|Mrs. Anna Powell Lambert, wife of the Reverend John Nelson Lambert, died at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 1973, in McComb General Hospital, McComb, Mississippi. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 27 at Topeka United Methodist Church, Jayess, Mississippi with Rev. H. P. Harper officiating. Reverends C. Y. Higgenbotham, M. T. Truman, L. B. Robinson and Roy T. Scott assisted in the preliminaries. Rev. Homer C. Peden, District Superinten-dent of the Brookhaven District of the United Methodist Church of the Mississippi Conference, brought the most excellent and appropriate funeral message.
Mrs. Anna Powell Lambert, daughter of Hiram Andrew and Luvenia Boyd Powell, was born June 22, 1893 in Lawrence County, Mississippi. She was married to John Nelson Lambert November 24, 1912. They established a Christian home from the beginning. They joined the local Methodist church in that community and worked in that church until 1921. In June, 1921, Reverend Lambert was licensed to preach and in December of that same year he was admitted to the Annual Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church. Thus in 1921 they began forty years of active ministry.
In those early years of their ministry all the charges did not have parsonages and for the first few years they lived in rented houses and makeshift living quarters, with many hardships, trials, and tests, but through it all she remained faithful and always willing to move from place to place and anxious to carry on her part of the ministry.
Reverend Lambert served for seventeen years as pastor, missionary and evangelist in the M. P. Church. Of these seventeen years, three years were in Texas attending college and serving churches. In 1939 came the union of the three Methodist churches and from 1939 to 1949 Reverend Lambert served Methodist churches in Mississippi. In August, 1949 Reverend Lambert was transferred to Louisiana and served churches in the Baton Rouge District until June, 1958, when he retired. After retirement Rev. and Mrs. Lambert returned to Mississippi and served churches for three more years before final retirement.
It was during these years that I met Rev. and Mrs. Lambert and thus began a deep, profound, and loyal Christian friend ship. This friendship will be remembered by me always.
Mrs. Lambert was in ill health for a long time but she bore it with patience, trusting God to the end. She was nearly perfect as one could be in this life. She has reached perfection now. She has gone to her reward eternal in heaven to be with God, the angels and the holy saints who have gone on before, where eye hath not seen, ear has not heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man what the Lord has in store for those who love and serve Him.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1974; p. 154 By Rev. L. B. Robinson|