Valhalla Funeral Home & Valhalla Memory Gardens

698 Winchester Rd Ne, Huntsville, AL


James "Herb" Herbert Aderholdt

9 April , 193118 June , 2019

James Herbert Aderholdt, 88 of SE Huntsville, AL passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Herb was born in Jacksonville, AL on April 9, 1931. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Betty Aderholdt, his wife for more than 60 years; his parents, Ferroll and Mattie R. Aderholdt. Left to cherish his memory are his two daughters, Erin Michelle Aderholdt of Huntsville and Kristel Schmidt (Eric Blake) of Jupiter, FL; three brothers, Meredith (Maggie), Charles (Charlotte) and Dan (Judy) Aderholdt; two grandsons, Nick and Cody Schmidt.

Herb Aderholdt grew up in Bonnie Brook, Alabama. He was drafted into the Army after high school and became a computer programmer, a new field at that time, for the Civil Service after his Honorable Discharge from the Army. After he married Betty, they raised two daughters, first in Weaver, Alabama and then in Huntsville. Herb managed to retire at the age of 55, therefore benefitting a longer retirement than work history.

As a youngster and into middle age, Mr. Aderholdt built and flew model airplanes. This interest in aviation led him to take lessons and get his pilot’s license in the 1980’s. Once he obtained his license, he rarely flew because he said it was too expensive. Getting the license had been the goal, not continuing to fly.

Herb had a knack for mechanics and loved tinkering with his cars throughout his life. He spent years painstakingly restoring an antique Bantam Roadster, spending hours picking through junk yards, his “Gardens of Eden”, looking for parts. He was a member of the Twickenham Auto Club for over 30 years. He was still racing up until the time of his death at 88 years. Racing was his one guilty pleasure and he received countless awards, plaques, and medals from TAC. Herb’s other hobbies were doing crossword puzzles, reading, building model cars, going for long walks, fixing whatever had recently broken, and listening to his short wave radio for anything he found interesting.

Herb once described himself as, “the guy who didn’t say much”. While it is true that Herb was a man of few words, his behavior spoke volumes about how to comport oneself as a man of worth: open the door for ladies, never drive by a stranded motorist, and always convey a gentle spirit. You may visit with the family on Friday, June 28, 2019 from 1:00pm until 2:00pm at Valhalla Funeral Home. Funeral Services, officiated by Dr. David Freeman of Weatherly Heights Baptist Church will begin at 2:00pm in Valhalla’s Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice in Herb’s memory. Please leave fond memories and condolences for the entire Aderholdt family at www.valhallafunerals.com.


  • Visitation Friday, 28 June , 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, 28 June , 2019


James "Herb" Herbert Aderholdt

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William Schmidt

15 August 2019

Sad to hear of your loss, Herb and Betty were like parents to me. I think of them often, I know they are together now.

Casey Fleischamel

25 July 2019

I met Herb while caring for his wife and I just fell in love with the entire family. My thoughts and prayers go out for your entire family.

Cindy Hauer Burns

21 July 2019

Erin, I’ve just discovered the news of your Dad’s death. I’m sorry to have missed out on the chance to come and pay my respects to you and your family. Tom would have been there, too. Comfort and peace to your family.

Amy Blake

26 June 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Herb's passing and my heart and thoughts are with you as you honor his rich and loving presence in your lives. Kristel, thank you so much for letting me know and I will be with you all in spirit on the 28th as you come together to share and celebrate Herb and his amazing life.
With love and kindness,

Tina Morgan

21 June 2019

My Uncle Herb was an inspiration to me. Quiet but mighty. I remember as a child how impressed I was by his ability to speak a few words but words everyone listened to. I loved the way he cared for his family. I am very sad he isn't on this planet anymore but know he is thrilled to be back with the love of his life, my Aunt Betty. Erin (Michelle) and Kris, wish I could be there more than you know. I love you. Keeping you both in my prayers. Tina

Annie Phillips

21 June 2019

Mr. Aderholdt visited the Eleanor Murphy library every week or so, and his lovely, gentle presence always made us so happy. We have been so saddened by the news of his passing, and we will miss this sweet gentleman so much. Please accept our most sincere sympathies. We are thinking of you.

Sue Spaulding Key

21 June 2019

Kristel I’m so sorry for the loss of both your parents this year. So many memories of seeing them, hanging with them there in your house in Huntsville. Betty the Beautiful and Herb the Handsome. I would come to Huntsville next week if I could, but will be out of town with family. PLEASE call me, I can’t believe I’ve lost your #. 205.531.2271. Let’s catch up. Much love to you and Michelle. Honk honk honk.

Steven Hickey

20 June 2019

I had the pleasure of first meeting Herb a few years ago out in the parking lot of Milton Frank Stadium. He was a true inspiration to all of us who raced in the TAC/TVR Autocross events. I'll never forget his number plate that read "Racing Agefully."
TAC wishes to extend our condolences, thoughts and prayer to the Aderholdt Family. A great loss for us all but a great gift for him. Race-on Herb and God's Speed.
Steven Hickey, 2019 TAC President.