Friday, October 7, 2016
PFC Hairston Cumberland
PFC Hairston Cumberland, b. 27 Nov 1924 - d. 7 Oct 1944. Son of Wheeler Lewis and Susan Francis (Copeland) Cumberland of Philadelphia, Mississippi. Hairston was a star football player in his high school and his jersey was retired and displayed until a fire burned the school in 1950. Hairston was drafted in 1943 and ultimately assigned to Headquarters Company 2nd Battalion 116th Infantry. He is buried in Cedarlawn Cemetery in Philadelphia, Mississippi.