Charlie H. Hairston, a retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant and civilian consultant, died May 29 of colon cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 63 and had been a Columbia resident for more than 20 years.
Born in Sycamore, W.Va., Mr. Hairston graduated from high school there and enlisted in the military in 1959. He served tours of duty in Vietnam, Korea and Germany. He earned citations and decorations, including expeditionary and meritorious service medals with six oak leaf clusters.
Before his retirement from the military in 1982, Mr. Hairston earned an associate's degree in business administration at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Va.
A year later, he and his family moved to Columbia, and he worked for 10 years as a supply-systems analyst for the U.S. Coast Guard at Curtis Bay, and for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said a daughter, Chandra H. Robinson of Columbia. He had his own business for a time after retiring.
Mr. Hairston was an avid Orioles fan, and he enjoyed fishing in the Chesapeake Bay.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Vaughn C. Greene funeral home at 5151 Baltimore National Pike in Catonsville.
In addition to his daughter, Mr. Hairston is survived by his wife of 39 years, the former Vivian Green; his mother, Thelma Hairston of New York City; daughter Terri Bjerre of Hamburg, Germany; a sister, Artie Smith of New York City; two brothers, James Hairston and Steve Hairston, both of New York City; and two grandsons.