Virginia “Ann” Hairston
Board Member September 2009 to June 2016
Virginia "Ann" Hairston, devoted wife, mother, Nana, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend, age 59, went home to be with Jesus our Lord on Monday, November 29th, 2021. Ann was born January 6, 1962, to her parents, Parks and Ginger Hood, at Tyndall Air Force Base. Though her family moved around some in her earliest years, they settled in Bay County, where Ann grew up and lived the rest of her life. Ann was very active socially and was beloved by her peers. She lit up every room she walked into, with her beautiful smile and infectiously fun, sweet personality. She met the love of her life, Randall Hairston, in 8th grade. The two started dating in high school and have been married 41 years. Ann loved sports. You could find her every Saturday during football season, screaming for her Georgia Bulldogs or cheering her kids on from the bleachers at every game. In her spare time, she was an avid gardener, a talented author of poems and songs, and an incredible cook. Ann worked many years as a Logistics Analyst for the Navy Base before having to retire because of her Multiple Sclerosis. She loved her job and her co-workers deeply. But her favorite role in life was wife, mother, and Nana, of which she was most passionate. Her family was her whole world and she always exuded love for and service to each of them. She was a constant shining example of deep faith in the Lord, kindness, charity, strength, and love. Ann had a soft heart for the hurting, the down and out, the homeless, and the heartbroken. She took every opportunity to help someone in need and prayed incessantly for others. For a time, she joyfully served as a hospice volunteer in one of her many efforts to help others. And though she suffered many years of chronic pain and problems from her MS, she never complained about her condition and instead endured with enormous grace and strength. She was truly one of a kind. Ann is preceded in death by her loving son, Cliff Hairston. She is survived by her adoring husband, Randall Hairston; her daughter, Ginger Master (Brett); her grandchildren, Aubrey Hairston, Bryce Hairston, Presley Hairston, Roman Master, Cora Master, Eve Master, and Marie Master; her father, Parks Hood; her mother, Ginger Hood; her brothers, John and Larry Hood (Connie); her sister, Susan Morris (Mike), and all of their families. A memorial service will be held at Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home on Thursday, December 9th, at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Ann’s honor to Covenant Care Hospice of Panama City, FL or to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.