Our Staff

T.H. Hairston, Sr.

T.H. Hairston, Sr.


Tommy H. Hairston, Sr., is a life long resident of Rowan County and the "Five Row" community. He is a graduate of North Rowan High School and Fayetteville Technical Community College, having earned an Associates Degree in Funeral Service and Embalming.  He is the husband of Velveeta Reid-Hairston. 

Tommy is President of Hairston Funeral Home, Inc., and a life long member of Jerusalem Baptist Church, located in Spencer, NC, where he is a Deacon, Usher and member of the Men's Choir. 

His community affiliations are many and he has  received many awards and recognitions including Professional of the Year in several organizations.  

Tommy continues to hold current license in funeral service.  

He  serves as a support to the current licensees and staff, who are entrusted by Hairston Funeral Home, Inc., to continue keeping our motto," Professionalism Exemplifies Our Service" alive.  Providing "excellence" in every aspect of funeral service to our families.

Telephone: 1-704-638-6464


Velveeta Reid-Hairston, MSW, CCSOTS

Velveeta Reid-Hairston, MSW, CCSOTS

Resident Funeral Director Trainee, Notary, Accounts Manager/Bereavement Consultant/Community Resour

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

Velveeta is currently entitled to practice as a Funeral Director resident trainee as approved by the North Carolina Board of Funeral Service.   She is the funeral home  Accounts Manager and Community Programs Coordinator.

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  Alpha Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Salisbury.

Velveeta is also available to provide bereavement counseling  and aftercare services.

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

Telephone: 1-252-202-1013


Mrs. Juanita Miller, Licensed Funeral Director

Mrs. Juanita Miller, Licensed Funeral Director

Licensed Funeral Director/PreNeed Consultant/Licensed Life Insurance Agent

Mrs. Juanita Miller is an experienced, licensed funeral director, Elder, and Notary.  She comes to Hairston Funeral Home also as a Pre-Need Consultant and licensed insurance agent.

 She manages and handles all  funeral service needs at Hairston Funeral Home.    

She is available 24/7 to answer any questions regarding funeral service, pre-need planning, and insurance options.  

She can be reached at:  704-638-6464 or 704-706-5478.

Raymond Laws

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Mr. Laws brings over 15 years of funeral service experience as a director/embalmer, and manager.

Emma Archie-Hunter-Deceased

Emma Archie-Hunter-Deceased


Emma Archie Hunter is a native of Rowan County. She comes to the firm as Clerical Support. She is the wife of Bernard Hunter and the proud mother of Cassandra Walker, LPN, New York City, NY and grandmother of Preston Wallace, III (musician). 

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

Emma is also a 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, Inc.  She will never be forgotten.  Emma, we love you still.

John Ellis

Funeral Attendant

John Ellis has been with Hairston Funeral Home for several months.  He serves as a funeral attendant and is very helpful on a daily basis to assist with situations that come up at the firm.

He is a deacon at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, Salisbury, NC and is also a member of the Male Chorus.  He works with other ministries at his church.

Walter Sifford

Walter Sifford

Independent owner/operator of Quality 1 Excavator-serving several firms

Walter Sifford is an independent owner/operator of Quality 1 Excavator and serves several firms around the Rowan County area. 

He has two sons, Travis and Quentin.

Jonathan Thomas

Funeral Attendant

Mr. Jonathan Thomas, from Concord, NC comes to the firm with years of funeral service experience.  He is a licensed, ordained minister and holds a BS degree in Religion and a Masters in Religion and also holds doctorate of religion degree from Tri County Bible Seminary, Maxton, NC.  

He is the son of Mr. & Mrs. James H. Thomas. Originally from Montgomery County, he graduated from West Montgomery High School.

He is married to Mrs. Fannie S. Thomas and they are the proud parents of three daughter's and one son.  And, grandfather of seven.

He is a member of Sandridge Missionary Baptist Church in Maxton, NC.  

Bernard E. Hunter

Bernard E. Hunter

Funeral Attendant

Bernard serves as a funeral attendant with the firm.  He is the husband of Emma Archie Hunter.  He is experienced in the area of heating and air conditioning.  He is a member of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, where he serves in the video and transportation ministry.

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