ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved husband and father, Keith LaMont  Charles. He was born on February 23, 1959, and went to his eternal resting place in the arms of his Heavenly Father on January 14, 2021. 
We will love and remember him forever.
Posted by Paula Manley7k on February 23, 2021
My sincere condolences to Evelyn, Leslie, Amber, and Mr. Elijah P. and Mrs. Josephine Charles and family. May you all be strengthened and comforted at this time. May you all have fond, fun, and loving memories of the illustrious, industrious, multi-faceted and talented husband, father, brother, son, and friend. Rest in Power and Heaven Mighty Man of Valor.
Posted by M Howardharris on February 23, 2021
My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to Evelyn, Leslie, Amber, Anthony, Keith's parents (Elijah P. and Josephine), and the rest of the Charles family during this time of sorrow. I know that my friend Keith is in heaven and I am confident that he is at peace. He will definitely be missed! May our prayers help comfort you today (his Birthday) and always, and may your loving memories bring you peace, courage, healing, and strength.

"Freedom is from Within" - Frank Lloyd Wright

Sleep Well and Rest In Peace My Dear Friend. Gone Way Too Soon!
Mary (Sam And Simone) Harris

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Posted by Paula Manley7k on February 23, 2021
My sincere condolences to Evelyn, Leslie, Amber, and Mr. Elijah P. and Mrs. Josephine Charles and family. May you all be strengthened and comforted at this time. May you all have fond, fun, and loving memories of the illustrious, industrious, multi-faceted and talented husband, father, brother, son, and friend. Rest in Power and Heaven Mighty Man of Valor.
Posted by M Howardharris on February 23, 2021
My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to Evelyn, Leslie, Amber, Anthony, Keith's parents (Elijah P. and Josephine), and the rest of the Charles family during this time of sorrow. I know that my friend Keith is in heaven and I am confident that he is at peace. He will definitely be missed! May our prayers help comfort you today (his Birthday) and always, and may your loving memories bring you peace, courage, healing, and strength.

"Freedom is from Within" - Frank Lloyd Wright

Sleep Well and Rest In Peace My Dear Friend. Gone Way Too Soon!
Mary (Sam And Simone) Harris
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Life of Keith LaMont Charles

Keith LaMont Charles was born on February 23, 1959 to Elijah Peter (E.P.) and Josephine (Richmond) Charles in Los Angeles, California. He was the couples's second child with son Anthony born less than a year before in 1958.

The abundant love of God was instilled into Keith at an early age. He accepted Jesus Christ into his heart. He developed a deep respect for the Baptist church traditions in which he was raised, and his walk with the Lord was pivotal in his development. As a young adult, he and his family attended Crenshaw Christian Center in Los Angeles, California under the tutelage of Dr. Fred Price. They would later attend Zoe Christian Fellowship of Whittier (CA) where he was baptized in 2001.

At an early age Keith showed a keen interest in the art of building. A building block set his parents bought him one year would become a constant source of engagement. He had a meticulous eye for detail, and would spend hours perfecting his creations. This passion often came into sharp contrast with his brother and friends who didn't appreciate his projects like he did. He could often be found playing alone building all manner of things. He would beg his parents not to invite cousins or friends over so the "kids wouldn't mess with his stuff." His interest in building would be accelerated during junior high school. In his shop class, he would learn about architecture, and his passion was solidified. From there on, he told anyone that would ask that he was going to be an "architect" even though some of his Southern-raised family had no real clue what one was or if they made any money.

After graduating from George Washington High School in 1976, Keith went on to attend El Camino College in Torrance, California. It was there, in chemistry class, he met Evelyn Johnson. They would become lab partners and fast friends. The rest as they say is history. Following a 5 year courtship, they married in Inglewood, California on August 21, 1982. They would have two daughters - Leslie in '84 and Amber in '87.

Keith went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture in 1987. Upon passing the California Architect licensing exam, he would become a licensed architect in 1995. After more than a decade of working for different firms, he set out on his own and established KL Charles Architects, Inc. in 1997. In 2013, he would shutter the firm due to the economic recession, and go on to join MCG Architecture as Director in the Irvine, CA office where he remained until his passing.

Keith took immense pride in his role as husband and father. As young professionals with two young daughters in school, he and Evelyn often split home duties. Keith would become responsible for ironing the girls' uniform blouses every Sunday in preparation for the week. The meticulous nature that he applied to his work was present even in this mundane task. He took great pride in making sure the blouses were perfect. That same pride was always on display as he cheered the girls on through their many activities. From sports to school plays, he did his best to be there for everything. Keith might have been the Original "Girl Dad". In later years, as the girls grew into young women, he made sure to take time away with the family for trips as often as possible. From the beginning he did his best to make Evelyn, Leslie and Amber feel loved and appreciated, as evidenced by his longstanding tradition of having flowers delivered to each of them on Valentine's Day.

