Jean Walkley Hairston

December 12, 1928October 25, 2013

Jean Walkley Hairston went to be with her beloved husband on October 25, 2013 at the age of 84. Jean lived in Neptune Beach, FL. She was born in Atlanta, GA, daughter of Edwin Smith Walkley and Margaret Baugh Walkley.

Jean was educated at Sullivan College, Bristol, VA and the University of Georgia in Athens, GA and Harrison Daughn Business College of Atlanta, GA. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a BFA degree in Commercial Art & Advertising. She developed into a rather respectable artist.

She worked about 30 years raising 4 children and after her move to Neptune Beach in 1970 became affiliated with the Multiple Listing Service as a photographer for the Jacksonville Beach Board of Realtors. She later became the co-owner of the Wharf Pipe and Tobacco Shop in Atlantic Beach, FL, serving as an advisor. She was active at Palms Presbyterian Church, serving on the Bell Ringer Choir for 10 years. She was also an active member of the Beaches Arts Center in Jacksonville Beach.

She is predeceased by her husband, Allen Wofford Hairston and her son, Allen Walkley Hairston of Jonesboro, GA. She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Diane Gelles of Palm Coast, FL; sons, David Gene Hairston of Savannah, GA and Ralph Edwin Hairston and his wife Tina of Eatonton, GA; daughter-in-law Pam Hairston of Jonesboro, GA; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Jean’s celebration of life was held 2pm Wednesday, October 30 at Palms Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville Beach. Memorial donations may be made to World Vision, P.O. Box 70399, Tacoma, WA 98481-0399.


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 29, 2013
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Jean Walkley Hairston

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Debbie Ponce

October 31, 2013

I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family.

Johnny White

October 29, 2013

Eddie and Tina, I'm sorry for the lose of you mother and Mother In'law. I wish I could be with you during this time, but couldn't .

Love you both,
Daddy In-law and Daddy
Johnny white

Helen Donnelly

October 29, 2013

Eddie - I know this is difficult time for you and the entire family. I will be thinking of you in the days to come. Hold tight to all the wonderful memories for strength in the coming months.

Kenny Rogers

October 28, 2013

I am sorry for your loss. The Rogers family's thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

October 28, 2013

Eddie, I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear Mother. May your sweet memories sustain you through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. In deepest sympathy, Donna Fine (Romans 12:12)

Virginia Byers

October 28, 2013

I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Mother, Grandmother and friend. May God be with you during this trying time. God Bless

Kathy Bickers

October 28, 2013

Eddie, our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family.