Elbert S. Lambert

Published 5:00 am Monday, September 10, 2007

Elbert “Bert” Shepard Lambert Sr., 87, of Oma, passed away toglory on Sept. 6, following complications resulting from injuriessustained in a fall at home.

Mr. Lambert was born in Jayess and lived much of his life inLawrence County. He was the son of Burley Jefferson Lambert andLaura Mae Farrar Lambert. He was a World War II veteran who servedas a technical supervisor, chief of all Japanese radio systems, atTokyo Central Telegraph in occupied Japan.

A graduate of Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Mr. Lambert waselected charter president of Phi Theta Kappa while a student there.He was also a graduate of the Air University, a graduate of the AirTraining Command and a graduate of the Officer’s Electronic School,Gunter Air Force Base. He was an active member of the Armed ForcesCommunications Electronics Association.

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He began his career with the federal government as an aircontrol tower operator for the Civil Aeronautics Administration(today’s FAA.) Following his service in the U.S. Army, he continuedin government service at Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, fillingmany positions in the budding electronic communications field. Hewas a training specialist who received many commendations for hisinnovations in developing training materials. He served as a Chiefof Requirements of the Communications Systems of the U.S. AirForce.

Mr. Lambert was a 32nd degree Mason. He served as president ofthe Monticello Lions Club and vice president of Gideons, Biloxi. Heheld memberships in the VFW and the American Legion.

Following his retirement from government service, he began hiscareer as a cattleman and forestry manager. He served as presidentof Lawrence County Cattleman’s Association, vice president of theLawrence County Farm Bureau, and as committee member and presidentof the CFSA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, ArletaLambert Reid, and Farrar Lambert Crawford. Survivors include hiswife of nearly 60 years, Ruth Bird Lambert; two children, Elbert”Bert” S. Lambert Jr., of Oma, and Miriam Lambert Malone, ofRidgeland; two grandsons, Daniel Malone and Shea Malone; and foursisters, Betty Lambert Cox, of Nacogdoches, Texas, Faye LambertKing, of Mendenhall, Bobbie Lambert Gibson, of Ferriday, La., andHelen Lambert Langford, of Shreveport, La.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at MonticelloUnited Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Bahala ChapelCemetery. Wilson Funeral Home in Monticello is in charge ofarrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Monticello UMC orto Lawrence County Gideons International.