smith, Brett & Corey Charles will serve as Pallbearers. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Jones & West Funeral Home of Phelps, Kentucky.  The guestbook may be viewed online at

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November 21, 2023

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Jones & West Funeral Home
37035 State Highway 194 E
Phelps, KY 41553

Funeral Service
November 22, 2023

1:00 PM
Jones & West Funeral Home
37035 State Highway 194 E
Phelps, KY 41553


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