Stephanie (Red) Newton was born in Warren, Arkansas September 09, 1953, and she departed this life on February 25, 2022, surrounded by loved ones. She was a member of First Baptist Church. As a child, she attended and graduated from the Hermitage school system where she played basketball and was nominated to be the 1st African American girl to serve as Homecoming maid before graduating in 1971.
For a short time, she pursued higher education, got married and divorced then worked a number of jobs, including Director of Community Action before relocating to Las Vegas, NV where she did some modeling. Although she remained in Las Vegas for a time, she ultimately returned to AR where her journey led her through a number of tumultuous terms. She married and divorced a 2nd time. Stephanie relocated again to Texas for a few years where she worked in the healthcare industry as a caregiver. She finally returned home to AR and obtained a lead role in the tomato industry for a short time, but her health issues caused her to retire.
Among other things, she always had a passion for shopping, fashion, estate sales, socializing, wagering, love, hanging out with her friends, and giving. She never met a stranger and would never concede to “getting off the stage” until her continued health decline prevented her from doing otherwise. Stephanie was loving and she was very loved by many.
Preceded in death by her parents: Tom Neal and Willie Bea Neal; her siblings: Delvin Neal, Frances Jones, Mary Boyd, Shirley Lambert, and Jesse Ray (Nettie) Neal.
She leaves to mourn her departure: her daughter, son n law and grandson: Marcina I Hyman (Cedric and Blake); God-son: Tyrell (“T”) Smith; her sibling: Helen Neal, Carolyn Neal, and Shirley Neal (Evin) Harding; her aunts: Betty West and Daisy Gardner; her sister n law: Nettie Neal; Sister friends: Mevelyn Jones and Annie Jean Noble Also a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and other loved ones
Graveside service will be held at 12:30 pm on Saturday, March 5, 2022at the El Bethel Cemetery in Hermitage, AR.
Walkthrough visitation will be held on Friday, March 4, 2022, from 11 until 7 at the chapel of Mitchell Memorial in Crossett, AR.
Burial will follow in the El Bethel Cemetery under the direction of Mitchell Memorial Funeral Service of Crossett, Arkansas.
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