Stephen Ernest Herndon

stephen herndon

January 30, 1982 ~ June 13, 2017

Born in: Hudson, WI
Resided in: Lawrenceville, GA

Stephen Ernest Herndon, age 35, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away suddenly on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Stephen was born in Hudson, WI to Jack and Kathleen Herndon on January 30, 1982. He was the beloved middle child of three boys, and his childhood and the majority of his adulthood was spent in Lawrenceville, GA. He graduated from Central Gwinnett High School and went on to earn an Associate’s Degree from Gwinnett Perimeter College. He dedicated most of his career to website design. People who knew Stephen appreciated his unique sense of humor and ability to recall the smallest of life’s funny details years after they occurred. One of his greatest joys was spending time with and caring for family pets, especially his cats, Scratchy and Smokey, and his childhood dog, Irish. Stephen was very introverted, but people who connected with him enjoyed his humor and stories. He struggled with mental illness and addiction most of his life, and at the time of his death was being treated by Viewpoint of Lawrenceville, GA. Stephen made a lot of progress in his treatment, and he was beginning to open back up to his family and friends in his final days. He was last in vocational rehabilitation with Goodwill; his peers and supervisors enjoyed his work ethic and said he was a joy to work with. He is survived by his parents Kathleen (Kathy) and Jack Herndon of Lawrenceville, GA; brothers Charles (Chuck) and William (Will) Herndon of Roswell, GA; grandmother Marilyn Herndon of Gulf Breeze, FL; and grandmother Marian Radecki of Footville, WI, A service will be held on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 10:30 am at St. Marguerite d'Youville Catholic Church in Lawrenceville, Interment will follow at Honey Creek Woodlands in Conyers. In lieu of flowers, we invite anyone who would like to make a contribution in Stephen's name to Viewpoint Health: Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia (CFNEG) 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Suite 220 Duluth, GA 30097 770-339-5018

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  1. Dear Jack and Kathy, we are so saddened by the passing of your son Stephen. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

  2. Kay and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. We will continue to pray for you and Stephen.

  3. Sorry for your loss. May the Holy Spirit give you comfort and peace in this difficult time. May God’s Angels give Stephen the peace he seeks.

  4. We are deeply saddened by this news. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Several of us got to know Stephen while he was with us at Goodwill. I had the pleasure of observing how much he had grown during his time with us. He was a true joy to work with. Blessings, Steve – Goodwill, Duluth, GA

  5. Jack and Kathy,

    We are so sorry to hear of this tragic loss. We will always remember Stephen as a small boy. May God bless you both, Charles, and Will in this time of grief.

  6. I’m so sad to hear of Stevens’ passing on. I know this is so hard to deal with. We will be praying that the lord will give you peace.

  7. Jack and Kathy, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you comfort during this very difficult time.

  8. Jack and Kathie,

    Words escape me at hearing this very sad news. I can only think that perhaps now he is at peace. My prayers for you, your family and especially Stephen.

    Much love,

  9. My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. My GOD continue to keep you and comfort you.

  10. Jack and Kathy,
    So sorry to hear about Steven. We will keep him and you in our prayers.

  11. Dear Kathy and Jack,
    Sorry to hear your son loss. We will keep him and you in our prayers.

  12. Jack & Kathy,

    So sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you both during this time. Please let me know if we can do anything to support you during this time.

  13. Stephen’s passing has deeply saddened me. When I rescued the kittens, I saw a spark in Stephen. It pleased me to no end that he was able to get Smokey! The last time I drove him to his work assignment, he was talking about all sorts of things and I came back to the office and told everyone how much Stephen was improving. Please know that we will all miss him here at Goodwill. My prayers are with you all. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

  14. Mr and mrs herndon,

    I’m at an absolute loss on hearing this news. So many of my childhood memories include Stephen. My family’s thoughts are with all of you. Please don’t hesitate to ask if we can do anything for you.

  15. Jack, Kathy, Charles and Will,

    Words can not express the sorrow we feel for the loss of your Stephen. Stephen’s sweet smile will always be intertwined with memories of Josh’s childhood years. With much love, thoughts and prayers,

    Ron & Nancy
    Josh, Carolyn & Kaitlyn

  16. Dear Jack and Kathy- We are extremely saddened at Stephen’s passing. Our prayers go out and will continue for you and your family, as well as for the repose of Stephen’s soul and welcoming into heaven by our Lord Jesus.

  17. Dear Jack and Kathy I feel very sadden to hear about your loss, my prayers go out to you and your family and too Stephen’s , I know that he’s now in heaven with our Lord Jesus.

  18. Jack and Kathy,

    Our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  19. May the warm memories of Stephen soothe you in this time of sorrow and help you be at peace. Our prayers are with you and Stephen. With Love, Bill & Eileen

  20. Jack, Kathy, Chuck and Will,

    My heart is breaking for your precious family! May God’s Amazing love and peace light your path on this journey through grief. I will be holding you each in my daily prayers and sending love and hugs your way. All my love, Jeanne Slowik Berinato

  21. Dear Jack, Kathy and family. Our hearts are aching for the loss of your dear Stephen. We pray that he is at peace with his God. We ask God to be near you during the difficult days ahead,

  22. There are no words that will ease you grief or anguish,
    But know this that Stephen really made progress and being to allow the light that went dim for so long, begin to flicker again. My prayers are with your family at this time…He will truly be missed..

    Let not your heart be troubled
    John 14:1

  23. Dear Jack and Kathy – we are so sorry to learn of the loss of your son. There are no words that can ease your pain. Losing a child is very difficult. Let God’s love wrap all of you in peace knowing that Stephen is now free of all pain and suffering. If you ever need to talk, Jack and I are here for you. We are praying for his soul and for all of your family.

  24. We were very sadden to learn of Stephen’s passing. Cherish his memory and hold him close in your heart, that is the way he will be forever remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of devastating loss.

  25. Dear Deacon Jack and Kathy, we are so sorry for your loss. Sending Prayers for Stephen and your family. Much Love to you all, the Hensley’s & Ferguson’s

  26. Words can’t express my sorrow for you both and Chuck and Will at learning of Stephen’s passing. Your family is, and will continue to be, in my prayers. Love and Hugs and God’s peace to all of you…

  27. Know that your family are in our thoughts and prayers! I would have responded sooner, but I was out town starting last Thursday morning and just got back last night, so I’m just now seeing this, unfortunately too late to attend the service. I know that you folks and Stephen have struggled with his problems for many years, and I’m glad that the fight is over, although I know it doesn’t make it any easier for those who are left behind.

  28. Dear Jack and Kathy,

    I am so very sorry to hear about Stephen’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God’s grace provide you with peace in time.

  29. Jack, Kathy, Chuck, and Will,
    I just learned of the passing of Stephen. I am so sad and heartbroken for all of you. You all will be in my prayers. God bless you and hold you all in His arms. My love to you.

  30. Sorry for your lost it’s always hard when losing a loved one john 5:25 helps us to appreciate that their is hope for the dead and soon we will be able to see them again my thoughts and prayers are with your family

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