This love would soon reach down to the next generation when his son-in-law Seun, and three grandchildren - Elijah, Isaiah, and Stella - arrived. As with everything he did, he threw himself into the new role with vigor. He could often be found walking the kids around the backyard telling them all about the vegetation, or taking them for bike rides to the local park. He would sit with Seun talking sports, politics, health or whatever during Sunday visits. He rarely balked at the opportunity to spend time with the grandkids playing games or simply watching TV (and answering Elijah's millions of questions LOL) with them.

Keith is survived by his loving wife of over 38 years, Evelyn; two daughters - Leslie Olayele and Amber Charles; son-in-law, Seun Olayele; grandchildren - Elijah, Isaiah and Stella Olayele; parents - EP and Josephine Charles; brother - Anthony; two brothers-in-law; three sisters-in-law; and countless aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; as well as innumerable friends whose lives were forever touched by his amazing spirit.


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Shared by Page Winkler on February 26, 2021
Now that I have had a little time to reflect on the man named Keith Charles, I would like to share some of my thoughts.  Keith and I go pretty far back to the early 90's when he joined Nadel Architects.  He and I got along well from the start.  He would always laugh at my inappropriate jokes and there was always a mutual respect for one another.  In the Orange County office of Nadel Architects, there were a few of us who were learning how to play golf and Keith thought he would give golf a try so we played a few times together as well as at the annual Nadel Architects golf tournaments.  Keith would often tell people a story of when I picked him up at his house in central Los Angeles to play a round of golf.  I had a new white car with white wheels and when I pulled up to his house, he chuckled.  He said "You should fit right into this neighborhood" and as we drove away, we came to a stop light.  As we sat at the stop light, a Chevy Impala low rider pulled up alongside of us with six (6) gentlemen inside just staring at me and my extremely white car.  Keith looked over at me and started laughing, he knew I was not really comfortable.  He said "Don't worry man, those guys are just a bunch of knuckleheads."  That was Keith, he always made you feel comfortable.  Keith and I lost touch for a little while.  I lived in San Diego and he was busy building his practice in Los Angeles.  Keith and I reconnected at the grand opening of the new Vons Grocery Store located in Hollywood, California.  I remember how impressed I was with his project and how professional he looked in his suit.  He was a very impressive figure indeed.  He personally walked me around the store.  He was very proud of this project with good reason.  It was a very complex new structure with roof top parking over a grocery store including a restaurant in the parking level above.  Shortly after, the recession took its toll on many and although it was a difficult decision for Keith to give up his practice of seventeen (17) years, he ultimately decided to join MCG Architecture, Inc. and both of us benefited from our newly formed relationship.  He could see when I was upset at something and would come into my office, close the door and say, "Page, Calm down my friend, take a deep breath, nothing is that important."  Keith and I used to go to lunch once or twice a week.  We would talk politics, business, family but mostly we just enjoyed each other's company.  Sometimes we didn't see eye to eye on some matters, but we always worked out our differences, and we both grew from those experiences.  Keith was a motivated and disciplined man.  I recall having studied with him at my house for the architectural exams.  He ended up passing the exam shortly thereafter and I passed fifteen (15) years later.  In the years after he was diagnosed, I could see it every day in his eyes that he was not going to let this disease get him down.  Even when I saw him for the last time, I felt that he still had that fight in his eyes.  But that was Keith, he was intelligent, motivated, fair, honest, and most of all, truly loved by those who knew him best.  I will miss my friend.

Text from Keith's Oncologist

Shared by Evelyn Charles on February 25, 2021
Going through this difficult battle with my husband was not easy. Having a medical team so supportive and caring made this journey a little easier. Unfortunately due to covid-19 our face to face interactions became limited to a certain degree. In spite of the restrictions they were always there for him and doing whatever they could to make him comfortable. I am grateful for them.
Shared by Samir KHOURY on February 25, 2021
I had an office of Civil Engineering and Land Surveying in an office complex in the City of  Santa Fe Springs, CA when one day, a very kind and friendly gentleman walked to my office introducing himself as the owner of a new architectural firm (K. L. Charles & Associates) who just opened up an office in the same complex. That gentleman was Keith. He asked if we will be interested in teaming up with him on projects to serve as his Civil Engineering specialty. Of course the answer was yes. Because of his easy going and friendly personality, we struck a very close friendship. Since then we have done countless successful projects together. Those were not just work, they were very enjoyable achievements with repeat and happy clients.
The most impressive thing about Keith was his warm kindness and respect that never faded away over the years.  We miss you Keith! Rest in Peace my friend, may your Memory be Eternal!

Deep condolences to the Keith family.