Queen Dorothy Mae Hairston-Crockett

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God saw that she was getting tired and took her into his arms to rest.

Dorothy Mae Hairston-Crockett was born on March 8, 1930. She was the sixth of seven children born to the late Rev. Dr. Robert F. Hairston Sr. And Arizona Clayton Hairston of Columbus, Ohio. She entered eternal rest on April 10, 2022 at 7:51am in Columbus, Ohio.

At an early age she was baptized at Refuge Baptist Church where her father was the founder and pastor for 62 years. Dorothy was an active member and the minister of music. At the age of 12 years old she begin playing the piano for the Refuge Baptist Church mid-week prayer and Bible Study services. Also, at the age of 12, she began playing for the Refuge Missionary Baptist Church Junior Choir, the church Sunday School and the Willing Workers Choir. In 1948 Dorothy Mae commences playing for the Refuge Baptist Church Gospel Choir. Using her musical skills and leadership ability, the Refuge Baptist Church choir was recognized as the best unparalleled choir in the City of Columbus and the state of Ohio. More than 100 devoted individuals regularly sung with the choir every first and third Sunday during morning and evening worship services filled with worshipers.

During February of 2004, Pastor Kaiser W. Jones was spiritually led to enhance the music ministry of Refuge Missionary Baptist Church. To accomplish this divine objective and being informed by several church members of Dorothy Mae’s musical skills, Pastor Jones dialogued with Dorothy Mae about expanding the music ministry. Dorothy being humble, sweet and spiritual as she was and out of respect for her Pastor willingly accepted to assist in expanding the music ministry without the offered pay. She felt honored and her service was to the glory of God. After much prayer, with her cell phone in one hand and her laptop in her other hand, Dorothy Mae was on a mission to bring a choir together by contacting former choir members and friends. Eighty-six individuals made up the choir. With Pastor Jones permission, the choir was named, K. W. Jones Jr., Choir. After one month, consisting of four rehearsals, the first appearance of the K. W. Jones Jr choir was on Sunday, March 28, 2004. It was a great day in Refuge. After several years at the age of 74, prayerfully and humbly, Dorothy Mae decided it was time to give the younger generation a chance to lead the music ministry.

Dorothy Mae was employed by the Internal Revenue Services (IRS). While working a full-time job, she was a student at Ohio State University (night school). Dorothy Mae resigned from her position with the IRS and was hired by the Columbus, Ohio based Defense Construction Supply Center (DCSC) where she remained for more than 30 years. After Dorothy Mae retired, she cared for more than 50 God children and several disabled adults, who all lived in her home. Dorothy Mae was a founding lifelong member of the Board of Directors of the National Hairston Clan, Incorporated.

Preceding Dorothy Mae in transition were her sister Ruby Hairston and brothers Mathew Hairston, Rev. Robert F. Hairston Jr. and Attorney Alonzo Hairston. She is survived by her 6 children Deborah Pounds, Robert C. Pounds Jr., Rev. Dr. Roderick C. Pounds Sr. (Deborah), Dorothy Michelle Pounds, Ashley Harris (Truman) and David Crockett; brother Marvin Hairston. In addition, she is survived by 15 grandchildren Darena Pounds, Dorlisa Storey (James), Jeffrey L Hammonds Jr. (Melanie), Roderick C. Pounds Jr. (Saebra), Shannon Gray (Jason), Ryan Pounds, Xavion Edmonds, Sincere Gleaton, Essence Gleaton, Liam Harris. Tahlia Harris, Shamya Crockett, Sonia Smith and Leia Lucas; 21 great grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who have shared her life.

Condolence Messages

  1. Pastor Pounds last year when I had to go through this with my mom you called every other day to check on us to see if we need anything my sister just called from Virginia checking on you all that’s how much Aunt Dorothy is loved and we know that Mommy and Aunt Dorothy are in the heavenly choir along with so many more that we truly miss we send strength your way we send peace your way and Love to the entire family gone but not forgotten

    • Pastor Daniel Gore

      On behalf of me and my family you have my sencere condolences words cannot express the love she has shown me since I was a child she was truly a mother to all in the Shepard community may God comfort you and keep you during this time

  2. One of the most Beautiful Souls. I have ever encountered on this journey!A true loss for the family and Friends but most certainly Heavens gain You will be missed not forgotten . Well done ,Rest in Heaven Aunt Dorothy. Thank you for always sowing into me

  3. Benjamin Tubbs & Juanita Tubbs

    My heart and deepest condolences goes out to the family. Mrs Dorothy Mae Harrison Crockett meant so many much to so many people . She was truly someone you were blessed to have met or known. Full of true joy and always with a smile. I hope your loving and unforgettable memories of her will help you through this difficult time. May the Grace of God and His Peace be with the family and love ones in this difficult time. God Bless

  4. Larry and Joann Burton

    Condolences from the Burton families,GOD bless your family in a mighty way.

