James Errol Ladner
James Errol Ladner, "Jim," a loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away Nov. 26, 2019, at the age of 81.
Jim was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He attended the University of Southern Mississippi, where he graduated with honors with a degree in math and physics and played on the collegiate tennis team. While attending college, he also met the love of his life and best friend, Liz. They were married for 59 years.
Jim and his family ended up in Huntsville, where he worked for NASA for 30 years. He worked on several projects, including Apollo, Skylab and Hubble.
After retiring, Jim was a Learn-to-Read instructor and active with the Red Cross Disaster Relief. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Athens. Jim enjoyed living on the river, gardening, camping, photography and reading. He loved his wife and family most of all.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, D.L. and Robbie Ladner; his siblings, Delmas Ladner and Betty Anne Toney; and his son, Mike Ladner.
Jim is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Ladner; his children, Kenny (Kellie) Ladner and Donna (Lesley) Jones; his grandchildren, Jacob (Erika) Ladner, Andy (Megan) Ladner, Chris (Lainee) Oliver, Ashleigh (Greg) Stephens, Chad (Laura) Oliver, Braden (Kristin) Ladner, Macy Ladner, Aaron Ladner, Clay Oliver, Nathan Ladner and Raleigh Ladner; and six great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at McConnell Funeral Home in Athens, with the funeral to follow at 11 a.m.
Published on November 29, 2019

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