Kathryn Jo (Kay) Below, age 77, of Pleasanton, passed away on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. She was born on May 27, 1943, in San Marcos, to James William Lumpkin and Evelyn Gary Lumpkin. She was also a sister to younger brother, Larry David Lumpkin.

Kay grew up and graduated from Pecos High School in 1961. She had many fond memories of her high school years and for the friendships made over those years.

She attended Southwest Texas State University where she studied elementary education and graduated with the Class of 1963. She also studied and received her Master’s in Education at Texas A&I University.

It was during her college years, where she met the love of her life, Randolph (Randy) Paul Below. They married on August 24, 1963. In June of 1974, they were blessed with a son, Brandon Wade and were very proud parents.

Kay’s love of teaching started out in Seguin and from there Kay and Randy’s journey took them to several school districts including Kenedy, Luling, Pleasanton and Jourdanton. Kay taught in Jourdanton for the last 21 years of her 34-year teaching career. Over the years, fond memories and lasting friendships followed them wherever they went. Even after her retirement, Kay continued to be involved with the Texas Retired Teachers Association.

After 39 years of marriage, Randy passed away in February 2002. Preceded in death by her parents, brother and husband, Kay is survived by her son, Brandon Wade and his wife, Roxanne and grandchildren, Garrett, Connor and Caitlyn all of Pleasanton. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.

Services will be held on Wednesday, May 19, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Pleasanton. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. the same day. Burial will follow at the Pleasanton City Cemetery where she will be interred next to her husband, Randy.

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