Jeffery J. Hairston


Jeffery James Hairston, age 60, unexpectedly went to be with the Lord on November 24, 2020. Jeffery was born on July 3, 1960 to the late Ida Mae Woods and Jesse J. Hairston in Welch, West Virginia. Jeffery moved to Columbus, Ohio with his mother and siblings as a teenager. He attended Linden McKinley High School but never gave up the hope of becoming a graduate and earned his GED later – immensely proud of his accomplishment. Jeff resided in Columbus until his untimely passing and was lovingly referred to by many as “Daddy”, “Pops”, “Big Jeff” and “Uncle Jeff”.

Jeff was formerly married to Tamra “Tami” L. Hairston and that union formed a family of 3 children whom he loved very dearly. Big Jeff was a family man and fiercely protected them, was very outgoing, full of energy and loved being part of his community – North Linden. Jeff became a believer of the Muslim faith in the early 80’s and adapted most of the Muslim traditions into his life. Jeff held various positions within The Linden Resources Center with Executive Director Terry Towns. He formed a community clean-up crew with his son Lil’ Jeff and other teenagers in the North Linden area during the summers, under the direction of Boyce Stafford III. Jeff was also a bus driver for St. Stephens Community Center, COTA, and CABS for OSU students & athletes. He also installed drywall for many years. Of all his various jobs, Big Jeff was most compassionate about computers and was excellent at programming and repairing them. He also worked at OSU installing computer systems after earning his certification as an IT technician. Big Jeff was passionate about all genres of music and playing the piano, organ and Casio keyboards. It brought him overwhelming joy. He had an uncanny ability to play music on the keyboard by ear. He loved fishing, going on boating trips, lifting weights, playing pool, watching Jeopardy, raising dogs, family reunions and he especially loved to DJ at parties.

Big Jeff is survived by his sons Jeffrey “Lil Jeff” A. (Kimyahta) Hairston and JaJuan J. Hairston and only daughter, born on his birthday Jasmine S. Hairston. He loved all of his children unconditionally and was extremely proud of them for becoming black-owned entrepreneurs.

Big Jeff and Tami were foster parents for many years. He loved all of them, especially “T-Weezy” Terrance Williams. Jeff is preceded in death by brothers Charles Lee (Ann) Woods, Rodney L. (Tami) Woods, Gary Jerome Woods, and his grandson Jeffrey T. “Baby Jeff” Hairston. Big Jeff leaves to cherish his memories his brother, Ray A. Woods, sister Benita S. Hairston, grandchildren Niyana L. Hairston and JaVion A. Hairston, great-grandchildren Averi M. and Antonio A. Shamburger, and a host of other family members, cousins and friends and will be sadly missed by all.

Visitation 11:00am and Funeral 12:00pm Friday, December 11, 2020 at True Love Ministries, 1634 Minnesota Ave.

Interment at Evergreen Burial Park.


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  1. My sincerest & deepest sympathy Tamra, Lil Jeff Juannie ,Jasmine & the entire families Big Jeff was a good man he will surely be missed I love you all always with all my heart.. stay strong Aunt Redd❤️Bobby,Rick & Harden Family

  2. We would like to extend our condolences to each of you. Please be assured of God’s enduring love for you, his concern with your well being and willingness to help you endure this difficult time. Thinking of you all.

  3. Dana Harden-Freeman

    To my beloveth brother -n- Law. Words cannot describe the hurt and pain we are all feeling. There will always be a special place in my heart for you.
    Love you and rest in peace
    Dana Harden-Freeman

  4. To the Man who made me become a mother, wife, foster parent, nurse and auntie. I will never forget seeing you at McDonald’s May 1978. You reminded me of Arthur Ashe with your tennis shorts and all. It was love at 1st site!!!! You made me feel soooo special because there were “hood rats” everywhere but you loved and chose ME. We lived a great life while we were together. You always was “My Man” and everyone knew it. We made a great home, family and a legacy together. No one could ever do it like Tami & Jeff. And that too is the truth. July 3 & 4th was OUR days & we partied every year. Just like the fact that our ONLY daughter was born on your birthday. God made no mistake when Fooder infiltrated OUR day. So sad that you left this world but I know you are watching over your family. Make sure we do right while you’re watching over us. We definitely need you to be our protector more than ever now.Keep a spot for me forever in heaven. Til then, I love you❤️

