11/29/14 —– Howard Bennett Lambert, Jr.

Funeral services for Mr. Howard Bennett Lambert, Jr., age 73, affectionately known as “Bubba” by his beloved family, will be conducted Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 1:00 PM at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Brother Charles Williams officiating.

Interment will follow at Welker Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Friday, November 28, 2014 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the funeral home.

Mr. Lambert passed away Monday evening in Manchester.

Howard was born on September 30, 1941 in Nashville, Tennessee. He was the son of the late Howard Bennett Lambert, Sr., and Elizabeth Fly Lambert.

“Bubba” was raised in the Smyrna area where he eventually met his bride to be, Miss Thula Crouch, through a mutual friend (Clara Moore). Thula and Howard married on September 29, 1973. As a young man, he had a passion for race cars and race car driving. He displayed a strong work ethic every minute of every day in both his personal and professional life. Mr. Lambert had a dedicated career of 40 years with Batesville Casket Company, a position he retired from in 2013. At home, Bubba enjoyed farming, tending to his cattle, and caring for his beloved vegetable garden. Bubba could often be found on summer evenings on his back porch with his wife and family as they all enjoyed fresh vegetables and fruit from the garden. He enjoyed farm tractors, and he was most fond of his beloved Farmall and Massey Ferguson tractors. Howard valued service to others and often shared his plentiful garden harvest with friends and neighbors each year. Bubba always radiated caring acts or words of compassionate to others. Mr. Lambert’s wise and discerning spirit were often a comfort to others in need of a listening ear. He attended of the Lumley Stand Church of Christ.

Above all, Mr. Lambert adored his wife, family, and extended family beyond measure. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Glendal Ray Crouch; and a niece-in-law, Carrie Blair.

Survivors include his loving wife of 41 years, Thula Crouch Lambert of Manchester; one sister, Sue Blair Blanton of Smyrna, TN; and a sister-in-law, Vivian Crouch of Manchester. Also surviving are the following nieces and nephews; Carla Freeze and husband, Greg of Manchester; Kenneth Crouch and wife, Valorie of Manchester; Pam Blair of LaVergne, TN; Pat Parker and husband, Charles of LaVergne, TN; Virginia Haralson and husband, James of Smyrna; Wayne Blair of Smyrna, TN; Jimmy Blair and wife, Tere of LaVergne, TN; and Dennis Blair and wife, Angie of Smyrna, TN. In addition, he leaves behind 11 great-nieces, great-nephews, and 1 great-great niece who affectionately called him “Papa”.

Other survivors include long-time special family friend, Clara Moore Arnold, and her family members. In addition, his darling special girl- Lydia Lanier, and her family.

Memorial contributions may be made in Memory of Mr. Lambert to Autism Speaks (By mail: ATTN Web Gift, 1060 State Road, 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540, or online at the website autismspeaks.org) or to the the charity of one’s choice.

Coffee County Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the family of Mr. Howard Bennett Lambert, Jr.