Elbert S. Lambert Sr., retired communication specialist


MONTICELLO — Elbert S. “Bert” Lambert Sr., 87, a retired communications specialist, died Sept. 6, 2007, at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson as the result of a fall in his home.

Funeral services were held Sept. 10 at Monticello United Methodist Church. Services were officiated by the Rev. Dr. Danny Speed, pastor, and former pastors the Rev. Tom Sorrell and the Rev. Travis Fulton. Solos were by former pastor the Rev. Ronald Barham and Paul Bird. Internment was in the Bahala Chapel Cemetery.

Mr. Lambert was born July 8, 1920, in Jayess to Burley Jefferson and Laura Farrar Lambert. He was a World War II veteran who served as technical supervisor, chief of all Japanese radio systems at Tokyo Central Telegraph in occupied Japan.

He was a graduate of Copiah-Lincoln Community College, the Air University, the Air Training Command and the Officer’s Electronic School.

He began his career with the federal government in the Civil Aeronautics Administration. He continued his government service at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, serving as a chief of requirements of the communications systems of the U. S. Air Force.

Following retirement from government service, he began a career as a cattleman and forestry manager. He served as president of the Lawrence County Cattleman’s Association, vice president of the Lawrence County Farm Bureau and as president of the county Farm Service Agency. He served as president of the Monticello Lions Club; he was a Gideon and a Mason.

While living in Biloxi, Mr. Lambert was an active member of Leggett Memorial UMC, serving in a number of leadership roles, including being a member of the Mississippi Annual Conference. After moving to Lawrence County until his health failed, he was an active member and leader in the Monticello UMC.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

Survivors include, his wife, Ruth Bird Lambert; son, Bert Lambert  Jr. of Monticello; daughter, Miriam L. Malone of Ridgeland, sisters Betty Cox, Faye King, Bobbie Gibson and Helen Langford; and two grandsons.

Memorials may be made to the Monticello UMC or to the Gideons International.