Roy Lanier

April 27, 1936April 2, 2021

Roy Lanier, 84, resident of Huntsville, Alabama, passed away peacefully at home in the night of April 2. He was born in Shuqualak, Mississippi and lived on a farm in Scooba, Mississippi. He moved to Huntsville, Alabama in 1960 and married Christine Shadrick in 1961. They raised four children of their own and were the sponsors of one student from Munster, Germany. Mr. Lanier served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher at Whitesburg Baptist Church and was an ordained preacher. Roy Lanier earned the bachelor’s degree of electrical engineering from Mississippi State University. He served in the U.S. Army and the Alabama National Guard. He was employed at NASA, working on the first space rockets and Skylab and heading up the Hubble Space Telescope battery team. He retired from NASA and became a high school math and science teacher, first at Westminster Christian Academy and then at Whitesburg Academy. He was preceded in death by his parents John Roy Lanier, Sr. and Mattie Lanier. He is survived by his wife Christine Lanier, his sister Joan Uptagrafft, his brother Robert Calhoun Lanier, and his children Sandra Parker, Stephen Lanier, Paul Lanier, and John Lanier. He is survived by the grandchildren of Christina Boyd, Megan Killen, Jason Parker, Lauren Lanier, John Thomas Lanier, Jr, Lucy Lanier, Samuel Lanier, Lydia Lanier, and two step-grand-children Alex Turnbow and Emily McKee. He also was the great grandfather to four great grand-children. Valhalla Funeral Home in Huntsville will assist the family with visitation Monday, April 5, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and the funeral service at 2 p.m.


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    Monday, April 5, 2021


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Norma Dugal Whitehead

April 6, 2021

I worked for Roy for 15 years in the Power Branch, starting as a co-op through my early career, first papers and research efforts in power system control. I remember early on, the team meetings with the deputy dog award for good things as our team lead, to setting up the Power systems control test lab when he was branch chief and having him send me to Florida to interact with researchers that one of my coworkers had been working with. I got sent because that coworker moved to a different job and I happened to mention the need to go see the research efforts. To you, having Roy make you a picture frame which you placed a 3d illusion picture of the Hubble Space Telescope in for Christmas or his birthday that he placed in his office when he was our Division chief. Then there was Roy and Lorna having constant snacks together and neither gaining weight. I look back on that part of my career with fondness and gratitude for Roy's guidance. He will be missed.

Lexie Gibson

April 5, 2021

It was wonderful to care for you for the while that I did. You were such a sweet soul and I’m glad I got to meet you! You will be dearly missed.

Luisa Reyes

April 3, 2021

Mr. Lanier was my AP Calculus teacher at Westminster Christian Academy my senior year of high school. I transferred to WCA in the middle of the Fall, so I was a bit behind. But, Mr. Lanier was so gracious and would tutor me in the library to help me catch up. He was always so positive and passionate about Calculus. He was an icon at Westminster for years. I remember attending a graduation ceremony after I graduated and both the Valedictorian and Salutatorian spoke at length about how he impacted their lives and those of all the students. He was a shining star at WCA.