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.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 3, 2021.