Neal “Lil Pa” Stevenson, departed this life peacefully in his home on Thursday, August 27, 2020 in New Orleans, LA at the age of 96. Born August 14, 1924 in Houma, Terrebonne Parish to the late Sandy Stevenson Sr. and Jeraleana Becton, Neal enlisted in U.S. Army in 1940 where he served four years in WWII in Normandy, Northern France; Rhineland, Central Europe; and in artillery, as part of the “Red Ball Express.” Neal dedicated his life to Christ and was baptized by the late Isaac Gaskin in 1978 at the New St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, and later became a devoted deacon of Mount Everest Baptist Church, Community Fellowship Mission Auxillary, and First Baptist Church of Schriever, LA. After 38 years of service, Neal retired from Leidenheimer Bakery, but also loved automotive mechanics, traveling, fishing, boiling seafood, baking cakes, and spending time with his family. Neal was extremely close to his Singleton brother and sister-in-law, with whom he enjoyed “trash talking.” He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 73 years, Clacy Mae Singleton Stevenson; his 11children: Betty and Victor Holmes (Las Vegas, NV), Neal and Earline Stevenson, Jr. (Woodford, VA), Russell Stevenson (New Orleans, LA), Adlai and Angela Stevenson (St. Amant, LA), Cynthia Stevenson (Reston, VA), Connie Echols (Jonesboro, GA), Carolyn and Ron Peeler (Alamogordo, NM), Cassandra and Joseph East (Zion, IL), Alton and Urisa Stevenson (Shreveport, LA), Tanya Stevenson (New Orleans, LA), and Sandy Stevenson, Sr. (Jonesboro, GA); 21 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, 3 god-children; first cousin, Virginia Dupree; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Neal is preceded in death by the Stevenson sisters and brothers: Viola, Mabel Rose, Gladys, Sandy Jr., Sylvester, and John. Special thanks to The Department of Veterans Affairs and The Right at Home Patient Care Services.
- Funeral services honoring the life of Neal Stevenson will be held on Friday, September 11, 2020 at 10:00AM at New Israel Baptist Church, 6322 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA.
- Visitation will be held from 9:00AM until the hour of service.
- Interment will follow at the Southeast Louisiana Veteran’s Cemetery in Slidell, LA.
Professional Services entrusted to Heritage Funeral Services located at 4101 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117.