Celestine Bell Hairston

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

        On Friday, January 12, 2001, an angel of mercy silently and peacefully came into our midst and gave our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend, eternal rest.

        Celestine Bell Hairston was born on December 23, 1930 to the late John W. and Jessie Walton Bell in Powhatan, County. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Antoine L. DeShazo, two brothers, John and Samuel Bell, and a sister Mattie West.

        She received her education in Powhatan. She attended St. Francis De Sales Girl School and graduated from Pocahontas High School in 1949.

        Celestine accepted Christ as her personal savior at an early age and was baptized into the fellowship of Mount Zion Baptist Church, where her membership remained. She enjoyed planting her pansies that remainded her of smiling faces. She also enjoyed spending time with her family, particularly the grandchildren whom she adored.

        Cherishing her memory is her devoted: husband, John P. Hairston Jr.; daughters, Valerie R. Hairston and Rosemary H. Jasper; sons, Larry Z. Hairston, Michael L. Hairston, and Kevin P. Hairston; grandchildren, Lachele A. Jasper, Michael L. DeShazo, Cecil E. Jasper Jr., Christopher L. DeShazo, Anthony L. Hairston, Erin N. Hairston, and Brandin T. Jasper; two daughters-in-law, Gail W. Hobson and Mary G. Hsirston; son-in-law, Cecil E. Jasper; sisters, Eugertha B. Hobson, Viola B. Venable, Juanita Bell and brother, Alonzo Bell; devoted niece Helen Hobson; special caregiver, Karen Bell and special friend, Mrs. Courtney P. Wright; six sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; three step-sisters, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

God knew you were so tired,
And a cure was not to be
So he put his arms around you,
And whispered, “Come to me.”

The golden gate stood open
God knew you needed rest
His garden must be beautiful
For He only takes the best.

Although we cannot touch you
You're never really gone,
For in the hearts of us who love you
Your memory lives on.

        Lovingly The Family


The family of Celestine B. Hairston wishes to acknowledge with
grateful appreciation all expressions of sympathy whether it was a card,
phone call, donation, telegram, visit, flowers, or a prayer.
May God's richest blessing be upon you now and always.

reprinted by permission