Ms. Stephanie Hairston, daughter of Alma Neal and the late Billy R. Artis was born December 8, 1971, in Eden, North Carolina. On Tuesday August 25th, 2021, Stephanie went home peacefully.
Stephanie went to John Motley Morehead Senior High School then proceeded to Winston Salem State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Art, in public administration (1990-1994). While attending Winston Salem State University, she was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Also, she was in pursuit of her master’s degree in Business Administration at Ashford University. In 1996 she entered the United States Army serving as a Non-communications Interceptor/Analysis with a Honorably Discharged in 1998.
She started her career path at Convergys in 1999 to 2008 which led to her passion of healthcare and advocacy. From 2008 to 2021, Stephanie enjoyed her years at United Healthcare Government Programs. At UHC, she held various positions with great integrity, leadership, and commitment which gained her many achievement awards for her hard work and dedication. Her recent position as a segment operations Manager led her to the opportunities of the mentorship program and facilitating in the diversity and inclusion program at her job. Stephanie was a loving and caring person, her motto was “a person wants to be heard/ listened too”. Even through her sickness Stephanie took great pride in her career path at United Health Care. Her mission was recognizing the importance of being the underdog and blossoming into something much greater.
My mom was the most beautiful and fearless woman I have ever known. She just wasn't a phenomenal mother, she was a loving daughter, thoughtful sister, and amazing Mimi. For anyone who came across her, they fell in love with her immediately and endlessly. She was so authentic and there wasn't anyone like her. My mom raised me to be strong and reminded me daily that hardship will happen, but you had to keep going because to get where you want to in life, you must work hard - that is something I will always remember. She never forgot birthdays, or holidays, and always made sure she checked up on her family and friends. She loved to love and be there for whoever needed her.
Cherishing her memories are her mother Alma Neal, bonus mother Lonia Artis, daughter Anissa Owensford, sisters Dana Sims, Porsha Hairston, Tiffany Perry and Ashley Neal; brothers, Steven Neal and Ashton Neal; nephews, Aaron and Andrew Perry; grandson, Juelz Baldwin; dogs, Traci Choo and Fenn and a host loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Public viewing will take place on Sunday, August 29, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Johnson & Sons Funeral Home, 206 Fourth Street, High Point, NC.
A private funeral service with honors will be given on Monday, August 30, 2021, 11:00 a.m. in the morning at the Chapel of Johnson & Sons Funeral Home, 206 Fourth Street, High Point. The family visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m.
In every effort to protect our client families, protective facial coverings and social distancing are mandatory requirements. Live streaming of services will be offered at link - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8NlCO-XxJpait1cE_IIUnQ
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