  5. My sincere condolences to the family of Jeff. My heart goes out to the entire family, who loved you dearly. Although I didn’t know you personally, I knew of you from Tami. She spoke very highly of you, and that in itself, I felt like I knew you. May you Rest Peacefully in Heaven

    Cynthia Smith Lewis

  6. Tiffany Missouri

    Sending you all my deepest condolences,
    you guys are truly a family of unconditional love.
    I’ve definitely witnessed that first hand.
    I admire each and every one of you,
    Just to see the strength over this passed month,
    Continue to keep pushing take your time because that’s what heals.

    Trust that God definitely has his arms around you all.
    I will continue pray for you strength everyday.

    Love you guys forever xoxo
    ~Tiffany Missouri ~

  7. Sending my prayers, love and condolences to Hairston Family!! My heart go out to all of you especially my Auntie Hairston from another mother. May God bless you all and may he give you peace. RIP Mr Hairston!! I’m sure you will be truly missed by your family!!

  8. Big Jeff,
    As I sit and think of how blessed our family was to have you as more than a brother in law but a brother. We loved you very much and we thank God to have had you for the time that we did. To the children Jeff, Juanie and Jasmine, hold on to those memories and stay strong. To Tami, thanks for saying yes when he chose you. To the grandkids/great grandkids lots of love and hugs to you all.
    Love you all, Aunt Lynn and Uncle Frank & family

  9. Lanette Conyers

    My heart aches to hear this news. I’m praying for everyone. You always made me laugh. Our last conversation was when you came to my at Family Dollar, trying to shop with no cart. I got you a cart and finished it for you. I will cherish that. I loved my ‘Uncle Jeff’s. Tell Tony I said hello. Y’all rest in peace.
    Your niece

    Lanette (Tony-RIH) Conyers

  10. James (divine) Watson

    I found myself tore on the inside but from the knowledge I’ve gain in the last pass four years I know that we are made in the image of the creator, so if the creator (GOD) don’t die. WE DON’T EITHER! SO with that said. We will see you AGAIN! Until next time UNCLE, yes! Until next time. I Love you.

  11. When someone you love becomes a memory the memory becomes a treasure Big Jeff Thank you for all the memories and love that we all shared with you ,you will truly be missed.Tamra,(Jo)Lil Jeff(Tootie)JaJuan(Juan Dizzle)Jasmine( Fooder I love you all from the bottom of my Heart ..Kim,Niyana JaVion Sister Neicy,❤️God has you all covered..Amen Aunt Redd,Uncle Rick,Cousin Bobby Dee❤️GTS

  12. I want to give my deepest condolences to the family of Jeff he was a good brother and a good friend he will truly be missed I’ll be praying for the family y’all stay strong and stay prayed up I’m sure it’s not going to be easy but God will see y’all through this

    • Big Jeff nobody made me laugh like you did when the few times we saw each other. You will be missed by all. In heaven let Rodney greet folk allow Charles to play the drums while you spin the records. Pretty sure my Mom and daughter will dance a happy dance. Rest well King. Love the Big Cuzn Don

  13. Melinda Toone-Williamson

    My heart breaks for the family.I am so sorry for your loss. He was a good man. Loved his family with a Mighty Love. He was the only one I knew who listened to rock and roll. One time after one of Mama’s everyone kinda fell asleep all over the place and there he was was, dancing by himself to the Eagles “New Kid in Town” Eyes closed perfectly content. He could dance like crazy. Love You Jeffery, You are “New Kid in Heaven” R.I.P. Jeffery

  14. Big Jeff nobody made me laugh like you did when the few times we saw each other. You will be missed by all. In heaven let Rodney greet folk allow Charles to play the drums while you spin the records. Pretty sure my Mom and daughter will dance a happy dance. Rest well King. Love the Big Cuzn Don

  15. Katrina Saunders

    My deepest condolences goes to you and your Tami and Niecey Jeffrey truly was a lot of fun to besround always with a smile on his face. Just asking God to give you the strength and comfort in you time of help. Love Katrina

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