William Stephen "Steve" Kemp

September 7, 1954 - October 8, 2018

William Stephen “Steve” Kemp of McKinney, Texas passed away on October 8, 2018 at the age of 64.  He was born on September 7, 1954 to William Clovis and Melva Jean (Mays) Kemp.  Steve graduated from McKinney High School in 1973 and attended Texas Tech University.  He married Jen Stowers on February 4, 1984 in Clinton, Oklahoma.  Steve was a talented and skilled craftsman, loved his family, and had a profound love for the Lord.  He was a member of First Baptist Church McKinney. 

Steve was survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Jen Kemp of McKinney, Texas; daughters, Lynley Nall and husband, Hal of McKinney, Texas and Haley Winchester and husband, Wesley of Melissa, Texas; son, Landry Kemp and wife, Amber; grandchildren, Claire Nall and Christopher Nall, and Samuel Winchester and Benson Winchester; sister, Stacey Kemp and husband, Doug Graves; brother, Stuart Kemp; and numerous other loving relatives and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Melva Kemp; and sister, Karen.  

A remembrance gathering will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013.



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Dear Lynley and family, I just wanted to say how deeply sorry I am for the passing of your father and grandpa. Losing someone who has always been a vital part of your life is so very hard. I truly hope and pray that the wonderful memories and forever love will help you through this very difficult time. Praying for you all... Tammy
Tammy Huth, October 19, 2018 so sorry for your loss chris and wendy testerman, October 14, 2018 Jen - Sorry about our loss of Steve. I wish Steve & I would have stayed in closer touch after our Weatherford days but life seems to get in the way sometimes. May he rest in peace & my condolences to you and the kids... Jerry Ensminger, October 12, 2018 A good man who was proud of and loved his family. Played golf with him over a number of years. Prayers with your family. Bruce Parker, October 11, 2018 Hailey, We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your daddy. There is no love quite like the love between and daddy and his baby girl. May you be filled with treasures of many many memories. We are praying for your peace and comfort for all of your family. Love you sweet girl! Shannon and Brook Reeves Shannon and Brook Reeves, October 11, 2018 Dear Stacey and family, Prayers and thoughts for your family during this difficult time of loss. May your family feel the presence and comfort of the Lord. Steve's picture reflects a kind and gentle man who has left behind a legacy and many wonderful memories. Louann Fawcett, October 11, 2018 Jen, I am so sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers. Pam England, October 11, 2018 A good Man we were friends in school. RIP ! M Henderson, October 10, 2018 Steve was my cousin, best friend and I considered him my brother. We were inseparable growing up all the was thru high school and beyond and continued our weekly communications even through I moved away from McKinney and visits when I came home. I cant mention all the good times we had because there were way too many and I will miss him forevermore. Condolences from Alabama to all my Kemp cousins Stacy and Stuart, Jen and all the kids. RIP Steve. Jerry and Kathy Kemp, October 10, 2018 Hello, I stayed with Steve, Jen, Lynley, Haley and Landry when I was a teenager in 1995. I flew all the way from France to spend the most memorable summer ever with the lovely, beautiful Kemp family. They took very good care of me. I felt like I was part of the family. I'd like to pay homage to Steve, who sadly passed away. I had such an incredible time with him. He drove me to so many interesting places in Texas, and we went golfing, watched baseball, went to the rodeo, and flew in a Cessna together. I remember the conversations we had about the USA, France, sports, and many other things. We loved to talk together. He is such an interesting man and beautiful person. When I had an accident in the 90s, the Kemp family sent me a letter and Steve had drawn a little bandaid on the paper that said "ouch". Although I wasn't feeling great after my accident, Steve's humour made me laugh that day. I'll never forget it. Steve is like that: caring, funny, and a wonderful man. I'm using the present tense when talking about him, because he'll always be alive in our hearts. My wife Karen and I send our thoughts and prayers to him and his lovely family: Jen, Lynley, Haley, Landry, and their loved ones. Thank you, Greg Gregory Golinski, October 10, 2018 I am so sorry to hear about Steve. Please know that y’all are in my thoughts and prayers. Denice Burnside Webb, October 10, 2018 Stacey, I am so sorry to hear about Steve. I live in Whitney now so I won' t be at the gathering. However you and your family will be in prayers. Inetha & Jim Roberts Inetha Roberts, October 10, 2018 The world lost a good man and friend, but his family gained an angel to watch over them. RIP my friend, a loss to me is a gain for Heaven. David Weant, October 10, 2018 William Stephen "Steve" Kemp and his family welcomed my son Gregory (from Paris, France) when he was fifteen. I never met the Kemp family but everyone was alive in our minds. Around the dinner table Gregory told us stories of Texan culture, happiness and love, and he described events and landscapes. It was like a dream. From Paris we were a little bit Texan. Above all, it was important for Gregory to meet a man. Thank you Steve Kemp. Dear Kemp family, we think of you. Stéfan Golinski, Gregory’s father
Stéfan Golinski, October 10, 2018 Sending heartfelt prayers to the family. May his wonderful memories continue to comfort you. Karen Goodson, October 9, 2018 Jen and family, our prayers and sympathy are with you and your family.
Sue and Johnny Lindsey, October 9, 2018 I am so sorry to hear about Mr Kemp’s passing. I only heard about your family from a 15 year old young man - my brother - who had just spent a few weeks in Texas on vacation in your welcoming family. Your family and your stories travelled back to us as Gregory was reliving his adventures, memories and telling us about your kindness. From these stories, one thing was for sure - Mr. Kemp was a great man. Sending you much love in these difficult times. - Samantha
Samantha Golinski, October 9, 2018 Jen and family, Diane and I send our deepest condolences on your great loss. I have very fond memories of walking across from MHS to Steve's and watching cartoons and just hanging out in general during off campus lunch during our high school days. Good times that will never be forgotten. Little did I know that many years later I would be Steve's neighbor and he would still be living in the same house. Diane and I have really enjoyed living two houses from you for the last 14 years. We will miss Steve cruising by ever so slowly to see if I was out mowing so he could stop and vist for a bit. We never made a change in the yard or the house that he did not notice right away. May he rest in peace now, free from all his struggles. Prayers for your family during this time. Terry and Diane Eubanks, October 9, 2018 Prayers for you and your beautiful family, sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed working with Steve, always had a smile and always made me smile. Julie McGuire, October 9, 2018 Jen, I am so so sorry for your great loss. My mother is going thru this with the great loss of my father of 58 years. I am so so so very sorry for your loss. I am Angelique Dismuke mother and I will let her know too for Haley's great loss. I am so so sorry.
VIVIAN WATKINS BERG, October 9, 2018 Prayers for and love to you all in this difficult time. Leandra Grimm , October 9, 2018 Jen and Family, Charles and I are so saddened by your loss. We will forever remember Steve's kindness, dedication to hard work and quiet demeanor. He always had a smile to pass along to others too. Our prayers are with you during this difficult journey. Kathy Horner, October 9, 2018 Steve had been a friend of mine as long as I can remember. We went to church and school together and just hung out in our younger days. I remember going to his uncle's farm in Melissa and riding horses, spending lots of time cruising in his Mustang...just having fun and growing up together and making many, many fond memories. I'm gonna miss Steve...we never had a cross word with each other, just good times. Rest In Peace, my dear friend! Keith Fowler, October 9, 2018 Hate to here of Steve passing! We played many rounds of golf together! Steve was always lots of fun to be around! May God Angels be with family during this difficult time! Doyle Nelson, October 9, 2018