Edward “Ed” Earl Kemp

kemp3-2016Edward “Ed” Earl Kemp passed away peacefully of lung cancer on March 23, 2016 in Houston, TX; Ed was comforted by his wife at the time of his passing. Ed was born on February 19, 1955 in Natchez, Mississippi to Harold Kemp and Winnie Ross Kemp. He married Kathleen Kemp, the love of his life, on September 26, 1974. Ed was a retired U.S. Army veteran, proudly serving his country for 24 years. Ed was well known for his strong work ethic, deep love and devotion to his family, friends, God and country. Ed had a smile that was contagious and a great sense of humor.

Ed is preceded in death by his father, Harold Kemp and step-father S.J. Mann. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 41 years, Kathleen Kemp; his daughters, Sonia Rectenwald and Terra Hamilton; mother, Winnie Mann; sisters Glenda Bruce, Brenda Pettway, Kaye Weeks, Renee Harmon, Doll LaSalle, Stephanie Arnold; brothers, Stan Kemp and Edgar Kemp; grandchildren, Meagan Rectenwald, Spencer Kemp, Katelyn Rectenwald, Shawnee Rectenwald, Tony Hamilton; and great-grandson, Gabriel Mendoza. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held on Monday, March 28, 2016 from 6pm-8pm at Crowder Funeral Home, 111 East Medical Center Blvd, Webster, TX 77598 followed by a graveside service and interment at 1:45pm on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at the Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77038.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation in the name of Ed Kemp be made to MD Anderson, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or Wounded Warriors Project.


  1. Heaven now has one of the best. Love ya Pop and will miss your humor, advice and the way you always made me feel at home and most of all you made me feel like family. Till we meet again.

    Anthony Hamilton
  2. My deepest sympathy. I’m Doll and Stephanie’s oldest sister. Eddie and I grew up together, he was my big brother for a while. Eddie was a very kind hearted and caring person. He will be greatly missed.

    Norma McWhorter
  3. I’m so sorry for your loss,my prayers are with the family at this time.I remember Ed (Eddie)from when he lived in Pattison,he was a card.Everyone liked him.

    claudine fife
  4. I’ve been trying to find the words to express the loss I feel, there are none … You were my hero, I looked up to you. It’s said that we don’t know what we have until it’s gone. Those words ring so true for our family . I miss you and I love you always!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Aunt Kat Sonya and Terra I’m so sorry for your loss. I love you and am praying for peace and comfort for you. Love Teresa

  5. Will miss him so very much he was my chocolate gravey buddy I love you all so much

    Geneva Brown

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