and President of the National Hairston for 25 years, Collie was
known for his dedication and service to family and friends. He
left us to go home February 18, 1998. He will always be
remembered and the spirit he gave this family will continue to
grow strong as we carry the torch that has been passed down.
l. Hairston, sr., son of the late William and Ruth (Charming)
Hairston, was born in Davie County, North Carolina on June 23,
1920. He departed this life to try eternity at his home on
Wednesday, February 18, 1998.
was a product of Davie County Elementary School and Dunbar High
School, Lexington, North Carolina. In 1945, he was united in
Holy Matrimony to Charline Graham. From this union, they were
blessed with three daughters.
joined Little Rock Baptist Church and served on the Board of
Trustees. He later founded and was a member of the First Refuge
Baptist Church, Camden, New Jersey. In later years, he
membership to Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church, where he served on
the Board of Trustees, Vice Chairman of the Scholarship
Committee, and a member of the Men's Fellowship. Collie, was
also a member of the Berkshire Noblemen. Collie retired from
Campbell Soup Company after 35 years of service.
generously supported any effort which would aid young people in
furthering their education. He could always be counted on to
assist anyone in need. During his many years of working in
church and serving the community, he was the recipient of
numerous citations and awards of recognition.
served as 2nd Ward Committeeman, was a member of the YMCA Board
of Directors, chairman of the Political Action Committee of
Local P80, Meat Cutters Union, Camden; former President of the
Camden Chapter A. Philip Randolph Institute; and was serving as
President of the National Hairston Clan, Inc. for the past 25
leaves to cherish his precious memory: a loving wife, Charline;
son, Collie L. Hairston, Jr.; daughters, Ethel Maddox-Hicks,
Charming Nelson, Coletta Pierce and Charlie Mohammed; brothers,
Clarence Hairston, Reverned George T. Hairston; sister, Marie
Carter; ten grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; on
great-great grandson; three sons-in-law, Earl Nelson, Albert
Pierce and Abdullah Mohammed; four sisters-in-law; one
brother-in-law; a host of nieces and nephews; special friends,
George Willis and Alvin "Apple" Still; and many other
relatives and friends.