History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Thompson, Hall and Jordan Funeral Homes is a family owned funeral home which had its beginnings in the city of Middletown, Ohio where Donald H. Jordan, Sr. opened his first funeral home in May, 1953 in the living room of his parents' home. Thompson, Hall and Jordan Funeral Homes now have ten locations in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana serving the needs of their communities. Thompson, Hall and Jordan Funeral Homes has always maintained the philosophy of providing compassionate and professional service to all families that they are privileged to serve.

Our goal of offering professional care and affordable services to all segments of the community is reflected in the many services that we offer, in the dedication of our professional staff, and in the comfortable and spacious facilities which we offer.

We provide total support for you and your family in the transition from grief to emotional health. Meeting your needs as well as the needs of your entire family is our first priority. That’s why we take such care to present and explain all your choices. We strive to ensure that the decisions you make are in the best interest of you and your family. 

Our Valued Staff

Eric Armstrong

Eric Armstrong, Funeral Assistant

Houston Barton

Houston Barton, Funeral Assistant

Michael E. Black

Michael E. Black, Licensed Funeral Director


Alan Blackwell

Alan Blackwell, Funeral Assistant

Preston B. Charles Jr.

Preston B. Charles Jr., Vice President

Preston B. Charles, Jr. was born on November 22, 1957 in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the fourth and youngest son born to the union of Preston B. and Ella Ree Charles. He also has one sister.

Preston attended Benedictine Catholic High School graduating in 1976. He received is Associates in General Studies from the University of Cincinnati in 1979. In 1980 he received his degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He was also the recipient of the Delaney L. Beaver Award for Artistic Competence in Restorative Art. He is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Ohio and Kentucky, Licensed Life Insurance Agent in Ohio since 1989, Notary Public since 1987 and has served as Adjunct Instructor, Clinical Lab at CCMS and Member for the Cincinnati Foundation for Mortuary Science.

Preston holds memberships in Bethlehem Temple Apostolic Church (Trustee Board), National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association, national Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Ohio Embalmers Association; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Black Achievers and various other community organizations.

"Many are called but few are chosen." Preston Charles is called to serve; in his capacity as servant to God, Family and Community. Mr. Charles is responsible for the most intricate aspects of the families needs and concerns. He governs this sacred institution of care and compassion with patience, understanding, empathy towards all. He is committed to the further expansion of our service levels and implementing strategies for enhancing the image of the firm throughout Greater Cincinnati and the Tri-State area. He is responsible for ordering supplies, inventory of chemicals, maintaining facilities and assisting the the coordination of staff. He oversees the embalming and final preparations of all decedents. He directs the flow of cases from one location to another. Finally, he presents seminars to large and small groups regarding the industry of funeral service.

Preston has been married to Myrna A. Charles for over 30 years and they have been blessed with five children, Preston III, Keturah, Marsalis, Priscilla, and Marquita.

Warren Clarke

Warren Clarke, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky

Jerry Cosby

Jerry Cosby, Funeral Assistant

Nelson Gee

Nelson Gee, Licensed Funeral Director


Rev. Donald Jordan Sr.

Rev. Donald Jordan Sr., Founder

Reverend Donald H. Jordan, Sr. was born January 16, 1932 in Middletown, Ohio, the son of the Reverend and Mrs. James K. (Elsie) Jordan.

Rev. Jordan was educated in the Middletown Public Schools, graduating in 1950. Rev. Jordan attended college at Miami Univiersity, Oxford, Ohio, Class of 1954 receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration.

Upon graduating from Miami University, Rev. Jordan servedin the United States Army from 1954-1956 in the Panama Canal Zone.

