Allen Hairston

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Allen Hairston, 71, of Columbus, Ohio passed away January 7, 2022, at home of COPD.

Allen was born in Columbus, Ohio on June 4, 1950, to Jessie Hairston and Helen Robison. He attended Champion and graduated from Linden McKinley High School. After high school he attended CTI and was employed by the State of Ohio as a records officer.

Allen married Mary Hook on September 12, 1998. Through this childhood he grew up in Poindexter Village with his close cousins (Paula, Wingene, Donald, Rhonda, and Demoris Jr.) and friends.

He ran track in high school, loved motorcycles, fast cars, and spending time with his family and close friends (Marc Willis, Freddy Mason, Gary, and Tony Giles) and many more. He also enjoyed Sunday car rides with his Uncle Nate in his 1966 Valiant as well as Sunday visits with his cousins Paula and Wingene at Margaret’s (Sisters) house. Allen also had a great love for music, electronics, animals, and humor. You can always remember him making jokes or having a smile on his face.

He is survived by his wife Mary Hairston, daughter Charmayne Ivery, stepdaughters Cassandra (Thomas) Arline, Chantel (John) Keyt, brother Anthony (Tammy) Genovese, sisters Deborah Hairston and Ossie Thomas, aunt Beverly Shouse, as well as many grandchildren, Jeremyah, Jeremiah, Jermayne, Janyah, Japreah, Jernaysha, AJ, Wyatt, Tamia and Jayla, including Jayden and James Garrett who lived with Mary and Allen.

Preceded in death by mother Helen Faison, stepfather Jim Faison, father Jessie Hairston, and stepmother Jessie (Dora) Hairston and many others.

Visitation 2:00 PM and Private Funeral Service 3:00 PM Sunday, January 23, 2022 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd).




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  1. Lloyd Paschal family

    Wishing you peace, comfort, courage and love at this time of sorrow. Allen will be sorely missed by many. He was a dear cousin and friend. My heart goes out to you as I send sincerest condolences.

  2. Eva Elkins Jamuison

    Prayers to the family God Bless

  3. We are deeply saddened by the passing of Allen. He was a nice guy and a fun co-worker when we worked together at the Department of Aging. Our sincere condolences to Maripat and the rest of the family. He will be missed.
    Love & Prayers, Marilyn and Woody

  4. Really can’t believe I’m writing this!My heart hurts you were my Big Cousin but you meant so much more to me.You are missed and very much loved!You will never be forgotten I Love You Cuz!Prayers for my family this will be a tough day!

  5. Jon- Ette Maxey

    Allen, you inherited your father’s heart. Spiritual, caring for people that needed help…if they were sick, sad,or just needed a helping hand. Your father knew the scriptures and you always knew what to say. My family will keep your family in our prayers until we meet again. God speed. Song “I Lost My Way”

  6. Ollie & Henry Gilford

    Heartfelt condolences to the Hairston family. Thoughts and prayers to you during this most difficult time. Blessings.

  7. The Giles Family

    Knew Mr. Hairston for over 62 years growing up on the near Eastside of Columbus. The only kid in the neighborhood with a souped-up bicycle. It was a real honor and pleasure knowing Allen and his friendship will be greatly missed. May God blessings be with Maripat and the Hairston family during this difficult time. The Giles Family

  8. Shelley D Sellars

    Hello Allen, may you rest in peace!! I can’t believe you are gone. I just seen your last year at your cousin’s house. That is the last memory I have of your. It was good to have known you. May god continue to watch over your family!! Rest in peace Allen!!

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