Charles Stanley Lambert, Jr.

Charles Stanley Lambert Jr left his earthly home for his heavenly home on March 24, 2018. He was born in Seminole, Oklahoma on November 9, 1936. He is the oldest son of Charles Stanley Lambert Sr and Nancy Ovella Cox Lambert. He grew up in Lumberton, Mississippi and graduated from Lumberton High School. He played baseball at Pearl River Community College and finished his education at University of Southern Mississippi. While at USM he met his wife, Rae Ann Musgrave Lambert. After graduation and two years as a medic in the army, they settled in Tampa, Florida, where he worked as an Occupational Analyst for the state. He and his wife raised three children and provided a loving foster home for older, hard to place children through the Florida Methodist Children's home.  He also touched many young lives coaching Pee Wee football and Little League baseball.  His wife worked for the Girl Scouts and he always joked his wedding vows should have been “for better or for worse or for the Girl Scouts” of which he was a lifetime member.  In 1981, he returned to Mississippi so his wife could care for her aging parents. They settled in the community of Lux just outside of Hattiesburg where his wife and daughter, Patricia, started the family business Okatoma Boarding Kennel. He worked as a personnel manager Marshall Durbin and then went on to own and operate Oscars. After closing Oscars, he and his son opened the Melting Pot. He was an active member of Court Street United Methodist Church and after retirement, enjoyed delivering meals to shut ins and helping at the church. He even cooked for Small Miracles Child Care Center for a little while. He always had a big smile and a kind word whether for the teller at the bank or talking like Donald Duck to the Small Miracle kids. His greatest joy for the last seventeen years has been his granddaughter Emily. They were more than just grandfather and granddaughter; they had an unimaginably special bond. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him or were blessed by his presence. He is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years Rae Ann Musgrave Lambert, son Jack Charles Lambert of Seattle, two daughters Patricia Lambert and Nancy Lambert of Hattiesburg, three grandchildren Emily Lambert, Ashley Mabus and Jason Mabus. A brother Ben Lambert(Sybil) niece Aurie Lambert and nephew Ken Lambert. He was preceded in death by his parents and his nephew Keith Lambert. We will celebrate his life with a memorial service Saturday, March 31, at two o’clock at Court Street UMC. Visitation will be at one o’clock before the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Love Without Boundaries, Court Street UMC or a charity of your choice.