Kathy Lewis
1956 - 2021
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Kathy Annette
(Herndon) Lewis
1956-2021
Kathy Annette Herndon - Lewis, 64, passed away unexpectedly at home on February 19, 2021 in Houston, TX. Born October 14, 1956 in San Antonio, TX to Herbert Elmo Herndon, Sr. and Dorothy Lee Bellinger Herndon. A devout member of Wesley Chapel A.M.E. Church. Kathy attended Sanderson E.S., G.B.M. Turner E.S., Ryan Jr. H.S., and graduated from the Jack Yates H.S. Class of 1974. In 1978 Kathy married Thomas O'Neal Lewis yet the marriage was brief. She attended North Texas State University (Denton,TX) earning a Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education 1979. Obtained a Master of Education/SpEd from the University of La Verne (CA) 1998. Kathy was an ardent educator with Houston ISD, Fort Bend ISD and Los Angeles USD. After twenty-five illustrious years of educating our youth Kathy retired in 2006. She was an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Texas Retired Teachers Association and California Retired Teachers Association. Kathy was the epitome of a globe trotter. Visiting such notable places as Alaska, Greece, Australia, Amsterdam, South Africa and Cuba! She cherished her cats, chickens, healthy nutrition, Monopoly, Stephen King novels, Star Trek, doll collections, nostalgia TV, Judge Judy and Wheel of Fortune. Kathy's infectious and vibrant smile, wide-eyes, giggly laugh, sarcasm, staunch opinions and effervescent personality will profoundly live in our hearts for eternity.
Kathy is survived by twin siblings Linda Herndon Barker and Herbert E. Herndon, Jr. (Sharon). Nephews: Roderick Herndon (Crystal), Reginald J. Barker, Jr. (Mickala), Chamberlain Herndon (Nicole), Julian Barker and Emerson Herndon. Abounding relatives, friends, neighbors and colleagues who all loved Kathy dearly.
Kathy was predeceased by her only niece Jasmine Simone Barker 1989 and parents Herbert, Sr. 2004 and Dorothy 2016.
Burial services will be privately held on Saturday April 10, 2021 at 10:00 AM Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 2426 Cullen Blvd., Pearland, TX 77581.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 3, 2021.
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April 9, 2021
My sincere condolences to the family of Kathy Herndon-Lewis. As children we attended the same church (Wesley Chapel A.M.E. Church) where we became friends. Our mothers were friends. I remember attending many sleep overs at the Herndon home. Kathy’s memory will always remain in the hearts of those who loved her. Rest In Peace Dear Friend
Wanda Williams-Wilson
Wanda Wilson
Friend
April 7, 2021
Kathy, we miss your smile, crazy laugh and quirky sense of humor and adventure. Rest in Power Triumphant Soror.
Dade Sherry
Classmate
April 7, 2021
To the Herndon-Lewis family, you have my sincere condolences. Kathy was an exceptional person and will be truly missed. I will be praying for the family! God always wants the best!
Beverly Jackson
Classmate
April 5, 2021
Kathy was a classmate of mine at Ryan Junior High School. She was a part of a brilliant and comical cohort that had big time fun while performing at an exceptional academic level. She was good people. This loss saddens me, but the memories of her bring back joy and laughter. I pray that her family and loved ones heal by appreciating the good times that we had with her.
Ellis Moss
Friend
April 5, 2021
My dear friend our condolences to your family and friends.
Kathy who loved life fully, with your infectious smile will be truly missed. Your ability to break out in song for most situations has put an imprint on me. So glad to have had the honor to call you sister/friend.
Pamela Woolfolk
Friend
April 5, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Condolences to the family.
Karen D Wells
Classmate
April 3, 2021
I’m so sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. Praying for her family. I know the Herndons from Wesley Chapel. Mrs. Dorothy Herndon and my grandmother (Alvie Davis Cummings) were good friends.
Ouida Collins
April 3, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Herndon and Barker Families. I had the pleasure of knowing the Herndon Family most of my life. Our grandparents attended the same church when I was a child. Mom was in school with her dad. Our paths crossed in high school and I always admired Kathy as studious and funny. Saw her at reunion in November, had no idea it would be last time. May the God of ALL, Comfort You at This Time. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
JY FOREVER
Min. Rita King
Classmate
April 3, 2021
We were friends for over 50 years. I am heartbroken and still processing your loss. Rest in peace my dear friend and sister. You are and will be missed.
Cheryl Douglas
Friend
April 2, 2021
Well i want to say to my class mate of jack yates class of 1974, that we love you, and i pray that GOD have mercy on your soul. I will be always pray for you , and your family. I will miss you. So rest in peace , my sister.
joel harris
Classmate
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