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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 include a member of the Rowan-Davie Deacon's Alliance; member and has served as 2nd Vice President as well as a past President of the Salisbury Branch of the NAACP; past member of the Salisbury Planning Board; a member and past board member of the Funeral Directors & Morticians Association of NC and the National Funeral Directors & Morticians; President of the Salisbury Rowan Branch of the National Hairston Clan; and numerous other organizations; having received many awards and recognitions including Professional of the Year in several organizations. Along with his wife, Velveeta, Aunt, Emma A. Hunter and Uncle, Bernard Hunter, he was instrumental in organizing the Hairston Funeral Home Honor/Scholarship  Project.

Tommy is an experienced funeral home director and embalmer and takes pride in the work he does with  families.  He holds current licensure in funeral service.  His caring and sharing skills equips him for being the community servant that he is.

He continues to be very active in funeral service and serves as a mentor to new staff. 

Telephone: 1-704-638-6464

Email: HairstonFH@Charlotte.Twcbc.com

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., who are parent's to four adult children, and 5 grandchildren. 

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 Administrative Assistant/ 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.  She holds NC Department of Public Instruction licensure in School Social Work, and  grades K-12, and is a Certified Clinical Sex Offender Treatment Specialist.  

Velveeta is a member  Alpha Alpha Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Salisbury,  the Winston-Salem Alumni Association and National Alumni Association of Livingstone College and a member of the local Rowan/Salisbury Chapter of the NAACP. 

Velveeta is also available to provide bereavement counseling to families in the Rowan/Salisbury area.

Telephone: 1-252-202-1013

Email: blueroyalty75@yahoo.com

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.

Eric Hudson

Funeral Attendant

Eric has lived in the Rowan County area for a number of years. He is a member of New Bethel Baptist Church, where he is a deacon and member of the male chorus.  He works as a funeral attendant for several firms in the area.

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.

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.  

Mrs. Juanita Miller, Licensed Funeral Director

Mrs. Juanita Miller, Licensed Funeral Director

Licensed Funeral Director/PreNeed Specialist/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/Specialist and licensed insurance agent

Raymond Laws

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

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

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