Rev. Jordan opened his first funeral home in Middletown, Ohio in May, 1953. He expanded to Hamilton, Ohio in May of 1959 and to Cincinnati, Ohio, purchasing the Lee Funeral Home in 1966, the Houston Funeral Home in 1972, the Pierce and Peoples Funeral Home in 1974, the Wrassman Funeral Home in 1976, and the Denman-Radel Funeral Home in 1988. Green Funeral Home in Hamilton, Ohio was purchased in 1990, Thompson Funeral Home in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1997 and Jones & Simpson Funeral Home in Covington, Kentucky in 1999. Rev. Jordan's most recent acquisition was the Lavenia's Home for Funerals and the Summer's Funeral Home both located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Today, Rev. Jordan operates one of th elargest funeral home operations in the state of Ohio. In Cincinnati, the funeral homes are known as Thompson, Hall and Jordan Funeral Homes. With the acquisition of Thompson's, the company celebrated 100 years of service to the Greater Cincinnati community in 1999.

Rev. Jordan is a member of many civic church organizations, such as, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity; Toussaint Lodge #19, F&AM, King Solomon Consistory #20, Illustrious Sir, 33rd Degree mason, St. Paul Chapter #10, Royal Arch Masons; former President, Booker T. Washington Community Center; United Funeral Directors of Greater Cincinnati; Buckeye State Funeral Directors Association; National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association; NAACP; Blythe-Williams Post 231 American Legion; Miami Alumni Association; and various other community and church organizations.

Rev. Jordan is a member of the South Ohio Annual Conference, African Methodist Episcopal Church; pastored Anderson Chapel A.M.E. Church, 1977-79, Cincinnati, Ohio; Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church, 1979-96, Forest Park, Ohio. At Quinn Chapel, he led the congregation in purchasing six acres of land, building a $2.5 million edifice. The membership went from 50 to over 800. Rev. Jordan was assigned to Allen Temple A.M.E. Church in 1996. Allen Temple is the oldest African American Church in the northern United States from Cincinnati to the Pacific Ocean. Under Rev. Jordan, Allen Temple purchased the Swifton Commons Shopping Mall consisting of 34 acres of land and 425,000 square feet of building space. When totally renovated and completed as a retail center, this property will be valued in excess of sixty million dollars and will be the largest commercial development of any African American congregation in the United States of America at one site. In honor of Rev. Jordan, the Allen Temple board of Trustees voted to rename the Shopping Mall to Jordan Crossing.

While pastoring at Allen Tmeple, over 600 people united with the church. In May 2004, Allen Temple A.M.E. Church began worshiping in their new five million dollar edifice, the first new church in the history of Allen Temple. Rev. Jordan retired from pastoring in 2006 after 29 years of service to the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Due to health reasons, Rev. Jordan has "retired" from the day to day operations of the business but can still be found at the administration office every day.

Rev. Jordan is married to Katherine Chavis Jordan and has three sons, Phillip, Kevin and Donald, Jr. and has six grandchildren.

Katherine Jordan

Katherine Jordan, President

Katherine Chavis Jordan was born January 19, 1949, the daughter of the late Herman Earley Chavis, Jr. and Sallie Bizelle Weaver Chavis, in Winton, North Carolina. The family settled in Portsmouth, Virginia when she was two years old. She was educated in the parochial and public shools of Portsmouth and graduated thenth out of two hundred and fifty students from I. C. Norcom High School Class of 1966.

Katherine was very active in her high school participating in such activities as the Future Business Leaders of America serving as president and secretary, a member of the Math Club, and the French Club. She was inducted in the National Honor Society in her junior year, an accomplishment she took pride in.

Upon graduation from high school, Katherine, who was always ambitious, had her eyes set upon furthering her education. With this thought in mind, she entered the University of Cincinnati in August 1966 and graduated in June 1970 with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a concentration in Accounting. While attending the University of Cincinnati, she maintained her desire to obtain education in all aspects her life, including involving herself in extra-curricular activities that would allow her to grow and mature into a fine young woman.

In 1970, after graduation from college, Kathering set out to "conquer the world." Her employment with a local hospital for which she worked while in college was not her life's ambition. She began searching for that perfect opportunity in the corporate world. Among those positions held were Accountaint for KDI Corporation, Cost Accountant for Schenley Distilleries, Accountant for Formica Corporation and a Tax Accountant at Clayton L. Scroggins & Associates, a management firm for the medical profession.

