Bud Belew

September 22, 1926September 3, 2018

Herschel W. Belew, Jr., affectionately known as “Bud”, passed away on Monday, September 3, 2018 in Huntsville, Alabama.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 12:00 noon Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Mayfair Church of Christ. Interment, with Military Honors will follow at Valhalla Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service on Thursday.

Bud was born in Bruceton, TN to Herschel Sr. and Nell Belew and raised in Huntingdon, TN where he graduated from Huntingdon High School. He attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1949. He served in the United States Army from 1950 to 1952 where he tested and designed armored vehicles. After completing his military service he worked for TVA before moving to Huntsville, Alabama and starting his stellar career with NASA from 1955 to 1989. He was recognized for his contributions to the lunar landing, space shuttle and space exploration. He was known for his adventurous spirit, quick wit and love of the outdoors. He could keep you captivated for hours with his lively storytelling. He was a loving father, devoted husband and dedicated Christian. Bud was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy S. Belew and his daughter, Linda A. Belew. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Norma A. Belew; his son, David M. Belew; daughter, Mary Belew Elkins and husband Barry; step daughters, Kim Tuzzio, and Stephanie Robbins and husband Ronnie; and grandchildren, Amanda Hunter, Rachel Flom and Cooper Elkins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mayfair Church of Christ or a charity of your choice.


  • Norma N. Belew, Wife
  • David M. Belew, Son
  • Mary Belew (Barry) Elkins, Daughter
  • Kim Tuzzio, Step daughter
  • Stephanie (Ronnie) Robbins, Step daughter
  • Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Herschel Sr. and Nell Belew; his first wife, Dorothy S. Belew; and daughter, Linda A. Belew.

    He also leaves to cherish his memory his grandchildren, Amanda Hunter, Rachel Flom and Cooper Elkins.

  • Mr. David Belew, Active Bearer
  • Mr. Barry Elkins, Active Bearer
  • Mr. Ronnie Robbins, Active Bearer
  • Mr. Cooper Elkins, Active Bearer
  • Mr. Brad Hunter, Active Bearer

  • Mayfair Church of Christ Missions Fund or a Charity of Choice


  • Visitation Thursday, September 6, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Service Thursday, September 6, 2018

Bud Belew

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Rhonda Pepper

September 7, 2018

I was a fresh out of high school co-op student at the wind tunnel area when I first met Bud. He showed me by example how to work hard and have fun! He enjoyed his work and it showed in every moment of his day with his co-workers. I am so grateful to have been able to know and share time learning from him.