Ward 4 - Charles M. Odom

Charles M. Odom was elected to the City Council in November 2019.  He received a Diploma in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration from Gaston College and retired from General Electric Company as a Field Service Technician.  Charles is the father of four children: Marcus, Brooke, Charleston, and Caleb and also proud “Pawpaw” to eight grandchildren.

Current Organizations and Affiliations

  • President of Highland Neighborhood Association
  • N.C. Licensed Plumbing Contractor
  • N.C. Licensed Electrical Contractor
  • N.C. Licensed General Contractor
  • Committee Member - 2050 N.C. Moves
  • Gaston County School Mentor

Previous Organizations and Affiliations

  • City of Gastonia Planning Commissioner
  • City of Gastonia Housing Authority Board Member
  • Sunday School Teacher - Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church
  • Deacon, Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church
  • Cub Scout Master
  • Volunteer, Faith and Health Caromont Health

Honors and Awards

  • Quality of Service Award - General Electric Company
  • Two time recipient: Man of Year Award - Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church


  • Facilitating Leadership for Social Change 2019
  • Leadership Gaston - Class of 2018
  • City of Gastonia Municipal Citizens Academy - Class of 2018
  • Midwest Academy - Organizing for Social Change 2018
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Common Health Action 2018
  • Associate Diploma - Gaston College

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