Lillian Hairston

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Mother Lillian Viola Hairston, born to Charley Gravely and Lillie Griggs on January 19, 1922, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Although she was born in Axton, Virginia, Lillian considered Martinsville, Virginia her home. She fondly spoke of her childhood with her siblings and cousins in the countryside.

In 1948, she married Carty Hairston and moved to Columbus, Ohio with three daughters in tow. In Columbus, Lillian completed her family with an addition of four more children. Lillian had a deep love for her family and she raised her seven children on her own after the death of her husband. She eventually became a member of Higher Ground Always Abounding Assemblies where she served on the Mother’s Board and in The Kitchen Ministry. Lillian was a stellar chef known for her hamburgers and fries, potato salad, skins, fried chicken, cabbage, banana pudding, and most of all, her Kool-Aid!

A modest woman, she never cared much for makeup and fancy attire, but she always cared for the well-being of her family and friends. Lillian was a dedicated mother who poured herself into her children and every new addition to her family of four generations. She was also a mother to the neighborhood children of 20th Avenue. Lillian’s life exemplified the love of Christ. She never met a stranger, she always saw the best in people, and her arms were always open to anyone in trouble. She was an intelligent, strong, and humble woman of God. Her life motto was, “My wish is for all people to be good to each other.” Because of Lillian, we know the true meaning of giving, family, and love. We were blessed to have her for 95 years and she will deeply be missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents Charley Gravely and Lillie Griggs, nine siblings of the Gravely family, husband, Carty Hairston, and granddaughter, Moniqua Hairston. Left to cherish her memory are children: Juanita (Floyd) Evans, Goldean Hairston, Lenda Newman, Mary (Richard) James, Carty (Dorothy) Hairston Jr., Jerry (Tasha) Hairston, and Carla (Anthony) Watson; sister, Sallie Hairston and companion, Frank Collie, and brother, Joseph (Hildreth) Gravely; special son-in-laws, Warren Jenkins I and Dr. Billy R. Newman; and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mother Hairston will lie in state at 5:00pm, family will receive friends at 6:00pm and Home Going Service will begin at 7:00pm Friday, July 21, 2017 at Higher Ground Always Abounding Assemblies 870 St. Clair Ave.

Interment Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Green Lawn Cemetery.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Brandy Gregory

    Dianna,
    I am so sorry to hear of your Grandmother’s passing. Know that you are in my prayers.

  2. To the family of Mrs. Lillian, you have my deepest sympathy in your loss. It is truly a blessing to live a long life of 95 years. God blessed Mrs. Lillian with special mightiness, because Psalm 90:10 says, “The span of our life is 70 years, Or 80 if one is especially strong.”That is a long life but not compared to future blessings of life! By means of God’s Kingdom, he promises that we will live forever, in the near future (Psalm 37:29).

  3. Aunt Betty and Jennifer

    To my family know that we are strong and that no man can take the love we have for one other and that God does things for a reason and in do season .Lets keep one other in pray and keep are heads held high we are Gravelys and Hairstons and that means something! Love you all and God Bless

  4. James, Roberta & Sewanna Hairston

    James, Roberta and Sewanna Hairston
    Martinsville, Virginia
    July 19,2017

    To the Family of Aunt Lit, we are sorry we could not be with you and the families during this time of Home Going for Aunt Lit. She will be very well missed in our presents but will always be with us in our hearts. We love and praying for all.

  5. Lynn Cleveland

    Mary,
    Sorry for the lost of your Mother,you have my deepest sympathy.May God continue to bless you and your family during this time of your bereavement.

  6. Melissa Stevens

    Mary and Family,

    Jesus says it best, “Come all who labor and are heavy burden, for I will give you rest.” GOD is your Comforter and HE will not leave you comfortless. Continue to Hold Unto GOD’s Unchanging Hands, HIS Words, and HIS Promises. Continue to cherish your Mother/Love One because “She Still Lives.” Her new residence is in the “Land of Pure Delight”; “Our Father’s House.” “Oh What a Blessing!”
    Stay Blessed and Remain Encouraged!

  7. I’m sending my condolences to the immediate family and my Higher Ground AAA family.

  8. Shirley Pruitt

    When God created Adam and Eve they were to live forever on earth, because of them violating Gods command at Genesis 2:17, God passed sentence of death upon them. 1 Corinthians 15:22 say; “For just as in Adam all are dying, so also in the Christ all will be made alive. Mrs Lillian lived a long life. She as well as others, sleeping in death are now waiting on John 11: 25 to be fulfilled. I am deeply sorry for your loss.

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