Our Staff

T.H. Hairston, Sr.

T.H. Hairston, Sr.

Founder (Deceased-September 25, 2022)

Founder and visionary of Hairston Funeral Home.  His presence, expertise, people personality and dedication to public service is truly missed by all, especially his loving and caring wife, Velveeta Reid-Hairston, children and extended family members, colleagues and dear friends. 

Our angel is free from the cares of this world and has a new home over in glory.

Telephone: 1-704-638-6464


Velveeta Reid-Hairston, MSW, CCSOTS

Velveeta Reid-Hairston, MSW, CCSOTS

Funeral Home Administrator/Notary

Mrs. Velveeta Reid-Hairston is a native of Eastern North Carolina.  She is the wife of the late Tommy H. Hairston, Sr.,

Velveeta and licensed staff continues the dream of the founder, Tommy Howard Hairston, Sr. 

Velveeta holds a B.S. degree from Livingstone College and a Master of Social Work degree (Clinical Track) from Norfolk State University. 

Velveeta is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.  She also provides bereavement counseling  and aftercare services.

Velveeta can be reached at: 704-638-6464 or 252-202-1013.

Telephone: 1-252-202-1013


Emma Archie-Hunter-Deceased

Emma Archie-Hunter-Deceased


Emma Archie Hunter was a native of Rowan County. She was a faithful clerical support staff during her tenure with the funeral home.  She was the wife of Bernard Hunter and the proud mother of Cassandra Walker, LPN, New York City, NY and grandmother of Preston Wallace, III (musician). 

Emma attended Livingstone College and retired from Rowan Hospital as a Registered Nurse. She was an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and Gethsemane Baptist Church, where she served in the nursing ministry, missionary ministry and greeter ministry. 

Emma was also an active  member of the National Hairston Clan and the Hairston Funeral Home Honors/Scholarship Project.

Our beloved Emma passed, September 19, 2018.  She is missed every day at Hairston Funeral Home.  She will never be forgotten.  Emma, we love you always.

Bernard E. Hunter (deceased)

Bernard E. Hunter (deceased)

Volunteer/Funeral Attendant

Bernard served as a volunteer at the funeral home and assisted whenever needed as  a  funeral attendant with the firm for many years. 

He was the husband of the late Emma Archie Hunter.  He was our experienced heating and air expert, and was instrumental in repairing funeral home equipment. 

He was a member of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a trustee in the video and transportation ministry.

He was a member of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a trustee and in the video and transportation ministry.

We lost Bernard on January 15, 2022.  His presence is missed every day.  He is now with his beloved wife, Emma.

Raymond L. Laws, Hairston Funeral Home, Manager

Raymond L. Laws, Hairston Funeral Home, Manager

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Hairston Funeral Home welcomes Mr. Raymond L. Laws to our firm as our manager/licensee.  He will be an asset to our firm and the community.

Mr. Laws brings over 15 years of funeral service experience  in funeral home management, and as a director/embalmer. He will officially join our staff effective, October 24, 2022.

Please welcome Mr. Laws by stopping by to meet him at your convenience.

We shall continue to carry the torch of, expertise, professionalism, integrity, commitment, loyalty, caring, and sharing that our founder, Tommy Howard Hairston, Sr., so proudly exhibited and lived by.

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