|John Nelson Lambert died on Tuesday, October 12, 1976 in Tylertown, Mississippi. He was born to John Wesley and Mahila Ann Lambert on April 17, 1893, in Lawrence County, Mississippi. He grew up in this very fine Methodist home as part of a large and loving family. He was married to Miss Anna Powell on November 24, 1912.
Rev. Lambert was licensed to preach in June of 1921, and in December he was admitted into the Mississippi Conference, to begin his more than forty years of active ministry.
He was educated in the public schools of Mississippi and Westminster College and Seminary in Tehuacana, Texas. In the Mississippi Conference Brother Lambert enjoyed the respect of all who knew him. He served for many years as Conference Secretary and Statistician. He served on all of the major boards and committees of the Conference and on many of those of the general church. He served as an approved Evangelist of the Methodist Protestant general conference and of the Mississippi Conference, and as Conference Missionary. Churches he served in Mississippi included: New Hope, Avery, Strengthford, Collinsville, Shamberville, Divide, and Cleveland Charge. Brother Lambert transferred to the Louisiana Conference in 1949 and served in the Baton Rouge District until his retirement in 1958.
His beloved wife, Anna, died July 24, 1973. He was married on May 13, 1975 to Mrs. Jessie Mae Varnado, who survives. Other survivors include: three sons, Wilson S. Lambert, Alexandria, La., E. J. Lambert, Tyler, Texas and Z. A. Lambert, Pascagoula, Ms.; two daughters: Mrs. Vernelle Deer, Jayess, Ms., and Mrs. Dura Smith, San Mateo, Calif.; three brothers, A. E. Lambert, Sr., Burley Lambert and Ellis Lambert; one sister, Mrs. Bulah Clark; sixteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren.
Divine Service was conducted for him on Friday, October 15, 1976 in the Topeka United Methodist Church, Jayess, Mississippi and his body was laid to rest in the Topeka cemetery.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1977, p. 171 By Vernelle Lambert Deer, L. Shaw Gaddy, and Luther A. Bodie|