Jan 15, 1928 – March 7, 2021
Herbert Robert Babington Jr., a native of Mississippi and a long-time resident of Slidell, La., died Sunday, March 7, 2021.
Babington was born in Natchez and was raised in nearby Meadville.
He attended the University of Mississippi for two years before leaving for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., where he graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree and his commission in 1950.
Following graduation, Babington was assigned to the U.S.S. Gainard based in Algiers, La. After two years, he was transferred to the U.S.S. Toledo, which saw action in the Korean War.
Following the war, Babington resigned from the regular Navy in 1954, but remained in the U.S. Naval Reserves, eventually reaching the rank of Commander before retiring from the military.
Professionally, Babington worked initially at the Armstrong Tire and Rubber Co., in Natchez, followed by a stint at the Avondale Shipyards and eventually at NASA.
During his time at NASA, he earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tulane University.
He concluded his long career at NASA when he retired in 1984, having spent most of that time at the Slidell Computer Complex as the facility engineer.
Babington was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Stella Carroll Babington, who died in 1995, and by his second wife, Betty England Babington, who died in 2015.
He is survived by three children from Stella Carroll Babington: Nancy Babington Champagne; Herbert Robert (Bob) Babington III; and Stuart Carroll Babington; along with five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, three step-children, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Ann Babington Barlow; and nieces and nephews.
A 54-year member of First United Methodist Church of Slidell, Babington enjoyed a number of hobbies and interests, including golf, fishing, genealogy, travel, photography, coin collecting, sailing and ballroom dancing.
He was also a member of the Slidell Noon Lions Club.
He will be remembered most, however, for being a caring, gentle, loving family man and friend.
Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 18, 2021, at First United Methodist Church, 433 Erlanger Street, Slidell, La.
Interment with military honors was held at the Biloxi National Cemetery.
Visitation was held one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.
Please visit www.honakerforestlawn.com to sign the guestbook.
Arrangements were by Honaker Funeral Home, Inc., of Slidell, La.