Imogene "Jeanie" Hairston, 90, a longtime resident of Lampasas, died Sept. 3, 2020 in Gainesville, Texas.
Visitation will be held at Sneed Funeral Chapel in Lampasas on Sept. 10 from 6-8 p.m. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery on Sept. 11 at 10 a.m.
Jeanie was born on Sept. 12, 1929 in Mineral Springs, Arkansas to William M. and Rilla Stewart. When she was very young, her family moved to Hugo, Oklahoma, where she graduated with honors in 1948.
After an early career as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., Jeanie moved to Rockdale, Texas, where she met her future husband, Robert Charles Hairston, in 1953. In April 1955, Jeanie and Robert married. Baby boy Randall Charles Hairston was born in 1957.
In 1961, the family of three moved to Lampasas after Robert accepted the opportunity to take over the local Central Freight warehouse.
After helping Robert build a foundation at Central Freight, Jeanie moved on to her 22-year career as secretary to the principal, Mr. Bill Hammett, for the Lampasas Independent School District, retiring in 1992.
Jeanie loved cooking, creating recipes, sewing and gardening. She kept a clean home, including the annual upkeep of house paint and a carefully manicured lawn. She was active at First Street Church of Christ, where she enjoyed studying the Bible and participating in the ladies' Bible class.
Jeanie was preceded in death by her husband; her sister, Tommie Lee Summers and husband Sam of Rockdale; and one brother, Billy Stewart and wife Carolyn of Dallas.
She is survived by her son, Randall Charles Hairston and wife Melinda of Bastrop; six grandsons, Jordan Brown Hairston and wife Lauren of Gainesville, Cameron Cole Hairston and wife Krystal of Gainesville, Hunter William Hairston and wife Bernadette of San Antonio, Connor Charles Hairston of Bastrop, Jeremy Tucker and wife Susie of Bastrop, and Scott Tucker of Bastrop; one great-grandson, Bailey Lee Hairston, and one greatgranddaughter, Lily Marie Hairston of Gainesville; one brother, Charles Harris Stewart and wife Shirley of Humble; and numerous nieces and nephews.