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

Vice President/Funeral Service Resident Trainee

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

Velveeta is Vice President (Corporate Officer) of Hairston Funeral Home and 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, Payroll Manager, Community Programs Coordinator and is a  Notary.

Velveeta holds a B.S. degree from Livingstone College and a Master of Social Work degree (Clinical Track) from Norfolk State University.  She is employed as a Social Worker, Case Manager in Guilford County, and previously worked in the areas of adoption and foster care for many years.

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

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

Telephone: 1-252-202-1013


Mrs. Juanita Miller, Licensed Funeral Director, Manager

Mrs. Juanita Miller, Licensed Funeral Director, Manager

Licensed Funeral Director/PreNeed Consultant/Licensed Life Insurance Agent, 2nd Vice President

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 is a member of the executive board of the funeral home and funeral home manager.

 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 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.

John Ellis

Funeral Attendant

John Ellis has been with Hairston Funeral Home for over a year.  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.

Bernard E. Hunter

Bernard E. Hunter

Volunteer/Funeral Attendant (previous)

Bernard serves as a volunteer at the funeral home, who assists whenever needed.  He previously served as a  funeral attendant with the firm.  He is the husband of the late Emma Archie Hunter.  He is experienced in the area of heating and air conditioning, and has been instrumental in repairing funeral home equipment.  He is a member of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, where he serves in the video and transportation ministry.

Donnie Brown

Funeral Attendant

Donnie Brown serves as a funeral attendant with Hairston Funeral Home.  He is a native of East Spencer NC.  He is a member of Jerusalem Baptist Church.

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