  5. Sending condolences to Debbie Pounds and family for the loss of your beautiful mother. God well continue to comfort and bless you family. RIP Queen Dorothy Mae Hairston-Crocket

  6. Mom was a mother to all she came in contact with. If you became one of her kids she loved you unconditionally. You will be missed. I loved you then , now and always.
    Your son!

  7. Ernestine Hairston

    Rest well condolences to the family

  8. Lillian M Richardson

    Beautiful Lady and A song Bird From her Heart Condolences To Debbie and the Family ❤️❤️Nothing like A mother’s Love She will be missed But hold on To Her Memories Larry and Sonnie and Fruite❤️

  9. Evonne Merchant-Grant

    Sincere prayers and condolences to the Hairston,Pounds and Crockett family
    Aunt Dorothy was a friend a mentor to many of us in the Shepherd community. Always had an encouraging word for so many of us.
    Debbie, Robert, Roderick. and Dorothy Michelle and family Thank you for sharing your mother .

  10. My condolences to the family. My heart wept when hearing about the transition of your beloved mother and my long time friend. My sincere prayers are with you.

  11. Bradley Ferguson

    We are praying for the entire Hairston and Crockett Families. May God give you all strength peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  12. Anita Marshall Jefferson

    To Aunt Dorothy and Family,

    Our Queen Mother and family member made her transition from earth to her final reward in Heaven, a course she has charted throughout her life in the ministry. I know we will miss her presence and that award winning smile but one thing we know, she is playing the piano and directing the heavenly choir with rejoicing in her heart. Family, be strong and encouraged that we shall see her again, but until that time comes, she will always remain steadfast in our hearts. My sincere condolences.
    With Loving Kindness your cousin,

  13. Chris L Hannon-Jones

    My heartfelt condolences to the family. She has gone from work to reward. I’m sure that she is rejoicing in Heaven. God has welcomed her with open arms and said “Well done servant”!

  14. Dr. Boyd (Mama Boyd), Tiffany, Monique & Ayanna from San Antonio, Texas

    May this Bible verse, straight from the mouth of God, bring the family peace and comfort today and in the days to come: “God is our refuge and strength. A very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46.1
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you today and always. We are just a phone call away if any of you need anything at all. We Love You All So Dearly

  15. Aletha and Doretha (Twins).

    Our condolences to the family.
    Dorthy Mae was a Jewel .
    Wishing you and your family strength and peace.

  16. Aletha Howell and Doretha Hunter (Twins)

    Our condolences to the family .
    Dorthy Mae was a Jewel .
    Wishing you and your family strength and peace .

  17. My thoughts and prayers are with you and family during the loss of your love one. May God bless you and your family

  18. Pastor Bill and Vanessa( Van Cleaf )Young

    Robert and Ricky we would like to send our condolences to you and your family. Your mom was so sweet and a Shepard warrior in every way. Please know that my husband and I are praying for you all. #SHEPARD FOR LIFE.

  19. To All of The Family
    I’m Praying for Your Comfort and Peace during the loss if your Mother & Grandmother.
    I didn’t know her but I am positive she was a Wonderful, Beautiful Soul. Her Spirit shown through Debbie.
    I’m watching her services in Live Stream

  20. Shirley A Pruitt

    My sincere condolences to the family. Sry I was not there in person, but I did see it on line. I will always remember my dear cousin and the good days we shared together. Looking forward to seeing her in the resurrection that is promised at Acts 24:15 and John 5:28,29. Love from
    Shirley Hairston-Pruitt, Kyra Pruitt-White, Tisha Reaves, and Shirrle Pruitt. Love you all.

  21. Norman & Gladys Cooper

    Sincere prayers and condolences to the Hairston,Pounds and Crockett family

  22. I’m so sorry for your lost but God got you all covered. I can tell she was a wonderful lady and well loved. My sincere prayers are with you all Ricky I’m so proud of you u did wonderful today.

  23. Doretha Hunter/Aletha Howell

    To the Family of the Queen Dorothy Mae Crocket
    Sending our condolences, what a Spicy lady and a beautiful gem! Always sharp and had it all together even when she may have not been at her best! She was always ready to hit the runway when we saw her! I admire her gift of being the loving and caring person she was! May God continue to give you strength doing your time of bereavement and we will keep you in our prayers !

  24. Lord I will lift my eyes unto the hills, my help comes from the Lord! Praying for your strength and peace during such a time as this. Much Love

  25. Johnsene Robinson Barber

    Some of my fondest Refuge memories include the playing and singing of Ms. Dorothy Mae and the Gospel Choir. Her gifts, smile and grace were ageless. My condolences to her family that must now finish their courses without her.

  26. We Melanin and “Infinite” Spiritual Beings” having a Human Experience: Aunt Dorothy quietly and with grace closed her eyes, exit her physical body, to ascend to the ANCESTRAL REALM. As we “Manifest and Meditate on Our Reality” her spirit and symbols will appear in her unique way, to let you know that she is near. Listen to Rick James/Tenna Marie lyrics “Déjà Vu” ..”We Been Here Many Lifetimes Before.”

    Much Love

    Your #7 Niece

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