Sam George Lambert Jr. “relinquished the reins,” as he went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, a perfect day to go home as he lived his life for the Lord.
He loved the Lord as well as his family. He was a devoted husband to Dolores Lambert for more than 66 years. They were high school sweethearts and displayed a love that is less and less common these days.
He was an entrepreneur his entire life and is regarded as one of the pioneers to the limestone crushing business. He was an owner/operator at multiple quarries all over the South as he provided not only for his own family but hundreds of others as well.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Cleveland.
Maryville was considered home to George and Dolores, although their last 20-plus years were spent in Cleveland.
He was the father of three sons and one daughter, as well as a grandfather and great-grandfather. He always made efforts to see all the games and recitals. He was a very strong man in every way but at the same time was as tender at heart as the smallest child. His boisterous way will be sadly missed but will never be forgotten as he has touched all our lives in some form or fashion.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam George Sr. and Jessie Keller Lambert; brothers: Ralph Lambert, Jack Lambert and Glenn Lambert; and sisters: Virginia Lambert Reanue and Francis Lambert Denton.
He is survived by his wife, Dolores Lambert, of Cleveland; four children: Mike Lambert of Nashville, Steve Lambert and wife, Nancy, of Cleveland, Kelly Lambert and wife, Angie, of Ooltewah and Amy Lambert Bailey of Cleveland; six grandchildren: Lisa Johnson and husband, Jamie, of Nashville, Laura Farmer and David of Nashville, Michael Lambert of Austin, Texas, Kirk Lambert and wife, Renee, of Cleveland, Adam Lambert and Sarah of Knoxville and Hayden Bailey of Cleveland; six great-grandchildren: Jax Lambert, Drew Lambert and Claire Lambert, all of Cleveland, Kate Johnson and Sydney Johnson, both of Nashville, and Ella Marie Lambert of Knoxville; sister, Thelma Lambert Farmer of Maryville; three brothers: Gene Lambert and wife, Nancy, and Gerald Lambert, all of Maryville, and Eddie Lambert and wife, Nancy, of Rogersville; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at McCammon Ammons Click Funeral Home in Maryville, with the Rev. Tom Wickes officiating.
Interment will follow in Grand View Cemetery with Steve Lambert, Mike Lambert, Kelly Lambert, Kirk Lambert, Adam Lambert and Charlie Lay serving as pallbearers. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home, and from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at McCammon Ammons Click Funeral Home prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 733123-1718, or Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga TN 37416.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Lambert family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.