WINNABOW — Stephanie Rhinehart, 52, left this life peacefully at 2:05 p.m., Saturday, June 18, 2020, surrounded by family after a long battle with cancer.
She was a superb opponent of this disease, never letting go, until there was just no fight left. She was brave, never complaining, always making sure she was as bright and cheery for those around her, always making time for the phone calls and texts and of course face-timing. She fought valiantly with the grace only she had.
She was born June 13, 1968, in Fayetteville, North Carolina, to Stephen Patrick Smith and Patricia Stitch Webb, both of whom still survive. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, John F. “Jack” Stitch, Virginia “Jenny” Stitch, Raymond Smith and Dorothy “Mama Dot” Smith.
She sorrowfully leaves behind her soulmate, friend and husband, Charles (Aaron) Simmons, of the home. They were perfect together, and what a pair they were. Also left are her daughters, Kala (Neill) Spriggs and Kourtney (Shane) Eagle; son, Jeffery Rhinehart, and his fiance, Natalie, both of whom serve in the military; grandchildren, Brylee and Bronson Spriggs and Ethan and Isaac Eagle; brother, Troy (Tania) Smith and family; sister, Kimberly (Jimmy) Lawler and family; sister, Ashley (Chris) Hester and family; several nieces, nephews and cousins; father-in-law, Charles R. Simmons of Supply; and mother-in-law, Julie Clemmer of Bolivia.
Stephanie attended Pine Forest High School, Fayetteville. She loved spending time with her family and friends, gardening, and shopping, especially at thrift stores, going to the beach and watching NFL (Go Panthers!) and NASCAR as well.
Stephanie had a light about her, she could brighten up a room just by entering it. Now her light is even brighter by the love she gave freely and the imprint she left on so many…Stephanie was full of life and so fun to be around. She had a bubbly and outgoing personality until you made her mad, LOL. She was a very selfless, kind soul and would help anyone at anytime. Her energy shined in all she did. She will always be in our hearts and soul, as she was able to teach us all so much about love and giving of one’s self for the purpose of bettering one’s life. Fly high sweet angel, fly high.
A special celebration of life service will be held for Stephanie at a later date and time, as directed by the family.
The family requests no flowers; donations may be made in Stephanie’s name to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer, 600 Airport Blvd. #100, Morrisville, NC 27560.
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