It wasn't until she Married Donald H. Jordan, Sr. that she was introduced to the funeral profession. Katherine became involved in her husband's business as a "do it all individual." She became a licensed funeral director for the state of Ohio in May 1981. Having taken on the responsibility of the financial operations, she and her husband took the organization to a level not previously experienced. Donald and Katherine have enjoyed many years working side by side, struggling through good times and bad times, building a chain of funeral homes that have become a place where families are served to the highest standards and with the utmost care and dignity to which they are entitled. It has always been the desire and the need of Thompson, Hall and Jordan Funeral Homes to provide the communities and families it serves the best in all aspects of funeral service.

Katherine has also found time to serve on many church and civic organizations including, membership in the Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and member of the board of Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation and former board member of the YMCA located in Woodlawn, Ohio. She is also a member of many professional organizations, including the Ohio Funeral Director's Association, the National Funeral Director's Association, the Buckeye State Funeral Director's Association, and the National Funeral Director's and Morticians Association. In 1997 she was included in the 1997/1998 Who's Who among America's Executives. Katherine has been regarded among her peers as a highly respected professional in her field. She was awarded the Woman of the Year for excellent performance in the field of Mortuary Science in June 1991 by the District IV, national Funeral Director's and Mortician's Association.

Donald and Katherine are the parents of three chidren, Phillip, Kevin, and Donald, Jr. and the grandparents of six. They are proud of them all.

Rev. Elmer Martin

Rev. Elmer Martin, Funeral Assistant

Robert Merriweather

Robert Merriweather, Funeral Assistant

Vaun Mitchell

Vaun Mitchell, Family Service Counselor; Website Administrator; Funeral Service Assistant

Jon Patterson

Jon Patterson, Chief Operating Officer

Jon P. Patterson was born November 18, 1953 in Richmond, Indiana to Paul A. and Charlene A. Patterson. Jon is a fifth generation funeral director. His father still operates the family business started by his grandfather in Richmond in 1927. The family business began in Limo, OH in the late 1800's. His family's funeral homes have also served in Findlay, Youngstown, Xenia, Akron and Springfield, OH and Muncie, IN.

Jon was educated in the Richmond Public Schools graduating in 1972. Upon graduation, Jon attended Indiana University (1972-1976), IUPU at Indianapolis (1978-1980), Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (1982-1983) graduating Cum Laude, 1983. Jon is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, a licensed Life Insurance Agen in Ohio. He has also served as Adjunct Instructor, Clinical Lab at CCMS and serves in his third term as a Trustee and Board Member for Cincinnati Foundation for Mortuary Education.

He holds memberships in Allen Temple A.M.E. Church, National Funeral Directors Association, Greater Cincinnati Funeral Directors Association, United Funeral Directors of Greater Cincinnati, Buckeye State Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity, Board Advisor for Granny's Love Grief Comfort Center, Children's Hospital Decedent Affairs Committee and various other community and church organizations.

In his life's vocation, Jon Patterson first is a Funeral Director and must continually respond to the needs of the public being served. In his capacity as COO, Jon is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the funeral homes to be done with dignity, integrity and class, and yet with an understanding of the emotions and problems of all families served, as well as the distress and needs of staff. He is responsible to maintain and recommend to the Board of Directors major needs of the firm, including personnel demands, operating budget, properties, automobiles, equipment, and maintenance. He analyzes current and future trends in this industry and offers plans for continued growth through improved services to the community. He presents community workshops and seminars dealing with all aspects of death education and awareness, advance funeral planning, insurance funeral funding, grief and bereavement counseling, and other funeral related activities. Ultimately, he is responsible to God Almighty for blessing him and providing him this "calling" to serve others in their deepest hour of need.

James Spencer

James Spencer, Funeral Assistant and Transportation Specialist

Joe Thomas

Joe Thomas, Funeral Assistant

Gary Washington

Gary Washington, Funeral Assistant