Shantina Mary Isla Gay Stover HairstonNovember 18, 1959 ~ June 7, 2017 (age 57)
Mary Isla Gay Shantina "Shawn" Shore Stover Hairston was born November 18, 1959 in Winston-Salem, NC to Thomas "Phate" Shore and Anna Pearl Campbell. She answered God's call on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 to come home from her earthly home after an extended long battle with breast cancer four times in almost six years. She grew up in the Lewisville, NC community and attended the local Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System. She graduated from West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, NC in 1978. In school, she participated in basketball and track and field and often competed with her sister Fay in Shot Put and Discus Throwing for first place. She later triple majored in Business, Computer Science and Accounting at NC State University. Other schools included UNC-Chapel Hill and later Forsyth Technical Community College where she received an Associate Degree. She had a thirst for knowledge and education and was often found attending classes and reading books or studying online. Her talents included math, sewing, cooking, and computers. Gay or Shawn enjoyed singing, traveling and meeting new people. She worked for various employers in the area including R. J. Reynolds, Champ, and several others and most recently owned her own Travel Agency; Devine Designs, took classes in real estate and also was a Consultant for heath care products.
She began her spiritual journey at a very early age at Glenn's Chapel AME Zion Church, East Bend, NC and later joined Goler Memorial AME Zion Church, Winston-Salem, NC, New Birth Worship Center, East Bend, NC and most recently Love and Faith Christian Fellowship, Greensboro, NC. As a youth, she sang in the church choir and later was a member of the Shore Sisters gospel group for several years. She worked with youth in the church and even while her health was declining worked with the Angels of Mercy Dance Ministry. She was a strong and determined fighter and never complained as she battled her health challenges and although doctors gave her up on more than one occasion, she would always come back fighting with the help of the Lord and with a stronger faith. One of her most recent happy days was the day she got to see her daughter receive her High School Diploma in a special ceremony given by the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, Winston-Salem with help from Reagan High School, Pfafftown and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Administration. Her last days were spent singing, praying, fasting, studying, reading God's Word and seeking knowledge to know more about her Savior and making preparation for a heavenly home by day and night. Her open bible was beside her when she took her last breath and went home to be with Jesus because she had finished her test.
July 10, 1985, at age 25, she married James Stover and later on January 12, 2008, at age 48 married Colonel MacArthur "Mac" Hairston. Next to her love for God, the joy of her life was her daughter, Shawndredi who kept life interesting in many ways.
Those who took the journey and are waiting for her in Glory include her parents "Phate" and Anna Campbell Shore, her paternal grandparents; Willie and "Maggie" Glenn Shore; maternal grandparents Lee and Pearl Gilmer Campbell, several aunts, uncles and a step-daughter; Cynthia Hairston. Survivors include: her husband "Mac" Hairston of the home, one daughter; Shawndredi Hairston of the home, two step-sons; Vincent Welcome, Florida and Tony Hairston, Virginia, one step-daughter; Cher'e Martin, Virginia, two sisters Fay Shore McCauely, High Point, and Vendredi "Von" Shore, Winston-Salem, one brother Thomas "Dante" Shore, Lillington, three aunts Carrie Shore, Winston-Salem, Loretta Campbell, Mocksville, and Connie Campbell, Advance, nephews; Sherrod (Val) Shore, Winston-Salem and Shernard Shore, Winston-Salem; three great-nephews, two great-nieces, six sisters-in-law, seven brothers-in-law, special cousins; Pamela Doub-Miller and her daughter Deshara and Marilyn Parks, special friends; Kanzora "Candy" Robinson, Judy Dobson and Vanessa France Hunter; and many other cousins, friends and relatives.
Special thanks go out to the staff and volunteers of the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home and Palliative Care Center, Winston-Salem for all the care given and the Reagan High School Staff for their assistance and understanding for our loved ones in times of challenge. Home-going Celebrations will include Family Visitation from 11:00 am-noon at New Birth Worship Center 1033 New Birth Drive East Bend, NC followed by the funeral at 12:00 pm at the same location on Monday, June 12, 2017. Internment will occur at the Salisbury National Cemetery 501 Statesville Boulevard Salisbury, NC at 9:00 am Tuesday, June 13, 2017. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Go Fund Me account at gofund.com/shantinna's memorial or Johnson's Home of Memory.