Rickey Hairston, Sr


Rickey Hairston Sr. was born March 13, 1950, to the late William and Ella Hairston. Rickey was also known as Hustleman.

Rickey graduated from East High School in 1970 where he played football and they won State Championship that year. Rickey also received a football scholarship to Central State University. Rickey decided to attend Bliss College where he obtained an Associate Degree in Business Management. From November 1972 to July 1975 Rickey was active in the US Airforce, where he worked as a cook. When he returned, he worked for the State of Ohio for many years. Later opening his own business selling incense, oils, and custom jewelry. He was always trying to sell you something. He continued to love cooking and he loved to eat; his favorite dish was lasagna.

In 1984 Rickey was called to the ministry where he served under Apostle Fred Sanders Sr. from 1984 – 1993 and Apostle William Latta from 2006 – present. Rickey loved to garden. Some of our greatest memories will forever be him speaking highly of his father all the time and going fishing. Not to mention his ability to make the entire room laugh. His favorite lines were, “Don’t make me mad cause I tell everything!”, and “You like fine wine, you get better with time.” He was also known for his quick wit and his favorite teams were Ohio State and Cleveland Browns. He loved his family and children. He found joy in being his comical-independent self! And we all know he loved being flirtatious. He will be missed.

Rickey is preceded in death by both of his loving parents, William and Ella Hairston; brothers, William, Raymond, Norman, and Kenneth Hairston; and sisters, Lillian Shaw and Janet Carreker.

Rickey is survived by his loving wife, Beverly Hairston; children, Rickey (Sheena) Hairston, Jr., Rishena (Tonie) Graham, Rita (Hairston) Ragland, Jeanine Skipper, and DaShawn Starnes Sr. all of Columbus, Ohio; grandsons, Hezekiah, Coi, Elijah, Bryson, Aden, Khyree, and DaShawn Jr.; granddaughters, Aubre, Kaleigh and Madison, Chloe; sisters, Audrey Hairston, Joyce Graham, Nancy Burkes, Sandra Hairston, and Patty Lusk; brothers-in-law, Michael and Jeffery Alexander; best friend, Eric Harper; and a host of other close cousins, nephews, nieces, relatives, church family, and friends.

Visitation 10:00am and Funeral 11:00am Monday, March 14, 2022 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Kelley Burkes

    God bless uncle ricky!!!

  2. Rev William E Parker

    You were a dear friend and brother I’m going to miss you dearly. Sending prayers to the family

  3. Florence Ransom

    Now you have your wings rest in heaven
    I love you uncle

    • Mr. Mrs. Arthur Crayton

      My deepest condolences to the family God has given him his wings I love you uncle Ricky Rest In Heaven

  4. Helen M. Watkins Fernett

    I offer my prayers are condolences to the family of Cousin Ricky.
    See you later at the reunion!
    Daughter of Pastor Jack E. Watkins
    Cousin Helen Watkins-Fernett
    Great Granddaughter of Rufus Hairston
    Granddaughter of Henry Watkins

  5. My friend, my friend, I’m gonna miss you… your words of encouragement, your belief in the man above… you made me laugh, you made me try… most of all you just as a friend indeed! My God bless your family and may you rest in heaven and peace . And give God laugh at your witty comments

  6. Doretta Williams

    My deepest condolences to the family. May God cover you with His love, peace and strength today and always.❤️ R.I.P Ricky.

  7. My deepest condolences and prayers to the Hairston family. May God give you strength and peace at this difficult time. We love you Uncle Ricky. DeJay and family

  8. Ruth Griffith

    My long time friend for years.You made me laugh so much. Whenever I saw you , you would always joke and laugh.
    My condolences to your family. May God bless them with strength.

  9. Priscilla Davis

    My love and sympathy goes out to family and friends for my (youngish brother / uncle) Ricky

  10. Sis. Rita, sending my sincere condolences to you and your family in the loss of your father. Know that you all are in my prayers. May the Holy Spirit comfort as only the Spirit can.

  11. Cheryl A Walker

    You’ve Been a Wonderful Caring Uncle And Will Be So Greatly Missed.

  12. EHS Class 1970 Committee

    On behalf of the EHS Class of 1970, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Family of Rickey Hairston. May God Bless you , keep you and give you strength during this very difficult time.

    RIP EHS Tiger

  13. Bailene Buckner

    To Beverly and the family of Rickey Hairston,
    As we remember the joys of gardening , the many laughs, the caring heart of Rick, our hearts and prayers are with you today. We love you both. Thanks for the memories.
    Bailene Buckner

  14. Florence Bookie

    Rest In heaven Uncle Rickey. My condolences to all the family and Friends you all are in my prayers love you how you can rest

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