Gant CharlesHOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (3/19/19) — Anyone that ever met local resident and educator Charles Gant was always greeted with a smile and warm welcome, and left his company with a feeling of inclusiveness.

Gant departed from the world after battling an illness. Hopkins County Schools announced with great sadness today that Gant, the district’s assistant superintendent, had passed.

“His enthusiasm, positive attitude and love for the children of our community will leave an impact on #TeamHopkins for many years to come,” HCS wrote on its Facebook page today. School officials are asking to keep his family in their thoughts and prayers.

In July 2016, Gant began his endeavor as assistant superintendent of student services. His 27-year career in the district included a variety of duties as an administrator and teacher.

Gant previously stated, “We want to work with every aspect of the school community. We want to include families as we educate their children. We also want to continue to bring in community members and shareholders to ensure we all work together to provide a safe, effective educational environment that will allow our students to be successful.”

He served as principal at West Broadway Elementary for six years, assistant principal at Browning Springs and West Hopkins middle schools.

He taught at Hopkins County Central and South Hopkins High School, James Madison Middle School, Alternate Day Treatment and West Hopkins High School. He worked as a part-time community outreach director for Hopkins County Family YMCA, operating the summer food program since 1991.

Gant earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Wabash College, a master’s in special education and Rank 1 in administrative education from Murray State University.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Saturday at Victory Church in Madisonville. Visitation is 10 a.m. until service time. Arrangements were entrusted to Mason and Sons Funeral Home. For full obituary, click here.

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